Ted Cruz’s latest op-ed is an excellent example of this transition.
The politicians are being reprogrammed because the political reality underneath them has shifted due to the resorting of the electorate. Occasionally, the party system changes and the two parties change their governing ideologies. It has happened five or six times before in American history. The last time this happened was during the Great Depression when the liberal vs. conservative era began.
“Georgia’s new election law runs 98 generously spaced pages. A fast reader can get through it in one sitting. If you’re the CEO of a major corporation, you can pay someone to do it for you. But I don’t think CEOs took the time to read Georgia’s Election Integrity Act of 2021, because so much of what they said about it was nonsense. …
For too long, woke CEOs have been fair-weather friends to the Republican Party: They like us until the left’s digital pitchforks come out. Then they run away. Or they mouth off on legislation they don’t understand—and hurt the reputations of patriotic leaders protecting our elections and expanding the right to vote. Enough is enough. Corporations that flagrantly misrepresent efforts to protect our elections need to be called out, singled out and cut off.
In my nine years in the Senate, I’ve received $2.6 million in contributions from corporate political-action committees. Starting today, I no longer accept money from any corporate PAC. I urge my GOP colleagues at all levels to do the same.
For too long, Republicans have allowed the left and their big-business allies to attack our values with no response. We’ve allowed them to ship jobs overseas, attack gun rights, and destroy our energy companies. We’ve let them smear Republicans without paying any price. …”
We’re not in the liberal vs. conservative era anymore.
Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney are changing their tune. Suddenly, ambitious politicians are all trying to at least sound more populist and nationalist these days. We’re in a similar moment of transition like when politicians in the past were reprogrammed after the Era of Good Feelings and became Jacksonians or Whigs or populists or progressives in the early 20th century or New Deal liberals in the mid-20th century or Reaganite conservatives from the 1980s forward.
If they keep talking like this about the tyranny of Woke Capital to tap into all of that brewing populist resentment, the voters are going to start expecting them to walk the walk. Anyway, we are glad that Ted Cruz is pledging to no longer take money from Corporate PACs because we are sick of these people buying and corrupting the politicians to get their way. We’re not sure how real this is and will continue to monitor the situation, but you know it is a welcome change that Cruz is at least talking like this.
Note: Most ambitious politicians have never had any real ideological beliefs and just try to sail wherever the wind is blowing them. It is nothing to them to try on a new ideology.