by Brad Nelson 3/13/16
Clarice Feldman gives a rather scathing reproach to Cruz, probably deserved, regarding his weak wobble words of non-defense of freedom regarding the mob’s shutting down of a Trump rally in Chicago. Cruz instead found a way to take a narrow and cheap shot at Trump:
This makes Ted Cruz ‘s spineless rejoinder to the violent demonstrations in Chicago so galling to me.
Some years ago I wrote here of my contempt for conservatives who flee the forum for fear of getting their spotlessly white togas spattered with mud and blood when their colleagues are being savaged by liars and thugs. This week my White Toga award goes to Ted Cruz. As thousands of rent a mobs from Soros funded Move On, the White House approved Black Lives Matters fabulist race baiters, and Bernie Sanders fans mobbed and threatened the thousands of people who’d waited in lines for hours to attend a rally in Chicago for Donald Trump. . .
Did Ted Cruz criticize this effort to deny thousands of people their right to free speech and assembly or the violent nature of the demonstration? No, he feebly offered up this on Fox News’s The Kelly File: “A campaign bears responsibility for creating an environment when the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence.”
This is a big problem because one of the central issues with the eGOP is always running from a fight by speaking evasive wobble-words. Anyone intent on real reform must be able to face down these rent-a-mobs and speak plainly.
It’s yet to be seen what Trump will do. But Cruz blinking regarding this issue does not bode well for him. It’s not a way to catch up when you are already behind. Nor does it shine credit on him for throwing the First Amendment under the bus in an attempt to take a political whack at Trump.
Let’s remember that Reagan did not blink as governor of California when it came to facing down the mobs. In 1969, he sent the National Guard to face down the mobs of UC Berkeley.
Cruz blinked, and blinked regarding an enormously important issue, for all the rhetoric in the world is useless unless you are willing to take away one of the Left’s primary means of enacting and holding power: the mob.
But let’s keep some sense of perspective. Trump has capitulated on socialized medicine, Planned Parenthood, and other primary things. He’s even waffled on his stance on illegal immigration.
And it’s not at all clear that conservatives and Tea Party members won’t be “the mob” that needs to be controlled by a Trump administration. Trump is a mercurial man, seemingly grounded in little more than his ego, and who uses bluster to counter his weaknesses. We may cheer if Trump doesn’t capitulate to the mob. But we should remember that men ungrounded in good morals, and who are instead grounded in the mob of populist-opinion, find it easy to turn on a dime and, like Kasich, to jettison Oregon cake-bakers in favor of the Pink Mafia.
However this all plays out, Cruz made a tactical error and one that runs counter to his strength as the man of manners, thoughtful ideas, and sound American principles. If you throw that away, what’s left?
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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