Cruz/Fiorina 2016: Never Give In

It’s easy to get your last three ups and go home. It’s easy to spike the last four snaps of the football. It’s easy to walk the court in the last 2 minutes. But victory never comes to quitters.

I don’t know Ted Cruz as my close warm personal friend. I’ve shaken his hand. I’ve met his wife. They are not quitters. Neither is Carly Fiorina.

And neither should you be.

Bullies like Donald Trump–yes, bullies–would have you believe that the fight is over, the game is out of reach. But it isn’t. Trump has not reached 1,237, and it’s not a foregone conclusion that he ever will. The Cruz campaign has spent a year building the most professional, principled, and committed grassroots organization in the history of the GOP.

That will all go to waste if you give up.

Thousands of people who have never attended a precinct party meeting, county, district or state convention heard from the Cruz campaign. They didn’t hear from some offshore call center (Obama used call centers in Gaza–as in Hamas-controlled territory–in 2008). They (including yours truly) heard from other supporters who spent their time making calls.

The Cruz campaign used crowdsourcing technology to allow every supporter to participate; to call to recruit new party delegates, call to remind people to vote, call to ask for people’s support. It was one of the greatest grassroots efforts in political history. Barack Obama’s Organizing for America has nothing on the Cruz campaign’s organizational abilities.

But it’s all for nothing if you give up.

Ted and Heidi Cruz sacrificed 10 months of their lives, when their two daughters are small and those days will never happen again. They missed these girls growing up day by day because they believe in their country, and their mission to return America to its greatness through restoration of the original founders’ intent–they don’t MAKE America anything–they are servants.

They raised $79 million, mostly through small individual donors. But it’s all to no effect if we let the bully win.

The bully has not won. Not yet. The people of New England, New York, the angry voters in the Deep South have spoken. Many fell under the bully’s attraction. Many of them are bullies themselves. Many of them hate the America we love: Full of immigrants of all colors, races, religions. Many of them believe that only white people are entitled to full citizenship rights. Many of them believe that compassion is for the weak–for sissies.

The bullies threaten. The bullies hurl insults. But the bullies, and their leader, are cowards.

We must never give in to the bullies.

If you live in Indiana, I’m sorry to say this, but it’s all on you right now. If you believe in an America where bullies are thrown back to the pit they climbed out of, it’s all on you right now. Indiana doesn’t give in to bullies. Indiana passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB101) in 2015, and took the brunt of the Left’s poisonous and false attacks.

A Trump supporter, former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, vetoed a similar provision in 2014. She’s a coward for it. She stood face to face with President Obama and disrespected him publicly, but in the end she wilted. Indiana didn’t wilt.

Iowa kept Trump from “running the table” and quickly taking the 1,237 delegates with a starting win. Alaska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Kansas, Maine, Idaho, Guam, Missouri (yes, Trump won, but by the smallest of margins), North Carolina (where Cruz took nearly half the delegates), Utah, North Dakota, and Wisconsin have held the line against the bullies.

Now it’s Indiana’s turn. There is no room for error, and there’s no room for cowards. The bullies must be stopped. Winston Churchill, in times far more perilous than these, said it best. His words carry the same power today as when he originally uttered them over 76 years ago. Take them to heart, and go out and win for Ted Cruz.

You cannot tell from appearances how things will go. Sometimes imagination makes things out far worse than they are; yet without imagination not much can be done. Those people who are imaginative see many more dangers than perhaps exist; certainly many more than will happen; but then they must also pray to be given that extra courage to carry this far-reaching imagination. But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period—I am addressing myself to the School—surely from this period of ten months this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. We stood all alone a year ago, and to many countries it seemed that our account was closed, we were finished. All this tradition of ours, our songs, our School history, this part of the history of this country, were gone and finished and liquidated.


About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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