Rafael Cruz, father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, delivered a spellbinding speech at FreedomWorks “Free the People” event in Salt Lake City Friday night.
Having experienced and escaped Castro’s Cuba, the elder Cruz couldn’t help but draw comparisons between the island communist regime and the Obama administration, according to The Blaze.
He recalled that when he was a teenager, “a young, charismatic leader rose up talking about hope and change. His name was Fidel Castro. We thought he was going to be our liberator.”
In return for working for the revolution, Cruz was jailed.
“I was in prison,” he said. “I was tortured, but by the grace of God I was able to leave Cuba on a student visa and came to the greatest country on the face of the earth.”
Sen. Cruz often describes his father as having arrived here with $100 sewn into his clothing. Once here, the elder Cruz recalled he worked his way through college as a dishwasher and achieved the American dream.
Cruz eventually returned to Cuba, where, he said, he received “the shock of [his] life.”
Mr. “Hope and Change” Castro now was proclaiming that the rich “oppress the people and about the need to redistribute the wealth.”
Cruz noted that Castro “curtailed freedom of the press,” attacked religion and “began instituting socialized medicine.”
The result was to destroy free enterprise and productivity, and Cruz returned to the United States, where he started his own business.
Cruz said recent events alarms him.
“I think the most ominous words I’ve ever heard was in the last two State of the Union addresses, when our president said, ‘If Congress does not act, I will act unilaterally,’” he said. “Not much different than that old bearded friend I left behind in Cuba.”
Cruz spoke with passion, without notes or teleprompter. His parting words: “We can remain silent no more.”
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