To all of the candidates’ credit, they did not allow the evening to become what the moderator intended; an evening with the candidates hurling petty and meaningless insults at each other discussing topics of nonimportance. The candidates elevated the debate and produced some meaningful discussions. Rubio led a very excellent and revealing discussion on foreign policy.
During the discussion we gained some insight into the different candidates’ view of the Constitution and the role of government. Paul and Cruz led a revealing discussion into the role of the Constitution as it relates to the enumerated powers and the Tenth Amendment. We also gained insight into how the different candidates view the role of the Supreme Court by discussing their ideas on who should be nominated.
Although many of the candidates reverted to their past records, it was insightful because that does give us some idea as to how they view the role of the federal government; would they adhere to the enumerated powers and Tenth Amendment and would they insist on following the Constitution regarding separation of power and the role of the executive; which is to administer the law and not make law.
Each Freedom Loving American must individually evaluate these candidates. It is my hope that no Freedom Loving American will rely on pundits, friends, or others to dictate their thoughts but would instead understand how critical it is that we nominate a true conservative individual, an individual with excellent character, an individual of action, and an individual capable of leadership by building others and not by demeaning others to build themselves.
This Freedom Loving American thought that Fiorina, Rubio, and Cruz demonstrated they have these characteristics. I do not think any of the candidates did anything to eliminate them from consideration although I do believe some of the candidates revealed they do not have a grasp, much less a commanding grasp, of some very critical elements of the position.
I do marvel at the overall quality of the candidates, especially considering the large number. And to think the Democrats (Marxist/Progressives) believe the best they have to offer is a self-proclaimed socialist and an individual who has no meaningful accomplishments and is a proven liar who has always put self-interest above country. This is why it is so critical we Freedom Loving Americans control who will be the nominee of the Republican Party. This action will greatly determine if the United States will be the land of the free or a Marxist totalitarian state.