tv Sens. Cruz Scott Remarks at Young Americas Foundation CSPAN August 1, 2019 1:05pm-1:50pm EDT
director of the center for entrepreneurship and free enterprise. today it's my honor to introduce as the next speaker one of my heroes senator ted cruz. i first learned about senator cruz in 2012 when he was running for the united states senate in the great state of texas. i very clearly remember reading an article in national review about this underdog reaganite who despite facing a tremendous uphill battle would fight and win the primary against the establishment candidate and then the general election. and that is what best describes senator cruz, a fighter. he has always fought for and defended the conservative values that have helped make america the incredible nation that it is. his whole life, he's fought against socialism and communist regimes like the castros in cuba, from which his father escaped after being tortured and imprisoned with nothing but $100
sewn into his underwear. senator cruz fought to keep the words one nation under god in our pledge of allegiance taking that case -- [ applause ] >> in the senate he's fought to repeal obamacare and confirm judges and justices who will uphold the constitution. he's currently fighting to protect our freedom of speech from intimidation from groups like antifa. the need to fight and defend our conservative values never stops and senator cruz is a tireless champion of our values. he also knows very well just how special the united states of america is, that it is as president reagan said, the last best hope of man on earth. that is why the senator has and always will fight to preserve that hope. now, will you all join me in giving a very warm welcome to our next speaker, the great defender of freedom, senator ted cruz.
troublemakers in town. she said she heard this gathering was dangerous, infected with ideas that are harmful if you're a big government autocrat. these ideas are also dangerous if you are a woke lefty, if you are an oh, so precious hollywood celebrity, if you are a university administrator, the ideas that are represented in this room are terrifying. for those watching at home on c-span, there are no safe spaces in this room.
tyranny has been with us since the dawn of time. big government, the power of the government to control your life has been with us from the dawn of time, and let me tell you, the men and women who gathered here, hollywood and the universities and nancy pelosi and the 22 dwarves on the debate stage, they are all right to be terrified of the ideas you believe in. i'm just going to give you two words of encouragement, and then very quickly we're just going to open this up to q & a, but i want to start with number one.
defend liberty. if you want a core ground to stand on, defend liberty. liberty works. liberty is powerful. liberty unleashes human spirit, and by the way, yes, sir works, but hell, yeah, works as well. listen, our country is in the middle of a vast debate, a vast argument about what direction to go. the democratic party has gone stark raving nuts. that's a medical term, by the way. look, they are galloping so far left, but listen, the big debate we're having is socialism versus free enterprise. and i got to say it's terrifying. we've all seen the stats that
show up to 50% of young people think socialism's a good idea. each of you here, you all are on the front lines taking that argument on. look, we should welcome that. we should revel in that argument. why? because socialism has been a manifest disaster, an absolute failure all over the face of the globe. socialism has been responsible for suffering and misery and poverty and death of billions across planet earth. take a look at venezuela. venezuela in the 1950s was the fourth wealthiest country in the world, number four, gdp per capita. then you had the socialist hue fw goe chavez and nicolas maduro
come in destroy private enterprise, destroy the hopes and futures of that country. the people of venezuela right now are literally eating out of trash cans in the alleyways. that's what socialism brings you. ronald reagan had a great way of putting it. in the middle of the cold war, he says the things liberals never seem to notice is on the berlin wall the machine guns all point one direction. as a cuban, i have a different way i like to put it. the thing liberals never seem to notice if you go down to the florida keys is the rafts are all going one direction. just once i'd like to see some hollywood liberal head down to florida, jump on an inflatable raft, head 90 miles south to the
socialist utopia that is communist cuba. freedom works, and by the way, with young people, what young person in your right mind would want government to control everies a peevery aspect of your life? talk about an argument to use with your peers, with your classmate. when you see each of these democrats saying the government should be in charge of everything. of the economy, of health care, of education, what they're saying is some nameless, faceless bureaucrat in a windowless office in washington, d.c. should control your life. we've got, instead, a message that is much more powerful than that, which is the person in charge of your life is you. and freedom across the board, it should be your choice.
