Conservatives Must Not Squander This Opportunity

By David Limbaugh

Ted Cruz Duck Hunting with Phil Robertson
Ted Cruz Duck Hunting with Phil Robertson
David Limbaugh
David Limbaugh

USA – -( As a supporter of Ted Cruz I have had many supporters of other candidates tell me that he would not be electable in the general election. I disagree.

Yes, Cruz is caricatured in social media and elsewhere as unlikable and as one who doesn't play well with others. He's too extreme and we need someone who can draw independents to win, and, once elected, unite us in bipartisan action.

He just isn't as handsome as Rubio, they say.

Yet I have seen polls showing that Cruz is the most well-liked candidate among Republican voters, so you can't always rely on anecdotal evidence — or expert commentary. The reason is that we all have a tendency to project our own feelings on to the general population.

How could Cruz get legislation through Congress if so many of his Senate colleagues don't like him now, ask the critics. We can't afford any more gridlock.

Well, one reason Cruz is unpopular among many of his colleagues is that he honored his campaign promises to stand up to President Obama and resist his wasteful, unreasonable budgets.

Establishment members of Congress and pundits have preemptively declared defeat before each budget discussion. Their cookie-cutter analysis concluded that no matter how outrageous Obama's demands, Republicans would lose the PR battle because they are perceived as the party of less government.

Plus, critics maintained, the Republicans never had enough votes to filibuster or override a veto, so any strong resistance was foolish and would just make them look worse to the people and cause them to lose the next election. “Just wait until we regain power; then we'll be tough.”

When Cruz, among very few others, listened to his constituents instead of the defeatists in his own party and proceeded to fight, he was castigated as a grandstander and manipulator who was placing himself above the party and the nation. I remember arguing with many of these people at the time that it is very important that Republicans take strong stands against Obama.

You see, I didn't believe Cruz was quixotic. I didn't view these budget battles solely in the short term. Rather, I had the long view in mind. I think there is some chance we even could have prevailed if Republicans had unanimously united in opposition to Obama's reckless budget submissions, but I was certain that if we didn't fiercely resist him and publicly make our case in the process, we would face serious consequences with the electorate that had twice resoundingly rejected Obama's agenda in the off-year congressional elections.

I have said before that the establishment gave birth to Donald Trump by surrendering to Obama too quickly and not vigorously opposing him.

Indeed, I believe the Republicans' failure to join Cruz in these budget battles was a contributing factor. Their calculus about that always-looming next election should now be seen as folly. The grass roots simply didn't believe the GOP was fighting for them, and now we are all paying for it.

The grass roots believed that even conservative Republicans were too feckless or ineffective to oppose Obama's agenda, and many are overreacting and choosing Trump. They don't seem too concerned about whether he is a reliably consistent conservative, or about his record of supporting many liberal causes.

How ironic that Ted Cruz is being punished by people because few of his colleagues would stand with him against the establishment. He has, with his actions, demonstrated himself to be a far sharper thorn in the establishment's side than Trump and his rhetoric. Cruz is the guy that stood up to the establishment from the inside and proved he could not be pressured by his peers to go along to get along. Isn't that what the grass roots have been craving all these years?

It's also ironic that Trump is reputed to be the person who stands up to the establishment and get things done. But he is the one who has boasted in this campaign about his willingness to work with the establishment.

Ted Cruz is remarkably brilliant and has proved more than any politician in modern times that he will do in office precisely what he promises to do in the campaign. This isn't expedient rhetoric; it's his proven track record.

Concerning electability, Cruz, in a general election campaign, would articulate conservatism with a flair we haven't seen in a presidential campaign since Ronald Reagan. I have always believed that if conservative ideas are clearly and unapologetically communicated they will energize the base and attract millions of others. These are positive, optimistic, and contagious ideas that for decades haven't been presented clearly, without dilution, and with utterly authentic conviction.

Ted Cruz believes he can reignite the old Reagan coalition and lead us to victory. I firmly believe it too. And if he wins with such an unambiguous message, he will have the clearest of mandates to pursue his agenda with a Congress elected along with him.

Republicans and conservatives must not overreact and throw the hay out with the pitchforks, when we can have the real deal with Ted Cruz, who will steer America back on the right course, first reversing Obama's destructive agenda and then implementing conservative principles to restore America's glory.

This really isn't that complicated. Cruz is the conservative candidate conservatives have longed for, and it would be tragic if we squander what could be our last opportunity.

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book is “Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel.” Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at

  • 9 thoughts on “Conservatives Must Not Squander This Opportunity

    1. We’ve elected Conservative to control the Senate and the House over the past two election cycles. What exactly has it gotten us? Nothing! They all just rolled over and gave Obama funding for every Socialist dream he ever had in the Omnibus Budget Bill.

      I’ve decided I want a MAN for President. A MAN who says what he means. A MAN who has a history of getting things done at considerable risk to himself. A MAN who has overcome obstacles. A MAN who might say a word you wouldn’t say in front of your mother. I’m tired of these so called Conservatives Politicians. They all say they’re Conservative when election time comes around. Rubio, an open borders guy says he’s Conservative. Jeb, an open borders, common core guy says he’s conservative. All reports indicate Cruz is a butt hole and can’t get along with people. How many times will we be fooled by that BS?

