So to start off, I want to emphasize—I’m not big on Ted Cruz. I don’t agree with evangelist concepts mixed in with politics, which is basically his mantra. For the most part, anything he’s ever said to me starts sounding like the adults in a Charlie Brown cartoon after thirty seconds. That’s right, Ted Cruz to me sort of sounds like that terrible trumpet sound we are all familiar with. Basically, it’s just awful mixed in with a whole lot of horrible multiplied by ten billion. Plus, there are no fun loving kids to watch or a heartwarming story. Just that trumpet sounding the entire time he speaks, and during that entire time, I sort of wish I had hit myself over the head with something so I had blacked out.


Ted Cruz speaks his mind.

But for some reason, this wasn’t the case when he spoke at the Republican National Convention. This fact is probably because he was never the guy I would have put money on to actually speak his mind, although he did it probably in order to keep that mind (more on this later).

My guess is, he has been closely watching what has been going on with his Republican colleagues since Trump became their candidate. After Newt Gingrich, a former House Speaker and previously intelligent individual, gave a speech that was ironically mimicking Trump’s argument style, Ted Cruz must have shuddered. Gingrich followed Trump’s usual pattern, I suppose because imitation is the highest form of flattery or the surest sign that Trump’s turning smart people into idiots. Or, it’s really probably a little bit of both.

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The Trump type argument.

The pattern of argument goes something like this: 1. Say the worst racist thing off the top of your head, and make sure you aren’t thinking at all before you speak. 2. Make that group your problem. 3. Make up the problem about them. 4. Now, make up an illogical, impossible solution that can’t happen in the real universe. 5. Sound very good and believable while you’re doing it. It’s all about showmanship.

Watching Gingrich say Muslims need “tests” or they should be deported, while completely forgetting about no-fly zones that make the deportation of Muslims impossible (not like a former House Speaker should remember that those little fly zone issues exist) shows Trump must have some kind of hypnotic lobotomizing effect on typically intelligent, respected Republicans. All of this must have made Cruz realize he could be next.


Kudos to Cruz for staying smart.

So Cruz made a speech telling Republicans to “vote their conscience,” basically implying anybody but Trump, and got himself booed off the stage. He’s risking his career and status to speak his personal truth, but he’s probably also so ready to check out in order to save what’s left of his IQ, he was happy to get the heck out of Dodge.

Early on, many major Republicans like Mitt Romney did not accept Trump. However, recently, many of the most high-powered of their group has simply gone quiet, or perhaps, and this is my guess, dumb. But if you would have ever asked me which one of them, if any of them, would speak out against Trump so dramatically, Ted Cruz would never have been on my list.

So kudos to Ted Cruz for what quite possibly was just deciding to save yourself and your intelligence while jumping off that bandwagon. I still applaud the move. After all, you can’t really blame the guy for wanting to hang onto what’s left of his IQ after experiencing that convention.

And for the first time ever, Ted Cruz didn’t sound like a horrible trumpet or cause me to look for a blunt object to help induce a temporary coma. Now that’s really saying something.