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How To Support Ted Cruz

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.

RET423


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I am a California native and a Conservative small business owner, or "an enemy to both man and beast" according to my States government. A refuge from the days when the GOP was considered a home for Conservatives, I was recruited in by Reagan and run out by the Establishment GOP. There is never a dull moment in my house and I would not have it any other way.


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  1. I like Cruz, but he is NOT showing real presidential status. He is very smart, knows his subjects has a fairly good ground team but he is NOT taking charge of the rhetoric. He needs to step up and over the others show real leadership.

    This whole Republican slate is showing itself to be weak and unassertive. Trump is assertive but in the wrong way. He has no knowledge of the issues, speaks only in redundant generalities, and shows he will destroy anyone who challenges him. Rubio has an unassertive manner and history, Bush just has RINO history, Christie has assertiveness but too small a platform, Kasich is a full blown RINO, Paul is fundamentally weak in defense, Huckabee never got a foothold, Fiorina can't get traction, Carson is too soft spoken. I don't know why the other two are even running. Is there NO real leadership in the Republican Party, or democrat either for that matter?
    Cruz is just being overshadowed by Trump. Cruz is one of the better candidates to run in decades. He managed to claw his way up to where he is, with basically no money and no establishment support.
    Yep, politicians on both sides have seriously screwed this country up.

    For once a non-politician can be elected, a proven American success story, and a man who will attack political correctness head-on without fear.

    My vote is for TRUMP!! . . . not another politician.
    CWolf, Cruz may have "clawed" his way up, but he still lacks in the leadership department. Like I said I do like Cruz, I like his ideas, his background, but he is not inspiring me.
    Same here. I even try to assuage that some with telling myself that it's not like I'm looking for a husband; I'm looking for a president.

    Which all works out pretty good...until I listen to the guy give a speech, and he just bores me to TEARS. Really. I don't know HOW anyone can say he gives a great speech.

    Another bad note: Choosing Glenn Beck as a spokesperson. And Rep. Steve King. (I forget here who's rep he is. DevilNeck's? It's someone's whose opinion matters enough for me to take note, and he is NOT impressed.)

    Poor judgement on Cruz's part in my book. (What, wouldn't someone like Sen. Mike Lee speak up for him?)

    On to RET's blog:

    Since when? It's been so long since I haven't for 'the lesser of two evils' that I near forget how to vote FOR someone.

    ~snip~

    40% of voters seem to think otherwise.

    If it's not, it darn sure ought to be! ---And also happens to be exactly what Cruz is running on. (And getting himself into trouble with, to a degree.)

    I wish someone would tell those campaigning that.

    (Backing up a little)

    When Cruz gets around to that, by all means, let me know, and I'll be more than happy to pass it along.

    Cruz says he'll stop the persecution of Christians. So does Trump.

    Cruz says he'll end ObamaCare. So does Trump. (Neither say specifically how.)

    Cruz says he'll do something about illegal immigration, but not exactly what.

    If Cruz would just get specific, I'd have more to go on!

    He says to go on all the campaigners' records. Fine. But there an awful lot of people out there saying that Cruz's own record isn't all that clean. If they're mincing words, or taking things out of context, or just plain lying, HE NEEDS TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT!

    Why isn't he doing that? It's one thing not to give legitimacy to some sources by giving them the time of day. It's another when your record is as stake, and blithely ignore it.

    And he still gets the 2nd Amendment wrong. For once, we finally have someone who truly is a Constitutional Scholar running for president - and he gets that one wrong?

    That troubles me. More, because he, of all people, ought to know better.

    So please, tell me RET, what is it I can present as specifics about how Cruz will go about:

    1. Helping the economy. a)reducing the power of the EPA? b)cutting regulations by some other alphabet soup agency? c)cutting off H1B visas? d)empowering the Border Control to allow it to do its job? e)stopping the flow of refugees?

    I've listened to more than one of Cruz's speeches. He is yet to bring up anything about shrinking the size of government, and/or rebuilding our military/taking care of vets.

    Sorry if that sounded all negative on Cruz. He's the first in many years for whom I/we had an opportunity to vote FOR!

    He - not anybody else - is having me second-guess that ambition.
    A little bit of common sense is needed here by all the candidates when it comes to political promises.

    1] If they state their first priority is ending Obamacare; ok, then what? leave millions more without insurance again? Even then, what do you replace it with? most of the original insurance companies that Obama dealt out of the ACA cannot automatically reup their insurance programs.

    2] Trump is going to build the wall and make Mexico pay for it? ok, how? you can bet Mexico won't pay for it, and congress doesn't have the authority to make them pay for it. Cruz or the other candidates will close the border. But how? it takes time to get the Homeland Security and ICE to speak with each other, find legitimate manpower to do the job. find the money and be able to budget for the expense.

