Republican Convention 2016

Cruz Doesn't Endorse Trump, Tells People to Vote Their Consciences, Gets Booed



Ted Cruz
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Sen. Ted Cruz gave a stirring speech hitting all the typical conservative points criticizing President Barack Obama for not treating ISIS seriously enough, hitting Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, blasting Obamacare, blasting "safe spaces," calling for religious freedom and for the Supreme Court to "follow the Constitution" (as in "rule in the fashion we wish you to rule").

What he did not do is endorse Donald Trump for president. He did congratulate him. But he didn't endorse. It was understood in advance that Cruz probably wouldn't. But what he actually said instead infuriated parts of the crowd. From the speech:

"We deserve leaders who stand for principle. Unite us all behind shared values. Cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect, from everybody.

And to those listening, please, don't stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution."

Vote! But he didn't say to vote for Trump. But vote your conscience! Hint, hint. The speech continued, and as it approached the ending the crowd started loudly booing him, realizing there would be no endorsement. The speech was vetted beforehand (and the media received an embargoed copy before Cruz actually spoke), so it was well-known this was going to happen.

And it was probably known by Cruz as well. The framing of the speech was a narrative about what the 9-year-old daughter of one of the police officers killed in Dallas must be feeling. Toward the end of the speech he returned to her and talked about how he would like to "bring comfort" to her and encourage her to "make her daddy proud," all while the crowd was booing him loudly.

Full prepared speech below the fold (does not include any time he went off-script):

Thank you. Heidi and I are honored to join you here in Cleveland, where Lebron James just led an incredible comeback victory. I'm convinced America is going to come back too.

I congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night.

Conventions are times of excitement. But given the events of the last few weeks, I hope you'll allow me a moment to talk to you about what's really at stake.

Just two weeks ago, a nine-year-old girl named Caroline was having a carefree Texas summer – swimming in the pool, playing with friends, doing all the things a happy child might do.

Like most children, she took for granted the love she received from her mom, Heidi, and her dad, a police sergeant named Michael Smith. That is, until he became one of the five police officers gunned down in Dallas.

The day her father was murdered, Caroline gave him a hug and kiss as he left for work. But as they parted, her dad asked her something he hadn't asked before:

"What if this is the last time you ever kiss or hug me?'"

Later, as she thought of her fallen father, and that last heartbreaking hug, Caroline broke down in tears. How could anything ever be OK again?

Michael Smith was a former Army ranger who spent three decades with the Dallas Police Department. I have no idea who he voted for in the last election, or what he thought about this one. But his life was a testament to devotion. He protected the very protestors who mocked him because he loved his country and his fellow man. His work gave new meaning to that line from literature, "To die of love is to live by it."

As I thought about what I wanted to say tonight, Michael Smith's story weighed on my heart. Maybe that's because his daughter, Caroline, is about the same age as my eldest daughter and happens to share the same name. Maybe it's because I saw a video of that dear, sweet child choking back sobs as she remembered her daddy's last question to her. Maybe it's because we live in a world where so many others have had their lives destroyed by evil, in places like Orlando and Paris and Nice and Baton Rouge. Maybe it is because of the simple question itself:

What if this, right now, is our last time? Our last moment to do something for our families and our country?

Did we live up to our values? Did we do all we could?

That's really what elections should be about. That's why you and millions like you devoted so much time and sacrifice to this campaign.

We're fighting, not for one particular candidate or one campaign, but because

each of us wants to be able to tell our kids and grandkids, our own Carolines, that we did our best for their future, and for our country.

America is more than just a land mass between two oceans. America is an idea, a simple yet powerful idea: freedom matters.

For much of human history, government power has been the unavoidable constant in life – government decrees, and the people obey.

Not here. We have no king or queen. No dictator. We the People constrain government.

Our nation is exceptional because it was built on the five most powerful words in the English language: I want to be free.

Never has that message been more needed than today.

We stand here tonight a nation divided. Partisan rancor, anger, even hatred are tearing America apart.

And citizens are furious—rightly furious—at a political establishment that cynically breaks its promises and ignores the will of the people.

We have to do better. We owe our fallen heroes more than that.

Of course, Obama and Clinton will tell you that they also care about our children's future. And I want to believe them. But there is a profound difference in our two parties' visions for the future.

Theirs is the party that thinks ISIS is a "JV team," that responds to the death of Americans at Benghazi by asking, "What difference does it make?" That thinks

it's possible to make a deal with Iran, which celebrates as holidays "Death to America Day" and "Death to Israel Day."

My friends, this is madness.

President Obama is a man who does everything backwards – he wants to close Guantanamo Bay and open up our borders, he exports jobs and imports terrorists.

Enough is enough.

There is a better vision for our future: A return to freedom.

On education, your freedom to choose your child's education, even if you aren't as rich as Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

On healthcare, your freedom to choose your own doctor, without Obamacare.

On taxes, your freedom to provide for your family without the IRS beating down your door.

The Internet? Keep it free from taxes, free from regulation. And don't give it away to Russia and China.

Freedom means free speech, not politically correct safe spaces.

Freedom means religious freedom, whether you are Christian or Jew, Muslim or atheist. Gay or straight, the Bill of Rights protects the rights of all of us to live according to our conscience.

Freedom means the right to keep and bear arms, and protect your family.

Freedom means Supreme Court Justices who don't dictate policy, but instead follow the Constitution.

And freedom means recognizing that our Constitution allows states to choose policies that reflect local values. Colorado may decide something different than Texas. New York different than Iowa. Diversity. That's the way it's supposed to be. If not, what's the point of having states to begin with?

Hillary Clinton believes government should make virtually every choice in your life. Education, healthcare, marriage, speech – all dictated out of Washington.

But something powerful is happening. We've seen it in both parties. We've seen it in the United Kingdom's unprecedented Brexit vote to leave the European Union.

Voters are overwhelmingly rejecting big government. That's a profound victory.

People are fed up with politicians who don't listen to them, fed up with a corrupt system that benefits the elites, instead of working men and women.

We deserve an immigration system that puts America first. And yes, builds a wall to keep us safe.

That stops admitting ISIS terrorists as refugees.

We deserve trade policies that put the interests of American farmers and manufacturing jobs over the global interests funding the lobbyists.

And if we choose freedom, our future will be brighter.

Freedom will bring back jobs, raise wages.

Freedom will lift people out of dependency, to the dignity of work.

We can do this. 47 years ago today, America put a man on the moon. That's the power of freedom.

Our party was founded to defeat slavery. Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

We passed the Civil Rights Act, and fought to eliminate Jim Crow laws.

Those were fights for freedom, and so is this.

Sergeant Michael Smith stood up to protect our freedom.

So do our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines fighting radical Islamic terrorism.

So did the family of Alton Sterling, who bravely called to end the violence.

So did the families of those murdered at the Charleston Emanuel AME church, who forgave that hateful, bigoted murderer.

And so can we.

We deserve leaders who stand for principle. Unite us all behind shared values. Cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect, from everybody.

And to those listening, please, don't stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.

It's love of freedom that has allowed millions to achieve their dreams. Like my Mom, the first in her family to go to college, and my Dad, who fled prison and torture in Cuba, coming to Texas with just $100 sewn into his underwear.

And it is love that I hope will bring comfort to a grieving 9-year-old girl in Dallas – and, God willing, propel her to move forward, and dream, and soar . . . and make her daddy proud.

We must make the most of our moment – to fight for freedom, to protect our God-given rights, even of those with whom we don't agree, so that when we are old and gray . . . and our work is done . . . and we give those we love one final kiss goodbye . . . we will be able to say, "Freedom matters, and I was part of something beautiful."

Thank you. And may God bless the United States of America.

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  1. This is the political party of reason, common sense and dignity.

    1. A parasite like you should appreciate this site. This is the only place you could ever comment freely.

      1. I do appreciate it.

        I’d say I bring this perspective. I’m instructed by the libertarianism of the radical, the draft evader, the anti-militarist, the person who fights police brutality, the doctor that provides abortions in Alabama, the person who hates the drug war. As such, I think we have zero, zilch, nada to learn from or to admire from the dangerous, bigoted reactionaries we’re seeing on tv today. They can go fuck themselves and their Jeebus-God.

        1. Sounds good to me, amsoc. I don’t think the true libertarians on here have a problem with any of that. But what about the businessman that wants to serve the community and not have to constantly worry about the hammer of the State looming over his head?

            1. Shouldn’t.

              1. This, among many examples is why I say that.


                A snippet…

                Two years later, Monsanto signed an agreement with the U.S. Public Health Service to label Aroclors: “Avoid repeated contact with the skin and inhalation of the fumes and dusts.” The company also warned its industrial customers about ecological risks: “If the material is discharged in large concentrations it will adversely affect . . . aquatic life in the stream.” But it did not warn its neighbors. “It is our desire to comply with the necessary regulations, but to comply with the minimum,” an official wrote.

                In 1998, a former Anniston plant manager, William Papageorge, was asked in a deposition whether Monsanto officials ever shared their data about PCB hazards with the community.

                “Why would they?” he replied.

            2. Re: American Stultified,

              Only approved businesses for you.

        2. And what about all those folks you stuck with paying your mortgage?

        3. How can you be instructed by the libertarianism of those people and still espouse support for the dangerous, bigoted reactionaries we’re seeing on tv today?

          You support an ideology and write apologia for the worst forms of fascism we’ve ever seen and the mass-murderers who enable and profit from it.

    2. american socialist|7.20.16 @ 10:43PM|#
      “This is the political party of reason, common sense and dignity.”

      As opposed to the party of free-shit, nannies, thugs, free-riders (that’s you, shit bag) and just general commies.

    3. The looter is sent here to sow nonsense. To them you’re either a commie or “right-wing” which means looter, but not commie looter.

  2. We obviously have lost our road kill on the political highway, motherfucker.

  3. It as Cruz. Was someone expecting something else? And I imagine “exporting jobs and importing terrorists” will find its way into an that ties Herself to Obama.

  4. Cruz is a sore loser.

  5. Lyin’ Ted Cuckz

  6. Wow. Just watched that. The crowd assumes that voting your conscience means not voting Trump. Surreal.

    1. I don’t get that, either. How does a stemwinder full of “Obama is bad and Hillary would be worse” equal “vote for someone other than this party’s nominee.”

      1. Well, voting my conscience has nothing to do with voting for Trump.

    2. In fairness, I think that’s probably what he meant.

      1. Sure that’s true. Doesn’t you fall for the bait.

        1. *Doesn’t mean

    3. The crowd assumes that voting your conscience means not voting Trump.

      Because Cruz and all the AntiTrumpers have been using “conscience” as the excuse for taking their ball and flouncing home in a huff when they lost.

      They similarly wanted to use “conscience” as their excuse for staging a coup in the party, telling the peasants to go fuck themselves and their little votes too, and having the delegates nominate whoever they damned well pleased.

      Pretty classless by Cruz to give Trump voters a big middle finger when Trump allowed him to speak at the convention. Pretty stupid, too. The establishment hates him, and now all the Trump voters do too. Cutting off his nose, to spite his freaky looking face.

      1. Trump doesn’t own the party.

        1. Nor is his nomination necessarily a suicide pact.

          1. Nor is his nomination necessarily a suicide pact.

            Indeed. So Fuck all of you “he broke his word” Trumptard douchebags with a sideways pineapple.

        2. And Trumptards don’t yet own the Reason commentariat but we appear to be heading in that direction, unfortunately.

          1. If Hillary wins the election, the Trump trolls that have migrated here will hopefully just leave.

            1. No, John is sadly a permanent fixture.

          2. They were all booted out of Scott Adams’ Dilbert blog, where they were truly a public nuisance.

      2. Not Trump’s convention, not Trump’s decision as to who does or does not speak there.

      3. Yeah, Trump is great! /s

      4. Pretty classless by Cruz to give Trump voters a big middle finger when Trump allowed him to speak at the convention. Pretty stupid, too. The establishment hates him, and now all the Trump voters do too. Cutting off his nose, to spite his freaky looking face.

        I have to ask, were you born with your head stuffed up your ass or did you have to work on getting it in there? Dude, you don’t have to lick Trump’s asshole or fellate him. I mean, we’re a pretty tolerant bunch but this is just disgusting….

    4. That crowd understood their fellow bigot perfectly. Observe… in the Ted speech He is asking His mystical bigots to vote for one of the newer spinoff antichoice life-begins-at-death parties. Ted understands the power of spoiler votes and is stumping for the Consta-to-shun party klavern.
      If the folks who hang around here had any clue how effectively spoiler votes for rising parties change the laws, the communist income tax would have been excised from the Constitution by now.

  7. Freedom is puzzled and amazed at the tunes being played at it.
    Humanity across the geographies cannot be treated like goddamn
    bullet points even though the FOP and city/county prosecutors of Americans
    love to treat Americans like bullet points. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!
    Bullet points on the chests of Americans means that the FLAG will be foisted
    like a grandmother pie while fatboy white-haired small town police chiefs
    and granite-walled county tiny town prosecutors of American liberty
    GET THOSE CREATURES and save their friends within the
    streets of towns and GOD BLESS AMURICA because
    all the tons of towns and their cop killings can
    be dismissed with a simple rainbow glance

    and Amurica isn’t corrupt…
    well god bless the good christians who
    believe in perfection who
    also every goddamn SUNDAY
    and night kneel at the altar in front
    or in a closet BEGGING to be
    forgiven for SINS that you all
    commit CONSTANTLY…

    i forgot…only MURICA is perfect
    …fuck me

    1. You remind me of Pynchon sometimes, Agile

      1. Well, Slammer man, I offer you grapes and an odd hug.
        Slammer is a newish beast to me but undoubtedly indiscernible like all the fucks that coalesce here.

    2. Did you make that shaped liked Arkansas on purpose?

      1. How the FUCK is this even possible, warrior?

        1. Got me. Unconscious or not, well done.

  8. Good for him. The ‘great Americans’ at the convention were the foreigners – Melania who intentionally undermine her husband’s bid by quoting Michelle (another great American), and Cruz, who refused to endorse and stood on principle (despite his ISIS delusions).

    1. Sarc or stupidity?

  9. This political party is a dangerous, violent and reactionary menace.

    1. #hillarylivesmatter

    2. Gee, do I spend time finding scads of videos of socialists advocating and actually carrying out murder or just ignore the troll? Hmmm….

      1. Ignore him. Don’t enable the troll.

      2. You can experiment. Ask any devout looter if Hitler was really a socialist. The altruist answer is the same as asking a devout Jesus freak if Hitler was really a christian. Both will deny with absolute vehemence the platforms published since 1920, the enthusiastic crowds of looters, preachers and bishops licking the blacking off of national socialist boots and shoving persons of Jewish culture into extermination camps. To religious fanatics, none of what was published, filmed, photographed from 1933 to 1945 and testified at Nuremberg till 1947–none of that is true. They can just tell. Period.

        1. What does “Christian” mean? The word was coined in 1st century Antioch, meaning “little Christ”, someone who acted like Christ.

          What did Christ say? “Love your neighbor as yourself” was his 2nd most important commandment.

          He also said, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

          (The 2 following quote are from the Wikipedia entry on “positive christianity”)

          “The Nazis eventually gave up their attempt to co-opt Christianity, and made little pretence at concealing their contempt for Christian beliefs, ethics and morality.” – Mary Fulbrook

          “Dr Zoellner and [Catholic Bishop of M?nster] Count Galen have tried to make clear to me that Christianity consists in faith in Christ as the son of God. That makes me laugh… No, Christianity is not dependent upon the Apostle’s Creed… True Christianity is represented by the party, and the German people…” – ?Hans Kerrl, Nazi Minister for Church Affairs, 1937

          So please, tell me again how Hitler really was a Christian!

          “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3

          1. How cute, you think Hank’s commentary is driven by sentient thought and can be reasoned (drink) with.

            1. Another gasping anonymized cowardly Jesus freak sighted. Somebody get Scott Adams to open up comments over at Dilbert–or fumigate here…

          2. Everyone else but the Tea-totalitarian, go to and look into the hitler archives there. Photographs, medallions, plaques, carvings, books… all the German memorabilia of superstition over a figure invented out of whole cloth a century and a half after its supposed rise from death. For that myth see the book titled Nailed.

    3. “should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”

      Sounds like a political statement advocating the application of the rule of law to Hillary.

  10. What happened to the woodchippers? #JeSuisWoodchipper

    1. Looks like your call for woodchippers was answered by the sound of crickets:


    2. Vote Woodchipper 2016!

    3. Careful, your woodchipper joke will make delicate flowers like Michael unHihnged shit themselves!!!

  11. I’m taking bets on Cruz ending up with his hands and tongue nailed to Congress’ door a la Cicero within four years.

    1. Who will be Augustus in this play ?

      1. Steve Buscemi? I just love that guy. Comedy, action, drama; he’s got it covered.

    2. Cruz did make that speech in Congress that paraphrased Cicero’s First Catilinarian (with Obama as Catiline)!

    3. I thought it was Luther that nailed the feces to the door.

  12. Trump alleged that Ted Cruz’s father was with John F. Kennedy’s assassin shortly before he murdered the president, never mind the vitriol between the two personally.

    Cruz couldn’t lie to everyone and endorse him, I respect that a lot more than if he did.

    1. Trump- he has the guts to say stupid shit.

    2. “Your word is your bond” may be fine for wookies and supermodels but not for Lyin’ Ted

      1. Maybe he should’ve stayed home, I’m no expert but if he was going to give a speech this was a good one regardless of whether he kissed the ring or not.

        1. There was no GOP candidate I hated more than Jeb! but now I have more respect for him than Ted Cruz. Lyin’ Ted could have come to the convention, delivered his speech and offered a token, insincere endorsement and that would have been OK. If he couldn’t do that he should have stayed home. This was a spectacular, career-killing failure born out of pettiness and spite.

          1. A Trump shill worried about pettiness and spite. Don’t any of you fuckers own a mirror?

              1. [Golf clap] for you sir. Ignore misfire above.

      2. If he truly is “Lyin’ Ted”, wouldn’t his endorsement have been detrimental?

        1. Also, were he actually “Lyin’ Ted”, wouldn’t his endorsement be a lie? I mean, if we can’t trust anything he says, why do we care about this?

    3. Cruz is the man.

  13. I now have a modicum of respect for Ted Cruz for not kowtowing before Orange Sauron,

    But all the same he’s still the slimy fuck that enabled Trump for months in a cynical ploy to undermine the other candidates. So fuck him.

    1. You are so serious you make me delirious. I would listen to you all day on muh sirius.

      1. More internal rhymes!
        Mc Paul barman up in here.

    2. Looking at the LP platform: However, we support control over the entry into our country of foreign nationals who pose a credible threat to security, health or property.
      Ted Cruz is the foreign national poseur offering the greatest threat to security, health and property I can think of. If only he were credible we could have him deported back to where there are NO abortion laws.

  14. Good for Cruz. Trump treated him and his family — especially his wife — like complte shit during the campaign. I’m glad Cruz showed a little bit of integrity by not endorsing the dickhead.

    He’ll have more of a political future than ass-licker Christie.

    1. That’s the thing about Cruz. He checks many of the right boxes that I look for in a relatively decent senator, and actually has some backbone and principles unlike the majority of politicians. This is one of those examples. Unfortunately, he comes off to too many of the right people as creepy to ever be even a little bit appreciated by independents.

      1. Cruz just looks like sweats trans fats.

    2. Trump treated him and his family — especially his wife — like complte shit during the campaign.

      Oh please. The Cruzites were basically calling Melania a skank. Trump’s reaction of “My wife is hotter than yours” was a restrained response.

      1. Absolutely!

        At least they didn’t give the cunt shit for marrying Fred Christ Trump’s money, right?

  15. Perhaps the crowd is sick of this Bible thumping weasel’s sore loser antics and aren’t bought off by one speech saying what every candidate should have spent the last year hollering about.

  16. Remember when the pressure was on Trump to sign an agreement to support the eventual nominee, just like all the other candidates did?

    Good times.

    1. That’s when they thought he wouldn’t win. Totally different now.

      1. Lyin’ Ted is not a man of his word.

        1. What else did “daddy” tell you to say?

          1. Just the facts. You sign an agreement to support, and you should support.

            Unless “Lyin'” isn’t part of your name.

            1. I don’t like Rubio but I respect Little Marco for following through on his pledge.

              1. Was the pledge to endorse?

                1. Yes and Trump was the only GOP candidate reluctant to take it, but he did.

                  1. Did Trump back out of the pledge? Let’s see…

                    “No, I don’t anymore,” Trump said, when asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper if he continued “to pledge to support whoever the Republican nominee is?”

                    LYIN’ DON!!!111!!

                    Also, this: “Trump said Cruz “doesn’t need to support me, I have tremendous support right now from the people.”

                    “I don’t really want him to do something he’s not comfortable with,” he said.

                    1. Wow. You hadda really dig for that one.

                      AFTER the Nevertrumpers had gotten underway, AFTER it became clear that Kasich was only staying in with the hope of siphoning off enough to keep trump’s massive lead below the threshold.

                      AFTER the GOP establishment spit in the face of the man they’d forced into agreeing to the pledge when they thought he had no chance.

                      And you’re STILL wrong.

                      Because he’s supporting the nominee.

  17. Charlie Sykes ?@SykesCharlie ? 2h2 hours ago ? Middleburg Heights, OH

    Ted Cruz has used the word freedom more in the last five minutes then Donald Trump has in this entire campaign.

    1. Saying “freedom” a lot doesn’t mean the guy talking about it will do anything to further it. Words are not magic. Look at the guy’s record.

      If politicians’ words correlated with anything they did, the world would be a happier place.

      1. From what I know of Ted Cruz’s record, he is, on balance, more accomplished in the advancement of liberty than Donald Trump.

        1. Trump has been a pol for a year. If he manages to stop Hillary and her imported Big Government electoral majority, Trump will have done more for freedom in the US than anyone since Reagan.

          1. Don’t stop believing!

            1. Hold on to that ceiling!!

          2. Because Trump totally doesn’t represent big government? The guy who is going to increase spending as a % of GDP to a level that’s 0.2% less than Hillary? While adding an additional $1 trillion in debt every year beyond what we’re currently going to borrow? And that’s just on the fiscal side of things. I can feel the freedom and small government already!

          3. What the fuck are you smoking?

            1. Maybe some butterscotch wrapped bacon that came straight from Macon?

          4. “[s]Trump[/s] Bush has been a [i]national[/i] pol for a year. If he manages to stop [s]Hillary[/s]Algore and [s]her[/s] his imported Big Government electoral majority, [s]Trump[/s] Bush will have done more for freedom in the US than anyone since Reagan.”
            – could have been spoken in 2000

            How did that work out, eh?

            1. Oh well, HTML fail.
              But you get the idea.

              1. Are you suggesting algore might have been better? Not likely. But Hitlery is far more dangerous than gore.

      2. Trump does not talk about American liberty at all–he rather focuses on the rather nebulous promise to “make America great again”, which may mean something totally different in his head than what I would prefer.

        1. That’s hanging a lot of weight on how often politicians — politicians no less — utter one word.

          1. It’s indicative of how the politician thinks.

            Trump does not think about Americans’ liberty, else he would bring the subject up at least occasionally.

            1. It is a bit naive to believe that a politician’s use of words tells much about what he thinks. We’re talking politicians here, not philosophers.

        2. “Make America Great Again” is a perfect political slogan, because it is utterly meaningless. I suppose it is supposed to invoke everyone’s high school days, because most people still had a ton of hope in high school and no responsibility. That slogan reminds of the scene from Needful Things, when the devil gives that one guy his old high school jersey for doing some evil shit.

          1. No less meaningful than the overwhelming majority of all political slogans.

            The most honest slogan I can remember is “I like Ike”. It has a concrete meaning and reflected exactly what the people who said it thought about the matter.

            1. My, how have you forgotten “RAND. FUCK YEAH!”

            2. “Nixon’s the One”

              still rings true.

    2. Faggot didn’t use the word Murica once.

    3. To islamofascists and christianofascists alike, freedom means banning abortion, enforcing totalitarian prohibition, crusades and jihads.
      You were thinking freedom had something to do with non-aggression or no initiation of force?

  18. Billy’s dad was a goddamn fleet footed black-belted ninja in the garage
    He ran an obviously illegal karate business in Toledo in the 80’s because every motherfucking attempt to make a living in Toledo Ohio run by goddamn Democrats and Republicans since the dawn of legal killing of Indians and giving all their lands to motherfucking Dutch families for dollars and making them all West Central Ohio super rich goddamn assholes but I goddamn digress….
    the bitch was goddamn beyond twizzler.
    One day after fucking school Billy knew his mom and dad
    were off to who the goddamn knew fuck where
    and so Billy accidentally slipped in a VHS of his mother and father fucking and it was awesome in an awesome young sort of way while Billy passed out in utter convulsions on the couch, I, Agile Cyborg, am not ashamed to admit that I
    did jerk my young cock off to passed out Billy’s parents fucking on VHS… I, also, emptied my jizz ninja into a burrito I despised because it tasted like shit… so, yes, I fucked a burrito while watching Billy’s parent fucking….
    God bless life!

    1. Life is blessed, and life blesses itself.

    2. Where is Billy today? Did he perchance get a psychology degree?

      1. Billy is a goddamn cop and he is goddamn irritating as fuck but Agile created a huge tattoo on his cop arm and as much as I fucking am irritated by asshole cops Billy is a sweet beast. though I did get thrown out of a club he was security for though it is my fault because I did get fucked on rainbows and dragons in the middle of a metallica cover and all i remember is all my bottle with my thumb on top and an old alley nasty dude getting all negative and if this was not a club I would have clobbered him gentely to rest in an alley couch because I was looking for nothing but dance and booze….
        so we got kicked out and we went back to the hotel in bitching Toledo and watched Allen fuck Christina on the bed for an hour in every position known to earth. and in the bathroom Christina cam in Allens face and Allen spilled his dragon seed all over her titties and they went to bed while the rest of us fucked in a queen sized bed and all the cum and vagina happiness was like sex webbing everywhere and then when people started cumming we all fell asleep in cum raptures of cum and clit spittings. very aweseome. tits at three are extraordinary.

        1. Man, I hope you never leave us, AC.

          National. Fucking. Treasure.

  19. “Fuck you bitches. I’m off to make a bazillion dollars as a lobbyist.”

    “Wow. Just wow. So principled.”

    1. I think Sidd Finch nailed it.

  20. God bless America without Obama and may God Bless the next FUCKING salvo of hell about to be unleashed here. At least with tripping drunk ass motherfucking motherfuckers all the dudes and .8 supergirls know what is going down here….
    But if all the entire government is mixed with gold boullion families and star struck creepers chilling with odd artists vacuumed of life and oxygen along with strange furry spaceships swimming in eerie green ponds edged by hornet infested thoughts tworling underneath gray pianos furiously pummeling songs from dead composers who wrote lots of their shit while fucking their girl and boyfriends and so on and shit …yay

    1. Apparently. But her husband is a half wit. I can’t believe he thought doing this was a good idea.

      1. Behavior like this is supposed to ‘unify’ and ‘bring together’?

        I think this might indeed be evidence that the base of the Republican party is nuts.

      2. Cruz is less of a half-wit for doing this than Trump is for allowing him.

        If Cruz is as bad as Trump has been saying for weeks and months, then why ask him to speak at all? He’s “Lyin’ Ted”, after all; why have someone so odious give a prime-time speech?

        1. It’s because Donald Trump’s supporters are some of the dumbest motherfuckers alive since ’08. I haven’t seen this much stupidity since that lady (Peggy Joseph) at the 08 Obama speech screamed “Obama will pay for my gas and mortgage!”. What a stupid time to be alive.

    2. What a shit show. Just think about what kind of a fucktard you have to be to actually support Trump enough to take time out of your life to go to this convention.

      1. Like Col. Eileen Collins?

        1. No idea who the fuck that is.

          1. The first woman space shuttle commander who was savaged by feminist science bureaucrats and feminist science reporters and hateful SJW cunts on twitter for showing up tonight to commemorate the Apollo11 anniversary of putting a man on the moon. She gave a non-political speech encouraging America (the country, not just the government) to continue to pursue space exploration. Then she closed with “Make America Great Again”

            1. The space shuttle is female?

              1. The space shuttle was clearly male. I mean, just look at it. The only female vehicle known was the Ford Edsel. (Look at the grille.)

  21. Stay safe brothers, and sisters. Do the right thing, and take care of each other.
    Remember. After the great Shit Show is over the only ones left with any working capital, are the ones who do business in defiance of the state.

  22. God Cruz is a moron. If he didn’t want to endorse Trump, he should have said as much and just not gone to the convention like Rand Paul did. You don’t show up and take a prime speaking slot and the. Refuse to endorse the nominee and not even have the honesty to say so in so many words. What a grease ball. Who did he think he was fooling.

    Libertarians should be happy about this however. Man does Rand Paul who is off doing eye surgery for the needy this week, look good right now in comparison to Cruz. I think Cruz ended his national career with this stunt.

    1. Cruz is a moron. Rubio was smart enough to offer half-ass, pledge-fulfilling endorsement. That is all he had to. If he teased the snub then delivered he would’ve brought the house down and left everyone thinking he was a great guy and “a man of his word”. The crowd didn’t care if he meant it, all he had to do was say it.

      1. Cruz is one of those smart people who thinks he is smart enough to act like everyone else is stupid. This was calulated. He thought he could have it both ways and would up just insulting everyone. Dumb move.

        1. Ted is that one nerdy kid in high school you didn’t mind when the jocks picked on him.

          1. Trump gave him one Hell of a swirlie in the primary

        2. would up just insulting everyone.

          I doubt that. Plenty of people are ecstatic that he refused to bow the knee to Trump–as opposed to all the other politicians who talked about how bad Trump was, then meekly went down for the man.

          1. Those people already supported him. Everyone else thinks he is a no class loser for this

            1. Not true. I have way more respect for him now.

      2. “The crowd didn’t care if he meant it, all he had to do was say it.”

        Because the crowd, and people like you, wanted to see the hated Lyin’ Ted Cruz humiliated and forced to kneel before King Trump.

        God what a bunch of freaks.

        1. Cruz is a slimy opportunist you are just too naive to see it

    2. i agree.

      its similar to critiques of him during the campaign. he seems to be under the misapprehension that politics is a points-based individual contest and coming in second place makes you ‘almost as important’ as the winner.

      politics is a team-sport, and its all or nothing. he’s not the candidate for the team. his job should be to either a) support the candidate, or b) get out of the candidate’s way. He seems to think he’s doing the team a favor merely by showing up and granting an audience. its fucking ego-maniacal.

      I also agree that Rand is smart to stay away from the Team entirely. in fact cruz should have done the same. he wants to maintain outsider cred? be an outsider. don’t pretend to be with the Team but then fuck the team and toot your own horn.

      i think even his supporters probably would think his judgement too screwy after this.

      1. “i think even his supporters probably would think his judgement too screwy after this.”

        I liked him originally, until he went goofy in the primaries. This sore loser crap crap makes me think even less of him.

    3. Cruz speech has zero relevance in terms of whether or not Trump will win. And come on, it’s a matter of time before Trump self destructs on a large stage.

      I agree that he should have stayed home but since he didn’t, its better to have supported the ideals of conservatism than to have kissed the ring of the guy that got crushed.

      1. it’s a matter of time before Trump self destructs on a large stage.

        2015 called…

    4. It’s being reported the Cruz folks have trump the full speech, no endorsement, ahead of time. They still let him go on.

      1. *gave trump

        1. Ur spelling error is ok dude. That’s why ur mashed potatoes.

      2. They gave Cruz the rope to hang himself.

        1. “They told us Cruz was hung”

          “They was right!”

          1. + Blazing Saddles

        2. What I really think happened is they gave Cruz a grope and something to bang himself with.

    5. Trump is an even bigger moron for letting him speak.

      1. No he wasn’t. Just didn’t hurt Trump. Why should Trump stop Cruz from hanging himself?

    6. and Paul endorsed Trump.

      reluctantly, true, but he gave his word and he kept his word

      And he got shit from the ‘libertarians’ at reason.

    7. Antichoice impostors all look alike to me. They sometimes sound a little different… but not much.

  23. Ted Cruz signed a stupid pledge that was cravenly designed by the GOP to ensure that Trump didn’t run away with an independent run. That was cynical, stupid and a colossal miscalculation. He should be held accountable for that.

    On the other hand, I would respect him even less if- after the total bad blood between the two candidates- he chose to endorse Trump. Upholding a pledge is a matter of honor. However, I think it would be an even further detriment to his honor to support a man who had dragged his wife and father through the mud. There is nothing honorable about honoring a piece of paper signed before all the shit that this shitshow eventually devolved into.

    Of course he shouldn’t have signed that piece of paper in the first place. So, damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    1. The right thing to do was just not show up. Rand Paul isn’t there. But doing that would deprive Ted of being in front of a camera. And that is not something Ted is going to pass up. What a rube

      1. John. This is what separates true men like Paul, and control freaks like Cruz, Bernie, Hillary, and Trump.

        1. Rand Paul the Man has more integrity than Rand Paul the politician.

        2. Please, it wasn’t like Rand was off doing pro-bono surgeries for the poor and giving them their eyesight back……………..

          1. What a manipulative shitheel!

      2. The right thing to do was what he did: show up and give a speech about GOP principles, which (ostensibly) revolve around freedom and the Constitution. It needed to be said by someone, because Trump surely won’t.

        He trashed Hillary and Obama. He encouraged people to not stay home, but rather vote, and to vote for someone other than Hillary.

        1. Sorry that was the smarmy piece of ahit thing to do.

          1. He could have satisfied all by saying:

            “We all 17 promised to endorse the Republican candidate. And I am here to fulfill my promise to the party.”

            1. ^^^this^^^

              principles not principals doesn’t go away when it’s inconvenient.

  24. ?@MarkHalperin
    .@PaulManafort owns the floor. Will be key at several moments tonight. Watch what @tedcruz says & the reaction.

    Bwaahahahahaha. Genuis.

  25. Haven’t seen this mentioned here, but the culprit is a registered Democrat. The plot thickens or disappears?

    1. Imitation – the sincerest form of flattery.

      Remember JFK’s : “Ask not..”?

      Yeah, it was almost the motto at Choate when he was a teenager. Totally plagiarized.

      So what? We take in things we think are right and repeat them. That’s called developing character.

  26. Awesome. Respect for Cruz bumped up a tiny increment.

  27. Bill Clinton got booed like that at the Democratic convention–long before he was nominated.

    Cruz may have assured himself a future.

  28. Spot the Not: Jihad song lyrics

    1. The rattle of spearheads is the melody of men

    2. The clashing of swords is the song of the proud and the path of fighting is the path of life

    3. And in war there is might and a return of dignity

    4. We are men who love death more than you love your life

    5. The Islamic State has risen by the blood of the righteous

    6. To die for Allah is a beautiful thing and to fight in his cause is the greatest honor

      1. What’s Army life like these days?

        1. I’m digging it. I crushed another Pig Latin test today. Got the highest score by a large margin. Also had another physical fitness test and increased my score a little bit to 243 out 300. Can’t seem to find the secret to improving my run time. I think I’ll start running 2 miles a day 6 days a week.

          Went on a paintball trip last Saturday with a mixed bunch of soldiers, marines, and sailors. I teamed up with a crusty sgt and we cleaned up.

          1. I’ve gotten into cardio this summer. Intervals seem to work better than SS.

            1. I tried that, but it didn’t work for me. I was thinking of going the other way- run longer to build up endurance, then switch to shorter distances.

              1. Dude, run backwards too. Seriously, it is great exercise.

                1. I tried that and got some results last year. Good idea.

              2. Maybe it’s kinda like pushups where you do bench for strength and planks for endurance? Deadlifts for strength and 10k’s for endurance.

          2. That doesn’t sound bad at all. From my experience long ago, a crusty old sergeant is good to have on your side.

          3. Intervals are King. Go fast and hard and play with your lactate thresholds.

            I don’t run more than a mile at a time and my last 3 mile PFT was 19 and some small change. I’m at the twenty year mark so being retarded might also have some impact at this point.

          4. Went on a paintball trip last Saturday with a mixed bunch of soldiers, marines, and sailors. I teamed up with a crusty sgt and we cleaned up.

            Could he juggle, too?

          5. I failed a PT test with a 229 once. Such a dumb system.

    1. 6 sounds less translated

    2. I’ll go with #1. spears? nah, they’re so vain, they insist on each having swords. spears are workmanlike, team-weapons. you can’t behead infidels with spears.

      1. Spears were the most common weapon for most of history as they are cheaper an require less training to use.

        1. Spears were the most common weapon for most of history

          Of course. I still think jihadis are vain and like waving swords around. every man a saladin!

          even if im entirely wrong on the not, i still like the rationale.

          1. Swords are a near universal symbol of power and masculinity.

            6 is the not. Remember those *moderate* FSA rebels the US is supporting? Yeah, well they beheaded an 11 year old child soldier from a pro-Assad militia.


            “Smart power at its best.”

            1. Just one? Sounds pretty moderate to me.

            2. From what i’ve gathered, there is no “FSA” outside switzerland, or wherever the ‘opposition’ representatives try and get people to negotiate with them.

              on the ground are just a mish-mash of people who have grievances. i’ve never seen any source actually try and explain who they all are.

              1. Here’s my idea: throw all support to the Kurds and let them handle it. It will piss off the Turks, but there’s not much point in trying to stay on their good side anymore.

              2. The only FSA I know is the FSA from the first Jason Bourne movie. What a great movie. “FSA!” “FSA!”

              3. The best characterization i’ve heard =

                Can you explain who the forces fighting in Aleppo are? We understand there are areas under regime control and areas under opposition, but who are the key fighting forces and where are they located in the city?

                Kheder Khaddour: A mosaic of forces is deployed around Aleppo, each one entertaining a different relationship with the regime and with different aims. Regime forces are deployed on the eastern outskirts of Aleppo…. These are the only regime forces keeping a frontline against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Their presence – although marginal to the overall struggle in Aleppo – allows the regime to claim legitimacy as one the players engaged in the fight against terrorism.

                Iraqi militias, supported by Iran and led by [its] Revolutionary Guards, hold the frontlines north and west of Aleppo.

                The Syrian Democratic Forces are also deployed in the northern outskirts of Aleppo, close to the border with Turkey. This group is dominated by the Kurdish YPG and occupies an ambiguous place in the conflict.

                Despite the fact that they are not part of the regime operation rooms, they are advancing in heavily Kurdish Afrin (immediately to the north of Aleppo). They also indirectly fulfil the regime’s aim to deprive the opposition of control over borders, thereby preventing the opposition from receiving supplies from its foreign backers

                1. the link to the whole piece (worth a read)

                  Here’s my idea: throw all support to the Kurds and let them handle it.

                  problem = the kurds don’t want to liberate “syria”. the kurds want to liberate the kurds. Which basically means “fuck everyone not us”

                  they’ll do whatever the US wants to keep everyone from bombing them; but they expect the endgame to be some quasi-autonomous area which everyone else leaves them alone (like in iraq). they don’t give a shit about assad or russia or whatever. they’re agnostic about stuff that russia & assad and the US care about.

                  1. It sucks that it appears the only choices are Assad or the Islamists, unless the US wants to install and defend another govt in the Middle East.

                    I think it was a mistake to let the Iraqis and Afghanis write their own constitutions. They should have had a decent forced on them like in Japan.

                    Both the Iraqi and Afghani constitutions state that Islam is the foundation of the nation’s laws. Well, there’s your problem, Vern.

                    Article 1:
                    (The Republic of Iraq is a single, independent federal state with full sovereignty. Its system of government is republican, representative 61/27Parliamentary63/47 and democratic. This Constitution is the guarantor of its unity)
                    Article 2:
                    First: Islam is the official religion of the State and it is a fundamental source of legislation:
                    A. No law that contradicts the established provisions of Islam may be established.

                    Article One
                    Afghanistan shall be an Islamic Republic, independent, unitary and indivisible state.
                    Article Two
                    The sacred religion of Islam is the religion of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Followers of
                    other faiths shall be free within the bounds of law in the exercise and performance of their
                    religious rituals.
                    Article Three
                    No law shall contravene the tenets and provisions of the holy religion of Islam in Afghanistan.

                    1. Yep. Make them eat crow and stay there untill their plates are clean. I figured we could solidly know it was won when walmart and Starbucks set up shop in downtown Baghdad.

  29. I wish somewhere in the winding wolf-ridden goddamn road of modern America we could figure out how to
    create a country where lovers of gods, philosophies, science, and life could fucking merge to
    placate collective innate insecurities and live on the spinning marble with passion and desire seeking answers
    whilst remaining always open to beaches, oceans, stars, and odd ideas.

    Jesus, asian genius, atheism, and old desert warriors projecting god dreams….along with the creative Jews… with witches and time… can we somehow fasten a loving respect of our earthly humanity?

    Every single belief is odd and fantastic but ultimately man must exist alive and free with his or her devotions without oppressing surrounding Agiles…

    may we live well and often and admitted
    May Libertarians lead the ways to peace across the marble… say it often and peace loved my brothers and sweeties

    1. I wish the universal tablet of information was distributed to every stupid teenager, all of them

      1. I’m still waiting for my tablet

    2. A fucking men. I work with a bunch of people I disagree with vehemently and with whom I love to spend five days of the week talking shit over coffee. I’d take a bullet for any of them, and vice versa. Libertarianism is about love, when you get down to it. If you wouldn’t kill someone for disagreeing with you, you’re in. Big tent.

