He fought one Cuban dictator, and was beaten and tortured. He escaped another Cuban dictator, whose men later beat and tortured his sister. Born in Cuba, and a Canadian for roughly 30 years, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz is unabashedly pro-American and a free-market capitalist. He could become the father of the President of the United States of America on January 20, 2017.
Born on March 22, 1939, in Cuba, his mother taught school and his father was an RCA salesman who was born in the Canary Islands. Cruz was a straight A student who grew to resent the oppression under dictator Fulgencio Batista. Cruz made the biggest mistake of his life when he fought on the side of Fidel Castro's revolutionaries, not because Batista's police later arrested and beat him, but because Castro turned out to be a communist, once in power.
At 18, Cruz bribed an official into stamping his passport, which cleared the way for Cruz to cruise to Miami. With $100 sewn in his underwear, Cruz took a bus to Austin, Texas, where he enrolled in the University of Texas. Cruz washed dishes for 50 cents an hour to pay his bills. He learned American English by watching movies and TV. He studied math, and upon graduation, he joined the oil industry.
He married and had two daughters, but divorced. He moved on to New Orleans, and then Canada where he met and married Eleanor Elizabeth Darragh Wilson, a computer programmer from Delaware. They launched a seismic-data processing firm for oil drillers in Calgary, Alberta. On December 22, 1970, she gave birth to their only child, Rafael Edward Cruz. They called him Ted.
The Cruz family returned to the United States, and Rafael Cruz became an Evangelical Christian, who became involved in politics due to his opposition to President Carter's politics. Then came the recession.
“There was a big crash and many of my clients went bankrupt,” he told Robert Costa of National Review in 2013. “It got so bad that I had to close my business. I became a salesman here and there, and I started to build a ministry, as a sort of traveling preacher.”
His son, Ted, would be the chief beneficiary of Cruz's history. The son, like the father, was a bright young man and a good student. His father enrolled him at 14 in an after-school program run by retired oilman Rolland Storey in Houston. The program drilled students on the Constitution (which Rafael helped Ted memorize) and on capitalism, especially the writings of Milton Friedman. Then Storey sent Ted Cruz and his colleagues to give speeches on capitalism at Rotary Clubs.
Republicanism was finally being introduced in Texas.
“They created a spinoff group called the Constitutional Corroborators,” Ted Cruz told Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker in 2014. “And they took five of the students, all of whom had been involved on the free-market side, and we focused on studying the Constitution. So we’d meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for a couple of hours each night, and study the Constitution, read the Federalist Papers, read the Anti-Federalist Papers, read the debates on ratification. And we memorized a shortened mnemonic version of the Constitution.”
The younger Cruz then gave him an example the powers and duties of Congress: “TCCNCCPCC pawn momma run: Taxes, credit, commerce, naturalization, coinage, counterfeiting, post office, copyright, courts, piracy, Army, war, Navy, militia, money for militia, Washington, D.C., rules, and necessary and proper.”
One of Storey's colleagues, Winston Elliott III, told Toobin: “Ted was just an amazing speaker at fourteen, by far the most impressive student we ever had. Our program is very much committed to private property, free markets, and constitutionally limited government. When it came to the Constitution, Rolland was a great believer in original intent, and so the focus was very much on what the Constitution says. We brought in a memorization expert. We wanted them to focus on the words. Ted was just an ideal student, because he just absorbed everything, and he came from a conservative family in the first place.”
Rafael Cruz was grooming an American, a truly anti-Castro son of a political refugee. Ted Cruz became a tough debater. And then, as high school graduation, he told his father he wanted to be a computer programmer.
“I said, ‘Ted, you’re a people person. You’d be crazy locked up in a cubbyhole.’ And I said, ‘And all you talk about is the Constitution',” the father told Kelly Riddell of the Washington Times. “And so he said, ‘You know, you’re right.’ So off he went to Princeton to study public policy.”
Rafael Cruz attended as many of his son's debates as possible as Ted Cruz became the nation's top debater.
