If the United States Constitution and its’ original context are important to you, then there are only two Republicans on the ballot in Virginia who deserve your vote. Those Republicans are Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.
Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz have been three of the most constitutionalist Senators in modern history and they all have my unwavering support, as well as the unwavering support of the Tea Party, conservatives, and many independents within the Liberty Movement.
So why do so many of these same people also support the candidacy of Donald Trump? Donald Trump has not demonstrated any appreciation or commitment to the United States Constitution, nor even that he understands it. He’s running the sort of populist campaign one would expect from a Socialist Strong Man in Venezuela or Mexico. Yet, his approach has actually appealed to a great many people who say that liberty and our constitutional republic are the two most important priorities.
Donald Trump has drawn all the anger to him, harnessed it, corrupted it, and sent it flowing straight through the ranks of the grassroots, undermining the principles we’ve all stood upon from the beginning. I have so many friends supporting Trump, that I find myself feeling trepidation at attacking his candidacy, because I question myself, “If all these people I respect are buying into Donald Trump, could I be missing something?” I’ve tried to keep an open mind, but I just can’t get there myself.
I’ve watched as Rand Paul has battled corruption in the federal bureaucracy, the pentagon, and the Federal Reserve. I’ve watched as Ted Cruz has battled against the most corrupt Republican Leadership in Congress, maybe ever. Joined by Mike Lee (the Calvin Coolidge of the Senate) and on a great many occasions, Senators Ben Sass, Marco Rubio, Jeff Sessions, and Tim Scott, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have been fearless fighters against everything we agree is wrong in government.
I’m surprised that a billionaire corporatist has been able to win the hearts and minds of citizens who look at Lee, Paul, Cruz, Scott, Sessions, and Rubio as leaders in the movement this conservative constituency started back in 2006. I am no longer soliciting explanations, because it doesn’t matter. I do not believe that Donald Trump will protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. I suppose I would understand people supporting an anti-establishment, populist candidate like Donald Trump, if Rand Paul and Ted Cruz weren’t on the ballot. But they are… so what the hell? Rubio and Trump differ so much on immigration that I get the disconnect there, but illegal immigration isn’t the only thing going on in America.
Setting aside Donald Trump, we have the strange phenomenon of Ted Cruz supporters and Rand Paul supporters bashing each other and bashing each other’s candidates. What in the world is that about? It’s like watching people debating who’s a better basketball player, Michael Jordan or LeBron James? Then someone pipes up and says, “LeBron isn’t really even that good, he’s like totally overrated”. Ok, wait right there silly. You might not think King James is better than His Airness, Michael Jordan, but to say that he’s overrated just makes you look ridiculous.
That’s how I feel about all these sniping attacks taking place between Cruz and Paul supporters.
Ted Cruz has the better organization, the better staff, and is running a better campaign, with disciplined messaging and a refusal to target his fellow candidates. I ended up volunteering for Cruz, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love Rand Paul, or that I would be unhappy if Paul won. If anything, my only animosity toward Paul was how poorly his campaign operated early on – it didn’t take a political expert to know that such a campaign wouldn’t go very far. Again, that has nothing to do with how much I love Rand Paul. Senator Rubio is also running a disciplined campaign, which would look ultra-conservative if it were not for Rand Paul and Ted Cruz being in the mix.
Before anyone bites my head off, let me just say that I’m sorry for including Senator Rubio as a conservative ally of Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz. I know that doesn’t fit the narrative, but it has been a fact during many battles in the Senate. Also, I’m not saying that Donald Trump is a secret Democrat or a Clinton plant, or in any other way ill-intentioned – merely that he is not a constitutionalist. My criticism of Rand Paul’s campaign isn’t an insult against Rand Paul, but against his campaign staff. I know many of you still believe that Rand Paul can win and don’t want to listen to constructive criticism, but no one in Virginia has written as many pro-Rand Paul articles as I, so when I’m attacked for secretly hating the junior Senator from Kentucky, I resent it.
If you consider yourself a Constitutionalist, then you need to support Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. Don’t give in to hopelessness or scorched-earthiness. Stick with the fighters who have been fighting beside you from the beginning. And for the love of God stop attacking one another. That’s crazy.