FreedomWorks hosted Free the People event the last few days in Salt Lake City, Utah and one of the speeches delivered was just epic. As he described his time living in Cuba, Rafael Cruz the father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, spoke about the tough times he experienced under Fidel Castro and his dictatorship. He passionately spoke about America’s exceptionalism and why we should not apologize for being so. He discussed the comparisons between Castro’s socialism policies with Barack Obama’s actions.
Cruz was a man who was tortured and imprisoned under Castro and managed to escape and make his way to the United States. “I was in prison,” he said. “I was tortured, but by the grace of God I was able to leave Cuba on a student VISA and came to the greatest country on the face of the earth.” He goes into detail about how his mother was an elementary school teacher who was fired because she refused to teach Marxist policies to her students. Under Fidel Castro, Cuba began indoctrinating school children, lowering wages, confiscating property, and redistributing wealth. Cruz knew he wanted more and realized he had endless opportunities in the US.
Rafael also mentions how Castro spoke about “Hope” and “Change” and got everyone around him energized and excited about what he was saying. They all would soon see what this hope and change was all about in the form of socialism.
Cruz talks about once being here in the US, working his way through college at the University of Texas and embracing the opportunities America would present him. He later started a business and became very engaged with politics as he campaigned for Ronald Reagan to help get him elected. He was a fan of free markets and limited government. His time in Cuba gave him a first-hand experience of what socialism looks like, so these types of policies are easily recognizable to him. He seen that happening in the 1970′s, which is why he worked so hard for Ronald Reagan.
“Outside of the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are the greatest two documents that have ever been penned. I think the most ominous words I’ve ever heard was in the last two State of the Union addresses, when our president said, “If Congress does not act, I will act unilaterally,” he said. “Not much different than that old bearded friend I left behind in Cuba.” – Rafael Cruz
Rafael Cruz gave a very passionate speech about American exceptionalism without any notes or a teleprompter. He touched on what occurred during Fidel Castro’s time with his “Hope” and “Change” promises and how he curtailed freedom of the press and instituted socialized medicine. His words were carefully chosen, yet passionately spoken. He certainly passed some great qualities onto his son. We will just wait and see how far Ted goes with them.
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