But Rafael Cruz's second marriage ended in divorce. She lives in the same building as her son, and visits her grandchildren by elevator.
Meanwhile, Rafael renounced his Canadian citizenship and became an American in 2005. Six years later, after clerking for Chief Justice William Rehnquist, his son began a quixotic quest to become the first Hispanic U.S. senator in Texas history. His father used his life story and his oratorical skills to push his son's campaign, just as he would push his presidential campaign four years later.
He's effective, drawing condemnation from a frightened liberal The Associated Press went as far as to call the father Cruz's Jeremiah Wright -- oblivious to the fact that AP repeatedly shielded Barack Obama from being connected to Wright's racist, anti-Semitic and communist ministry.
Buzzfeeed ran "The 68 Most Controversial Things Ted Cruz’s Dad Has Ever Said."
Rafael Cruz told Riddell, “Well, actually I started to read that article and got down to No. 27, and I said ‘Well, I’ll say every one of those things again!’ So I stopped reading. They call outrageous that we need to abide by the Constitution, that we need to follow the rule of law, honor separation of powers. This president is acting like an imperial president making laws by executive order. If those are outrageous statements, I stand by them.”
These statements were extemporaneous. So what are those 27 things he would say again?
1. “As some of you know, I was born in Cuba. At the age of 14 years of age I was involved in a revolution. We were suffering from a very cruel, oppressive dictatorship, and the revolution started in the high schools and the universities. So when I was 14, I was involved in the revolution. I was in the revolution four years. During that time, a young, charismatic leader rose up in Cuba, talking about hope and change. His name was Fidel Castro.”
2. “The Obama administration wants to take our rights to keep and bear arms away from us. They are trying to take our God, and our gun. And if they do that, they can impose a dictatorship upon us. Now he’s been trying it through the courts, through the legislature – hasn’t gone anywhere. Now he’s trying through the United Nations. And there is now some proposals in the United Nations to try to impose a ban on guns. And of course we have a precedent, too: When Ted fought for U.S. sovereignty when the United Nations tried to impose their rule on our courts, and Ted fought defending U.S. sovereignty all of the way through the United Nations to the Supreme Court and won.”
3. “Now the Obama administration is trying another avenue, through about a half a dozen treaties. Any of you heard of the Law of the Sea Treaty? Well, the Law of the Sea Treaty basically says that a percentage of the revenue from offshore oil and gas exploration, or mineral exploration, will go to be redistributed to all nations of the world. It’s redistribution of wealth on a global basis. It’s way beyond what any Communist country has ever done before. And he has a half a dozen treaties that they’re trying to push through, all trying to undermine our sovereignty.”
4. “We have to stop acquiescing even to the wording that the liberals use. Just think about it. They talk about — in the issue of life, they say ‘pro-life,’ or ‘pro-choice.’ That’s not the right word. It is ‘pro-life’ or ‘pro-death.’ It is ‘pro-life’ or ‘pro-murder.’ And so, it’s just like calling homosexuals ‘gays.’ Gay means happy! You know, it’s just to try to dilute it so that it becomes socially acceptable, and if you say anything against homosexual marriage or anything — ‘Oh, you’re not tolerant.’ So we’re supposed to prostitute our principles, on behalf of tolerance. Well, I’ll tell you what: there are absolutes. There are absolutes. Start being biblically correct, instead of politically correct.”
5. “This man [Obama] does not have the interests of our country. That’s not his agenda. His agenda is to bring us down to a third-world country. This president does not believe in American exceptionalism, and he has said so … If he has his way, he will make us another third-world country. Because he is after redistribution of wealth on a global basis. But that’s not what this country’s about. This country is truly exceptional. Do you realize this is the only country in the world that was founded on the word of God?”
6. “The very first day that President Obama was inaugurated, his first act as a president was to rescind that ban on third-trimester abortions. And he’s even carried it further. Now, even if the baby is born alive, they have the right to kill that baby. It is an abomination.”
