Yesterday, word spread that Tea Party Patriots endorsed Donald Trump through their PAC.  Also some rumors were being spread by Trump supporters that Ted Cruz would soon endorse Donald Trump.

Should either endorsement happen or have happened? There is a surprising truth that everyone is missing.

What is it?

The most fundamental aspect of liberty is the right to make up your own mind.  Should Tea Party Patriots have endorsed Donald Trump?  They made up their mind to do so and they have the right to do so.  There is a difference between debating the wisdom of taking a particular action and the right to do so.

Tea Party Nation is sitting this presidential race out.  We will be making no endorsement because none of the candidates have earned our endorsement. None of them have reached out to the Tea Party.  They are all anxious to get the supporters of Bolshevik Bernie but neither the Trump campaign nor the Gary Johnson campaign have tried to make any approach to the Tea Party and & Ted Cruz supporters.

Ted Cruz has not said anything about endorsing Donald Trump. Trump did indicate his support for Ted Cruz’s bill to prevent the Obama Regime from turning the Internet over to an International body.  Cruz tweeted back his thanks to Trump.

Hopefully Cruz will not endorse Trump.  He told Republicans to vote their conscience and that is the best statement he could have made.

But what if Cruz does endorse Trump?

Liberty means he has the right to decide that is the best course of action.  He will be judged on that but he very clearly has the right to make the best decision and should.

Will conservatives throw Cruz under the bus if he does?

Hopefully not.

Among conservatives, there is a disturbing trend of damning someone because they stray from someone’s version of conservative orthodoxy just once.  For conservatism, this is a damaging and dangerous trend.

And it flies in the face of the most fundamental aspect of liberty.

 

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  1. Jim Rogers

    Well, Judson, take another bite out of that crow you’re eating, feather by feather….. Ted Cruz, US Senator, TX, has announced his vote for Donald Trump! Ted is obviously skilled at reading the political tea-leaves, albeit long after his pathetic performance at the GOP convention in Cleveland. The TX senator’s decision to vote for Mr. Trump is three-sided: 1. Defeat Hair-ball Hillary; 2. Mend fences with GOP and Independent voters; 3. Hopefully improve his chances for reelection in 2018. So much for Senator Ted Cruz…..

    Now, let’s discuss the Tea Party Nation decision to “sit-out” the presidential election…..

    That’s an unnecessary decision, Judson ~ you and TPN jumped-the-shark months ago….. A
    TPM decision, one way or another, is irrelevant, immaterial, worthless! You may as well fold
    your’s and the TPN tent, Judson ~ you and TPM are too wedded to being accepted by the GOP Establishment to be politically objective and recognize that Donald Trump was, and remains, our nation’s best hope of wresting power from the unholy oligarchy of the DC, Wall Street, big corporations, UN goal of one-world government!!!

    RIP, TPM!!!

      1. Jim Rogers

        You’re right, Larry, I’m no longer a member! I was, proud and patriotic, until Judson and wall-bangers and head-bangers such as you elbowed in and elbowed me [and a host of others] out….. But I peek in on occasion, and [BOO!] there you are ~ 0n the inside, madly claiming that you and only you know the way to glory!!! So, here I am,
        still proud and patriotic ~ joining other “deplorables” in our Conservative basket ~ standing firmly behind Donald as he engineers the Trump Train to its 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue destination!!! I’ll wave as we pass…..

  2. Kenny Sono

    Well said Judson.
    Obviously:
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/09/23/cruz-says-will-vote-for-trump.html
    Cruz now HAS endorsed Trump.
    Your statements above are right on the money, and I will also add:
    If the damn GOP (who ever that REALLY is….) had EVER listened to the best of the best Tea Party people (mostly all here)…….
    We wouldn’t be forced to vote for a Populist candidate at all.
    STILL, I am quite grateful to Senator Cruz to forgiving Donald Trump which had to have been VERY tough for him.
    Furthermore, I now WILL (once again) vote for Cruz in the future / if he runs for President again (unless somebody better comes along which is highly doubtful).
    Thanks!

  3. DAHL

    We all MUST support Donald Trump as if Hillary wins it will be a complete disaster and the end of this country as we know it. I just read that Ted Cruz is supporting Donald Trump and plans to vote for him on Nov 4th. This is good news and shows that he is a better person than the slimy and bitter Bush’s who along with other RINO malcontents will support and vote for Hillary. If Conservatives support Trump they will at least have a president that they have a chance to develop a relationship with and perhaps sway him on some issues. If Hillary is elected the door to the White House closes to all but the most radical Saul Alinski socialists. I want to see the look on Obama’s and Hillary’s face on Nov 5th and when they swear in Trump.

