“If they stand in front of you and say, ‘This is what government’s going to do for you,’ they ain’t a conservative.” ~ Ted Cruz
“Secure the borders, deliver the mail and keep us safe — that’s it!” ~ Ted Cruz
“The Bill of Rights isn’t a Bill of Suggestions!” ~ Ted Cruz
“There is nothing in the Constitution that gives the president the power to be the bathroom police for this country.” ~ Ted Cruz
“I am convinced with all of my soul that God is not done with America yet.” ~ Ted Cruz
To a fired-up crowd chanting “Ted! Ted! Ted!” at the Texas GOP Convention on Saturday, Ted Cruz brought down the house with principled conservative and constitutional red meat while blasting Obama’s perverted bathroom mandate to high heaven.
“This afternoon, more than anything else, what I want to convey to each of you is thank you, thank you, thank you from the very bottom of my heart,” the Texas senator said to the gathering in Dallas.
“People ask, ‘Are you disappointed?’ Of course, we’re disappointed,” Cruz admitted after suspending his campaign from what was a brutal and grueling GOP primary. “But I’ll tell you, Heidi and me more than anything else the overwhelming sense we have is gratitude. Gratitude at the opportunity to run for president — the opportunity to travel this country, criss-cross just about every state in the union — to be in the bus Caroline and Catherine bouncing off the walls — to visit with such incredible people.”
Cruz said that while the media is hellbent to write the obituary for the conservative movement following the loss in which he came in second place out of 17 Republican presidential candidates, the movement is just getting started and will only grow going forward.
“We’re seeing on television over and over again that this shows America is no longer conservative, that we’ve given up on the values that built America — that we’ve embraced big government, left-wing socialism — that is a complete and utter lie.”
Ted Cruz then went on to talk about core conservative principles that “common sense” or “Reagan conservatives” believe in and listed five main ones:
- Our rights don’t come from government. They come from God almighty.
- Government isn’t the solution. Government is the problem.
- Economic growth is foundational to everything and growth doesn’t come from government but from small businesses.
- We have got to protect and follow the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
- Conservatives understand peace through strength — that weakness and appeasement doesn’t work.
“There’s a reason why people from all over the country are moving to Texas — because we understand you get the boot of the government off the backs of small businesses, that jobs and economic growth take off,” Cruz said, noting that among the ways to do that nationally is to “repeal every word of Obamacare, replace the current federal income tax system with a “simple flat tax” and “abolish the IRS.”
Cruz said that one of the ways to tell is someone is a real, authentic conservative is to listen to them very carefully.
“If they stand in front of you and say, ‘This is what government’s going to do for you,’ they ain’t a conservative.”
“If they instead they talk about, ‘This is how we’re going to keep government out of your way so that you can achieve the American dream,’ that means they’re a conservative,” Cruz said to thunderous applause and cheers from the crowd.
Cruz noted that the “Bill of Rights” isn’t a “Bill of Suggestions,” a slam on the Obama Regime’s dictatorial lawlessness.
About religious liberty, Ted Cruz explained that America was founded by people fleeing religious oppression and that we as Americans will “always, always, always stand and defend our right to live according to our faith and our conscience.”
Cruz underscored that the Second Amendment is also not a “suggestion.”
“It doesn’t say, ‘Whatever restrictions Washington thinks are a good idea to take away your ability to defend yourselves, they can do that,’ what is says is that ‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed!”
Hilariously and yet sadly, Cruz correctly pointed out that Obama refers to the Tenth Amendment as “The What?!”
“The Tenth Amendment, or what President Obama refers to as ‘The What?!’ — the basic protection that says the powers not given to the federal government are reserved to the states and to the people. And what that means real simple from the people of the State of Texas is the federal government needs to leave us the heck alone!”
“Yesterday, Barack Obama issued a decree (boisterous booing from the audience). Now let me stop there. Tell me, where in the Constitution does it say the president can issue decrees? There is no decree clause in the Constitution!” Cruz shouted.
“The president issued a decree to every school in America demanding they change their bathroom policies — demanding that every public school now allow grown men and boys into little girls’ bathrooms,” before launching this missile directly aimed at Obama:
“We have entered the world of politically correct lunacy”
Cruz further noted that Obama has no authority to “be the bathroom police of this country.”
“Let me tell you what we need — we need a strong conservative president who will repeal Common Core and abolish the Department of Education,” Cruz proclaimed to loud cheering, a line that perhaps brought the audience’s most energetic response.
Cruz said that while he doesn’t know what the future holds, he promised that the very principles he fought for in the presidential campaign would be fought for just as tenaciously by him in the U.S. Senate.
“For those who are discouraged, let me say this: Truth will prevail,” saying that God has blessed America from the beginning and that he believed that will continue going forward.
“I am convinced with all of my soul that God is not done with America yet,” Cruz declared to shouts of joy.
Below is the speech in its entirety, in two videos.