7. “Actually, those death panels that Sarah Palin talked about are a part of Obamacare. And if Obamacare prevails, and we can’t get rid of it, you know, that means that – I don’t know what their priorities are, but according to their own wording, this panel of bureaucrats would decide on the basis of ‘cost-benefit’ whether you get a medical procedure or not. That means that this panel of bureaucrats would decide … ‘I don’t think you can produce enough to compensate the government or compensate society. I don’t think your value to society is that much — go home and die!’ And deny you the procedure.”
8. “Interestingly enough, just yesterday I heard on TV that there is a new proposal of the United Nations to restrict parental rights. And from all indications, our government is ready to sign it. Let me tell you, communism does not work! Socialism does not work!”
9. Rafael Cruz: “So Barack Obama said, if the winds shift, I’ll side with the Muslims. “
Audience Member: “He is Muslim!”
Rafael Cruz: “McCain couldn’t say that, because it wasn’t politically correct. It’s time we stop being politically correct!”
10. “I get sad with the people that go around bashing this country and speaking against this country. Perhaps we ought to send them for a month or two to some place that is out of this country, to realize what it is to live without freedom and without liberty. But you know what happens is, we take freedom for granted in this country. And perhaps we say: ‘Well, it could never happen in America.’ Well, it is happening in America.”
11. “I looked at the pilgrims coming to America. In their first year, they decided to try a communist experiment. And the first year of the pilgrims, they established this socialistic concept: ‘Well, we have all this land before us – let us all work it together.’ Oh, how wonderful it sounded. ‘Let us all work it together, and we will share in the produce of the land.’ They almost starved to death! Almost half of them died, that very first year. But they were smart enough and flexible enough that by the second year, Governor Bradford said ‘this doesn’t work. I’ll tell you what – each one of you take your own plot of land. You work the land, you feed your family.’ And then it flourished. So the free enterprise system was born the second year the pilgrims were here. And of course, it has made America the most prosperous country in the world. … I can tell you, socialism doesn’t work. It’s never worked. And we are seeing more and more and more socialist policies being implemented in this country, left and right. But you know, as I ponder why have we been so dormant, I think the reason is that there’s a big difference from the way in which I saw my freedoms taken away almost overnight. It was a very stark contrast. Here, freedoms have been taken away just a little at a time. Just a little at a time, and we have been too complacent.”
12. “Our lives are under attack. The quality of our life is being eroded more and more and more every day. Our fortunes? Let me tell you, the Obama administration has both their hands in your pocket. They’re trying to take every hard dollar you make to give it out in handouts to buy votes. And let me tell you, the money you have in your wallet is worth less and less and less every day, because the printing presses are going 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But I’ll say something: They can take our lives. They can take our fortunes. But they cannot take our honor! No one can take our honor!”
13. “Let me tell you, Obama has got both hands in your pockets. And he wants every dollar you make. Because as far as he’s concerned, it’s not your money, it’s government’s money, instead of the other way around. They’re the ones who are stealing our money to go through their extravagant lifestyles, and to — trying to promote worldwide socialism and worldwide redistribution of wealth, which is all what Obama is about. So, if we don’t stop what’s going on in Washington, your treasures are gonna disappear.”
“However, the Word of God says also: ‘If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?’ The world has set other foundations. I want to talk to you quickly about two of them: One is atheism, the other is secular humanism.
“If we look at these foundations from two points of view, from the behavioral point of view, of course, they lead about people being governed by their instincts. There is no moral absolute, and this leads us to situational ethics, which unfortunately is being taught in public schools all over America. This means that right and wrong is dependent upon the circumstances. Of course, without God, there is no value to life. That leads to immorality, that leads to sexual abuse, and there is no hope. They live without hope, because there is nothing more.
