Sen. Ted Cruz echoes Reagan: ‘If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?’

The idea that Canadian-born Ted Cruz, the very junior senator from Texas,” could have his eye on the White House after mere months in national office is pretty astounding, but sources say his interest in the office is “undeniable.” So is it any coincidence that Cruz’ tweet this afternoon borrows, um, rather liberally from Ronald Reagan’s famous “A Time for Choosing” speech, which some say set Reagan on his trajectory to the White House?

Not too long ago two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are! I had someplace to escape to.” In that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

That speech was given in 1964, but it still resonates, especially with Cruz’ fellow “wacko birds.”

  • Harry A

    and yet Obama captured over 50% on the Cuban-American vote in Florida, I dont understand that.

    • NRPax

      Quick summary: The kids grow up free and don’t realize just how good they have it in this country.

    • Clayton Grant

      Above all else, Obama is a Chicago political animal. In fact, that is his singular talent. He ran a good game, but in the end, it was still a game.

      • Stephen L. Hall

        Just remember . . . Russian Roulette is just a game.

        • Clayton Grant

          That pretty much sums up elections in this country.

    • Tabitha Bliss

      It was the younger ones.. Their parents do not like him or trust him at all & it drove them nuts seeing their kids get caught up in the cult of personality with him… They also complained about their kids being indoctrinated into socialist ideology…

    • dmbatten

      I like to be in America
      Okay by me in America
      Everything free in America
      For a small fee in America
      …All Illegal Immigrants join in…

    • LochGates44

      I would guess it’s a generational thing. The younger Cuban population born here don’t have the same life experiences of their grandparents or parents.

  • linnicy

    That is what my husband keeps telling me when I tell him I want to cut and run…where to? To the ppl who replied to this: we have discussed moving to another country, even visited one to check it out. But, no matter what country we have EVER visited can compare to the USA. This is why the liberal regime takeover is so darn painful. They want communism, no more “for the people, by the people” but the power of the lock-step, big brother government.
    I cannot understand why, except the power trip they are on. It is not about egalitarian principles, but rhetoric that attracts a segment of the population that aligns themselves with the “victim” mentality.
    But, we will stay and be proud to call ourselves “Americans” and not let these liberals take the country down the Pravda road. IN GOD WE TRUST.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Cut and run…I’ve thought of it, too. But shouldn’t we get some courage and loud voices and stay? We have to take a stand somewhere, sometime.
      Just thinking out loud.
      PS: Pretty swan!

    • FeralFemale

      There are places people are bugging out to — low taxes, God centered, cheap land, middle of no where so you can be left alone. I’ve been reading about it on innerweb message boards from some ultra conservatives. They won’t say where it is as either they don’t want to be found or don’t want those places over run.
      Many are saying they are hunkering down for the inevitable collapse and will return to rebuild. Others just can’t take the godless govt intrusion into their family anymore and want to raise their children in a better place.
      I’d love to know where it is, but I don’t have bonafides in that community to be trusted enough to be told, I guess. As far as I can tell it’s a central or south american country.

  • nc

    Sarah Nelson @sarahsside

    @SenTedCruz You make me proud 2 be an American. I’ve wondered lately if our country can survive until 2016 or undo the damage if it survives
    11:35 AM – 15 Jun 2013

    Couldn’t have said it better.

  • Stephen L. Hall

    A sentiment of virtually everyone who has fled to here, liberty should be our greatest export, instead we fight to hold on to it.

  • brewerandpatriot

    I hear Mexico should be about empty in a couple of years. I’ll be taking up residence in Puerta Vallarta!

    • Guest

      Belize for me. Diving is second only to the Great Barrier Reef.

      • BeautifulAmerica

        That’s a scary place; lotsa corruption, right?

        • Guest

          The entire Americas are awash with corruption – North, Central and South.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      LOL—with the various cartels.

  • Tabitha Bliss

    It’s comforting to know we have a few people like Cruz in DC still willing to stand up & fight for freedom.. Seems like most of them are just the worst kind corrupt politicians on both sides anymore..

  • Spinmamma

    There’s no place to run. NSA is everywhere.

    “Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.” Winston Churchill

    • BeautifulAmerica

      I love that simple quote. Thanks!