      Trump says he’ll get our jobs back from overseas. He says he’ll build a wall. He say’s he’ll stop the invasion of illegals. He says he’ll revamp health care by eliminating the Sweet Heart, non-competitive, deals the insurance companies made with your Conservative Politicians. There’s more. What’s not conservative about those statements?

      We’ve got one chance to get this right in November. Trump is the answer. Not another Conservative Poliitician.

      Larry Morse

    2. Well I will follow the US Constitution before anything else. I do not care what 22,000 law books say. I do not need a criminal ESQUIRE to “translate” the meaning of the Constitution for me.

      Cruz Dad was Canadian Mom was American Ted was born in CANADA nit on an American military base, not a member of an American consulate NOT ON AMERICAN SOIL.. DIS QUALIFIED no discussion . . . next

      Rubio, was born in the US to immigrants who were not made citizens until 4 YEARS AFTER he was born. Both parents at the time were NOT AMERICAN.period. Rubio at best was an anchor baby and that is criminal period. If we add in his proclivities he is n NO WAY presidential material which also includes Obama… Again no discussion…

      If you are too stupid to read and understand the US Constitution as written in it’s purity then perhaps you are also too stupid to understand the meaning and reason behind the ORIGINAL 13th Amendment or the fact that it even exists, and is still completely legal they you are in serious need of education. If you are unawares that the White House was burned by the British to specifically destroy all copies of the US Constitution and in specific the 13th Amendment.

      The Original Thirteenth Article of Amendment To The Constitution For The United States

      “If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.” [Journal of the Senate]

      On March 12, 1819 the State of Virginia, with the enactment and publication of the laws of Virginia, became the 13th and FINAL state required to ratify the above article of amendment to the Constitution For The United States, thus making it the Law Of The Land. With the enactment of Act No. 280, March 12, 1819, which was Voted, En Bloc, and publication of the Revised Code, the State of Virginia notified the Department of State, the Congress, the Library of Congress, and the President of their action by issuing to each a copy of the Laws of Virginia. [See VA 1819 Images] . In fact, the Journal of the Virginia Senate; Tuesday, May 1st, 1810 (Pages 511-512 shows that the resolution to amend was properly enrolled and ratified on that date by the Virginia House and Senate, to be laid before the President of the United States, therefore the first state to ratify.

      If you do not understand the meaning of the above then understand that every “B.A.R.” certified Lawyer bears a royal title and dual citizenship with Britain. Meaning by the LAW of the LAND they cannot hold office in the US Government. More than 75% of American Congress are B.A.R. certified Lawyers. Meaning these individuals hold allegiances to the Crown…

      Are you a free American or a subject?

    3. Rick Perry was the most qualified man in the field but the media gave Trump the stage and all the free publicity once again choosing the losers and winners.

    4. In response to John C, the GOP has already presented the candidates that appear to the “middle of the road voters” and we lost the last two elections due to this strategy. Conservatism is common sense. Unfortunately, common sense is not that common anymore. Kasich , the candidate that states he that should be running as a Democrat, is not the candidate we need to lead this country. He is ready to compromise too quickly like Trump. How about giving a truly conservative candidate who has proven it with actions , not words. By the way, Christians Republicans vote more with our heads using the same critical thinking skills as your comrades and still come to a different conclusion. Stereotyping is easy when your ranting.

    5. I don’t care if the Repubs run Alfred E. Newman, anyone is better than Hillary! So lets not let the Democrats drive any wedges between us.

    6. Yes Mr. Limbaugh. Senator Cruz is the logical choice of hard line Conservative voters. Trump is an aberration and should not be identified as a Republican. In a year when the Presidential election should be an easy conquest for Republicans, it is now highly unlikely to happen. There is still a group of Americans with common sense. Trump will bring disaster to us. He has already attacked two of the major religions of the world. When he speaks next it will something else stupid to intentionally alienate someone else. I trust America will elect anyone else. Senator Cruz is too far right to capture a large group of mainstream voters. Maybe, just maybe Governor Kasich can garner the nomination. He is centrist enough to collect voters rejecting Trump and Cruz and garnering middle of the road voters who do not want the hard left candidates from the Democrats. Besides Secretary Clinton Governor Kasich is by far the most qualified. He could win it all if Republicans vote with their heads and not their Bible, or their anger.

    7. Conservatives will piss it away-guaranteed! Look who is in the lead for President right now-really. Just say tough stuff and you win, really? Well it worked for Hitler so why not us (NOT saying the fluffy haired guy with the weird hand moves; tiny thumbs up, tiny way of pointing, itty bitty mouth, etc. is Hitler–he certainly is not). Regardless, we will lose again this one last time and why not, realistically our country thanks to what we have done to ourselves is DOA-and pretty much in the next 5-10 years. Wish I could be more optimistic, but world events coupled with our own stupidity…

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