U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) makes a stop at the Smokey Row in Oskaloosa on 10/14/15. Photo credit: Dave Davidson (Prezography.com)
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) makes a stop at the Smokey Row in Oskaloosa on 10/14/15.
Photo credit: Dave Davidson (Prezography.com)

C S Lewis started his book, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” with this sentence:

“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

Scrubb was an evil kid, brimming with all kinds of mischief and mayhem. At one point in the books, Scrubb goes into a cave alone. After some awful noise, the brave, protagonist children follow him into the cave, only to discover a fierce dragon was hovering over what was left of Scrubb, a few of his torn up clothes. They feared the worst.  He had been eaten by the dragon.  It turns out to be much worse than they had thought. Eustace had not been eaten by the dragon, but he had become the dragon.*

Over the last few months, I have become fearful and frankly disgusted with politics. I see politicians and their lackeys exaggerate their own accomplishments while minimizing those of their opponents. I have seen them become particularly disdainful of President Obama.  And I have received many fund-raising appeals with dubious claims.

This is the beast of politics I’ve grown to hate. But, it is also the beast I have become. This week I wrote an article calling Ted Cruz “pro-choice”, because I didn’t dig enough to get to the truth.  What I said then, was not the truth, and it libeled a brother for whom Christ died. Ted Cruz is pro-life.

I earlier had thought about staying out of the current battles in politics, and I should have done so. My brand of politics is not needed. It hurts more than it helps. I truly wish Ted Cruz all the best. And Shane, you too.

12 comments
  1. David, I appreciate your humility. My respect for you has grown. This is the appropriate way believers should respond when they find themselves in error. Thank you for acknowledging your mistake.

  2. We all make mistakes and the internet is forever. We’ve ALL been disappointed and disgusted with politics- I certainly have had my fill after 52 years of this stuff. But Ted is one of the few that has disappointed SO little, that’s why I’m in it for this one last fight.

  3. Senator Cruz is a good and decent man. Many are trying to hurt him politically through deliberate lies and innuendo. Thank you for acknowledging this error.

  4. One of the things that is so wonderful about living in the US is that we all have freedom of speech and the gift of being able to say what we believe. Those who don’t support Cruz believe he is wrong for America. IMO, Cruz has proven he cannot get along with others, even within our own party, has not shown up to vote in the senate because he is too ambitious, in a bad way, to do the job the people elected him to do before trying for the one he REALLY wanted. We also feel he is an opportunist who will say and do what it takes to get those $$$$$ and votes! Just like another inexperienced senator who could give a good speech….he reminds me soooo muc of Obama.

    1. Just like another inexperienced senator who could give a good speech….he reminds me soooo much of Obama.

      EXACTLY! What is everyone thinking? !?!?! Where is the discernment?

  5. I give you credit for correcting one mistake of lazy journalism, but when you repeat the same mistake in the second article, you haven’t learned anything. You haven’t read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, or at least you must not have ever read it carefully or for a very long time. You totally misrepresented the storyline and the character of Eustace.

  6. David, your humility is God honoring. I encourage you not to stay out of politics, I think God wants us involved… just keep vetting the candidates and praying for them and our nation. The prayers are the most effective, but don’t stay out of the fight. Thank you for your transparency and may the LORD continue to bless and use you. We all need His forgiveness daily and He generously and mercifully supplies!!! How wonderful Jesus is!!!!!

  7. Wow! Thank you for doing that. I’ve noticed that several pundits and writers find themselves apologizing- not necessarily for mistakenly stating an incorrect fact, but for saying Cruz can’t win. He can. I know people that didn’t vote last cycle because of the “Mormon” issue. Once people hear someone that can clearly state conservatism, many will agree. They just haven’t heard it well-spoken since Reagan.

  8. Wow. What a breath of fresh air. A full, unmitigated apology. No excuses. No defending statement. No quibbling. No, “I was misunderstood,” no, “I’m sorry if I offended,” no “I was taken out of context.” Thank you for your fine apology and being an excellent example of how to do it right.

    1. He retracted his words regarding Cruz and abortion because he was factually wrong. Like I said he’s entitled to his opinion, but not his own facts. Cruz does not support a “leave it to the states” approach to the life issue.

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