The choice is a clear one, a dem in drag (Trump) a full throated marxist (Hillary or Bernie) or a Reaganite conservative constitutionalist (Ted Cruz).
NOTE: Dear Melanie, there is no such thing as someone being ”ultra” for adhering to the republic’s founding document, anymore than a banker is in stipulating the language of your mortgage contract.
Those of a secular bent don’t want to hear this, but the West will only save itself if it restores its cultural strength by promoting a muscular Christianity. It will only do that in turn if Christianity reconnects to its Jewish heritage. Without its base in Judaism, as Cruz and other (but by no means all) Christians understand, Christianity is nothing.
As I see it: Mussolini vs Lucrezia Borgia? There is an alternative
American Jews are horrified by the choice they think will face them at November’s presidential election. If they adjust their perspective, however, there is another option.
Travelling in the US last week I found Jews, like many others, in a state of extreme agitation.
The Trump phenomenon, they raged, was beyond belief. How could America be doing this to itself, possibly nominating as a presidential candidate a man who was a crude and unstable know-nothing, a bigoted authoritarian and potential despot, a threat to America’s future and the entire world? They might have no option, said Republican Jews in despair, but to vote for Hillary.
No! cried others who were equally despairing.
How could you even think of voting for Hillary, what with the email scandal, with her past support for the PLO and the bullying way she treated Israel while she was secretary of state, with the Muslim Brotherhood types and other Israel-bashers in her close circle? Yes, granted, said the first group, but at least she’s an experienced politician, at least she’s kinda done the job already, at least she knows how to behave in government. What, came the response, after Benghazi? After the murder there of the ambassador and three others on her watch, the attempt to sanitize the atrocity and then the cover-up of that attempt, after her “What difference does it make” outburst at the congressional hearing? So it went on back and forth with voices raised: Trump vs Hillary, the unspeakable versus the uneatable, Mussolini versus Lucrezia Borgia. There was, it seemed, no alternative. None.
Um, what about, I asked in a very small voice, Ted Cruz? Wouldn’t he be an acceptable alternative? Both sides looked at me in horror. On this they were agreed. Ted Cruz was totally, but totally, unacceptable. Why? Because he was an ultra-conservative, evangelical Christian.
There is, however, another factor about Cruz which is more important but which eludes those Americans who recoil at his name.
Recently, Cruz spoke at a meeting of a group called In Defense of Christians. Some Palestinian Christian supporters of Syria’s President Assad and also Hezbollah were present, and Cruz was booed off the stage.
He told them: “Those who hate Israel hate America. Those who hate Jews hate Christians…
And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.”
Unlike other politicians, Cruz puts Jews and Christians, Israel and the West, together.
He joins up the dots because he sees the wider picture: that radical Islamism is waging war against the West as a Judeo-Christian civilization.
Very few Western leaders get this. Even fewer are prepared to make a stand specifically in defense of Christianity and the Jewish values which underpin it.