education should be your choice, what kind of education you want, your career should be your choice, what you do with your life. your speech should be your choice, what you say. your faith should be your choice. who you worship, your liberty should be your choice. not some damn bureaucrat in washington. you know, i remember in the 2016 campaign i would encounter young bernie supporters. you can usually scare them out of a place by telling them they have to get a job. that will clear them right out of a room. but i would fairly regularly
tell them, i'd say, you know, i agree with bernie. they look at me really puzzled, like what do you mean you agree with bernie? look, bernie says washington is corrupt. he says both parties are in on it, both parties they get in bed with big business and special interests and lobbyists, and they benefit the rich and powerful at the expense of the working men and women in this country. you know what, bernie's absolutely right. that is what's happening. the only place i disagree with bernie is on the solution. if washington is corrupt, why on earth would you want to give washington more power? defend liberty is powerful, and by the way, if you care about social justice, the left likes to talk about how wonderfully they care. listen, i care deeply about social justice. the greatest enemy poverty has
ever seen in the history of the universe has been the american free enterprise system. you want to lift people out of poverty? you don't take over the economy. you don't put the government in charge of the economy. instead, you unchain and you unleash free men and women to start businesses to pursue their dreams, their passion, and no society has lifted more people out of poverty than the united states of america and free enterprise. all right. second thing i want to encourage, have fun. look, frankly too many republicans, too many conservatives, they act like they got a stick inserted somewhere it don't belong. like just lighten up and laugh.
would it kill you to have some fun? you know, a number of weeks ago someone on twitter tweeted out a meme that you can find all over the place that is ted cruz ate my son. [ laughter ] i saw it. i promptly re-tweeted it and said, he was delicious. [ applause ] >> and listen, have fun matters especially now because the left, they are so darn angry. how many radical leftists does it take to screw in a light bulb? >> not funny. >> that's not funny!
like god bless. and by the way, i encourage you all to spend some time on youtube going back in time to when comedy was actually funny. the hard left is so politicized that comedy has been killed. look, the late night hosts they're unwatchable now. every joke on late night tv consists of i hate donald trump. okay, all right, we got it. you're not a trump fan. okay, joke number two. no, i really hate donald trump. joke number three, i can't stand donald trump. after the 7,249 time, it's like is there anything else you can joke about? gosh, could anyone think of any comedy that could be done, say, of the democratic debates we're watching? by the way, i will tell you i'm
probably the only person in this room who is, in fact, received a special back rub from joe biden. >> you know, sometimes little puppy dogs behave like that, but you can usually train them out of it. you know, how about a game show. let's give away free stuff, you know, with bernie in the middle. i think that should be free. of course that's free. everything. we have a magic money tree. a couple of years ago i debated bernie three different times on cnn, did town halls, and we did one on obamacare, two on tax policy.
in the tax debate i asked him, i said, bernie, look, i admire the fact that you're honest. you actually admit you're a socialist. you are not a member of the democratic party. you are an unavowed socialist. so i said i want to ask you a question. what's the difference between a democrat and a socialist on tax policy? and he sat there silently for about five seconds, and then he said i don't know the answer to that. i said yeah, neither do i. we actually clipped that, put it out, and put it to the music of "curb your enthusiasm." but having fun matters because when the left is so angry, so bitter, so filled with rage, don't give in to the temptation to be just as angry on the other
side. be happy warriors. be cheerful. that is powerful. it is winsome, and we've got an easy reason to be happy and truthful because what we're saying works because freedom works. if you had to sell the pile of stinking crap they're trying to sell, you'd be angry, too. but the contrast can be night and day between demonstrating the values that we believe in that make america great, that make america extraordinary. demonstrate that in contrast, and that's how you reach out and inspire, not in a joe biden sense of touch, but reach out and inspire fellow young people. all right, with that, let's open it up for questions. [ applause ]
>> i just heard someone call out about the beard. i do have to tell a funny story. i have a good friend of mine, he sent me an e-mail, he said he was talking with a rabbi he's studying with. the rabbi said he really likes the beard. he said the beard has a rabbinical and tall mudic look, which will put fear in the enemies of israel and bring peace to the middle east. i tweeted those comments out. i said well, that may be a bit much. all right, go ahead. >> hi senator cruz, it's a pleasure to meet you. my nay is roy, and i'm from bingh binghamton university: like you at tournaments well intentioned by misguided policies about
political correctness have been quashing our freedom of speech. it is incredibly frustrating but it seems to be a microcosm of what's going on in our national dialogue. do you have a prescription for how we can improve our discourse at the local and national level to restore the meaningful and important conversations that have been defining to make our democracy as great as it is? >> so elaborate a little on how political correctness is impacting college debate. >> i'd love to. at the beginning of every round we're asked to write our gender pro nouns on the board. >> there we go. >> it gets a little bit worse. if our cases are a little bit edgy, we have to trigger warn before each round. if we say something -- if we say something a little bit too offensive, we can get equity called and kicked out of the tournament and shunned by league, and then also they have gender minority tournaments where men are just banned from
competing entirely. >> we're all going to die. [ applause ] one of the saddest things we're seeing is our colleges and universities are trying really hard to raise a generation of pansies. like what is this sense that you have a right not to be offended? you have a right not to hear ideas that are scary. look, the entire purpose of university is to hear ideas that are scary.