    3] They all want to revamp our whole tax program, great, how? some want to shut down the IRS and fine, how? that is far too large an entity to just shut down. How do you get a weakling congress to go along with massive cuts?

    4]When they all promise to cut the size of government, cut the payrolls, great! how? federal workers unions will not allow people to be fired, so attrition takes time maybe years, how do they plan to cut these payrolls. Even to cutting these alphabet groups EPA etc then what? cutting hundreds of redundant federal jobs only adds to the excessive unemployment rolls in each state.

    I can go on with this list, but they make all these promises, ( and by the way I agree with all of these things that NEED to be done.) but friends nobody has a clue how these things can be accomplished. Do you?
    :zombie:

    I heard Cruz this morning saying that a vote for Trump is a vote for Amnesty.

    What the #$@&%*!

    Trump started his campaign focusing on Illegals!! Cruz has gone berserk.
    2cent wrote: Choosing Glenn Beck as a spokesperson. And Rep. Steve King.

    RET423 wrote: Bad choices for sure but they would not harm him if he was being his own "Spokesperson" effectively.

    2cent wrote: Since when? It's been so long since I haven't for 'the lesser of two evils' that I near forget how to vote FOR someone.

    RET423 wrote: The "lesser of two evils" does not negate the claim that people are voting "for" someone, it just means that they wish they had more in the "for" column.

    Trump has a few issues and some personality traits that have given many people some hope that he might be a candidate that will be immune to the realities of Washington that work to the detriment of the people and prevent campaign promises from becoming reality.

    He also has a LOT of baggage that could just as easily make him "effective" at accomplishing all the wrong things. If Trump wins the Primary I will vote for him but it will be a "lesser of two evils" vote and I will be realistic about my expectations.

    2cent wrote: 40% of voters seem to think otherwise.

    RET423 wrote: 40% of the voters think Trump is the best candidate in the GOP right now, that means they identify with Trumps solutions and believe he will fight for them; it does not mean the election is about Trump.

    The election is about a few issues that the voters are concerned about.

    A government that ignores their wishes

    An illegal immigration crisis that saps our economy and increases crime and Terrorism

    A policy created, stagnant economy that prevents everyone except government employees and other Nations from prospering off of us.

    Trump is merely the only candidate that has specifically offered solutions to those issues, if the others had offered specific solutions then all of the criticism of Trumps ideas probably would have been more effective.

    2cent wrote: If it's not, it darn sure ought to be! ---And also happens to be exactly what Cruz is running on. (And getting himself into trouble with, to a degree.)

    RET423 wrote: Cruz has nothing in his resume to cause concern, what he lacks is a simple list of specific actions that he wants to implement to correct our course.

    The worst resume in the pack is Donald Trump but he is WAY OUT FRONT, this alone should be enough information for the Cruz campaign to abandon their model; people want direct answers for their concerns TODAY.

    2cent wrote: I wish someone would tell those campaigning that.

    RET423 wrote: I just did.

    2cent wrote: When Cruz gets around to that, by all means, let me know, and I'll be more than happy to pass it along.

    RET423 wrote: That was the point of the piece, to encourage the Cruz campaign and his supporters to drop the "bring down Trump" strategy and give the voters some reasons to vote FOR Cruz over Trump.

    2cent wrote: Cruz says he'll stop the persecution of Christians. So does Trump.

    Cruz says he'll end ObamaCare. So does Trump. (Neither say specifically how.)

    RET423 wrote: Neither of these issues is driving Trumps popularity but Obamacare could be a major player for Cruz if he were to embrace it.

    2cent wrote: Cruz says he'll do something about illegal immigration, but not exactly what.

    RET423 wrote: Cruz wants to secure the border just like Trump, and he has the advantage of always having supported securing the border.

    2cent wrote: If Cruz would just get specific, I'd have more to go on!

    RET423 wrote: That was my whole point

    2cent wrote: So please, tell me RET, what is it I can present as specifics about how Cruz will go about:

    1. Helping the economy. a)reducing the power of the EPA? b)cutting regulations by some other alphabet soup agency? c)cutting off H1B visas? d)empowering the Border Control to allow it to do its job? e)stopping the flow of refugees?

    RET423 wrote: You just asked for an entire campaign platform, I could infer specifics for all of these questions based on Cruz's Senate career but it would require a full piece; I may do that next.

    Which has been point, for those who have not been following him closely all along his campaign appears as vague generalities, it also leaves him open for many revisionists to cast doubt on his integrity.