“If we look at it more from a philosophical standpoint, these foundations of atheism and secular humanism believe that you are your own God. That leads us to something that unfortunately has crept into many churches across America, and it is what I call the Social Gospel. We have so many churches that are trying to become more like the world, with the excuse of attracting the world. The problem is, when the world comes, they don’t find anything different. And the social gospel, that could creep into something that is called Liberation Theology, which is a mixture of leftist, pseudo-Christianity with Marxism.
“And that leads directly to a term that we are hearing all the time in the political arena, and that is ‘social justice.’ It sounds very good, because who would want social injustice? But let me tell you what social justice really is. Social justice is collectivism. Social justice is the rights of a group. It denies individual responsibility. It’s a negation of individual responsibility, so social justice is totally contrary to the Word of God.
“That means it also destroys self-reliance, and because they don’t believe in God, instead of relying on God, they rely on government. So it promotes a life of dependency – dependency upon government. And of course that leads directly to socialism, and ultimately to communism.”15. “Just in the last two months, we saw two abominable decisions from the Supreme Court, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, and promoting homosexual marriage. And the church remained silent. As a matter of fact, the most appalling part of that is Justice Kennedy said: ‘I will be swayed by public opinion.’ He made that public, and he’s the swing vote. Well, the only people picketing in front of the Supreme Court were the homosexuals. Where was the church? How long will we remain silent? God will judge us for our silence.”
16. “You know what I call much of the public press? The ‘Ministry of Misinformation’ of this administration. Just like there’s a Ministry of Misinformation in almost every socialist country on the world, we got one here, too: It’s called the liberal media.”
17. “’If Satan rules in the halls of legislation’ — wow, looks like we’re reading this week’s newspaper. Single-digit approval rate. He says, ‘The pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics becomes so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away’ — are we there? Sure looks like it…”
18. “And let me say this, actually — blacks, the black churches, need to understand that this administration has not done anything for black people. Black unemployment is almost twice the national average. Black unemployment under 25 years old is 40%. So its about time that minorities that are being so disenfranchised by this administration — they’re just being used as pawns — that they wake up and stop drinking the Kool-Aid.”
19. “Two months ago, two abominable laws were passed by the Supreme Court. Number one, the Defense of Marriage Act was thrown out, saying ‘No longer marriage is between a man and a woman.’ I think the book of Genesis speaks very clearly about that, right? It was Adam and Eve, it was not Adam and Steve.”
20. “You talk about a cancer? Political correctness is a cancer. And it’s killing us.”
Cruz: “And of course, since there are no absolutes, when it’s convenient, you change the rules. Do we know any politicians that have done that?”
Man in audience: “Hitler!”
Cruz: “We don’t have to go that far, Larry. Just go to Washington. Just go to the White House. So, and of course, this leads us — when there are no moral absolutes — leads us to sexual immorality, leads us to sexual abuse, leads us to perversion, and of course, no hope.”22. “And of course, this dilution of the Gospel leads to a dilution of those moral absolutes. And that leads us to a perversion … called liberation theology. And liberation theology is a mixture of leftist, ultra-leftist pseudo-Christianity with Marxism. It was a move that became predominant in Nicaragua, and in Peru, and of course is what Jeremiah Wright was preaching for decades, and where our President was brainwashed for 18 years. And of course, that leads you to the other term that you hear all the time: ‘social justice.’ It may sound very good, but ‘social justice’ is another cancer. Social justice is group psychology, it’s group rights, it’s collectivisim, and it’s a negation of individual responsibility, which is what the Bible teaches. Individual responsibility. And of course, social justice leads very quickly to socialism, and ultimately to communism.”
23. “As the king goes, he’s taking the nation with him, unfortunately. And what we got up there in Washington is a tyrant, is a king — who wants to rule us not different than King George was ruling, and caused the American Revolution.”
