[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ted Cruz, speaking before a loud, energized crowd of thousands at the NRA convention in Nashville on Friday (amazingly with no teleprompter or notes), opened with a standing ovation, giving a well-deserved shot to the scandal-plagued progressive Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is set to announce her presidential candidacy on Sunday.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]”Is this the ‘Ready for Hillary’ gathering?” Cruz began jokingly. “We had good news ready for Hillary — had their first hire, the head of email security. So, it’s very, very good that Lois Lerner now has a job,” he said as the huge crowd loudly chuckled.
Cruz then applauded the move this week to finally award the victims who were wounded or lost their lives during the 2009 Islamic terrorist attack on Fort Hood, while blasting the Obama Regime for refusing to call the tragic act terrorism, even though Nidal Malik Hasan performed the evil attack while shouting “Alahu Akbar,” and had been in in communication with fellow Islamic terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki.
“Shamefully, this administration characterized what happened there as ‘workplace violence,'” Cruz reminded the audience. “Last year I introduced legislation in the United States Senate to mandate that we give the Purple Heart to the soldiers that deserve it,” Cruz said about the bill that passed with bipartisan support over the strong objection to the Obama Regime.
Appropriately seguing to the war on terrorism in general, Cruz said, “It is a time for truth. You cannot win a war on radical Islamic terrorism with a president who is unwilling to utter the words, ‘radical Islamic terrorism.'”
Cruz applauded men and women of the NRA as people who are willing to stand up and fight for their constitutional rights.
“This next election in 2016 is going to come down to a leader who will tell us the truth,” Cruz asserted. “and who will do what he says he will do,” he stated (as a member of the audience shouts “That’s you!” causing the crowd to erupt), before saying that there are “a lot of good men and women thinking about running in 2016.”
Cruz said that during a Republican primary all candidates will attest that they are the “most conservative,” listing almost identical talking points on the “Issues” pages of their websites, but somehow their actions don’t always match up with their words. He said that rather than judge candidates by their words, judge them by their actions, or as scripture says, “by their fruits.”
“One of the first things people notice is we don’t have an ‘Issues’ page [when they go to TedCruz.org]. Instead, what it says is ‘for too long politicians have said one thing and done another.”
“Every one of us should ask any candidate who shows up in front of you, ‘You say you believe these principles? Show me — when have you stood up and fought for them? When have you bled for them? And what have you accomplished?”
Cruz goes on to talk about a Supreme Court case he won while Texas solicitor general which defends the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms.
Cruz touched on other issues like Obamacare, which every GOP candidate will say they’re against, but haven’t actually fought for it’s repeal and defunding like he repeatedly has.
“If Hillary Clinton is going to join with Barack Obama and the gun grabbers and come after our guns, then what I say is, “Come and take it!” referring to the historically famous Texas battle cry.
“If they are going to come after the Constitution, what the American people — what we say together is ‘come and take it!’
And if they come after our liberty — our God-given rights, that each and every one of us — our rights don’t come from government, they come from God Almighty! These are our values — These are who we are.
We are fundamentally a center-right country with Judeo-Christian values, and this is a time for choosing — a time for getting back to the principles — the free market principles and the constitutional liberties that built America into the greatest nation in the history of the world.”
Cruz told the audience he’s building a grassroots army of “courageous conservatives” all across the country and urged them to text the word “Constitution” to “33733” to get updates.