Senator Cruz, Make America Prosper Again

Senator Cruz, Make America Prosper Again

THIS IS A RE-POST OF AN ARTICLE ON FREEDOMIST.COM Bill Collier- Senator Ted Cruz is a true blue conservative and has done a lot to push the conservative agenda. His platform and policy pursuits are, in my estimation, stellar. I want a Cruz win for the nomination and the White House.

I have been repeatedly saying that Senator Cruz needs to sell his main asset, his prosperity plans, and stay focused on selling himself as the champion of popular prosperity!

I believe that if Senator Cruz, whose platform closely aligns with a prosperity agenda, would get to a prosperity message, and truly inspire people, he can still win the nomination, though it is a tough mountain to climb.

If Senator Cruz can increase his overall poll numbers to 50% or more, pull off some big wins in the final days of the race, and forge alliances with the also-rans who have delegates they can swing his way, he has a chance.

There is a slim and narrowing chance for victory, that’s why I hope he gets this message and takes it as constructive criticism from “family” as opposed to an attack by opponents.

In short, Cruz wants to be President and I want the same thing and for the same reasons: to make America prosper again!

A candidate rising in popularity with broadening support and fresh victories could win a contested convention and overcome the initial angst. This is especially true if his opponent is losing ground and people who voted for him have real buyer’s remorse. The key thing is narrative and messaging! And that has been Senator Cruz’s chief and, potentially fatal, weakness in this primary race.

Senator Cruz’s decision to announce his intention, should he win the nomination, to run with Carly Fiorina as his VP choice, has caused no small amount of head scratching among friend and foe alike.

Here then are the main reasons why, in my estimation, this move does not necessarily advance Ted Cruz and does not inspire some of his supporters, such as myself:

1. It can be argued that it undermines Cruz’s chief argument that Trump is not a proven true blue conservative. In the eyes of many conservatives, including myself, Fiorina is not a proven true-blue conservative!

My own support of Cruz has been based mostly on his bona fides as a rock-solid conservative. His actual platform and prosperity policies are still, I think, the best. But choosing Fiorina, who he is saying (by this choice) is qualified to be President, can be seen by some to disprove his argument that we should choose only a rock-solid proven conservative!

I have already seen this emerge among opponents who use it to neutralize arguments that Mr. Trump is not a proven conservative. This is a far cry from talking about prosperity and Ted Cruz as the champion of popular prosperity.

2. The move looks bad and feels like pandering. I have heard these words from a number of Cruz supporters.

Choosing ANY VP hopeful after losing 5 states, being way beyond securing the nomination, or even at this point in the race, is not the thing to do. It could indicate a candidate has the wrong focus. For instance, Cruz says he vetted her carefully. This takes personal time and energy and that time and energy would be better spent on the campaign honing a prosperity message.

But the idea that he is only choosing her to get the woman’s vote is a further digression from the real theme of his campaign: which is freedom and prosperity. (I think prosperity covers freedom and has a better appeal.) Bringing up old grievances and playing the “sexist” card, not a typical conservative thing to do, doesn’t in one way prove you are the champion of freedom and prosperity. What is more, should Mr Trump become the nominee, a now likely outcome, you have provided grist for the liberal mill to be used to hurt our nominee and our party!

3. It is a pure distraction!

I have argued, on Freedomist.com, that Cruz has utterly failed to sell his best asset, that he is the best prosperity champion! I voted for Cruz and wish somehow he could win, though in my opinion as a marketing and PR professional, I doubt he can even prevent Trump from getting to 1237 delegates now. By not going back to basics and pushing his main selling point, Cruz has, I believe, sacrificed potential support and ceded the prosperity debate to Trump, who is selling it to get votes.

Cruz could have made a press announcement that he was pushing to have the gold standard added to the GOP platform or to audit the fed or some major prosperity initiative. He could have done a speech on that subject, and compared his plan to Hillary and/or Trump’s plans and made his case for the party to rally to his prosperity banner.

We have been talking about delegate legerdemain and now Cruz’s VP choice, none of which move his narrative and messaging about prosperity into public consciousness where it is certain to turn into popular support.

This is not necessarily to say I am criticizing the delegate legerdemain itself, nor that the VP pick is somehow going to doom the campaign.

The focus of my criticism is that we are not talking about the right thing- make America prosper again. If we were, we would be winning on all counts right now and if we do we might be able to win even now.

I am imagining a Cruz speech in which he lays out why he is the prosperity champion, why Hillary isn’t, and why he is the party’s best choice to defeat her prosperity killing agenda. He can then explain why he needs the people, the voters, to support him, and why if people have already voted against him they should support him now. I am imagining a petition saying “make America prosper again, select Ted Cruz as our nominee” signed by hundreds of thousands of voters.

In the end the only way Cruz will be able to legitimately win a contested convention is to be at over 50% of the popularity of GOP polls, showing he has won back people who already voted for other candidates. The only way to get there AND to start having some upsets is to inspire people with your narrative and promise, not by selecting someone as a potential VP running mate, someone whose own conservative bona fides are at least as uncertain as Cruz says are Trump’s.

Regardless, if Cruz and his new chosen running mate want to pull some upsets and grow his popularity, they need to hammer away at a simple prosperity appeal and Cruz needs to claim the mantle of the champion of OUR prosperity! He has the plans to make us prosper again, which is better than being great, if only he would sell those plans. (Being “great” is nebulous, but prospering is REAL, and will make us great!)