i talked about being a happy warrior, not a daisy wearing daffodil priest. like, it really is not that frightening. i'll tell you, when i went to college, when i went to law school, i was surrounded by leftists. i took classes from marxists. i don't find marxism cute and chic. a guy down the hall from me had a poster on the wall. i remember going into his dorm room and i said hey, man that is really cool. that's so awesome. have you thought of maybe putting a hitler next to it? maybe mao, stalin, listen, if you're going to celebrate evil torturing murderous, really was an amateur, there are much worse guys to pick from.
[ applause ] but i would deliberately sign up to take classes from marxists. my family has been tortured by communists in cuba. it's personal to me, but you know what? truth is not afraid of lies. the light is not afraid of darkness. it is good for you to confront ideas that scare you, and this idea, the idea that debaters, someone runs an offensive case, okay, there's a much better solution to that, which is ridicule the living crap out of them. i mean, the marketplace can handle if you have a dumb idea you don't need big brother to come in and say this is a dumb idea. you need people who know how to confront id owe piocy. it's part of this political correct idea that we shouldn't
hear offensive speech. there's lots of offensive speech in the world. you take the nazis, you take the klan, they're imbesols. they're racist, bigoted morons. so why are you scared of them? why would you want to silence them? why would you want to react like, oh, i'm terrified if someone hears your idiotic ideas they might believe them. you know, we have an obligation when we see ideas like that to denounce them as ignorant and big gotte bigoted, but you don't silence them. you don't muzzle them. i would encourage with debate, engage them and demonstrate why they're wrong. that's what debate is supposed to be all about, and that's what college is supposed to be all about. >> thank you so much. >> hi senator cruz, thank you so much for coming to speak with us
today, and thank you for all you've done in the conservative movement. my name is katrina fee and i go to the catholic university here in d.c. and my question is how do you think we can best advance the pro-life muchovement through th federal and state government that can't be reversed by the next liberal administration? >> that's a great question. >> thank you. >> you know, this is an issue, if you look at issues in the public arena, there's some issues on which we're moving forward, there's some issues on which we're moving back. life is an issue on which i think we're making serious positive advances. this generation of young people is the most pro-life generation we've had in 50 years. and some of it is the pro-life movement, i think, very wisely focused on winning people's hearts and minds. this is where science is beneficial. when you look at an ultrasound,
listen, i'm a father, i have two little girls. there is nothing as powerful and profound as when you see the beating heart of your unborn child. i mean, it touches you. it moves you. one of my favorite moments, so caroline right now is 11, katherine is 8. when heidi was pregnant with katherine, caroline was 2 years old. and she had this blanket that she still has today, this horrible nasty thing that she called binky that was her most precious thing in the world. i mean, she chewed on binky. that thing, i'm pretty sure it had its own dna and was a separate life form. she chewed on that thing, and she was talking to katherine, her baby sister still in her mommy's tummy, and i remember her going up and saying katherine want to chew on binky? and heidi and i both -- that
noise, the aww was involuntary. we both like -- it was from a 2-year-old a precious expression of love. i do think as science has advanced, as we've understood how an unborn child develops with a beating heart, with fingers and toes and feelings and experiences pain, we're seeing the pro-life argument being won. a wonderful, wonderful movie, which if uptown seyou haven't s would encourage anyone to see is called unplanned. so it's the true story of abby johnson. she was the clinic director of the planned parenthood station in college station, texas. she was a planned parenthood employee for eight years, and she became so utterly horrified by what she saw that she left, and she tells her story in this movie. i've met abby. one of the things i really like about the movie is it's not
