Ted Cruz's Electrifying Speech
It had been a long time since I heard any political figure do what Sen. Ted Cruz did this week in his announcement that he is seeking the Republican nomination for president.
He delivered an electrifying, motivational, rousing case for liberty — explaining why it's not too late, why Americans don't need to lower their expectations, how this country has overcome greater odds in its history.
And what did his critics say in response?
I kid you not. This is what they said — on CNN, on MSNBC, on Fox News Channel:
—He's been in the Senate for only a short time.
—He has no government accomplishments in his life.
—He has no executive experience.
—There are questions about his constitutional eligibility for office.
What? Where were these folks in 2008, when a virtually unknown, inexperienced, eligibility-challenged community organizer and short-term senator ran for president?
The answer is they were right where they are today, but none of them raised these questions. In fact, when others did, they labeled them as racist.
Make no mistake about Ted Cruz. He is to be taken seriously. He was dismissed as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Texas. He won going away. He is a Princeton graduate who graduated from Harvard Law School at the top of his class. About Cruz, famed Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz had this to say: "Without a doubt, he is among the smartest students I've ever had. ... I've had great students, but he has to be at the top of anyone's shortlist, in terms of raw brainpower."
Cruz has argued before the Supreme Court many times. He's an expert debater. He is comfortable in his shoes, whether he is defending conservative principles or he is defending the principles of his faith.
He is going to be a formidable candidate. More importantly, he's a breath of fresh air for giving Americans hope again — the kind of hope we haven't had since Ronald Reagan was articulating his vision of national renewal.
He does it standing on his own two feet, without the assistance of a teleprompter — also refreshing after six years of Barack Obama.
He means what he says.
He's genuine, and he's got a compelling personal story and a lovely family.
And that's why the Democrats loathe him. That's why the media establishment fears him. That's why the Republican establishment dismisses him.
I am not making an endorsement for president here. But I am giving Ted Cruz a big hallelujah, a heartfelt amen.
This is the way I wish other Republicans and conservatives would talk. There's a reason Reagan, with similar views, was able to win landslide victories in the 1980s. It's because he was the Great Communicator. Cruz is a great communicator, too.
He's not the only one in the Republican stable. Mike Huckabee is a rock star communicator. So is Ben Carson.
Can you compare their abilities to anyone's on the Democratic side? Why do Republicans fear Hillary Clinton? There's no one on the Democratic bench who could stand up to the likes of Cruz, Huckabee, Carson and Rand Paul. How do you think Joe Biden would fare? How about Elizabeth Warren or Martin O'Malley? This is the top tier of the Democratic prospects to replace Obama in the 2016 election.
Unlike most of my colleagues in the media, I like that Cruz denies man-made catastrophic climate change. Why? Because it's not real. It's a scam for more government control over the lives of individual citizens. It's one of the biggest and worst collectivist schemes in history.
Unlike most of my colleagues in the media, I like that Cruz helped shut down the government. I'd like to see much of the federal government permanently shut down to be in line with the limits of the Constitution.
Unlike most of my colleagues in the media, I like that Cruz invoked God and liberty so frequently in his announcement.
I don't think he's out of step with mainstream American values. Not at all. I think his message is going to resonate. He's a serious contender.
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