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Ted Cruz: One Last Shot
One Last Shot Before November
Can we agree that God is good? Can we agree that God keeps his promises? That his Word is his bond? God is not a liar and there is an entire book devoted to God's goodness, love, and promises called the Bible. God made a promise to Israel: "If you obey my commands, I will be your God and you will be my people." God said this. He meant this. And then, he departed from his people. What happened?
August 6, 2015, Fox News Channel; The first Presidential debate for the GOP. The Moderator asked for a show of hands of who would support the GOP nominee no matter who he would be. Everyone rose their hand, inluding Ted Cruz, except Donald Trump. Donald later agreed that if the GOP treated him fairly, he would pledge to support whoever the nominee would be. His personal conduct was scrutinized severely by the other candidates and the media, save Ted Cruz (who instead opted to keep his attacks based on politics and track record).
Maybe everyone has forgotten Donald Trump's whiny threats that he was being treated unfairly and would run 3rd party it if continued. Maybe everyone forgot how he defended Planned Parenthood's butchery of little babies. Maybe you never considered that the way Ted Cruz feels about Trump has more to do with the dignity of his father and his wife. I'm sure his wife and his father have shrugged it off by now, but not Ted. Not a loyal husband and loving son. It's easy to move past wrongs committed against one's self, but when you attack someone's loved ones, you better believe there is going to be hell to pay.
Ted Cruz made a promise to support his political opponent if they so happened to oust him in the arena of ideas. Until March, he held to his guns that he would support Trump if he was nominated as the GOP candidate. After Trump attacked his wife, he and Heidi quickly got past it and moved forward. But then Trump did the unthinkable. He picked up a tabloid story from the National Enquirer (which by the way, is owned by one of Trump's friends), that accused Ted Cruz's father of conspiring with Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate John F. Kennedy. What's worse, Trump ran with the story as though it were true! I could imagine what Cruz was thinking at that point, "My opponent is willing to say and do anything, including destroying me and my family, to win this nomination." Trump was no longer a political enemy. He had become a personal enemy.
Now, why did God leave his people? Didn't he break his promise? No. The promise was conditional and the Israelites broke their part of the promise by pursuing foreign gods. Thus the promise was null and void. Trump made it clear that, from his perspective, the pledge was conditional, based on how fairly he was treated by the GOP. If that is the prerequisite, why is it foul play for Cruz to hold other candidates to that standard??
Correct me if I am wrong, but accusing another man's father of assassinating JFK, aside from being a little nutty, is below the belt. The claim was about as substantive as claiming that Cruz was not an American, or that Cruz had maligned Dr. Carson's campaign. Didn't someone else claim that Dr. Carson was a pathological liar? Oh yeah, Donald Trump did that as well! It's one thing for someone to attack your character. It's another thing to make up lies in order to do that.
For the sake of integrity, I will say that Cruz should support Donald Trump as the nominee. Speaking at the convention and not endorsing him was not a smart move on Cruz's part. But he is no way obligated to endorse Donald Trump's campaign.
I will vote for Donald Trump in November. I will vote for him no matter what at this point. I will defend Trump and make it clear that he is a far better candidate for President than Hillary Clinton. But don't tell me that Ted Cruz's loyalty to Donald Trump or the GOP is more important than his loyalty to his wife, his father, or his sacred honor.