Ted Cruz’s electrifying speech

By Joseph Farah

It’s been a long time since I’ve heard any political figure do what Sen. Ted Cruz did yesterday in his announcement he is seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency.

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.

  • He’s only been in the Senate 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.


Where were these folks in 2008 when a virtually unknown, inexperienced, eligibility-challenged community organizer and short-term senator ran for the presidency?

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.

[Watch Ted Cruz’s speech:]

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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 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 short list, in terms of raw brain power.”

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 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 not just telling people what they want to hear. He passionately believes and feels what he says.

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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 fear him. That’s why the Republican establishment dismisses him.

I am not making an endorsement for the presidency 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 Ronald Reagan, with similar views, was able to win landslide victories in the 1980s. It’s because he was the Great Communicator. Ted Cruz may be one, 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 with anyone on the Democratic side? Why do Republicans fear Hillary? There’s no one on the Democrat bench that can 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 2016.

Unlike most of my colleagues in the media, I like that Ted 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 Ted 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 Ted 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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