Even Brexit gets a mention.
Senator Ted Cruz at the 2016 Republican Party Convention, Cleveland, Ohio.
"Thank you. Heidi and I are honored to join you here in Cleveland,
where Lebron James just led an incredible comeback victory. I'm
convinced America is going to come back too.
"I congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night.
"Conventions are times of excitement. But given the events of the
last few weeks, I hope you'll allow me a moment to talk to you about
what's really at stake.
Just two weeks ago, a nine-year-old girl named Caroline was having
a carefree Texas summer – swimming in the pool, playing with friends
doing all the things a happy child might do. Like most children, she
took for granted the love she received from her mom, Heidi, and her
dad, a police sergeant named Michael Smith. That is, until he became
one of the five police officers gunned down in Dallas.
"The day her father was murdered, Caroline gave him a hug and kiss
as he left for work. But as they parted, her dad asked her something
he hadn't asked before: "What if this is the last time you ever kiss
or hug me?'" Later, as she thought of her fallen father, and that last
heartbreaking hug, Caroline broke down in tears. How could anything
ever be OK again?
"Michael Smith was a former Army ranger who spent three decades
with the Dallas Police Department. I have no idea who he voted for in
the last election, or what he thought about this one. But his life was
a testament to devotion. He protected the very protestors who mocked
him because he loved his country and his fellow man. His work gave new
meaning to that line from literature, "To die of love is to live by
"As I thought about what I wanted to say tonight, Michael Smith's
story weighed on my heart. Maybe that's because his daughter,
Caroline, is about the same age as my eldest daughter and happens to
share the same name. Maybe it's because I saw a video of that dear,
sweet child choking back sobs as she remembered her daddy's last
question to her. Maybe it's because we live in a world where so many
others have had their lives destroyed by evil, in places like Orlando
and Paris and Nice and Baton Rouge.
"Maybe it is because of the simple question itself:
"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 our
values? Did we do all we could?
"That's really what elections should be about. That's why you and
millions like you devoted so much time and sacrifice to this campaign.
We're fighting, not for one particular candidate or one campaign, but
because each of us wants to be able to tell our kids and grandkids,
our own Carolines, that we did our best for their future, and for our
country. America is more than just a land mass between two oceans.
America is an idea, a simple yet powerful idea: freedom matters.
"For much of human history, government power has been the
unavoidable constant in life – government decrees, and the people
obey. Not here. We have no king or queen. No dictator. We the People
constrain government. Our nation is exceptional because it was built
on the five most powerful words in the English language: I want to be
"Never has that message been more needed than today. 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 ignores
the will of the people. We have to do better. We owe our fallen heroes
more than that.
"Of course, Obama and Clinton will tell you that they also care
about our children's future. And I want to believe them. But there is
a profound difference in our two parties' visions for the future.
"Theirs is the party that thinks ISIS is a "JV team," that responds
to the death of Americans at Benghazi by asking, "What difference does
it make?" That thinks it's possible to make a deal with Iran, which
celebrates as holidays "Death to America Day" and "Death to Israel
"My friends, this is madness. President Obama is a man who does
everything backwards – he wants to close Guantanamo Bay and open up
our borders, he exports jobs and imports terrorists.
"Enough is enough.
"There is a better vision for our future: A return to freedom. 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
"On taxes, your freedom to provide for your family without the IRS
beating down your door. The Internet? Keep it free from taxes, free
From_regulation. And don't give it away to Russia and China.
"Freedom means free speech, not politically correct safe spaces.
Freedom means religious freedom, whether you are Christian or Jew,
Muslim or atheist. Gay or straight, the Bill of Rights protects the
rights of all of us to live according to our conscience. Freedom means
The right to keep and bear arms, and protect your family. Freedom
means Supreme Court Justices who don't dictate policy, but instead
follow the Constitution.
"And freedom means recognizing that our Constitution allows states
to choose policies that reflect local values. Colorado may decide
something different than Texas. New York different than Iowa.
Diversity. That's the way it's supposed to be. If not, what's the
point of having states to begin with?
"Hillary Clinton believes government should make virtually every
choice in your life. Education, healthcare, marriage, speech – all
dictated out of Washington. But something powerful is happening. We've
seen it in both parties. We've seen it in the United Kingdom's
unprecedented Brexit vote to leave the European Union.
"Voters are overwhelmingly rejecting big government. That's a
profound victory. People are fed up with politicians who don't listen
to them, fed up with a corrupt system that benefits the elites,
instead of working men and women.
"We deserve an immigration system that puts America first. And yes,
builds a wall to keep us safe. That stops admitting ISIS terrorists as
"We deserve trade policies that put the interests of American
farmers and manufacturing jobs over the global interests funding the
lobbyists. And if we choose freedom, our future will be brighter.
Freedom will bring back jobs, raise wages. Freedom will lift people
out of dependency, to the dignity of work.
"We can do this. 47 years ago today, America put a man on the moon.
That's the power of freedom.
"Our party was founded to defeat slavery. Abraham Lincoln, the
first Republican president, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. We
passed the Civil Rights Act, and fought to eliminate Jim Crow laws.
"Those were fights for freedom, and so is this.
"Sergeant Michael Smith stood up to protect our freedom.
"So do our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines fighting radical
"So did the family of Alton Sterling, who bravely called to end the
"So did the families of those murdered at the Charleston Emanuel
AME church, who forgave that hateful, bigoted murderer.
"And so can we.
"We deserve leaders who stand for principle. Unite us all behind
shared values. Cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we
should expect, from everybody.
"And to those listening, please, don't stay home in November.
Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and
down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful
to the Constitution.
"It's love of freedom that has allowed millions to achieve their
dreams. Like my Mom, the first in her family to go to college, and my
Dad, who fled prison and torture in Cuba, coming to Texas with just
$100 sewn into his underwear.
"And it is love that I hope will bring comfort to a grieving
9-year-old girl in Dallas – and, God willing, propel her to move
forward, and dream, and soar . . . and make her daddy proud.
"We must make the most of our moment – to fight for freedom, to
protect our God-given rights, even of those with whom we don't agree,
so that when we are old and gray . . . and our work is done . . . and
we give those we love one final kiss goodbye . . . we will be able to
say, "Freedom matters, and I was part of something beautiful."
"Thank you. And may God bless the United States of America."