  • trixiewoobeans

    EXACTLY! I’ve heard people say they’re going to leave the country, and I say, “Where will you go? America is Freedom’s Strongman. We are the ones standing in the gap and keeping other countries free. If we go down, they ALL go down…there’s no place to hide. It’s over.”

  • TocksNedlog

    Free Obama Phones!

    The better to track you with.

  • notenoughtime

    Amen, Ted Cruz! Let the haters, hate. If we are to dissect the left’s track record on picking a winner, 5+ years under O have rendered us with less freedoms, less healthcare, less income, less hope, less future!

  • $27789750

    We need someone who is respected even if not agreed with. Hillary is not that person, Obama has proven a failure, Rubio has lately shown a submissive streak and Christie is an enigma. Cruz might be the one. Even the left, or some of them anyway, might be ready for a leader which Cruz just might be. The far left seems scared to death of him, a good sign. Time will tell.

  • Michelle

    I just realized, if he becomes President in 2016 (and I hope he does), I’ll officially be old because it will be the first time in my life when my President is younger than me. I started to feel old the first time I had a doctor younger than me, this would make it official.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Tell ’em, Mr. Cruz!

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    Palin / Cruz
    Cruz / Palin
    Col.- Former Congressman West / Cruz
    Cruz / Col. – Former Congressman West
    Mark Levin / Cruz
    Cruz / Mark Levin

    Any of the above Cruzin’s would do it for America…

    The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule. Samuel Adams-Founding Father, Cousin of the 1st Vice President of The United States, Cousin of the 2nd President of The United States.

    …to prevent
    The complete elimination of private ownership and individual freedom that confines everyone to a drab, mindless existence with no hope of ever gaining anything more than a daily ration and staying alive.- Communism.

    as the OGovt continues to implement Karl Marx’s 12 Planks of The Communist Manifesto.

    • Hiraghm

      Cruz is not eligible.

  • Jeremy
  • yourmamatoo

    I’m really beginning to like this fella.
    Better than Christie , Rubio , and the other, same ole rhinos.

  • DixieAngel_76

    Before anyone starts to pee their pants with excitement over this, we should all rememeber that Ted Cruz isn’t constitutionally elligible to be President. I know, neither was 0boz0, but that can’t be undone now. But two wrongs don’t make a right.

  • kim

    Canadian born and 2016 Presidential race…. problem..

    • Elaine

      Why? Obama set a new precedent. No one would dare challenge anyone now. Hell, I bet even one of the new illegal aliens who gets amnesty could qualify these days. Better to have CRUZ! No one cares if anything is LEGAL any longer. Maybe Ted could FIX that. haha

      • neoface

        Unfortunately MSM won’t give him a pass as they did Oblamer!

        The idea that Canadian-born Ted Cruz, the “very junior senator from Texas,” could have his eye on the White House after mere months in national office is pretty astounding, but sources say his interest in the office is “undeniable.”

        That sounded like they already are trying to tear him down.

    • Todd Hill

      Goodness! The birther movement renews itself and it’s not even 2014. Is the fact that his mother is a US citizen immaterial? I know that if my kids had been born in the Philippines instead of here, they’d still be US citizens because I am their father, so why is the same not true for Cruz?

  • Ed Warden

    To begin with, I love Sen Cruz but if he was born in Canada he cannot run for the office of PRESIDENT. He is NOT kinda of like OBAMA, NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN, PERIOD! So why are people talking about Sen Cruz running for president? These are the one who need to read the Constitution.

  • Hiraghm

    “You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, ‘There is a price we will not pay; there is a point beyond which they must not advance'” – Ronald Reagan

  • jack43

    “You can run, but you can’t hide” takes on a special meaning in these times, doesn’t it? We need to stand our ground and turn back the tide. Personally, I believe that the majority will stand for the Constitutional Republic if they can be awakened to the danger. It’s time for US to break out the bugles and wake them up.

    • neoface

      After 4.5 year of Obama, if they are not awake, especially the MSM, am not sure if that is even possible. Sad situation!

  • carlito

    You go to the Alamo, you dumbass shitkicker.

    • GMMI

      FOADESABATM. Now go figure out what that means, tu pendejo ignorante

  • v1cious

    The same Reagan that passed amnesty?