As a resident of Maricopa County, I have long admired Sheriff Joe Arpaio for standing up to the federal government and attempting to enforce immigration law. I was disappointed but not surprised when he endorsed Donald Trump, despite Trump’s insincerity on immigration [e.g., here and here], because both are known as showboating publicity hounds. A more meaningful endorsement would be from Tom Tancredo, who has personified the demand for immigration enforcement since founding the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus in 1999. Tancredo endorses Ted Cruz:
Avoiding a repeat of past treachery on immigration means electing a president who will keep his promises, not “work out a deal” that perpetuates our open borders fiasco. So, it is fair to ask, can we trust Ted Cruz to challenge the Republican establishment’s love affair with massive immigration?
Some candidates make loud, colorful promises to secure our borders. Ted Cruz has a record of actually fighting for secure borders.
• In 2013, Cruz fought in the Senate trenches to defeat the establishment’s grandiose “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill. He offered strong amendments that exposed the true character of the amnesty bill.
• The Senate conservative leader of that battle, Senator Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), credits Ted Cruz as being his strong right arm in the fight. Their arguments were so sound and their fight so successful that a majority of Republican senators ended up voting against the amnesty bill and it died in the House.
• Did that battle win him friends among the Republican Party leadership? No. Did making enemies among party leadership stop him from doing the right thing? No.
It is easy to attack the establishment from the outside; that always gets applause and cheers, even when the “outsider” has a lifelong record of enjoying the benefits of insider status.
It takes real courage and conviction to attack the establishment from within and makes waves as big as a tsunami. Ted Cruz has done that – consistently, and successfully, on immigration and other issues like Obamacare, voting rights, and the 2nd Amendment.
That’s why the establishment fears Ted Cruz: He’s the real deal.
Another disappointment was Sarah Palin’s Trump endorsement. She too has a weakness for publicity. Although Palin was seen as representative of the Tea Party, she climbed aboard the movement rather than help build it. Now she has climbed off again. Where the Tea Party is concerned, a more meaningful endorsement would be Jenny Beth Martin’s:
Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Chairman Jenny Beth Martin [Saturday] announced the SuperPAC associated with the largest national Tea Party organization in the country is endorsing Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to be the next president of the United States.
“We seek a candidate who shares our values: personal freedom, economic freedom, and a debt-free future. On behalf of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund and our supporters, I am proud to announce our endorsement for president of the United States: Senator Ted Cruz!”
Key Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund activists from around the country joined Jenny Beth Martin on stage in Sioux City to endorse Senator Cruz.
As John Hawkins observes in his own endorsement of Ted Cruz,
Cruz is the first grassroots-friendly conservative to be within striking distance of becoming the GOP nominee since Reagan. Opportunities like this don’t come along very often and if conservatives let this one pass, we may never again have a chance to put a conservative champion like Cruz in the White House.
We don’t have to guess what Cruz will do once in office. He has already proven himself by fighting ferociously against the Beltway establishment that others are so eager to cut deals with. Cruz is an opportunity we cannot let pass.
On tips from Dolan Trump and Torcer.