carto cartoonish. so for example, they have a scene in there where pro-life protesters are really nasty and horrible. i was glad for that, i didn't want it to be just a good versus evil white hat black hat. you know, abby has said she wanted that movie to be a love letter to the employees at planned parenthood, and it's interesting how it characterizes the doctors and nurses who work there not as these like caricatures with fangs but as real human beings who are trying to do good in their own way, ask one of the amazing things about that movie is in the first few weeks, the movie ends with giving a website, a number to call if someone is working in the abortion industry and wants out. they had already had within about a month of the movie coming out over 1% of the workers at abortion clinics across the country had contacted them to say they wanted to get
out. so i think we keep advancing towards a society that protects life by focusing on science, by moving people's hearts and minds. by telling stories, real stories, not by demonizing, not by vilifying. i will say this, we're saying at the same time that young people are becoming more pro-life, we're seeing that the democratic party is getting more and more radical and extreme, so hillary clinton's position on abortion is that she supports unlimited abortion on demand up until the moment of birth with taxpayer funding and no parental notification or consent. >> lock her up! >> we sent her to exile. 9% of americans agree with her. that means 91% of americans look at that position and say no, that's not where i am, and if
you look at the 20 on the debate stage just about every one of them embraces that same extreme position. anyone remember the name ralph northam? by the way, has anyone noticed that ralph northam's name has just disappeared from the news? it's almost like it doesn't exist. oh, no, no, the media couldn't say that. so northam before the scandal about his yearbook page with a k klan suit on it, before that broke, you had an interview he did where he described and advocated for post-birth abortion. and you haven't watched it, you really ought to watch it because, look, he's a medical doctor. he describes how his approach would be to deliver a child to make that child comfortable, to
secure the child, and then discuss with the parents what do you want to do with a child. what do you mean what do you want to do with the child? so in this polarized divided world, the democrats are getting more and more extreme in a pro-abortion agenda. that makes being reasonable and full of love and defending life a much more attractive position. i think we need to keep winning hearts and keep winning minds. >> thank you. thank you so much, senator cruz for coming. my name is tony. i go to the university of maryland in college park, and i am thinking about getting kids when i'm a little bit older, you know, little bit more settled down. one of the things i think about is what to teach my kids, and another aspect, and i wanted to
ask this to you, did you or heidi learn things from your kids? did your values get enhanced from having children? >> that's a great question. look, absolutely. having kids is an awesome, wonderful experience. our girls are totally different. they are -- katherine is sweet. she's loving. she's just like her mom. caroline, god love her, is just like her dad, which means she is spirited. she can say all sorts of things. i'll give an example, all right 2018 i'm running for election against beto o'rourke. who? a guy named beto o'rourke.
so we're doing one of the debates, the first debate, and it ended with each of you say something nice about each other, and o'rourke says, you know, ted seems to be a really good father and husband, and that's a good thing. so that was nice. i appreciated that. i came back and said, look, i'll say the same thing. it's really hard in a family, and you seem really dedicated to krr ki your kids and i know how hard that is. i went on to say look, i'm going to credit you for being honest. like bernie sanders, you openly embrace your views, which are left wing views, which are socialist, and o'rourke comes back with his best line of the whole campaign. he simply says under his breath, true to form. and it was pretty devastating. look, that was not complicated what he was saying. it was a two syllable word. the second half of which was whole, and it was pretty
effective, so i step off the stage afterwards and i go see caroline, and caroline says, dad you're really not good at saying something nice about someone. and i'm like, okay, all right, you got a point on that sweethea sweetheart. you're beautiful and i love you, but you've got a point on that. look, kids teach you every single day nothing will challenge you more, nothing will frustrate you more, and so it's a wonderful, wonderful thing. >> thank you. [ applause ] all right, you guys are awesome. keep at it.
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