Roger Kimball’s PJ Media article is essentially an endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-TX). While it offers his perspective on the race, it’s also a look forward to who would make a better general election candidate. Interspersed in between Kimball’s opinions are important things conservatives should consider. For instance, when Kimball says “that [Sen. Cruz] understands, viscerally as well as intellectually, the fundamental importance of free speech and (what is part of free speech) religious liberty to the integrity of our institutions and our way of life”, he’s essentially saying that Sen. Cruz’s judicial agenda is an agenda that Republicans of all stripes will unite behind.
Something that sets Sen. Cruz apart from The Donald is the fact that Sen. Cruz has a pro-American, pro-growth agenda. Sen. Cruz frequently talks about eliminating the IRS and chopping the EPA down to size, something that Donald Trump doesn’t talk about.
It isn’t just that Sen. Cruz talks about such things. It’s that he understands the importance of limiting the federal government’s influence. Lots of ‘lip service conservatives’ talk about the Tenth Amendment. They talk about it as the States Rights Amendment. While that’s certainly part of the text of the Tenth Amendment, there’s more to it than that. Here’s the full text of the Tenth Amendment:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
There’s no question that the Founding Fathers wanted states to be the laboratories of democracies. That wasn’t their only intent in crafting the Tenth Amendment. The final 4 words were vitally important to the Founding Fathers. The phrase “or to the people” wasn’t just a nicety thrown in at the last minute. It was a foundational principle. Sen. Cruz is the only candidate still in the race, from either party, that wants to let families make the vast majority of decisions.
There’s no question that Hillary Clinton wants a powerful federal government. The federal government specializes in ‘cookie cutter’ solutions, which frequently aren’t solutions at all. Donald Trump doesn’t believe much in local or individual control, either. If he did, he wouldn’t have tried abusing the eminent domain laws of this nation. Sen. Cruz believes that the rights of an individual are more important than the rights of the collective.
Finally, on a less glamorous note, Ted Cruz has a campaign organization that frequently helps him outperform the polls. Donald Trump’s campaign organization is essentially nonexistent. That’s why he frequently underperforms the polls.
If Republicans are serious about retaking the White House, which they are, Sen. Cruz isn’t just the best choice. He’s the only choice. Donald Trump underperforms the polls. That’s a bad thing considering the fact that he’s already trailing Hillary in the national polls and in the battleground states.
It’s time to unite behind the candidate that’s running a real campaign that’s built for the general election. Gov. Kasich and Donald Trump have put together microscopic campaign organizations. They’d get trounced in November.