    2cent wrote: I've listened to more than one of Cruz's speeches. He is yet to bring up anything about shrinking the size of government, and/or rebuilding our military/taking care of vets.

    RET423 wrote: Exactly, his campaign speeches are mirroring his old school strategy that has worked in previous years but that will NOT work this year due to the long overdue revolt of the Conservative base in the GOP; Trump is the only one reading the tea leaves correctly this year so he is garnering the best support in spite of not being the best candidate.

    2cent wrote: Sorry if that sounded all negative on Cruz. He's the first in many years for whom I/we had an opportunity to vote FOR!

    He - not anybody else - is having me second-guess that ambition.

    RET423 wrote My point exactly, Cruz is not trailing from lack of integrity or being out of touch with the concerns of voters; Cruz is struggling from not understanding how to connect with voters in a year where everyone is angry enough to be paying a lot more attention than they usually do in Primaries.
    I would invite you to read his book "A Time for Truth" (I could not put it down and I read it in 2 days) which is available at your public library and to sit and listen to his speeches. My favorite is the speech he gave before the Senate calling McConnell a liar. I find Cruz very inspiring. I am praying for a miracle for him. If Trump gets in; this country is done. We will have lost.
    RET, just one question. Then why didn't you address this to Cruz, instead of us?

    No miff on my part, but it's rather hard to ask people to do for the candidate what he isn't doing for himself.
    That was a public Blog, I was addressing the Cruz campaign and his supporters; the campaign for using the tired strategies that are not valid this year and his supporters who have primarily been trying to help him by tearing down Trump.

    And Obama was elected almost entirely by his supporters speaking for him while he avoided specifics, I am not comparing Cruz to Obama but supporters of a candidate can be very influential.

    Attempts to paint Trump supporters as dupes or "expose" Trump with his former associations or positions will have no positive effect for those who try it, all it accomplishes is reinforcing the idea that politicians just don't get it and neither do their supporters.

    Cruz was leading in Iowa until he started taking Trumps bait and then joining the Establishment hacks in painting his debate drop as motivated by "fear", if he had instead chosen to be more specific about his own plans he would have widened his lead.

    I think the fallacy that Trumps supporters are idiots is what is motivating opposing campaigns to be vague, I am fine with all of them misinterpreting Trumps popularity except for the Cruz campaign; I want them to get it in time.
    Today is the last day to sign up for obamacare or face $700 fines. Many people have been forced to drop their insurance because they can no longer afford the premiums and the high deductibles.

    There has been some ad running about signing up and getting insurance as low as $75 a month but all those plans had been outlawed from what I read once obamacare came into effect. So the net effect is we still have the same amount of people uninsured as before and more joining their ranks because they can not afford the plans. A rousing success for obama.

    To add to all this, claims have been made that doctors will accept less money without insurance. Sorry, but from personal experience, doctors are still demanding high rates when you do not have insurance.
    Both candidates have their positions on the web. Cruz has been stating his positions and getting no coverage. Trump has been getting lots of coverage and saying little about his plans other than he will make us great again while insulting everyone else.

    https://www.tedcruz.org/issues/

    https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions
    While all very interesting, (and true), how does that reflect the Cruz vs. Trump nomination, as I believe both have stated that they would repeal it. (How, I don't know, but maybe that's for another discussion.
    I read your blogpiece. The problem is that if he shows any pragmatic side, which I'm convinced he has, there goes his support.
    Actually I was addressing a side line that had developed in the tread. As far as Cruz and Trump I believe John Blutarski stated the situation adequately. Cruz while being in congress has the advantage in working within the system and Trump for all hs bravio really does not have the inside information unless he gets elected and then he can formulate some policies. Remember if he gets in he will have to face hostility from both sides bent on continuing their downward slide to bigger and bigger government.

    http://www.republicanoperative.com/forums/f58/how-support-ted-cruz-49629/#post754274



    A little more common sense:

    The democrats in the Senate will never allow a vote on full repeal. The republicants will not use the power of the purse to fully defund it and risk a government shutdown. I can hear it now: "Give us a filibuster proof majority in 2018 and we will end Obamacare."

    It doesn't matter who you put in the WH. Obamacare is here to stay!
    Unfortunately I believe you are right because once an administration gets it in the next administration just goes along with it. Even if Cruz is elected president remember conservatives too are the enemy of congress so he would have an uphill battle until the makeup of congress is changed by other conservatives being elected.
    Glad to hear you - or anyone - concede to that point. They're BOTH very much disliked by the present congress, and I don't believe Dirty Harry Reid (et.a.) for ONE MINUTE when they say they'd rather deal with one than the other.

    It's a ploy as old as the hills, and I ain't buyin'.