As a longtime admirer of Dr. Sowell, the piece seemed shockingly out of character, particularly for someone who's made a career of arguing for principles. But clearly, "Doubting Thomas," has got this precisely backward. I think it was an honest error, but he'd have been far better to keep his fears to himself. They're not just unfounded but far more damaging to Republican Party purpose and direction than anything Cruz has done or will continue to do in fighting for first principles.
We can speculate about what may or may not happen in elections to come, but there are two things that we can rely upon with certainty: Principles and history.
America stands at a crossroads, and the choice we face is the choice of principle vs. pragmatism. As is always the case, the pragmatic course is the one that requires little or no effort, while the principled course requires a tooth-and-nail fight for what's right. The consequences are, respectively: either serfdom or a return to liberty.
John Nantz wrote a rebuttal to Sowell titled "Thomas Sowell's Blunder: Ted Cruz and the Politics of Principle," posted here: http://tinyurl.com/kvkv95o As Nantz points out:
"This is not just politics as usual. These points of compromise are not on superfluous rules of procedure, but concern the very foundational ideas of liberty. These are dangerous days, the nature of our republic is being redefined before our eyes. Will our political system continue to be based on the natural law truths of inalienable rights? Or will we choose the lie of the socialist utopia, promising safety and security at the price of liberty?"
Award-winning publisher and author Robert Bidinotto gave us an excellent analysis of this necessary conflict, in his blog post of October 16, 2013 titled "The Republican Crack-Up - and the Path Forward":
Ponder this key statement in Mr. Bidinotto's post:
"My recommendations now? First, all-out war within the GOP against the RINOs and the Establishment."
I agree, fully. Make no mistake about it: Our primary enemy at this point in time is not the socialist Democrats, it is the RINO infiltrators who are trying to merge our party - the primary opposition - into one-party rule under the Democrat-Socialists. We should accept as a simple, unavoidable fact that we must wage war against the dry-rot within the Republican Party, that we must embrace that fight and see it through to victory. Cruz gets it, and is leading the charge. His fight against the RINO Establishment is precisely the right fight to be choosing; and the runup to the 2014 Congressional elections is precisely the right time to be launching that fight. We must throw our unqualified support behind him.
Ponder too Mr. Bidinotto's paragraph immediately preceding it: There is, as we sit here, a Saul Alinsky strategy underway, a bipartisan strategy, to wipe out principled Republicanism entirely - and Cruz, being the most vigorous exponent of principled Republicanism at this point in time, is the primary target for demonization.
I think it's demonstrable that a big part of what motivates the RINO traitors is their adherence to the New World Order concept - one world government - and that they don't much care whether that prospective government is the kind that advocates global freedom (per GWB's second Inaugural Address,) or of genocidal "green" collectivism under the UN's Agenda 21. They just want.... a New World Order under a single global government. Period. And they do not care who (Cruz) or what (core Republican principles) they have to throw under the bus to push us toward it.
I too have the greatest respect for Sowell and I understand the worry to which he's apparently succumbed, but I think we have seen a man who rarely ever makes a mistake make a huge one in his critique of Cruz. If it were February of 2016 Sowell would have a more tenable point. Divisiveness would be more problematic for the Republican Party in the midst of the Presidential race - though nowhere near the kind of danger he presents, even then. But this is February of the second Midterm election year, and we absolutely must repeat, with a vengeance, the 2010 RINO/Democrat housecleaning, both this year and in 2016's Congressional elections. A President West, President Cruz or President Paul will accomplish little in the way of cleaning up this collectivist mess in 2017, if he's fighting a Congress still corrupted with the Democrat-RINO cancer.
In 2010, Leftwing pundits inside and outside of the "mainstream" media were all predicting that Obama's 2008 win would carry through and translate to sweeping Democrat-Socialist Party gains in the 2010 Congressional elections, but the reality was precisely the opposite: Not only Republicans, but principled Tea Party Republicans, were the ones who swept the 2010 Congressional elections, ousting not just Democrats but RINOs as well. It was massive, broad-based Tea Party outrage at the direction the Democrats and RINOs were taking the country, and activism based on that outrage, that made the 2010 election rout happen.
We are poised to achieve the same victory this year, only on a larger scale. Even hard-Left CNN's own poll (taken in the wake of Cruz' similarly-criticized standoff on the budget last November,) shows that the Democrats stand to lose, big, in the 2014 Congressional election. http://tinyurl.com/pn8y58e
It is therefore absolutely essential that we stand and fight, not for just anyone who happens to put an "R" after his name, but for genuine Tea Party Republican candidates, and ONLY for genuine Tea Party Republican candidates. We must be diligent in vetting and weeding out moles and "moderates" before we cast our votes. Again, as Nantz said in his rebuttal to Sowell, this is not politics-as-usual, this is the crossroad of a potentially-catastrophic transformation of America and of Western Civilization.
We can expect a massive, deafening clamor from RINO Establishment types about "divisiveness" and the alleged hazards of "tearing the Party apart," and similar whining. We can also expect to read more of Sowell's type of faint-hearted hand-wringing. (It is disheartening to see Sowell make such an error; we can only speculate what prompted him to think that way.)
And that's to be expected, but we must ignore both types of noise and retain our laser-like focus on our essential goal, which is: The eradication of RINOs and Democrats alike from Congress, and their replacement with genuine Republicans of principle - people who are at least as radical in the direction of Constitutional government and individual liberty as the opposition are in the direction of collectivist totalitarianism.
If Americanism and Western Civilization as a whole are to survive and flourish once again, we must recognize, immediately, that a strategy of the haters of Western Civilization has been to infiltrate the Republican Party with moles - like Boehner, Christie, McConnell, Lugar, Hatch, McCain, Snowe, Collins, Murkowski, Jeffords - to ultimately wipe it out as an opposition party, so as to usher in single-party rule in America. They had gotten away with this for such a long time because nobody within the GOP base believed that such dirty politics were possible. But the Left do not play "nice" and never will. Most of the GOP base have at last woken up to that reality.
The origin of the Tea Party was twofold:
1.) People of all political persuasions outraged at what Dodd, Frank, Greenspan, Bush, Bernanke and the Democrats had done to our once-healthy post-Reagan economy, and
2.) Republicans who had at last woken up to the fact that their Party had been taken over by a small but powerful clutch of ideological traitors - the RINOs. We had woken up to the need to draw a clear distinction between genuine Republicans of principle and those corrupt RINO traitors, and to eliminate the latter from the Party with extreme prejudice. That task began in earnest in November 2010, but is only partially completed. November 2014 and 2016 is when we finish mopping up that mess.
The (truly) great Thomas Sowell's error notwithstanding, now is precisely the time we must rally behind Cruz and the whole concept of first principles over finger-to-the-wind-pragmatism.
The Democrats and their President alike are at rock bottom in polls even among registered Democrats who voted for Obama. A YouGov poll taken in early February 2014 shows that 1/4 of Obama's most enthusiastic voters now regret ever having voted for him: http://tinyurl.com/kr8ar5b
We are in the runup to a Congressional election that is poised to turn the tide decisively against this collectivist cabal - in the White House, in Congress, and the RINO Establishment alike. Which means that now is precisely the time we must push harder than we've ever pushed, for Tea Party principles and candidates. Senator Cruz should be applauded and supported for leading the vanguard in this fight.