Ted Cruz Believing God for Third Great Awakening
When we sat down with Sen. Ted Cruz near Dallas recently, I (Jennifer) had one major question on my mind. Beyond politics, positions and policies, I wanted to know one thing: Is Cruz contending for a Third Great Awakening?
I asked. He answered. You can also listen to the podcast of this interview here.
Charisma: Some say it’s too late for America. I know you don’t believe that, but many of us are believing for another great awakening, for spiritual revival. Are you believing for that, and if so, what role does a president play in setting the stage for that?
Cruz: Our country’s history has been intertwined with spiritual revival. My father today travels the country speaking to other pastors, and he has a real ministry reaching out to pastors and encouraging them to stand and lead and engage in the public arena. One of the things my father lays out at pastors’ conferences is that the American Revolution didn’t begin in the 1760s and the 1770s, but it really began 40 years earlier with the First Great Awakening. If one looks at the Declaration of Independence, each of those grievances against England had been preached against in the pulpits for decades before that and it set the stage for a transformation, a new birth of freedom, as Lincoln put it, in this country that began with the Great Awakening.
To turn America around today, I believe we need another great awakening, and I believe it’s happening. It’s one of the reasons I’m so optimistic and so encouraged as I travel the country. People are waking up. They’re realizing that what we’re doing doesn’t make any sense. They’re realizing that we’re losing who we are, forgetting who we are. One example, just weeks ago, the Federal Department of Education was trying to order a public junior high to allow boys to shower with junior high girls. That’s not a reasonable public policy position on which we should have an extended discourse. That’s just nuts! It makes no sense whatsoever, and as I like to joke, my 5-year-old daughter, Katherine, she understands the difference between boys and girls, but the U.S. Department of Education can’t figure that out.
The Federal Government is sending over $100 billion to the Ayatollah Khomeini who chants, “Death to America!” and has pledged to murder as many of us as possible. That’s not a reasonable foreign policy position. That’s just nuts! It harkens back as I said to 1980, when you look at the manifest failure of the Carter administration, and what happened was people who had never been involved in politics, millions of them, people who had been going to work, going to church, raising their kids, looked up and said: “What on earth are we doing? This isn’t America.”
One of my favorite lines from the movie The Usual Suspects is the greatest trick the devil has ever played is to convince the world he didn’t exist. I’ve suggested a corollary to that which is the greatest trick the Left has ever played is to convince conservatives that America doesn’t share our values. It is a lie. Conservatives win nationally when we effectively articulate what it is we believe. Liberals win nationally when they effectively obfuscate what they believe. The reason is simple. This country is and remains a center-right country, built on Judeo-Christian values.
One of the things—if you look at Hillary Clinton—is she has a manifest contempt and condescension for the vast majority of the American people. She embodies the elite Washington view that most of America in the “fly over” part the country (area between New York and Los Angeles) are a bunch of ignorant rubes who in her view need to be governed by her intellectual and moral betters, and unlike Barack Obama, she is not very good at covering up that contempt and condescension. It comes across overwhelmingly.
If you look at what Ronald Reagan did in 1980, he never lectured the American people. He never condescended. He simply spoke for the values of who we are—common-sense conservative values that every small town, every small business, that families across this country understood for centuries. Live within your means, individual responsibility, don’t bankrupt your kids and grandkids, follow the Constitution. These are basic common-sense principles.
Far too many Americans have become convinced by the brainwashing of the media and of Hollywood that our country’s lost our … I’ll give an example. Following the Supreme Court’s utterly illegitimate gay marriage decision. I spent a lot of time denouncing the decision, laying out how it was completely unconstitutional, how five unelected judges who have no authority whatsoever to set aside the marriage laws of all 50 states. Inevitably when I do media interviews—and I did a lot of them following that decision—smug liberal reporters would say, “Well, aren’t you fighting against history? The overwhelming majority of American now support gay marriage.”
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