As I write this piece it is 4 days until the Iowa Caucus, it is time to get serious.
When I say “get serious” I am not mimicking those voices who think the Trump phenomenon is so absurd that when it comes time to actually vote most of his supporters will have a moment of sobriety and change their mind; Trump is a serious candidate and there are many very good reasons to support Donald Trump’s bid for the White House.
What I mean by “get serious” is that it is time for Cruz supporters to stop trying to bring Trump down and instead get busy with the greatest weapon in their arsenal, the fact that Ted Cruz has far more legitimate reasons to earn the support of Conservatives and can be more effective at fixing what plagues our Nation than Donald Trump.
People tend to vote for Presidents, not against their opponents. Kerry, McCain and Romney all largely depended upon the unpopularity of their opponents to get themselves elected by default; this rarely works in National elections.
It is a common mistake about Trump that his “punch back twice as hard” attitude is the reason for his popularity, that is an important part of it because his critics are mostly hypocrites that Conservatives and those who have lost hope in the process want to see exposed for the liars they are; but there is much more going on.
On illegal immigration Trump says “We will build a wall and even use our economic leverage to get Mexico to pay for it”
On China Trump says “Our leaders are stupid, China’s leaders are much smarter and they are taking advantage of us; I will use tariffs and access to our Markets as leverage to make them straighten up”
On Terrorism Trump says “Until we have a reliable way to figure out who these people are and what they embrace we should cease all immigration of Muslims, we cannot put our own citizens at risk just to be Politically Correct”
It makes no difference if you agree with Trumps solutions, they are specifically stated and deal with issues that the American voters are concerned about; they also seem entirely reasonable and doable.
That is why Trump is at 40% and Cruz is at 18%.
All of the excuse makers that bemoan Trumps dominant media coverage and belittle everyone who supports him as being a Lemming, a Racist, a Xenophobe or just an “uneducated hick” cannot see this simple truth because it opposes everything that their pollsters and focus groups tell them about elections.
People want to vote FOR someone, not AGAINST someone.
I want to vote FOR Ted Cruz, but it seems most of Cruz’s campaign staff and most of his supporters want me to vote AGAINST Trump, and Hillary, and the Establishment GOP; why on earth would that be the preferred strategy with a stellar candidate like Cruz?
Ted Cruz is a rock solid Constitutional Conservative, nobody even challenges that statement but where are the arguments as to WHY that ideology will translate into a stronger economy?
Ted Cruz respects the Law and has fought against Amnesty, but where are the arguments as to why getting illegal immigration under control will help our economy and National Security?
Ted Cruz opposes Judicial Tyranny like we have seen recently to save Obamacare and impose the Queer Mafias agenda of reversing the definition of Marriage at the Federal Level, but where are the arguments and examples historically that can prove how destructive this Judicial Tyranny is to every American whether they personally agree with the opinion or not?
Ted Cruz knows that our own Enviro-Nazi regulations largely imposed by unelected bureaucracies are far more to blame for our stagnant economy and job loss to overseas Nations than China’s monetary policy, but where are the specific examples and arguments that establish this and the plausible solutions that will restore our ability to compete again?
Cruz is running a campaign that is focused on broad generalities that most educated voters understand are really important stuff and he is reminding everyone of his resume that proves he can and will fight against the tide; but so what?
Nobody needs to be reminded that you are a fighter if you are busy fighting right now, nobody should have to become a Constitutional Scholar and a Historian overnight to piece together how our tolerance of a government that ignores it Constitutionally limited powers has devastated our economy and the Judicial System which is supposed to protect the Rights that enable us to prosper.
These arguments can be made by Cruz as simply as Trump saying “Build a wall!” or “Slap them with Tariffs” or “Lock the revolving door that cannot tell a peaceful Muslim refuge from an Islamo-Fascist Terrorist”. Trump is the only candidate refusing to get bogged down by the media pushing their social agenda and their agenda to paint the GOP as the Party for mean, racist, women hating war mongers; he is flipping everyone the bird who tries to force those narratives and is choosing instead to tell the voters how he can change things so we can start winning again.
*Cruz is the far better anti establishment candidate than Trump
*Cruz will fight for far better ideas that will glean more success in restoring our economic opportunities and personal Liberties than Trump
*Cruz will be far more focused on removing Federal Authority from the States and the peoples back than Trump
*Cruz will fight for things that will not only help us now but give future generations of Americans hope for a Constitutional Republic that does not fight against them at every opportunity.
If we ever get tired of berating everyone else about Trumps past political contributions and former positions and the logistical problems with his “solutions”, we can start effectively transforming Cruz into someone who the voters will want to vote FOR.
In other words, make the arguments as to what Cruz will specifically do and why it will help or just shut up please; we need those Trump voters and joining the Leftist/Statist critics in ripping Trump will accomplish nothing but solidifying Trumps position at the top of the polls.
People are SUPPORTING Trump, not just OPPOSING Obama and the Establishment GOP; they have good reasons for doing this. Cruz supporters need to give them even better reasons that are just as easy to understand as to why Cruz is an even better choice to address their concerns.
Cruz is as Anti Establishment as I am but he sure seems to be running an Establishment type campaign, he is going to have to step on several “3rd rails” if he wants to win, Trump has proved that all of the fear of the Politically Correct Media is just making much ado over nothing..
*This election is not about Trump
*This election is not about comparing resumes
*This election is not about tired and worn catch phrases
This election is about talking past the old guard and directly to the people with a specific agenda, specific ideas and specific plans that can be shown to be both plausible and that are easy for the average voter to see how they would help in our current situation.
Trying to make this Primary Election about Trump will serve no good purpose, ignore Trump and learn how to argue for the veracity of Conservative ideas in ways that the voters can sink their teeth into and support.