Invoking the legacy of President Ronald Reagan, Rev. Rafael Cruz—father of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz—stirred a crowd of about 150 Mohave County residents at the First Assembly of God Monday night to fight the good fight– restore the rule of law and return to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
Of course, he was campaigning for his son and he drew parallels between him and President Reagan.
Cruz’s delivery was that of a good sermon, complete with biblical references and a call to return to the country’s roots as a Christian nation. The crowd applauded enthusiastically as the elder Cruz denounced abortion and lamented last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage.
But it wasn’t all about religion. The politics of America quickly took center stage as Rafael spoke about his son as he was growing up.
Cruz spoke of his son’s daily dose of conservative conversation around the dinner table at the age of nine when Reagan was running against Democratic President Jimmy Carter. For the better part of a year, the younger Cruz was fixated on Reagan’s candidacy.
“It took Jimmy Carter to give us Ronald Reagan,” the elder Cruz said during Monday’s meeting in Kingman. “It’s taken (Barack) Obama to give us Ted Cruz.”
At the age of 13, Ted Cruz and four other teens in Texas were selected for special studies in which they memorized the entire U.S. Constitution. His father said, the group would travel to service organizations around the state to showcase their dedication to the Constitution.
Having fled from Cuba in 1957, Rafael was quick to point out that the United States is the only country in the world where ‘dreams do come true’ for those that work hard and persevere. He suggested the ‘American’ dream is being snuffed out by the current administration’s insistence of convincing Americans that they have to depend on the government.
“The American dream has died to so many people,” he said. “Not by accident, but on purpose by an administration telling people—‘you didn’t build that,’ and by telling people they couldn’t do it on their own.”
“It’s really sad when you think of what has been created with this state of dependency,” he added. “I think the worst part of this dependent society is that is kills the dream.”
Voters in Arizona go to the polls today. Republicans will award 58 delegates to the candidate that wins today’s Presidential Preference Primary Election.