What Went Wrong For Cruz. Part I: Globalism
I am tempted to say: nothing went wrong for Cruz. This man gave an overall stunning performance, and brought conservative values at the centre of the political debate in a manner not seen since, I think I can safely say, the Gipper. This, in a world that celebrate sexual perversion and is preparing to persecute Christians for allegedly denying the “human right” to be a pervert and impose your perversion on the normal people who have remained.
However, I thought I would identify four weaknesses in Cruz; or better said, two structural weaknesses of his and two big mistakes he made during the electoral campaign.
The first is the globalist stance.
I can talk more eloquently than most about the advantages of free trade. I see them, and I agree with their proponents about them. However, it seems to me that economic advantages do not encompass the whole of the human experience. There is, in the life of a Country, an ethical dimension that cannot be reduced to economic terms.
If you have three, or even five, percent of the population – people willing and eager to work – unemployed, dissatisfied, and ultimately cut off from a wholesome dimension of living, this creates a damage that cannot be compensated by the (undeniably present) collective advantage for the economy as a whole in having cheap clothes, cheap steel, and cheap more-and-more-things.
A person (and particularly a man) needs to know that he is a self reliant provider for himself and his family. He instinctively feels that this is what he was born for: to provide for himself and his loved ones. Getting up in the morning and going to work in the factory, in the mine, in the foundry; working as a gardener, or a cleaning lady – and bringing home the paycheck at the end of the month that pays (or helps to pay) for the mortgage, the children’s shoes and a dignified existence in the fear of the Lord, has a deeply satisfying wholesomeness to it that will never be compensated by having enough handouts to scrape by.
A person (and particularly a man) has the right to know that he will have to compete, in a sane and healthy manner, with the other workers in his village, not with Chinese workers paid one or two dollars an hour, or illegal immigrants ready to work for a wage that allows them to live in dismal conditions.
It is profoundly unethical to ask these people that they convert into what they are not – software programmers, say – or are content with merely being kept away from cold and hunger from a cynical system that coldly calculates the costs of his handouts against the benefits of having all sorts of cheap imports, decides that there is a collective gain in it, and therefore proclaims it good.
It is unethical because you can’t blame a man or a woman who are willing to work according to their own inclinations and to the wages the market establishes that they cannot have that job, because the job goes to another person in a foreign country who is ready to work for a pay that it would be unreasonable – or even illegal – to ask him or her to work for. And no, not everyone is born to be an accountant, or a software programmer. It is deeply, profoundly unethical to ask a man born in, say, Pennsylvania – and who would have plenty of work opportunities at home, in a honest market without unfair competition – to move to the other side of the Country in the hope of a job he is not cut for so you can have cheap socks. Pay your socks what is the fair price for socks produced by honest working men and women in Pennsylvania instead, mend them instead of throwing them away, and be glad for the millions of men and women who have the right to a wholesome life.
To those who do not want to work, we should give nothing to eat. But to those who do want to work we should give the possibility of doing so, in a dignified manner, for a market wage, and according to their own inclinations; then not everyone want to be an accountant; some have a natural inclinations to be gardeners or factory workers, or are perfectly happy with being miners and cleaners.
I could go on, but you get the drift.
Cruz did not understand the message at the start, and when he started to see it it was already too late. The man relies, like many statesmen in perfect good faith (in which I do believe, and I deeply despise the conspiracy theories and “man sold to the big conglomerates” rants), too much on numbers and economic theories, and too little on the dimension those numbers and theories will never be able to quantify.
Cruz never saw that dimension fully. Trump did it from the start. Like, by the way, the Gipper.
I believe this is the first, and main, reason why the Republican candidate’s name begins with T, rather than C.