Texas Senator and former Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz took the stage last night at the GOP Convention, and all eyes were on him as he teased whether he would endorse Donald Trump or refrain from lending his support.
While he chose to withhold his support, his speech was still littered with key ideas that the Republican Party must value should it hope to rebuild from the losses it has suffered under Trump; and while I’m personally not a fan of Ted Cruz, I respect the message he conveyed last night and can also respect his refusal to support someone who has insulted his wife and father.
Politics is not a simple load – it is a complex circus of ideas that constantly compete to reach the highest beam. Because of that, we need some intellectual visuals to help describe what happened last night (because let’s be honest, all of us were on the edges of our seats).
Here’s the crew from The Office to help you grasp exactly what Cruz said in the highlights of his speech last night.
“I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night.”
“What if this right now is our last time? Our last moment to do something for our families, and our country? Did we live up to the values we say we believe? Did we do all we really could?”
“America is more than just a land mass between two oceans, America is an ideal. A simple, yet powerful ideal. Freedom matters.”
“We stand here tonight a nation divided. Partisan rancor, anger, even hatred are tearing America apart. And citizens are furious, rightly furious, at a political establishment that cynically breaks its promises, and that ignores the will of the people.
We have to do better. We owe our fallen heroes more than that.”
“On education your freedom to choose your child’s education, even if you aren’t as rich as Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. On healthcare, your freedom to choose your own doctor without Obamacare.”
“Freedom means religious freedom, whether you are Christian, Jew, Muslim, or atheist. Whether you are gay, or straight, the Bill of Rights protects the rights of all of us to live according to our conscience.”
“That’s the way it’s supposed to be, diversity. If not, what’s the point of having states to begin with?”
“Now, Hillary Clinton believes that government should make virtually every choice in your life.”
“And, if we stand together and choose freedom, our future will be brighter. Freedom will bring back jobs and raise wages. Freedom will lift people out of dependency to the dignity of work.”
“And, to those listening, please don’t stay home in November.”
“If you love our country, and love our children as much as you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience…”
“We must make the most of our moments, to fight for freedom, to protect our God given rights, even if those with whom we don’t agree so that when we are old and grey, and when our work is done, and when we give those we love one final kiss goodbye we will be able to say freedom matters and I was part of something beautiful.”
“We will unite the party; we will unite the country by standing together for shared values by standing for liberty. God bless each and every one of you, and God bless the United States of America.”