Texas Senator Ted Cruz took to his Facebook page on Tuesday with a statement about President Obama’s speech before the United Nations, and he was characteristically blunt in his analysis. Cruz was disturbed by the globalist theme of Obama’s speech, and he criticized the president for pursuing an agenda that would make America weak and submissive to the rest of the world.
“At the United Nations today, President Obama took to the podium to once again blame the United States for the woes of the world,” Cruz wrote. “He suggested our country is just one of many that need to get beyond the old divisions of nationality. He chided those who would limit the inflow of refugees from nations infiltrated by Islamic terrorists as ignorant bigots, predicted climate change would destroy countries and cause mass conflicts, and referred to Israel as an occupying power.”
Obama was unusually passionate in his globalist rhetoric on Tuesday, warning the UN that any country that put up walls was only going to imprison itself. In a lengthy speech that made several oblique references to Donald Trump, Obama said the time for nationalism and “crude populism” was over. The world, he said, was too small for everyone to go back into their respective corners.
“Mr. Obama would have done much better to use this opportunity to advance an American agenda, not a global one, and praise our nation as a model of liberty and tolerance,” Cruz wrote. “Unfortunately, President Obama chose to deliver a lecture on the need to abdicate our sovereignty in the interests of abstract international norms.”
Cruz said that viewpoint was precisely the opposite of what Americans – or the world – needed from the United States.
“Ironically, that is the worst thing America could do for the world, which needs strong leadership to promote peace, not capitulation to an unelected, authoritarian collective,” Cruz concluded.
Great essay, but we have to ask: Why not offer your full-throated support to Donald Trump, then? Granted, Ted has his reasons; things got extremely heated in the primaries and perhaps some things were said that can’t be forgiven. But this choice in November is a hell of a lot bigger than Ted Cruz’ personal feelings. He should be able to separate his personal opinion of Trump the man from his political opinion of Trump the politician. And no matter what he thinks of the latter, there’s no doubt about where Hillary Clinton falls on the subject of American “capitulation.”