    1. Larry Wallenmeyer

      Cruz cowardly compromised. Is there ONE courageous, God-fearing, Constitution-loving Conservative ANYWHERE that has the unshakable courage of their stated convictions and principles? First Mark Levin caves, now Cruz…thank GOD for people like Steve Deace, Sen. Ben Sasse, Glenn Beck, and Judson.
      I would rather do what HONORS GOD and stand ALONE and be judged by the world-
      THAN to do what pleases the world and stand with the wrong and be judged by GOD.
      God did NOT change HIS mind, see II Corinthians 6:14-7:1
      2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 King James Version (KJV)

      14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

      15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

      16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

      17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

      18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

      7 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

      Oh, and in case you’re wondering does God ever change His mind:
      Malachi 3:6 King James Version (KJV)

      6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

      America is dead, doomed. We turned our back on God in 1962 and God as mercifully gave us space to repent…but God will not, and can not abide wickedness forever:
      Genesis 6:3 King James Version (KJV)

      3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man…

      What IS coming Rev. Larry?
      THIS:
      http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+26%3A14-46&version=KJV
      AND THIS:
      http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+28%3A15-68&version=KJV

      -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

  4. Agi Yaeger

    Judson, I agree with your analysis, again. After 9/11/16, after the next in series of Hillary fiasco of her health. Many knew that this was the straw that ultimately will brake the camel’s back.
    So Mark Levin was the first to slowly come to terms with the inevitable, never Hillary. His movement became known as the Reluctant Trump voters.
    He endorsed Cruz, supported him throughout his campaign and even campaigned for him. Levin is, no doubt, a staunch constitutional conservative like Cruz who happens to be also a strong tea party supporter.
    Here is Mark Levin’s take on this situation. Listen to his radio wave comment. Mark Levin commented how difficult it was for Cruz to make this painstaking choice. This is by no means a joyous occasion for Cruz. I can understand the reasons Cruz gave.
    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/09/heres-what-mark-levin-thinks-of-ted-cruz-endorsing-trump

    1. MUG

      Agi, I was shocked at Ted. I will still support him, but I wish he had just said he supports him as the Republican candidate instead of saying he endorsed him.

  5. Larry Wallenmeyer

    Cruz cowardly compromised. Is there ONE courageous, God-fearing, Constitution-loving Conservative ANYWHERE that has the unshakable courage of their stated convictions and principles? First Mark Levin caves, now Cruz…thank GOD for people like Steve Deace, Sen. Ben Sasse, Glenn Beck, and Judson.
    I would rather do what HONORS GOD and stand ALONE and be judged by the world-
    THAN to do what pleases the world and stand with the wrong and be judged by GOD.
    God did NOT change HIS mind, see II Corinthians 6:14-7:1
    2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 King James Version (KJV)

    14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

    15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

    16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

    17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

    18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

    7 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

    Oh, and in case you’re wondering does God ever change His mind:
    Malachi 3:6 King James Version (KJV)

    6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

    America is dead, doomed. We turned our back on God in 1962 and God as mercifully gave us space to repent…but God will not, and can not abide wickedness forever:
    Genesis 6:3 King James Version (KJV)

    3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man…

    What IS coming Rev. Larry?
    THIS:
    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+26%3A14-46&version=KJV
    AND THIS:
    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+28%3A15-68&version=KJV

    -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

    1. Agi Yaeger

      Perhaps Cruz was cowardly. But those who can immediately wash away all the good he has done for our country in his capacity as a US senator, all the lone fights he fought all alone for us with very little or no support, can so easily be wiped away is also heartless.
      I have never seen so many people who can only think in black and white. None of us have any clue as to what he or other honest people endure behind the scenes.
      I guess I’m more aware of how people could really be broken coming from behind the iron curtain.
      Oh yes, we can aspire to the courage of our founding fathers back when communication was in its infancy. I’ll just stop there.
      In defense of Ted Cruz, this interview, yesterday speaks volumes that he doesn’t really believe that Trump is fit to be president.
      In an interview with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith, Cruz said he endorsed Trump because the November election is a binary choice between Hillary Clinton and Trump. The junior senator from Texas and unsuccessful presidential candidate said he is voting Trump because he worries Clinton would appoint liberal justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and do damage to the country.
      Smith asked: “Do you consider Donald Trump to be fit to be president?”
      Cruz paused, then answered: “I think we have one of two choices.”
      That’s not exactly an answer to the question, is it?
      http://www.redstate.com/sweetie15/2016/09/25/cruz-didnt-couldnt-say-endorsement-trump/?utm_source=rsmorningbriefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl