Dear Senator Ted Cruz,
Thank you. I respect your performance at the Republican National Convention, and as an individual who voted for you in the primaries you have cemented in my mind, that I voted for the right guy. That I did not waste my vote. That you truly believe in the principles you championed on the campaign trail. That you, my candidate, is one of principle and honor. That you are willing to place the interests of our country above the party. That you are not afraid to stand firmly upon your convictions, wherever that may lead.
I want to be very clear, you did not violate your agreement. On March 29, 2016 in a CNN town hall, Donald Trump, voided the pledge. He announced that he would not support the republican presidential nominee and that he did not want your endorsement. Mr. Trump broke his oath to you and the Republican Party.
What I found most astounding about your speech was the reaction of the audience, the line that set so many people off was: 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. You didn’t ask anyone to vote for a specific candidate, you only asked people to vote their conscience. To vote for someone that will defend freedom and be faithful to the constitution. Why did republican voters assume you weren’t speaking about their candidate? Can they not trust Donald Trump to defend freedom, will he not be faithful to the constitution?
My favorite line from your speech was the following: America is an idea, a simple yet powerful idea: freedom matters. I know that Ted Cruz believes “Freedom Matters.” You have proven it; through your message on the campaign trail and by your performance the other night. You bravely stood against the republican elites by refusing to endorse a candidate that will not remain faithful to the constitution. Some are calling this move “a career ender.” Yet, you willingly stood and spoke your mind, completely disregarding the backlash that will result from your actions. I applaud you for remaining true to your principles and the message that you campaigned on. You proved that you are not a servant of the political elites. You reminded us of principle over party, that it is necessary to stand against your party when it’s wrong. That we have an obligation to stand for the truth and for freedom. You reminded us what it means to be a conservative, that these principles are too precious to give up. You reminded us what a true statesmen looks like. Sen. Cruz, you reminded us of Reagan.
Read the remarks of former President Ronald Reagan, from his impromptu speech of 1976: http://www.nationalcenter.org/ReaganConvention1976.html