    1. I just watched his video. He was barely touched

      1. Are you kidding?! That’s aggravated assault.

        1. The video on got news dot com is a mild push. Unless I’m missing something

        2. The video on got news dot com is a mild push. Unless I’m missing something

          1. Charles C. Johnson ?@ChuckCJ0hnson 1h1 hour ago
            Charles C. Johnson Retweeted DWT
            He shoved me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken.

            Charles C. Johnson ?@ChuckCJ0hnson 1h1 hour ago
            Charles C. Johnson Retweeted A Shocked Person!
            I never wanted it to get this way. Those bruises will heal. My problem is the smearing of my name, my reputation.

            So shoving someone to the ground, bruising him, and tarnishing his reputation with viscous lies is okay with you?

            1. Explain the video. The video I saw is a mild push. If I’m wrong, I want to know.

              1. You should check your tan privilege and think about the plight of gingers.

    2. There’s no way in hell that image of his eye is real.

      1. Is this whole thread sarastic? Dude, I don’t even know any more,

            1. Remember the lady reporter power bombed by Trump’s campaign manager? That’s her and her boyfriend.

              1. I wish I could Field this question.

              2. Oh, the one who grabbed Trump and refused to back off?

                The one whose story couldn’t even get a Hillary-supporting sheriff to file charges?

                That one?

  30. So this is what it comes down to? I thought Cruz would be the lesser of evils, and I’ve got to say his speech is right in line with that. We’re pretty much fucked, no?

    1. Fortunately, Trump has “small hands”.

      1. Colbert is happy?

  31. Derp in the field

    I was at a Macy’s this weekend and the had a sign saying they supported the victims of the Orlando shooting and condemned all violence.

    All violence? Even violence used to prevent greater violence? I hate sloppy thinking like that.

    1. Pale Ebenezer thought it wrong to fight
      But Roaring Bill (who killed him) thought it right.

      …Hillaire Belloc

    2. The worst is JC Penney supporting plus sized ladies

      1. The store manager, Mr. Mixalot, approves.

    3. they supported the victims of the Orlando shooting

      Little late now, don’t you think?

      people say this term “support” when what they mean is nothing more than ‘we feel bad and stuff’. I blame the whole “Support the troops” concept – which used to mean, “i donate money to veterans charities” or the like, but now means, “i have a yellow-ribbon sticker on my car”

      1. I presume they put up the sign a while ago.

        1. Observe the way altruists support people once they are safely dead. Didn’t some philosopher lady once call attention to some sort of connection in this regard?

  32. If Cruz is telling people to vote in November, and everyone (correctly) interprets “Vote your conscience!” to mean not voting for Trump, Cruz is basically telling people to vote Libertarian. It’s not like Cruz supporters are going to vote for Hillary.

    So, I’d be curious whether Johnson’s numbers see a boost after today…

    1. You are precious RoninX. Drink the juice of negativity. One of us. One of us.

    2. As far as I know, the only candidate currently running for president who has ever opposed gay marriage is Hillary Clinton.

      1. You are precious JayU. Drink the juice of negativity. One of us. One of us

  33. So long, Cruz.

    Rand Paul 20/20 – a new vision for America!

    1. Out with the old antiabortion christianofascist and in with the new, eh?

      1. Read my above refutation of your ridiculous accusations about how Christians are fascists.

        Do I run around here and claim all people who claim to be atheists are Soviets?

        You are the worst kind of tribalist.

  34. Obviously, the Cruz ‘conscience, ends where the Cruz desperation for power begins. I believe this is the template Hillary uses also,

  35. Please don’t let this idiot return to Texas. I can see why he is no longer welcome in Canada. Canada has no abortion laws whatsoever, the cops don’t murder people at random, voters can vote libertarian if they want more stuff legalized…
    Better Dead then Ted is Canada’s new motto.

    1. Canada has no abortion laws whatsoever,

      Not entirely true.

      By law, the Canadian government pays for abortions, does it not?

  36. He should have taken out his wiener and pissed all over that pledge on national television. Don’t burn your bridges, blow them the fuck up ! The Republican party is as useless as boots on whore.

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  38. Another incident that proves the GOP has adopted Mafia tactics – at least behind the scenes.

    Cruz really should never have dropped out and kept fighting Trump all the way to this week. And I thought that was his prerogative.

    I can’t think of any other reason for him dropping out other than some secret party bosses/thugs threatened to ruin his career. If he really dropped out “in the interest of party unity”, he would have endorsed Trump in a show of party unity.

    And now he gets booed worse than a WWE heel – all because he didn’t say the E-word.

    I hope the GOP crumbles after this election. There’s not much substance left to your institution if the best reason you can come with for your candidate is “But HILLARYYY!!!!!!!”

    1. Too bad no one in 1933 Germany said: “But Adolf!!!!!”

      A hundred million or more might have been spared.

  39. Makes my respect for the weasel-faced smarmy prick move from negative 20 all the way up to 1. Perhaps I would piss on him were he on fire.

  40. There are unwritten rules to this sort of thing. Candidates who come up short, in exchange for future support and current good graces of whichever party they’re are in, are supposed to suck it up and say the Magic Words. The Magic Words ain’t: “vote your consciousness”, however lovely they are in the abstract. Don’t say the words it’s the same as a middle finger to the party: Cruz knows this, the crowd knows this, and they responded in kind. So this author implying “vote your consciousness” CAUSED the booing is being disingenuous.

    1. He could have satisfied all by saying:

      “We all 17 promised to endorse the Republican candidate. And I am here to fulfill my promise to the party.”

      1. Agree. Just say… something along those lines. This convention stuff is a lot of formal tit-for-tat, and Cruz knew what signals to send, but chose not to. Well, OK then. Expected reaction happened.

  41. Seriously, guys! Haven’t any of you watched The Apprentice or pro wrestling? If you want the show to be successful, you’ve gotta have a villain. Duh! The show went perfectly for Donald last night, got lots of buzz and the chance for him to portray himself as the hero. No doubt, ratings will go way up tonight, when he rides in on his white stallion.

    We’ll be watching the ultimate reality show this autumn, and I’m certain that Donald will be extremely entertaining.

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