Of course changing the campaign focus and messaging this late is tough. Of course some might argue it is too late. But if Senator Cruz is still campaigning, regardless of what has already happened, I suggest he do it in a way that might at least truly give him a shot: win popular support for a popular prosperity PROMISE that his plans and policies can certainly deliver.

Senator Cruz, let’s stop the distractions and let’s work to MAKE AMERICA PROSPER AGAIN!

Election 2016- Right AND Wrong

Election 2016- Right AND Wrong

GOP Primary, Election 2016

Republican Primary Election 2016

By Bill Collier – For election 2016, outrage has followed outrage. Now comes this “outrageous” statement by Reince Priiebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee regarding the role of delegates for election 2016. According to the Examiner

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cautioned supporters of Donald Trump who vocally disapprove of the GOP’s delegate allocation and selection process.

“By the way, this is a nomination for the Republican Party,” Priebus told 620 WTMJ in Wisconsin. “If you don’t like the party, then sit down. The party is choosing a nominee.”

Preibus also added:

“[S]omewhere along the line, the people decided wouldn’t it be a good idea if we expanded the interest here and had statewide primaries and caucuses and then we would tie the hands of the delegates for just one — just one — vote. And then after that vote, they could go back to the old way,” Priebus said. “That’s what’s going on here.”

Of course, this outraged many, for whom the primary is a sort of election whereby the Party nominee is chosen by the votes cast. It isn’t and it NEVER HAS BEEN.

The truth of the matter is that primaries are merely a way to “expand the interest here” in the process. They certainly serve to test nominees before the convention. But the idea that they would only be chosen from persons who ran on state ballots…..that has only ever been the case since 2012. Meanwhile, the Convention rules for 2016 HAVE NOT BEEN WRITTEN YET.

I know, it seems odd, you enter a contest in which the final RULES for choosing who wins that contest won’t be set until pretty close to the END of the actual contest. In short, primaries are a beauty contest. The fact we’ve had so many years in which the beauty contest aligned with the party membership’s interests is something a bit unusual. It has been a good run.

Of course you will be forgiven if you think that your registration card means you are a party MEMBER. In reality, in terms of how things REALLY work, party members, the people that get to call the shots (and choose the delegates), are the people that go to  party meetings, volunteer, give money, and otherwise SUPPORT THE PARTY.

The party doesn’t belong to the public. It is a PRIVATE organization, The people with the MOST POWER are the people who EARN standing in committees and as delegates through the votes of party MEMBERS who actually show up and invest in the organization itself. This is not the kind of work many conservatives have done, frankly, so the more center-right moderates tend to have the most power and, to be totally blunt, THEY HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT to decide who will represent an organization which they have invested in.

How many of today’s primary voters have any vested interested in the PARTY ITSELF as an institution, as a living and breathing political community, bound together by its platform? I suspect very few, as a percentage.

There can and should be no argument that Priebus is right, and Ted Cruz, who insists the party MUST choose him or Donald are wrong- the entire FICTION that primaries are like ELECTIONS, settled merely by who gets the highest number of votes, has been maintained for too long. How many people say “I’m a conservative first and then a Republican?”  They are not vested in the PARTY as an institution, but in their ideology. Whereas some of us are vested in the PARTY which we see as the BEST and most vital institution to advance a conservative political agenda, but only if our fellow conservatives actually get involved in building and strengthening our Party.

But that is a different rant.

So I have laid it out here.

The PARTY is going to choose it’s nominee. The people who actually invest time and money in the party should have the most to say about the nominee. For them the survival and success, and health, of the institution is AS IMPORTANT as winning an election. In fact, and I know some will not agree, the survival of the party is actually more important than winning an election. People who focus only on elections and not building the party overall are playing chess instead of checkers.

But the WAY this is being handled by the Party leadership is abysmal. Although some might say, come what may, a good hard dose of reality might be the best solution in the long term. It may in fact serve the health of the Party. A Trump win could represent a populist and non-conservative hijacking of the Party. This could be bad for the long-term survival of that party. This could leave conservatives with a choice between a libertine populism married to economic isolationism, aka Trump, versus libertine socialism coupled with its own form of economic isolationism.

But if the Party wants to both survive AND win the election, because the stakes are so high overall, then it might not want to be so blunt in its honest talk. Iit might want to at least show some compassion for the millions of potential voters who have always believed that whoever gets the most votes among the slate of all candidates in a primary should be the nominee. These people have never heard of all the arcane and Byzantine processes needed to turn the guts and gore of primaries and elections for delegates into a nomination. The sausage making being made bare, outrage has grown upon outrage.

The delegates are elected by local party organizations. This is how it is with election 2016 as it has been from the beginning. They might not feel bound to vote for your candidate after the first round of voting if no majority emerges. For those upset by this, I wish to offer my sincere apologies. We who have always understood this process have failed you. We have not disabused you of the false belief that primaries are meant to serve more than an advisory role in the overall process. We have not let you know the process places the most weight not in the will of voters who have no vested interested in our Party but in the people whose blood, sweat, and tears have built and maintained this Party since its inception.

As a concession prize I can offer you some advice: if you want the GOP to champion YOUR causes and beliefs….start going to local party meetings and events, even on a Saturday, start giving money, and start volunteering. Start being part of building your own local party. Invest yourself in the only organization in America capable of championing conservative causes. Stop trying to work so much outside of the Party that its survival and welfare mean nothing to you. Election 2016 is revealing the ugly truths about politics. They must be given with a does of sugar if they are going to be swallowed.