Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are two all-stars this year for both the party base and a large swath of independents who are fed up with both parties. Trump, a highly successful businessman, offers private sector expertise and know how to turn around a business, a factor which could also turn around a troubled country. Cruz, the most outspoken Conservative who puts our Constitution first with a brilliant mind and legal background, has the potential to put our Constitution once again at the center of how America operates. So what's the problem?
On the one hand we have a tycoon who sometimes engages his mouth with comments which when taken out of context cause a stir, sometimes in ways which he never intended. Take the recent dust-up with Cruz. Trump followed with a comment that he likes Cruz but he questioned his ability to get things done. I think his concern is based upon the fact that the existing Congress is likely to be what must be dealt with after the election, regardless of who the President is. But applying the word "maniac" to Cruz was not a smart idea, nor was his criticism of Antonin Scalia, the most outstanding and brilliant conservative on the Supreme Court. But remember, the author of "The Art of the Deal" is a man who overstates, knowing full well that the ultimate result will require some modification before approved. You start from the ultimate strongest position which gives you leverage. And remember, Trump is a New Yorker, and New York operates just a little bit differently than the rest of us and The Donald has to realize that. On the street an insult is so commonplace in the City that most just except it as a way of life while those of us who live in "flyover country" likely do not.
Ted Cruz is the opposite. Careful in tone and content, he puts his passion into explaining his positions, yet his big problem is the way the media tries to portray him as an extremist when he isn't. And while Cruz has followers who in some cases border on worship for his views, he is a mere mortal and can make mistakes on issues. Examples in this writer's humble opinion would be his initial support for the TransPacific Trade Partnership and a major increase in the number of H-1B visas.
Frankly, we need both of these men if we want America to overcome what ails her: a savvy businessman who is no nonsense and wants to "git 'er done" and an articulate constitutional attorney, determined to bring the Constitution back as the true Law of the Land. To do this, however, will take some give and take from both men and I don't know if egos can handle it. And remember, the mainstream media and the Republican Establishment will do what it can to "grow the fray" since it is a way to maintain their stranglehold on power with a milquetoast, pliable nominee.
I would suggest that Trump and Cruz sit down together and come up with a joint strategy, for if these two can do so we can put the battle to rest and clean out the competition. I guess the upcoming debate will give us an idea of whether or not such a route is possible, but verbal fisticuffs between these two on national TV will not be good for either.
What would I like to ultimately see from these two? I'd like to see an Administration with Trump as President and Cruz as Vice President. It would have Trump devoting his overriding concern to security, the economy and bringing the American job engine back into high gear. Cruz would be given responsibility for cleaning up the many legal malfeasance issues found in the Department of Justice, the IRS, the EPA and Homeland Security among others. His focus should be the rule of law as established by the Constitution. Lawbreakers should also pay the price for what they did.
Think about it, The Donald could get the engine rolling and Cruz would be given the task and authority to make sure that business is done in a legal way and that all individual protections of citizens and their rights be given the highest priority. And since The Donald will be seventy when he takes office, Cruz would be in a perfect position to follow him. A young man with a long life ahead, he would be the one to insure that the aftermath of Trump's "wrecking ball" is the rebuilding of good government of the people in the future.
Just my thoughts, folks. But I truly hate to see either of these distinguished men have their talents go for naught. Let's tone down the animosity in all quarters and use their talents to bring America back. With God's help and our support, they can do it.