“The better place would be that, with civility, have a dialogue about the bigger, more pressing issues and try to find common ground rather than use each instance of a – you know, a possible crisis to win a political point. We need to start solving problems…have a little bit of self-restraint. It might actually be a politically better approach to see the massive dysfunction. But we don’t even hear about that because we’ve stepped on that message. And I think Republicans need to just take a step back and allow – show a little self-restraint and let this happen a little more organically.” – Jeb Bush
On ABC’s This Week, Jeb Bush stopped by to inject a little sense into the conversation. He suggested we would accomplish many things if only we were civil. Oh, of course! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that before! While we’re at it, let’s just be civil with radical Islamic terrorists, and then we can work through all our issues with them over a nice cup of tea.
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz was being hammered by ABC’s Jonathan Karl. During an interview on the same show, after going on at length about how Ted Cruz was the single individual responsible for the government shutdown, Karl asked this question: “How much do your colleagues just despise you right now on the floor? I mean, I hear some really strong language from your own fellow Republican senators.”
We have a fundamental problem here. It’s certainly understandable that a Liberal journalist would hammer Ted Cruz; the Left fears him deeply. But when a Republican does it, it’s a far greater sin. Ever since Cruz rose to prominence, we’ve seen Republicrat after Republicrat slam Cruz for everything he does. One would like to believe that Republicans would back someone who is the exemplification of conservatism, but the truth is much more crass. Republicrats fear Ted Cruz as much as Democrats do. In addition, Republicrats are fatally flawed in terms of their thought process toward Democrats.
The Republicrats fear Ted Cruz for several reasons. First, he pushes them to actually make substantial movements within the Party. Cruz creates an environment in which waves must be made in order to survive. Republicrats don’t like waves, they like their cushy jobs, at which they can do very little while still holding power, and making loads of money. This causes them to fight back. Second, Republicrats don’t understand the fight. They actually seem to believe that their opponents are civil—as laughable as that is. Given that, they believe that if we act with civility—which means to cave on every principle—our nation will be better for it. It’s misguided at best and mortifyingly stupid at worst.
Combine these two puzzle pieces and we have a recipe for division. Our opponents are far from civil, and they are far from genuine. Acting to please them will do nothing but make Republicans and our country weaker. To those who have Presidential ambitions, like Mr. Bush, I must say: You are on the wrong side of history. It’s time for conservatism to make a comeback, and your attacks on real conservatives like Ted Cruz will not be forgotten. Finally, those attacking Cruz to keep from being forced to stand for something may be saving their own hide in the short-term, but what for? To not have principles on which you choose to stand must be quite sad. It must be emasculating to see someone so adept getting attention, and by comparison, making you look like a worthless waste of space.