Ted Cruz just formally announced his candidacy for president, at Liberty University. Here's what he "imagined" will happen when he becomes the leader of the free world.
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Standing before a crowd of tens of thousands of mostly white Liberty University college students Monday morning, Ted Cruz asked them to "imagine" an America with him as President. The Tea Party Republican senator who became a household name by the time he shut down the government in 2013, Cruz tantalized the crowd, who were required to attend, according to the Christian Evangelical college's rules.
Those rules don't require supporting the speaker – originally scheduled to be Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley – and several students made clear, as the above photo shows, they are Rand Paul supporters.
Cruz spoke for over 30 minutes, promising nothing, yet dangling promises like a pro.
“Instead of a federal government that works to undermine our values, imagine a federal government that works to defend the sanctity of human life and to uphold the sacrament of marriage,” he told the Christian evangelical audience.
The federal government, constitutionally, cannot defend a religious rite. And marriage is a civil right, not a religious one.
“The purpose of the Constitution is, as Thomas Jefferson put it, is to serve as chains to bind the mischief of government,” Cruz said. Later, he would ask the students to "break the rules by pulling out your cellphones and texting the word 'constitution' to 33733."
Yes, the 44-year old former Solicitor General of Texas actually fundraised off the U.S. Constitution.
And in an extremely uncomfortable assault on the Constitution, Cruz asked students to imagine "millions of courageous conservatives all across America rising up together to say in unison 'we demand our liberty.'" He added, "Today roughly half of born again Christians aren’t voting, they’re staying home. Imagine instead, millions of people of faiths all across America coming to the polls and voting our values."
“It is a time for truth. It is a time for liberty. It is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States,” he claimed.
"Instead of the lawlessness and the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders."
"Instead of a federal government that wages an assault on our religious liberty, that goes after Hobby Lobby, that goes after the Little Sisters of the Poor, that goes after Liberty University, imagine a federal government that stands for the First Amendment rights of every American."
"Instead of a government that works to undermine our Second Amendment rights, that seeks to ban our ammunition, imagine a federal government that protects the right to keep and bear arms of all law-abiding Americans."
"Instead of a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculum through Common Core, imagine repealing every word of Common Core."
(For the record, Common Core is not a law, can't be "repealed.")
"Imagine embracing school choice as the civil rights issue of the next generation," a particularly dangerous foothold into taxpayer-funded religious schools.
"Imagine a simple flat tax."
"Imagine abolishing the IRS."
"Imagine in 2017, a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare."
Cruz wound up his blatantly religious speech saying, "I believe God isn’t done with America yet," and, “I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise in America,” he said. “And that is why today I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States.”
All told, he used the word "imagine" 38 times.