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Editorial: Rafael Cruz: Still ‘hoping’ for change in America




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Rafael Cruz, father of Texas’ U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, was the keynote speaker at an event on Oct. 19 in Floresville celebrating American Exceptionalism!

Cruz was introduced by Amy Clark, emcee for the evening, who set the tone: “The heart of our exceptionalism is not in the hands of the government. It is not in the hands of our politicians. It is in the hearts of our people.

“Therefore, we must celebrate the truth even when it is unpopular.”

Indeed, many Americans have come to discover that having pride in America and advocating for free enterprise and liberty are not always popular these days. Many, including our president, are as likely to apologize for America’s achievements as to extol its virtues.

The words of President Ronald Reagan come to mind:

“Loyalty to our country means being faithful to our heritage of liberty ... . Let us rekindle in every heart the unshakable strength and purpose that was our forefathers’. Let us ask the Author of Liberty, as did they, to bless and protect the United States. In these ways, we will, in loyalty, fulfill our sacred trust to ‘secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.’”

For those readers who may have been uncomfortable with the focus of my column last week explaining Rafael Cruz’s message, it could be approached another way. Although he did quote several Bible verses because they reinforced his message, Cruz delivered a powerful message. It was not a “sermon.”

His arguments for extolling American Exceptionalism are not just religion-based. They are common sense, fiscal, constitutional, and libertarian. Thus, Cruz “preaches” liberty, freedom, and the free market system, pointing, only when appropriate, to biblical references.

Cruz came to this country from Cuba in 1957. “We were promised hope and change,” said Cruz disgustedly. He explained that things did change in Cuba under Fidel Castro, but not the way people were led to believe.

“But by the grace of God, I was able to come to this greatest country in the world, and to this greatest state in this country,” Cruz said to thunderous applause. He did return after Castro took over in 1959 to check out the “hope and change.” He found that the change was that now “the rich were called evil and there was a need to redistribute the wealth.” The once-great medical system in Cuba no longer existed.

The elder Cruz returned to America for good, and became a serious student of American history, a history and a story, he says, that is no longer being taught in most public schools. Students are not taught about the Founding Fathers and their love of God, and the value of the capitalist free market system.

Studying American history and watching what was happening in America, Cruz became really concerned in the 1970s. He began to see ominous signs in America that reminded him of what happened in Cuba. There were hyperinflation, high unemployment, and long lines at the gasoline pumps.

Things came to a head under President Jimmy Carter, whose foreign policy had eroded America’s position of strength to one of weakness. It was this weakened world standing that gave rise to 52 American hostages being held captive for 444 days in the U.S. embassy in Iran.

By this time, Cruz was politically involved, working to preserve the America that he loved, and to get Reagan elected.

Indeed, the hostages were released as soon as Reagan assumed the presidency.

Americans also were promised “hope and change,” but the change we have seen is not what we imagined. “If we lose our freedoms here, where are we going to go?” he asked. “There is no place else to go.”

(Part III next week.)
 

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