This past week has seen a lot of comparisons of Ted Cruz to Ronald Reagan. Cruz’s decision to stick to his principles instead of using his convention speech to unite the Republican party behind Donald Trump has been seen by his supporters as brave, and righteous.
The similarities are there. Both men are staunch conservatives. Both men lost their primary race, and both men addressed the convention following their loss.
There is much that is different as well. The 1976 convention was the last contested convention in modern times. Reagan had primary challenged the sitting incumbent President Ford.
The delegates were locked in a bitter fight over everything. Nothing was off the table, not even who would be Ford’s VP pick. When the dust had all settled Reagan had failed but only but a razor thin margin.
It was at that moment that Ronald Reagan took the podium and gave an impromptu speech….
May I just say some words. There are cynics who say that a party platform is something that no one bothers to read and it doesn’t very often amount to much.
Whether it is different this time than it has ever been before, I believe the Republican Party has a platform that is a banner of bold, unmistakable colors, with no pastel shades.
When he came to the end of his remarks he ended with a quote from General MacArthur in an attempt to energize and unite the party…
We must go forth from here united, determined that what a great general said a few years ago is true: There is no substitute for victory, Mr. President.
You can argue either way. Some might say that the wording doesn’t constitute an endorsement. Others might say the word endorse, support, or otherwise are not needed because the call for unity is almost the same.
I don’t know and if I am being honest I am not a history scholar. I haven’t even gone to college. However, if I am sitting down thinking to myself about the 2016 election…
In my mind the bold colors and pale pastels are Trump and Clinton.
What is more BOLD then a man like Trump. Everything he does is bold.
“Pale pastel” perfectly explains a person who makes every decision based on which way the political wind is blowing today, or might blow tomorrow. If that is not Clinton then I don’t know what is.
So my point in all of this is that principles are important but sometimes in life you need to take one for the team. You have to consider the fact that you are fighting for something that is bigger than yourself.
You need to control the Presidency to control the agenda. If you are a Conservative or Republican then you have to realize that another possible 8 years of a liberal agenda might irreparably harm our Country.
Reagan understood that. He didn’t go all in for Ford but he did lose with dignity and he didn’t intentionally try to sabotage Fords Presidential run.