Let’s face it. Ted Cruz absolutely missed a chance to explain once and for all what is meant by “New York Values.” Political junkies on the conservative side of things know what he meant, but he completely failed to make it clear and accessible to the average viewer, and his half-hearted answer allowed Trump to nail him to the wall by painting a picture that made it seem as if Cruz was talking about “first responders” and others who came to aid in the aftermath of 9/11. I don’t think anyone left or right is stupid enough to think that a “top tier” candidate would trash volunteers and emergency personnel.
“New York Values” as it related to politicians is likely what he meant. Bloomberg and his efforts to repeal the second amendment via regulations and bans and fees. Cuomo and the sugary drink ban. New York Politician’s values are all about controlling the lives of the people and undermining Second amendment liberties. These New York Political Values are everything America was founded to protest against: onerous taxation and the destruction of personal liberty and property rights.
Cruz failed to articulate this and got taken “out behind the woodshed” by Donald Trump’s emotional appeal that overrode common sense, but only because Cruz allowed it to happen. If Cruz is serious about winning, he cannot underestimate the prowess of Trump. I have been heavily critical of Trump on social media, but I will never suggest as some have that Trump is stupid. Trump is a brilliant man who has been playing the political game for years before running for office.
Trump has successfully taken social and economic liberal New York Values and shielded them from criticism by the “conservative faithful”through a loud shield of radical rhetoric about walls and Muslims, and through repeated attacks on the media and other figureheads that conservatives in general despise. He proposes the largest public works spending since the New Deal according to his newest book Crippled America. He indicated he was open to banning people on the unconstitutional no-fly list from owning weapons. His health care proposals are just a few steps away from single payer taxpayer funded healthcare. He has funded the campaigns of the most notorious establishment republicans and progressive democrats like Reid, Pelosi and Rahm Emmanuel. He even used a variant of Alinsky’s “the ends justify the means” to defend it: “I’m a business, they treated me well.” Their “good treatment” was worth selling the country down the river for. He is beholden to no one, and yet, he has convinced Americans that he will put our own interests above his own, that he has nothing to gain from the presidency, that he will end the very cronyism that aided his fiscal empire.
Donald Trump nailed Cruz, and it should not have been so. Of course Cruz has his issues, and I’d love to see him explain his wife’s involvement with endorsing a CFR report on building a “North American Community.”Can two walk together unless they be agreed. And then there’s the Orwellian idea of a “Value Added” tax. Do I need to remind anyone that there is no such thing as a tax that adds value to a product? It only makes a product more expensive. It doesn’t add any features or longevity to the product. And its impact is completely hidden from the end consumer, who generally will attribute it to the “natural occurrence” of inflation when it goes up again and again. This has been the experience of Europe, which loves its Value Destroyed Taxes.