John F. Kennedy’s selection of Lyndon B. Johnson as his running mate surprised many political followers because they were considered foes during their campaigns. Kennedy’s decision was a wise one because he needed LBJ to carry Texas and the South. In 2016, it appears the divide between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is very wide, intense and personal. But a Trump-Cruz ticket has an appealing strength when considering a run against Hillary Clinton. Backed with Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, and Mike Huckabee with possible cabinet positions, the Republicans could have a “Dream Team” in the November national elections.
The millions of Americans responding favorably to Donald Trump’s and Ted Cruz’s defiant stance against establishment politics, special interest groups and the media in general continue to grow. Despite a year of constant bashing and predictions that both candidates would lose steam in the race for the Republican nomination for president, their momentum increased. Weary of the political correctness and biased news reports, citizens within all classes, political persuasions and races are uncharacteristically standing up with boldness.
The latest figures show Trump with 845 delegates to Cruz’s 559. On Tuesday, it’s expected that Trump will pick up the majority of delegates from the New England states of Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island and Delaware. But Pennsylvania’s 71 delegates (17 are bound) are
Clearly, millions of citizens, as evidenced by public opinion surveys, polls and bipartisan analysis, see that the failures of current White House, Congress and Judicial adherents only lead to a dreadful outlook at all political levels. Trump and Cruz are the last men standing against the past political decisions that have trashed the American landscape.
“I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness,” Trump blasted away at Megan Kelly during the first GOP debate. “And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either. This country is in big trouble. We don’t win anymore. We lose to China. We lose to Mexico both in trade and at the border. We lose to everybody.”
“The entire time Republican leaders have been promising, ‘we’re going to do something on the budget. We’re going to rein in the president,’ they have been in the back room negotiating to fund every single thing Obama did,” Cruz called the Senate out to their face. “… Nineteen times in the last ten months this so-called Republican majority has passed legislation, has had a vote succeed where a majority of Democrats supported it and a majority of Republicans opposed it…”
Like soldiers for truth, Trump and Cruz have found their way against a media focused more on candidates personally and less on relevant political issues. Trump forced illegal immigration to the front burner. Cruz’s electability stock climbed sharply when he went after debate moderators with his “no wonder the American people mistrust the media” response in Colorado. The disdain for these two candidates by mainstream media is evident.
While Trump hit it out of the park with his comments to Kelly, Cruz followed up with a grand-slam by running an intelligent, detailed and strategic campaign. The well-thought out strategies charted a continuing favorable course for the Hispanic senator.
“We are seeing conservatives begin to coalesce around my campaign,” Cruz said during his first surge of support last October. “It’s Tea Party groups, libertarians, evangelicals, social conservatives, and millions more who have been disappointed by the career politicians and lobbyists of the Washington Cartel. People want to unite behind someone who will take on Washington and I believe that’s why we’re seeing such tremendous support.”
On the floor of the Senate that same month, Cruz told many of his peers they are part of the Washington Cartel, which he defined as “career politicians in both parties who get in bed with lobbyists and special interests here in Washington and grow and grow and grow government.”
“The Washington Cartel is, I believe, the source of the volcanic frustration Americans face across this country,” Cruz announced. “And it is difficult to find a better illustration of the Washington Cartel than the charade we are engaged in this evening. This deal that we are here to vote on is both shockingly bad on the merits, and it is also a manifestation of the bipartisan corruption that suffuses Washington, D.C.”
The Senator summarized the terms of the budget deal by revealing that the bill “adds $85 billion in spending increases…$85 billion in spending increases…$85 billion to our national debt…85 billion to your children and my children that they’re somehow expected to pay. I don’t know about your kids, but my girls don’t have $85 billion laying around in their rooms…”
“It’s worth thinking about just how much $85 billion is,” he continued. “It’s more than the Senate negotiated with the House when Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) was majority leader. When Harry Reid was majority leader, the Ryan-Murray budget agreement, which was a flawed agreement, an agreement I voted against, increased spending by $63 billion over two years. Now, Mr. President, what does it say to you that a supposedly Republican majority of the United States Senate negotiates a bigger spending bill than Harry Reid and the Democrats?”
“Republican majorities have just given President Obama is a diamond-encrusted, glow-in-the-dark AmEx card. And it has a special feature,” Cruz confirmed. “The president gets to spend it now, and they don’t even send him the bill. They send the bill to your kids and my kids. It’s a pretty nifty card. You don’t have to pay for it. You get to spend it and it’s somebody else’s problem.”
Then, to the shock of many in the chamber, Cruz went after the outgoing Senate Majority Leader, by stressing that the bill “represents the Cartel in all of its glory because this is the combined work product of Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid.”
“The entire time Republican leaders have been promising, ‘We’re going to do something on the budget. We’re going to rein in the president,’ they have been in the back room negotiating to fund every single thing Obama did,” Cruz called them out. “… Nineteen times in the last ten months this so-called Republican majority has passed legislation, has had a vote succeed where a majority of Democrats supported it and a majority of Republicans opposed it…”
“Why is a Republican majority leader fighting to accomplish the priorities of the Democratic minority?” Cruz asked. Perhaps that is the foremost reason Boehner is now out.
Trump and Cruz have been facing political correctness head on. Cruz knows that liberal groups, fixated with eliminating every reference of God out of the public eye, continues to pray. He fights as he hears about an elementary school in North Carolina that ordered the six-year-old girl to remove the word “God” from a poem that she wrote to honor her two grandfathers that had served in the Vietnam War. Three more examples:
- A high school track team was disqualified last year because one of the runners “made a gesture thanking God” after crossing the finish line.
- A Florida Atlantic University student was banned from class because he refused to stomp on the name of Jesus.
- A student at Sonoma State University was ordered to take off a cross that she was wearing because someone “could be offended.”
Trump knows that this type of political messaging has infected most American institutions including the government, media, health, and education systems. The establishment has been remarkably consistent with trying to control what citizens can say and how they think, and they have unyielding propaganda mechanisms that never stops operating.