“You know, I am so proud of my son that just two weeks ago, he was able to pass a bill by unanimous decision in the House and in the Senate making it against the law for a known terrorist to come to the United States as an ambassador. And I am sure that — reluctantly — President Obama had no choice but to sign that bill, because he would have been embarrassed if it had gone back , it would have been — If he had vetoed it, it would have been overridden, because it passed by unanimous decision. Iran had appointed one of those 52 terrorists to come to the United Nations as UN ambassador. And that means to come to New York City with diplomatic immunity. God help us. But you know something? It was not coincidental that those 52 hostages were released on the day President Reagan was inaugurated.”
25. “You need to be able to decode the rhetoric. For example, have you heard people in this administration talking about ‘freedom of worship?’ Have you heard the term? They don’t talk about ‘freedom of religion’ – they are trying to change the phrase to freedom of worship. Let me tell you what comes after that. What comes after that is what you have in Cuba today! You have freedom of worship in Cuba. Freedom of worship means you can worship inside a house of worship. That means its confined within the four walls of the church. In Cuba, there are sanctioned churches, where people can go, and they can evangelize — inside the church, they can preach. There are spies there to monitor everything they say. But it is against the law to evangelize outside the four walls of the church. That’s where the Obama administration is going, promoting this ‘freedom of worship.’ Not ‘freedom of religion,’ ‘freedom of worship’ — to eradicate religion, outside the four walls of the church. To eliminate all the influence of religion upon society.”
“Of course, you know about the new idea of Eric Holder. He calls it: ‘Smart Guns.’ A gun that only you can fire. You have to have a bracelet that sends a signal – listen carefully — by GPS to your gun. And, if you don’t have that bracelet, and you don’t send that signal by GPS to that gun, the gun won’t fire.
“Now, the fact that signal is by GPS — what else do you think the GPS does? Tells the government who has all the guns, and where they are. You know what the next step is? Confiscation.
“Now, again, look at history. Remember the lessons of history — if we don’t learn from history, we’re bound to repeat it. Stalin took away the guns. Then he killed 20 million people. Mao took away the guns, then he killed 50 million people. And the same thing with Pol Pot, and with Vario. As a matter of fact, even in my country, in Cuba — you read the history of Cuba. In Cuba there there were two wars of independence, against Spain. The first war lasted 10 years. At the end of that 10-year war, what do you think the Spanish government did? Confiscated all the guns. So when they went to the second war, in 1895, they had no guns. So they used machetes. They had machetes. And they would go with machetes, running as fast as they could, and horses, cutting heads off, and confiscating the muskets from the Spaniards.
“Every tyrant has taken the guns away and then used them against the people.
“I mean, even if you don’t look at that, it’s the most stupid idea you’ve ever heard of. Suppose you’re taking a shower, and you took that bracelet off, and an intruder walks into your house. And you jump out of the shower, naked, grabbed your gun, and your gun won’t fire! Or, you’re very, very self conscious — you take a shower with your bracelet on. And you’re taking your shower with your bracelet on, and that intruder comes in, and your wife grabs the gun, and the gun won’t fire. It’s the dumbest idea in the world. But I’ll tell you who’s gonna love it — all the people that are selling guns. I’ll tell you what, if you think we have mountains of people at the gun shows, they’re going to multiply ten times over. Because nobody’s going to want one of those guns. Conventional guns are going to cost twice as much, because everybody’s going to want one, two, three, four.
“And I’ll tell you what – probably, without exception, everybody here is going to say: ‘Nobody’s going to take my bible or my gun.’”27. “We can choose someone that has got a very clear agenda, not only to destroy American exceptionalism, but to make us at the same least common denominator with all nations of the world. Make us a third-world country, and promote redistribution of wealth on a global basis. Not just from the 1%. It goes way beyond that. It’s worldwide redistribution of wealth. That’s what cap and trade was all about, was about taking so-called ‘carbon credits’ that your company could buy from some banana republic on the other end of the globe, and funnel hundreds of millions of dollars there, so you could keep on putting smokes out of your smokestack. It wouldn’t do anything for the environment, it would just get a transfer of wealth to the rest of the world. Along with that, we have an EPA that is totally out of control, stifling American jobs by the hundreds of thousands…”
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