|I M A G I N E ! - by Sen. Ted Cruz|
I M A G I N E !
At Liberty University, Lynchberg, Virginia, on the morning of
March 23, 2015,
Senator Ted Cruz, (R) of Texas, announced his candidacy for
president of the United States of America.
He spoke on the 240th anniversary of Patrick Henry's fiery vow,
'Give me Liberty or give me Death!'
Ted Cruz spoke without notes, and without teleprompter.
He told some family history.
He spoke simply and with passionate commitment toward
His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
and to the American Constitution.
He has tossed a flaming torch into the
smoldering remains of American Liberty.
Anyone who treasures God and His Word --
who treasures the constitutional republic of the
United States of America, will find themselves
reignited with faith and commitment.
They will fan the glowing flame of our returnng vision,
and be part of the army of faith and action.
They will be used by God to accomplish the task.
It is time. Let us be about Our Father's business!
I M A G I N E ! . . . Cruz said,
Imagine millions of courageous conservatives, all across America, rising up together to say in unison "we demand our liberty."
Imagine millions of young people coming together and standing together, saying "we will stand for liberty."
Imagine small businesses growing and prospering.
Imagine young people coming out of school with four, five, six job offers.
Imagine America finally becoming energy self-sufficient as millions and millions of high-paying jobs are created.
Five years ago today, the president signed Obamacare into law. Within hours, Liberty University went to court filing a lawsuit to stop that failed law.
Instead of the joblessness, instead of the millions forced into part-time work, instead of the millions who've lost their health insurance, lost their doctors, have faced skyrocketing health insurance premiums,
imagine in 2017 a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare.
Imagine health care reform that keeps government out of the way between you and your doctor and that makes health insurance personal and portable and affordable.
Instead of a tax code that crushes innovation, that imposes burdens on families struggling to make ends met,
imagine a simple flat tax...
Imagine abolishing the IRS.
Instead of the lawlessness and the president's unconstitutional executive amnesty,
imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders.
And imagine a legal immigration system that welcomes and celebrates those who come to achieve the American dream.
Instead of a government that seizes your e-mails and your cell phones,
imagine a federal government that protected the privacy rights of every American.
Instead of a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculum through Common Core...
... imagine repealing every word of Common Core.
Imagine embracing school choice as the civil rights issue of the next generation...
... that every single child, regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity, regardless of wealth or ZIP Code, every child in America has the right to a quality education.
And that's true from all of the above, whether it's public schools, or charter schools, or private schools, or Christian schools, or parochial schools, or home schools, every child.
Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with the nation of Israel.
Instead of a president who seeks to go to the United Nations to end-run Congress and the American people...
...Imagine a president who says "I will honor the Constitution, and under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon."
Imagine a president who says "We will stand up and defeat radical Islamic terrorism..."
"... and we will call it by its name."
CRUZ: "We will defend the United States of America."
Now, all of these seem difficult, indeed to some they may seem unimaginable, and yet if you look in the history of our country, imagine it's 1775, and you and I were sitting there in Richmond listening to Patrick Henry say give me liberty or give me death.
Imagine it's 1776 and we were watching the 54 signers of the Declaration of Independence stand together and pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to igniting the promise of America.
Imagine it was 1777 and we were watching General Washington as he lost battle, after battle, after battle in the freezing cold as his soldiers with no shoes were dying, fighting for freedom against the most powerful army in the world. That, too, seemed unimaginable.
Imagine it's 1933 and we were listening to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt tell America at a time of crushing depression, at a time of a gathering storm abroad, that we have nothing to fear but fear itself.
Imagine it's 1979 and you and I were listening to Ronald Reagan.
And he was telling us that we would cut the top marginal tax rates from 70 percent all the way down to 28 percent, that we would go from crushing stagnation to booming economic growth, to millions being lifted out of poverty and into prosperity abundance. That the very day that he was sworn in, our hostages who were languishing in Iran would be released. And that within a decade we would win the Cold War and tear the Berlin Wall to the ground.
That would have seemed unimaginable, and yet, with the grace of God, that's exactly what happened.
From the dawn of this country, at every stage America has enjoyed God's providential blessing. Over and over again, when we face impossible odds, the American people rose to the challenge. You know, compared to that, repealing Obamacare and abolishing the IRS ain't all that tough.
The power of the American people when we rise up and stand for liberty knows no bounds.
If you're ready to join a grassroots army across this nation, coming together and standing for liberty, I'm going to ask you to break a rule here today and to take out your cell phones, and to text the word constitution to the number 33733. You can also text imagine. We're versatile.
Once again, text constitution to 33733. God's blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn't done with America yet.
I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America, and that is why today I am announcing that I'm running for president of the United States.
It is a time for truth. It is a time for liberty. It is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.
I am honored to stand with each and every one of you courageous conservatives as we come together to reclaim the promise of America, to reclaim the mandate, the hope and opportunity for our children and our children's children. We stand together for liberty.
CRUZ: This is our fight. The answer will not come from Washington. It will come only from the men and women across this country, from men and women, from people of faith, from lovers of liberty, from people who respect the Constitution.
It will only come as it has come at every other time of challenge in this country, when the American people stand together and say we will get back to the principles that have made this country great. We will get back and restore that shining city on a hill that is the United States of America.
Thank you and God bless you.
On behalf of the People
of the United States of America, we say,
Thank you, Senator Ted Cruz.
You have spoken Truth, and spoken it well.
Now We the People,
in the Name of Yeshua / Jesus,
the Holy One of Israel,
do declare it so,