The Wisdom of the Deal


Back in December, on this blog , I came out strongly for Ted Cruz as my choice for the next resident at 1600 Pensylvania Ave. I’m not backing away from that position, but there are now new revelations that about his management style and his professional relationships that may be making many voters question the effectiveness of his presidency, should he be nominated and then elected.

No, I’m not buying anything negative that the mainstream media has to say about Ted Cruz nor do I believe most things that Donald Trump now has to say about Ted Cruz, especially his judgement that Cruz is “a nasty person.” Trump may, in fact, think he’s making a valid point when he implies that a politician, especially a president, has to make deals and you have to get along with those you work with. In fact, Trump is illustrating the difference between operating as a business man responsible for the bottom line of a company and operating as the nation’s chief-executive who has a direct responsibility for the physical, mental and financial well-being of the many millions of Americans who are his constituents and, at the same time, a responsibility to uphold his oath of office:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

If that is your sworn oath, there is not a lot of room for making deals and there is a great need to be very vigilant about who you are dealing with and what results a deal may bring about; there is also an absolute requirement that any deal made will preserve the United States Constitution.

Back in Kindergarten you get graded on your ability to “play well with others” (at least I was, way back then). Whoever created that learning milestone had an amazing amount of foresight into what makes a successfully “socialized” child who may grow up to be a successfully socialized adult. In that wonderful lesson, however, lies a fallacy. As an adult you also have a responsibility to make judgements about your actions and not assume that everyone in your “school yard” has a benevolent objective to their actions.

In the case of Ted Cruz,it appears that he is one of the “adults” in Congress and, as a discriminating adult, he is right not to “play well” with politicians who hold positions that go against his firmly-held beliefs or well-considered judgements. The question is: will the majority of American’s see Ted Cruz’  unwillingness to embrace the political establishment as the asset it is or will they just believe what they read in the newspapers.