Popular talk show host Steve Deace wrote an eye-opening piece at the Conservative Review on Donald Trump’s not-so-conservative positions from the not-so-distant past.
“Trump was a typical New York City liberal back in 1999, and he’s still a typical New York City liberal now. That’s why Trump’s campaign has empty platitudes instead of substance, and has to resort to the same smear tactics as the Left – because Trump can’t win a real debate on the issues.”
Calling out the “conservative apologists” for Trump, Deace explains that the famous 1999 interview (see below) with the late Tim Russert is not the only example of Trump’s (recent) progressive positions on issues such as abortion, religious liberty, the Iran Deal, Israel, amnesty, Supreme Court appointees, and more.
Deace sources every claim and presents a compelling case that Trump is willing to play both sides of the fence.
Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is not afraid of offending Christian-bashers or global warming alarmists, for that matter. Referring to those slamming various iterations of Indiana’s “Freedom Restoration Act” as waging a “jihad” against religious liberty, Cruz illustrates yet again that he will not be bullied by intolerant left-wing activists.
Brian Tashman of Right Wing Watch reported on Cruz’s statement, proclaiming strangely and inaccurately that Ted Cruz “lashed out at the gay community.” During a panel discussion moderated by Steve Deace with the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators, Cruz said in part:
We look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas, going after people of faith who respect the biblical teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
It should be noted that in this author’s opinion, the need for “Religious Liberty” laws is entirely unnecessary as the First Amendment to the Constitution explicitly covers freedom of religion. The First Amendment does not need to be “restored” as it has not been repealed. In fact, such well-intended legislation may contribute to a damaging breakdown of the enduring power of the Bill of Rights.
Cruz continued to say:
We need to bring people together to the religious liberty values that built this country.
Political commentator Trevor Loudon agrees with Cruz’s assessment, as well as the author’s opinion that legislation affirming the First Amendment is unnecessary and as he noted, “concedes ground to the political left.” Loudon, whose book The Enemies Within:Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the US Congress is currently being made into a feature documentary, also told Broadside News that “Cruz is a breath of fresh air for American Constitutionalists.”
He [Cruz] tells it like it is and stands boldly and unashamedly for his beliefs. He is one of those ‘rare as hen’s teeth’ politicians who can appeal to both the head and heart of citizens. He has the inspiration factor.
As an aside, Cruz also repeated his position that “school choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century.”
Matt Wilstein of Mediaite derided Cruz for taking a stand on the matter, stating in part:
Over the course of America’s recent debate on ‘religious freedom’ laws, most potential Republican candidates for president were hesitant to come down too hard in either direction. Jeb Bushappeared to shift his position on the issue and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) more or less ignored it. But not Ted Cruz.
But does he [Cruz] really think that this type of talk is going to lead to him becoming president of the United States?