Had Ted Cruz made his bid to become the Republican nominee for president back when social conservatism was riding high, he might very well have won his Party’s nod to be its standard bearer. Unfortunately for “lying Ted,” social conservatives are literally a dying breed and have lost influence among Republicans.
The current force in the Republican Party is the “new poor,” those who assumed they were part of the middle class or thought they would soon be entering that status only to see their good life expectations founder upon the rocks of super technology and a world economy.
While Cruz saw manna coming down to him from heaven, one Donald J. Trump saw the fear and anger of the “new poor” as a volatile fuel that would propel him to winning the Republican nomination, and with a little more bad luck for the country, maybe all the way to the White house.
While Trump can have no more influence than the man in the moon over the world dynamic that is crushing the American middle class dream, he forcefully states that he has it within him to make “their” America Great Again. And with a large chuck of voters — both Republican and Democrat — desperately grasping for straws, for them the Donald is the only hopeful game in town. Sorry, Ted, your conman act has been Trumped by an even bigger fraud.
But let it be said that should Mr. Trump make it all the way to the White House, the American, and likely the entire world’s, experiment in democracy is over.