While there is no doubt that a Donald Trump presidency would not be a good thing for America, a Ted Cruz presidency would be even worse.
It is an interesting phenomenon that no matter how many people fight between the Clinton, Sanders and Trump supporters, they can all agree Cruz is a slimy, smug caricature of a politician.
It blows my mind people could look at the things he supports and still say they would pledge their vote for the man. I can understand people trying to vote for the lesser of two evils, but in the race of Trump versus Cruz, the latter is much more sinister than the former.
If you can look at someone who would seriously campaign on defunding and disbanding the Department of Education and support them, I suspect you might be seriously misguided.
Cruz says we should repeal Common Core. He says we should return education to the people who know our students best, the teachers and parents.
While this sounds good on the surface, it takes only a glance to see past the glimmer of hope and into the grim reality on the inside.
In America, we still have people actively campaigning to remove evolution from the classroom. We have schools that still teach abstinence-only sex education because some people find it “icky” or “immoral.”
Are we really wanting to give these people free reign over what an entire school learns?
Might I remind everyone that the Department of Education is also responsible for federal student aid, including loans and grants? No more Pell Grants. No more loans, both subsidized and unsubsidized.
As a student, think about how much time you have left in school and how much you will have to have in loans and grants. “Work harder and get scholarships” is a poorly constructed argument often used by those without scholarships, and “get a job to put yourself through college” only worked when college was affordable without loans.
Aside from the glaring issues with his post-election plans, his running platform is poorly constructed and mostly flash over substance.
Cruz runs on a campaign of hatred for President Obama and the things he did while in office. While this is not so foreign for the GOP, at some point you cannot answer every single question with “We have to get rid of Obamacare!”
In Cruz’s America, the ACA is the cause of all of our problems. Never mind the North American Free Trade Agreement or any of the actual problems the country faces with corporations outsourcing labor. Blame it all on Obama and some people will vote for you no matter what.
Everyone knows the primaries are all about aligning the party, and the general election is about swaying independent voters, provided nothing earth-shattering occurs. Cruz’s attempt to appeal to the evangelical right made him seem very strong in the initial primaries, and Trump’s polarizing personality sent some voters right into Cruz’s camp, for sure, without stopping to think about the consequences.
There is no doubt that the only people who like Cruz are his own supporters. Trump supporters even call him “the rat” and “lyin’ Ted.”
When he showed up to campaign in the Bronx, the small crowd that did show up booed him. His vision of America’s future is one of oppression and prejudice for those who do not share his ideals, and people are starting to realize that. This is a man who called the supreme court decision on marriage equality “liberal fascism” and an “unrelenting assault on traditional marriage.”
Since Cruz is not set to stop campaigning any time soon, we can only think that he is desperately hoping for a contested convention.
If Cruz wins the nomination through a reorganization of suspended delegates, I doubt his chances in the general election and foresee a severe disenfranchisement of GOP voters that might lead to the fabled “fourth party.”