(Editor's Note: The following is motleyblogger.com's two-part response at Townhall.com to Thomas Sowell's two-part attack (or maybe "concern" is a better word) on Ted Cruz)
Comment 1: "Cruz Control, Parts I and II" is clearly the worst piece of thinking and writing I have ever seen from Thomas Sowell. His reasoning is so disjointed and his evidence so lacking that I actually worried that he might be ill or losing it mentally. And that's all the GOOD I can say about this piece. At best, Dr. Sowell does not get it. At worst, he has shown himself for something we thought he was not: A card-carrying member of the Republican Leadership's Group-Think Tank.
I like to think myself a reasonably intelligent person, a reasonably astute political observer, and reasonably intuitive when it comes to reading people. I also like to think that I am well within the bounds of what most Americans think and value. Having said as much, I can only say that I personally believe that Mr. Sowell has misinterpreted Mr. Cruz's motives; he has misread the majority of American voters; and he has thrown himself clearly into the relativistic arms of the Republican mainstream, a mainstream that wants little to do with truly abiding by the Constitution or adhering to any kind of political, moral, ethical or patriotic absolutes.
Unless I have totally misread the founding fathers, I think I heard them all turn in their graves after they read Mr. Sowell's hatchet job on Ted Cruz. It sounds as though it came straight from the bowels of the White House, not from someone who normally is a trusted source of conservatism and astute political observation.
Comment 2: Of course there is always the risk that any human being will turn out to be something we thought they were not; there is no such thing as a pure motive. It all boils down to "who do you believe and who has shown themselves to be truthful and trustworthy?"
Barack Obama never presented any evidence or history of being truthful or trustworthy prior to lying his way into the White House, so I would say that we pretty much got "what you see is what you get," for those of us without blinders on. What has Ted Cruz done that was not in keeping with he said he would do? What is it in Mr. Cruz's background that says he will turn into something other than what he presents himself to be?
Sowell's worries are legitimate vis-a-vis anyone who runs for the Presidency. History has shown that no occupant of the office has done exactly what he said he was going to do (Obama comes closest: He basically said he was going to destroy America as we know it, and with two years left he might actually get there).
Does Mr. Sowell propose that there are those vying for the Presidency in 2016 who are less likely to veer so sharply from their rhetoric and promises as Obama has done? If so, let's hear from Mr. Sowell who they are. Hillary? Biden? Or maybe he thinks Chris Christie, God forbid, does not exhibit those wolf-in-sheep's clothing tendencies?
And so, Mr. Sowell, if you are so sure that Ted Cruz will be a turncoat traitor to the conservative cause and will ignore the Constitution once elected, enlighten us: Who is your favorite to occupy the WH in 2016? If you think Cruz has tendencies to become as duplicitous, self-serving and tyrannical as Barack Obama, then tell us: Who do you believe, and who do you trust?