Please Kentucky, Don’t Mess This Up

Did you watch the debate last night?  U.S. Senator Cruz, flanked by Senator Lee and Senator Vitter, speaks against pending immigration legislation during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonCould the choice be any clearer? If you are an angry voter, if you are beyond frustrated at being ignored by virtually all of Washington, I am with you. But the abject silliness of Donald Trump, the juvenile comments (bragging about his private parts in a Presidential debate…a new low in the history of Presidential politics), the complete inability to clearly articulate a single policy position when challenged to by both Rubio and Cruz, has to break our party out of its stupor. Donald Trump is not qualified…period. In fact he is patently unqualified.

Not only could he not pass a high school freshman civics course (“my sister {a federal judge} just signed a new law,” he stated last week), but if, after having hurled every insult in the book at the other candidates for weeks, he cannot handle a few jabs without totally losing his composure, how will he handle the Clinton attack machine in a general election?

One of the most significant roundhouse blows of the night was leveled against Trump by Ted Cruz. Cruz asked:

“Let me ask the voters at home, is this the debate you want playing out in the general election? The stakes in this election are too high. For seven years, millions of Americans, we’ve been struggling, wages have been stagnating, people are hurting, our constitutional rights are under assault. And if we nominate Donald, we’re going to spend the spring, the fall, and the summer with the Republican nominee facing a fraud trial with Hillary Clinton saying why did you give my campaign and my foundation $100,000?”

Those are completely valid, substantive, points. And thus did Cruz conduct himself throughout the debate. Trump, who has been a serial interrupter in every debate, was even lectured by Cruz like a school boy, “Donald, please stop interrupting. I know it’s hard for you. Breath…breath.” A bit off putting, perhaps, but Trump has nobody but himself to blame. He set the tone weeks ago.

I already laid out just a few of the bona-fides that Cruz brings to the table in a column here at WKS earlier this week. That was only a partial list. Given Cruz’s education, conservative accomplishments (he did a great job of highlighting his wins before the US Supreme Court on religious liberty, second amendment rights and others in one succinct answer) there is absolutely no doubt who is the true conservative, the true fighter, and most qualified candidate in the field. Personally, I cannot fathom why he is not leading in every state poll.

I write for several outlets so I get a lot of email feedback and sometimes readers reach out on social media or locals stop me to discuss politics. So by now I have had about thirty of forty people who I respect and like and mostly agree with on issues tell me they don’t like Ted Cruz. But in each and every case the only objections I hear to him are that he is off putting in his manner. Women in particular tell me he strikes them as “a little creepy”. Okay. I can see it a bit. I would counter that Trump with his crass manner, his bragging in books about his many affairs with married women, and his recent comment that his daughter has a hot body and if she weren’t his daughter he would date her, is WAY creepier.

But more importantly, are we really going to cast off the strongest conservative candidate, the most accomplished Constitutional scholar (he was even complimented as such by his Harvard Professor and ideological opponent Alan Deschowitz), and the most staunch defender of the Bill of Rights we have seen since Reagan simply because he has come across badly sometimes on TV? As someone who has met Cruz once and heard him speak in person twice, I can tell you that he does much better in person. Still, the man is not running for best actor or talk show host. He is running for Chief Executive of the country. It will be in person that he will meet with the Putin’s and Kim Jong-Un’s of the world.

And please, don’t buy into the inevitability of Trump as nominee. Despite his repeated bragging last night about the degree of his lead in the polls, that’s not how we nominate candidates. We nominate based on delegates. And as of this writing Cruz is a close second, only 80 delegates behind for a nomination that requires over 1,200. If he wins Kentucky this weekend it can close the gap even more.

Cruz said it best, the stakes in this election are too high. You’re right to be angry at Washington. Focus that anger on a candidate who actually knows the Constitution inside and out and has actually won on pivotal issues. Don’t mess this up Kentucky, you are not Alabama or South Carolina. You’re smarter than that.

This Time, Iowa Matters

Normally, I don’t get too worked up about the Iowa Caucus for Republican Primaries. But this time, it matters. We have heard nothing for the past two weeks except that Trump was a juggernaut who could not be beaten. Yet 76% of primary voters did not vote for Trump. Ted Cruz took Trumps best punch and beat him.

As Ted predicted yesterday and again this morning, the media (yes…even Fox) is already spinning this that…well…of course he won Iowa. Iowa is a strong evangelical state…he had to win there. But that’s not what they were saying two days ago. The media was saying that Evangelicals were breaking heavily for Trump.

This was an accomplishment and it matters. Ground game (and shoe leather) still counts in primaries. One need look no further than our home, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the wonderful upset Matt Bevin accomplished.

