By Craig Johnson “Moreover, thou shalt choose able men, such as fear God, Men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them.” – Exodus 18:21 My last article, TRUMP, CARSON, CRUZ: CHAMPION MATERIAL? , was a character analysis of the top three outsider Presidential Candidates. It was also an explanation of why, during our “Crisis” eras, Americans turn to men with the qualities that each one of them possesses. We have arrived here again. The harshness of the times makes all of the Establishment Candidates look like “Low-Fat Republicans.” While Dr. Carson is not a member of the “Low-Fat” gang, his inability to sufficiently project his strength in a manner demanded by the times, has caused most of his many, many, admirers, to seek a candidate with similar traits of high moral character, but with more bite; more attitude. That leaves Trump and Cruz. An honest analysis – personal likes and dislikes aside – reveals much when the yardstick is taken from the above quoted, ancient words of Jethro, to his son-in-law, Moses. (Exodus 18:21)
- Are they able?
- Do they fear God?
- Are they men of truth?
- Do they hate covetousness?
Both men obviously have abilities. Trump grew his multi-million dollar inheritance to between $3B (Bloomberg’s estimate), and $10B (Trump’s assertion). Various finance experts say an unmanaged S&P 500 Index Fund would have yielded between 8 and 20 Billion Dollars. As for Trump’s branding ability, he is so able
, that one must consider him to be a master. Where Trump’s gambling and hotels have been average; his airline, vodka, and apparel have failed; but his “reality TV” shows have been hugely successful. His ability to manipulate the media (playing out again as I write, with Trump “saying” he will skip the Iowa Debate); has him atop most polls. Cruz, was said by Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, to be “the smartest student I ever taught.” Cruz’s nine appearances before the Supreme Court are more than anyone in Texas history, and more than any current member of Congress. Those appearances resulted in Ted Cruz protecting:
- US. sovereignty against the UN and the World Court in Medellin v. Texas;
- Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms;
- constitutionality of the Texas Ten Commandments monument
- constitutionality of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance;
- constitutionality of the Texas Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment law; and
- the Texas congressional redistricting plan.
Cruz is also able
to articulate to the grass roots, as well as to new Conservatives, the meaning and significance of conservative values, which is tougher than apologizing and capitulating the way the “Grand Old Republicans” seem to prefer. As for being “able
,” and the relative value of the abilities of each man — advantage: Cruz.
Are They God Fearing?
As for fearing God
, it seems that, as off the chart brilliant that Cruz is, he still humbles himself before the Almighty. With Trump’s declaration, “I don’t need to ask God for forgiveness,” this one is less close than the question of being able
. Furthermore, Cruz is so much loved by Christians, that Trump’s statement that Cruz engenders hatred, would be laughable if it were not such a pernicious lie. The only people who hate Cruz are those who benefit from overgrown and unnecessary government. Not just the recipients, but the implementers – contractors, grant recipients, and unnecessary bureaucrats. Cruz represents the type of necessary pruning that will restore fiscal sanity and end the gravy train. Cruz’s support for life, marriage, school choice, religious freedom, no cronyism, and the entire faith community agenda is almost the polar opposite of Trump.
Men of Truth?
Are they men of truth
? Cruz has been the exact type of Senator that he promised he would be. This gives his followers faith that finally, finally, we will have real follow-through on campaign promises. Trump has been on both sides of every major issue. Even his boast of being an “outsider,” and not being “in politics” is untrue. The very reason that citizens distrust politicians to do the right thing, is that they believe the politicians are more likely to do the will of big donors, rather than little voters. Then obviously, the “big donors,” who give the money, and the “politicians,” who receive the money are both “in politics.” Trump has donated to all of the major players, with an edge to the Democrats. Trump is not new to the game. He’s an old, experienced player. He’s just on the opposite side of the table for a change. He’s eliminating the middleman.
Do They Hate Covetousness?
Lastly, do they hate covetousness
? There is a reason that the Tenth Commandment states: “Thou shalt not covet.” One who covets another’s spouse, may fall into the temptation of adultery. One who covets another’s property may be inclined to commit theft; or may donate money to a “politician” and have him or her commit the theft via eminent domain or some other pernicious government scheme. Cruz demonstrates his hatred of covetousness
and his knowledge of how to lessen it by his steadfast desire to prune the government leviathan. When asked why he robbed banks; Willie Sutton said, “Because that’s where the money is.” Similarly, crony capitalists, like Trump, love bigger and bigger government for the very same reason. Advantage: Cruz.
So, there it is. Cruz by a mile. But, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention one other factor with this “Bible-based” endorsement. Many preachers across the land, some more prominent than others, and most with far more biblical knowledge than I; have endorsed Trump. It’s understandable how nominal Christians can be taken in by this showman. But, alleged “watchmen on the wall” should really be ashamed of themselves. This is not even close. A first year Christian, or a high school student could look at Exodus 18:21, or many other biblical commands on how to choose leaders with Godly characteristics and get this one right. A man who cannot quote a single Bible verse and miss states the one verse that was written down and given to him( “Two” Corinthians ), and who viciously lied on Evangelist Bob Vander Platts, should not be endorsed by men in Christian leadership. If you are like me, and many others who make up the Christian, Conservative, Constitutional, Coalition; and you want integrity and consistency in leadership, then Ted Cruz is your man. Craig Johnson is a news analyst and commentator, speaker, and president of The First Amendment, Inc., (www.thefirstamendmentinc.com). He is also host of The REALLY, Real, Deal with Brother Craig the Hatchet Man, (www.blogtalkradio.com/the-hatchet-man, returning soon to 820AM WNTW (www.820theanswer.com), and School Choice Advocate & Board Member for the Virginia Christian Alliance. For interviews and speaking engagements contact [email protected].