Clarity. Ted Cruz calls himself the “consistent conservative”. That’s one reason why Donald J. Trump calls him “Lyin’ Ted Cruz”.
Yesterday we wrote how Ted Cruz joined in with the worst elements in the American political spectrum to attack Donald J. Trump. Imagine if Ted Cruz, the “consistent conservative” had instead said:
‘My opponent Donald Trump was deprived of his free speech rights in Chicago. Donald Trump supporters were deprived of their rights to attend a Trump rally and to associate with whomsoever they choose – the birthright of every American.
I disagree with Donald Trump on issues and am running against him for the office of president. But I am a “consistent conservative” and as such I quote Evelyn Beatrice Hall “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
As a “consistent conservative” I denounce and deplore the brown-shirt tactics of those who planned and achieved their aim to deprive Americans of free political discourse. As a “consistent conservative” I stand with Donald Trump today and his supporters and against the enemies of freedom and liberty.’
Evelyn Beatrice Hall also said “It is by character and not by intellect the world is won.” Lyin’ Ted Cruz has neither character nor consistent intellect as proven by his attack on Donald Trump for political profit. America needed a consistent fighter for freedom of speech. Ted Cruz sided with totalitarians against free speech, liberty, and associational rights.
Hillary Clinton should have given the same response as the one Ted Cruz should have taken to the attack on freedom and liberty that took place in Chicago. Hillary Clinton should have said “as a consistent liberal” or “as a classic liberal” to preface her defense of Donald Trump’s right to speak and his supporters to hear him. Bernie Sanders, a socialist, has less reason to defend free speech. But Bernie Sanders does call himself a “democratic socialist” so maybe the “democratic” portion of his self-description should have given Sanders sufficient reason to stand on the side of free speech, liberty, and associational rights.
Little Marco Rubio and Oily John Kasich should also have defended Donald J. Trump’s right to free speech, and the right of Trump supporters to attend and hear what Trump has to say.
Instead of a defense of freedom and liberty these Republicans thought they could profit with a unified attack against Donald J. Trump. Clarity.
It was up to the genial Dr. Ben Carson to defend the free speech rights of Donald Trump and call out his party’s leaders to speak in defense of free speech and liberty.
Free speech, liberty, associational rights, should be defended by liberals and conservatives. Those who do not support free speech, liberty, and associational rights, are totalitarians, authoritarians, political opportunists, or plain old hypocrites.
The attacks on Donald J. Trump’s rights and the rights of his supporters tell us what we need to know about those running against Trump. Chicago provided the opportunity for defenders of freedom, liberty, and associational rights to speak out. Those that chose to exploit that opportunity for personal profit are not deserving of high office – they are too low on character. Clarity.