Now lets just hope the single digit candidates get out and that some of them endorse Cruz. Ben Carson is a truly great man. I was honored to attend his speech here in Paducah and the man is a national treasure and an inspiration. But he is not going to be President. I hope and pray that he will endorse Cruz and encourage his supporters to go to Cruz. So this is what Iowa means…Ted Cruz has a great chance to win the Republican Nomination…Trump or no Trump.

On Refugees, Christian Duty, and Moral High Horses

I don’t have time to write my own thoughts about the Syrian Refugee crisis. Other duties demand my attention for the next couple of weeks. But my friend Richard Nelson, who I have previously co-authored with, does an excellent job of summarizing my stand here. The uncharitable behavior I have seen on Facebook in recent days aimed by Christians at other Christians is disappointing to say the least. Funny how those who advocate for compassion towards refugees, seem a bit short on that compassion for their fellow American Christian brethren who may hold a different opinion on the efficacy of the screening process and of the magnitude of the security risk. Also, since when is bringing the refugees to America the only option available to us? There is much more we can do to provide aid and relief to these people who we all agree have great needs other than that.

Presidential Debate PostMortum

Well, I cannot honestly say that my guy Ted Cruz won tonight. He had a very respectable showing, but he had no chance of winning because he was not allowed to answer enough questions. There is no doubt that CNN and Fox both tried to limit his camera time because they know what a strong debater he is and they don’t want him to win.

That being said, I have to give the win to Carly Fiorina tonight. She had not only the best answer of the night (Planned Parenthood) she also had the second best answer of the night as well (her response to Donald Trump’s “face” comment).

Second place goes to Marco Rubio who was good in the earlier debate but who gave GREAT answers to every question he was given.

Cruz, even with his limited camera time, came in third. His answers were, as usual, specific and substantive. He refused to allow the moderator Jake Tapper, to bait him and instead diffused and immediately used Tapper’s attempt to make a clear statement about his (Cruz’s own) policy.

I am not a Huckabee voter but he had some excellent answers as well.

The Clear Winner of Tonight’s Debate

IMG_1256It’s not who you think I am going to say. The clear winner is the Republican field. Walker, Carson, Cruz, and even Huckabee and Paul made some excellent points against the Democrats and the Obama agenda. I thought Christie looked downright silly at times. I thought Bush looked weak and stumbling on several questions. Cruz did great on the questions he got but as I feared he didn’t get enough of them. Paul did well but didn’t distinguish himself. Walker was very strong as was Rubio. Huckabee was a pleasant surprise.

Because he had the best and most meaningful zingers of the night I give first place to Walker. Second place is Cruz. He pulled away in his closing statement. Third place tie between Rubio and Carson. Honorable mention to Huckabee.

Senate Fiddles, Infanticide Continues

I wrote these two press releases for a different entitiy. I don’t know if they will use them but I am posting them here so at least my followers can know my thoughts on this horror. They are short and to the point. 180 words each:

Release 1

Yesterday the United States Senate failed in its attempt to protect babies from being “crushed here and crushed there” as Dr. Nucatola casually described in the first undercover video of Planned Parenthood’s macabre tactics. It boggles the mind why Democrats employed the so called “nuclear option” in order to pass Obamacare with a simple majority vote, but Republican leadership didn’t feel the health crisis of infanticide was of adequate importance to do so in this instance. At the very least, could the measure to defund not have been attached to a bill that Democrats were strongly in favor of so that it might pass?  Likewise we are told that after their summer break, Republicans will try some procedural maneuvers to stop federal funding to this repugnant organization. At least Republican leaders can salve their conscience secure in the knowledge that they “played fair” and that Senate order has been restored. It is emotionally devastating to consider how many tiny innocent skulls will be crushed in the interim. Never before has the impotence of this Congress been more starkly evident.

Release 2

“It is our obligation to protect our wives, our sisters, our daughters and our grand-daughters from the absurd policies of a Republican Party that has lost its moral compass.”

Those were the words of Minority Leader Harry Reid last evening as Republicans attempted to defund Planned Parenthood. So are we to accept that the mutilation of a baby in the womb is now the moral high ground? What type of moral compass is required for a politician to engage in such a perverse twisting of the meaning of words and the logical application of language? Nancy Pelosi meanwhile called outrage over the videos a “manufactured crisis”. Huh? If altering the morally sketchy late term abortion procedures in order to “harvest” body parts desired by the market is not a crisis, what is? If we cannot agree that what has been seen in these videos is immoral, one must wonder, what can we agree on as a nation? And regarding current Democrat party leadership, do words like “crisis” or “morals” even hold anything resembling their actual meaning anymore?