CPAC: Cruz outlines battle between power and liberty in US politics

by mcardinal

Willie R. Tubbs, FISM News


ORLANDO – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a man who has taken a particular joy in trolling the Left, used a slightly different tack in his Thursday night CPAC speech. He began by waxing philosophical and then spent the better part of 15 minutes mocking Democrats, political correctness, opponents of cryptocurrency, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and more.

In a speech that was bookended by standing ovations, Cruz seemed at times to be channeling the late standup comedian Sam Kinison as he used a mixture of growl and shout to throw insults at his political adversaries, bring the crowd to a furor, and eventually leave the stage to chants of “Let’s go Brandon!”

However, the senator began with a serious tone as he laid out the framework for what he views as the root issue in the United States. Cruz told the crowd most of the nation’s problems, and specifically the divide that permeates the U.S., can be best understood as the truly powerful being sincerely afraid of the everyday man’s liberty.

 “What is playing out is the powerful are afraid,” Cruz said. “They are terrified of you. They look out at the men and women in this room, and you scare the living crap out of them. They are afraid of truth. They are afraid of liberty. That fear is driving them.”

Cruz accused powerful institutions, both governmental and private, of working together to stymie liberty.  

“Big is bad across the board,” he said. “Big government sucks. Big business sucks. Big tech, Big Hollywood, big universities … Any accumulation of power that is centralized is fundamentally dangerous for individual liberty.”

The senator expressed animus for Big Tech companies, which he said should be broken “up into a million little pieces.”

Cruz is a longtime critic of social media censorship and has also emerged as one of the higher-ranking vocal proponents of cryptocurrency, which he supports because it is decentralized and unanswerable to government entities.

He derided China’s recent decision to ban cryptocurrency, but was equally critical of American politicians who have criticized crypto.

“[The Chinese government] can’t control it, which is the exact same reason Elizabeth Warren hates [cryptocurrency],” Cruz said. “The Chinese communists and Elizabeth Warren, they both want to control you — your assets, your savings, your speech, your life, your children. Every decision they want to control. So we need to break up the means of controlling the citizenry. I want an unruly, uncontrollable, American ‘We the People.’”

The CPAC crowd reacted most boisterously when Cruz changed his focus to his recommendation for dealing with what he described as America’s “woke mob.”

“[Apologizing] doesn’t work,” Cruz said. “They are not engaged in rational discourse. They are not actually offended at whatever idiocy it is they’re whining about that moment. They want to destroy you. They want to silence you. They want to subjugate you. Respond with joy. Laugh at them. It drives them bananas.”

Cruz then drew the loudest approval of his speech when he added, “Are leftists the least funny people on planet earth? ‘You can’t say that. You can’t do that. No, no, no. I don’t like that.’  Shut the $^%@ up! It’s none of your %&^$ business! If I want to get a vaccine, I’ll get the vaccine. If I don’t want to get a vaccine, I won’t get the vaccine, and it’s none of your business how I decide.”

The senator saved plenty of space in his speech for brickbats that he hurled at various figures on the American and international Left.

His opening salvo upon taking the stage was “God bless CPAC. What an amazing sight. Thousands of patriots and not a #$^% mask in sight. Obviously, everyone here is just following Stacey Abrams’ example.”  

There was no doubt who the butt of the speech was for both speaker and audience. The mere mention of Trudeau’s name caused resounding boos on several occasions.

After the first jeering session, Cruz said, “Let’s pause for a second and observe. That is the first time in recorded history that any Canadian has ever elicited that much of a response from any crowd on planet earth.”

Later, when White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s name did not receive a negative reaction, Cruz said, “Come on, Jen Psaki doesn’t get the Justin Trudeau treatment? Peppermint Patty deserves some love.”

To watch the full speech from Senator Ted Cruz, click here.