Watching Ted Cruz attempt to steal an election he could not win honestly -- far more Republicans voted "against" him than they did Trump -- I wonder what makes him a conservative?
His memorization of the Constitution at 13?
I once memorized the Gettysburg Address. Does that make me Lincoln?
Cruz talks a pretty good game about conservatism but he sure uses a lot of liberal tactics. Just as Obama gamed the system eight years ago, there is Cruz sending his minions out to get them elected as delegates pledged to Trump. His press flacks call this playing by the rules. I call it wrong. For a man who says he wants limited government, he sure is piling on the rules to stop the will of the voters in the Republican caucuses and primaries.
Just what are his conservative values? He opposes abortion? Everybody does. But the conservative argument against abortion is that as bad as the decisions by women are, having the government make the decision is even worse. I am not saying this is my argument. I am saying that this is a legitimate view, and it may be the reason no one seriously entertains the notion of ratifying an amendment to overturn Roe-Wade. Appointing judges in the hope of overturning Roe-Wade is lame, but that is the only way this will happen. It is a long shot.
He opposes Obamacare? Everybody does. Conservatives and socialists agree it must go, but the argument is what do you replace it with? No matter who is elected, Obamacare changes. And his call to end it from Day One seems to be unconstitutional, unless he means he will sign into law a measure approved by both houses of Congress to repeal Obamacare.
Fiscal conservative? Everybody is. But the funny thing is, the politicians promise to cut taxes or increase spending (in some cases, both) which expands the deficit. And deficits increase the National Debt.
Cruz is a freshman senator with a Harvard law degree who fancies himself an expert on the Constitution. We already have one of those. However, in Cruz's favor, he has held high-profile positions in Washington and has done more with his life than smoke choom and write books.
Nevertheless, I find his behavior since he lost six consecutive primaries -- earning only six of the 273 delegates in those primaries -- to be very disturbing. They are values I associate with liberals, not conservatives.