An Immigrant Story: Rafael Cruz

Last weekend, FreedomWorks put on an event called Free the People in Park City, Utah. I was really bummed that I couldn't attend however FreedomWorks did a great job of uploading the videos of the speakers to their YouTube page, so I've been able to check them out at my leisure. 

So far, the most stand out speaker by far has been Senator Ted Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz. Cruz spoke for about 11 minutes and gave the crowd a personal account of how he left Cuba as a teenager during the time when Fidel Castro was beginning his “revolution.” He explained that what we are seeing in Washington, specifically the consolation of power by the executive branch, is all too familiar to him. He urged the crowd to stand for freedom and against this type of power grabbing. 

Cruz said, “I grew up in Cuba under a strong military, oppressive dictatorship. So as a teenager I found myself involved in a revolution. I remember during that time a young, charismatic leader rose up, talking about hope and change. His name was Fidel Castro,”

Although he lived and worked in the United States on a student visa, Cruz went back to Cuba in 1959 and recalled the shocking reality he faced.

“That same man that had been talking before about ‘hope’ and ‘change’ now was talking about how the rich were evil, about how they oppress the people, and about the need to redistribute the wealth. He began attacking the press, curtail freedom of the press, attacking religion, confiscating property, then he began instituting socialized medicine, and imposing wage and price controls, basically reducing everybody’s salary to the least common denominator. As a result productivity was destroyed, free enterprise was destroyed.”

Mr. Cruz exemplifies American values and principles. He understands that freedom doesn't come from the government, nor does dignity or integrity. Infringements such as racism, discrimination and burdens come from government. The democratic party exploits immigrants as vulnerable and helpless. This man is neither and we need more new Americans like him who understand freedom. I am so very proud of both Mr. Rafael Cruz as an American immigrant success and Mr. Ted Cruz as an outstanding American senator.  

Watch the full video below and please share with your friends and family. It is important to get this man's message out and let people know what can and will happen if we don't hold on to liberty.