Cruz exposed the truth: Voting Trump (or Clinton) is a vote against America’s conscience

Ted Cruz Speaks the Truth

In November, America will elect the worst President in the history of this great country. It doesn’t matter which liberal Democrat from New York wins the election. This isn’t about choosing the lesser of two evils. It’s about picking our political poison. With Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, the Presidency will become a fatal dose of incompetence covered in corruption and mingled with deception.

Absolutely nothing Ted Cruz said in his speech at the Republican National Convention was against the country, the GOP, or conservatism. He told voters to defend freedom. He told them to embrace the conservative values that have kept the evils of liberalism from overrunning the country for over two centuries. He asked Americans to vote for their conscience because, in theory, one’s conscience should be able to guide their vote in the right direction up and down the ticket.

What Cruz did wasn’t wrong in any form or fashion. The outrage is that he exposed the truth: most of those who wholeheartedly accept and endorse Donald Trump as President must do so against their conscience. There are those who support him because they truly believe he will make America great again. That’s why he won the nomination; enough voters were fooled into believing that this corrupt, incompetent man was the beacon of hope they’ve been seeking since Ronald Reagan. Of course, there’s also a good number of Democrats who assisted in that, but now’s not the time to dwell on past misfortunes.

Many people will hold their nose and vote for Trump because they fear Hillary. This is acceptable because it’s still conscience-driven. However, that does not mean that any of us should be expected to pile on false praise in order to feign a sense of unity within the party. The anti-Clinton vote should stay just that – anti-Clinton. Pretending like Trump will be anything other than an absolute disaster as President is unworthy of anyone calling themselves patriots.

Ted Cruz said what many have hoped would never be said. Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, and even running mate Mike Pence are not the sheep following blindly. They are the ones who have abandoned their conscience in an effort to build a perception of unity in the party and for the sake of their political futures. They kissed the ring in hopes that most others would as well. They felt that anyone who didn’t would be in the minority and dismissed like John Kasich and Jeb Bush. The last thing they wanted was for someone to tell the truth that the party can only unify behind Trump by stifling their conscience.

As Paul G. Kengor noted on Conservative Review:

What ran afoul in Cleveland was nothing that Ted Cruz said or did; what was foul was the reaction of the Trumpists, a sect of followers who have taken on the persona of their leader, from their rank incivility to their belligerence to their juvenile, emotional, and often irrational cruelty toward anyone who does not go “all-in” for their dear leader.

We are faced with an impossible choice. It’s been said many times in the past, but what Alexander Hamilton wrote in the 18th century bears constant repeating: “If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”

I will never vote for Hillary Clinton. I will never vote for Donald Trump. I’m not crazy about any of the other candidates who don’t have a chance anyway. The only path forward for conservatives is to build on what we have left and start a new party.

JD Rucker

JD Rucker is Editor of this site as well as Soshable, a Federalist Christian Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and co-founder of the Federalist Party. Find him on Twitter or Facebook.

  1. Thank you. I so agree. After a life time of voting the Republican ticket in EVERY election, I am done. I am no longer a Republican

    1. I’m considering leaving the party as well. When a Senator’s wife has be escorted out of a building for her own safety while her husband is speaking, the Republican Party has morphed into something I no longer recognize.

      I expect that kind of behavior from Democrats. But, I expect a bit more from Republicans.

  2. As a member of the Cruz Crew working online daily for the campaign over the last year, I will say that what disturbs me the most with Mr. Trump was his constant lying. But it became quite obvious to me once I saw the other candidates leaving the race, just what he was doing. When a candidate is inept, incapable of keeping up with the others in terms of substantive argument, the only option left is to insult and in Mr. Trump’s case, to say everything he had to in order to destroy the character of his competition. A wonderful example of this is when he would go on and on how he won the debates, when he clearly didn’t. And he knew it. Sure he did. It’s why he refused to participate in two of them. So my advice? Keep your eyes open to see how he does with the upcoming Presidential debate. Should for some reason, they not take place, well then there’s your sign. God bless you all! God bless America!

  3. This Republican will be voting, for the first time in his life, for the Libertarian ticket: Governors Gary Johnson (of New Mexico) and Bill Weld (of Massachusetts). These two men are experienced, as twice-elected state executives, in managing budgets, vetoing pork-barrel bills, and dealing with legislative bodies. Donald Trump is not. Don’t vote for the corrupt Hillary Clinton: Any anti-Trump protest vote cast for her will merely be counted as part of her “mandate.” Johnson and Weld both come from the GOP. While they aren’t perfect, Johnson and Weld are a reasonable and responsible alternative to Hillary and Donald. •

  4. Thank you JD Rucker for voicing your conscious! You are absolutely truthful in everything you wrote, and living in a state that allows write ins, that’s exactly what I’m doing…My vote has never changed whether he’s running or not. Ted Cruz gets my vote!

  5. My conscience will NEVER allow me to vote for either of the totally unfit and unethical candidates…. Killery or Trump. My state of Mississippi does not honor write-in votes for president… so, if there is no other person of honor and integrity on my ballot, I will write-in Ted Cruz anyway.

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