Senator Ted Cruz covers a full agenda; he calls for term limits and repealing every “single word of ObamaCare,” a flat tax with a return that can be filled-out on a postcard, and a lifetime ban on members of Congress participating in lobbying. Great speech!
If you have a president who is picking and choosing which laws to follow, and which laws to ignore, you no longer have a president. ~ Ted Cruz
Begin transcript at 2:56:
Good morning. God bless CPAC. Now I do have to start with a bit of bad news this morning. I’m sorry to tell you that by virtue of you being here today, tomorrow morning each and every one of you are going to be audited by the IRS, so I appreciate the courage of your convictions.
Yesterday Lois Lerner went before Congress and yet again pleaded the Fifth, and of course, President Obama told Bill O’Reilly during the Super Bowl, there’s not a smidgen of corruption with the IRS. It reminded me of one of my favorite movies: “You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Somehow my understanding of a ‘smidgen’ is a little different from his.
I want to thank y’all for being here. You are here today at CPAC because you understand the stakes in this country have never been higher. You are here because you understand that this country is at a crisis point. We are at the edge of a cliff. Liberty is under assault, and what I want to talk to you about this morning is how we win.
There are a lot of D.C. consultants that say there is a choice for Republicans to make. We can either make the choice to keep our head down and not rock the boat, to not stand for anything or we can stand for principle and they say, if you stand for principle, you lose elections. The way to do it, the smart way, the Washington way is don’t stand against ObamaCare, don’t stand against the debt ceiling, don’t stand against nothing. I want to tell you something, that is a false dichotomy.
You want to lose elections, stand for nothing. Look at the last four Congressional elections, ’06, ’08, ’10 and ’12 — of three of the four we followed that strategy, ’06, ’08, and ’12, we put our head down, we stood for nothing and we got walloped. The one election that was a tremendous election was 2010 when Republicans drew a line in the sand. We said, unequivocally, we stand against ObamaCare, against bankrupting the country and we won in an historic tidal wave of an election.
And then of course, all of us remember President Dole and President McCain and President Romney — now look, those are good men, they’re decent men but when you don’t stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don’t stand for principle, Democrats celebrate, so I’m going to stand here today and let’s take, for example, young people. Are there any young people here today [applause]? I’ve got to note, by the way, everyone should be cheering at that. Everyone is young at heart. If you’re at CPAC, by definition, you are a young person because you believe in the future of America.
I want to give you an example of how we win young people, and that’s an example of how we win elections across the board. I’m going to suggest a radical agenda to you: Hope and Change [laughter]. You look at the last five years of President Obama and hope has diminished across the world. The people of Ukraine has seen Russian tanks move into their sovereign land as the nation of Israel has been left without its friend and ally, the United States of America.
You look at home where the lowest labor force participation since 1978, millions have lost hope, because under President Obama, the American dream is harder and harder for anyone to achieve. I gotta tell you, change, real change, is changing the corrupt and broken system that is here in Washington, D.C.
How do you win young people? Who are the two Republicans in modern times who have most energized young people: Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul, so apparently, the key is being named ‘Ronald.’ If you think of it, neither one of them were young, rugged, James Dean ‘Rebel Without a Cause.’ They were septuagenarians, yet what did they do? They stood for principle. They painted a bold, inspiring vision for America for how all of us can be better and young people came out by the millions and said that’s the vision I want to be behind.
If you were to sit down and try to design how to hammer the living daylights out of young people, you couldn’t do better than the Obama economic agenda. Under President Obama, we’ve had five years of great stagnation, no economic growth, which means one generation, after another, can’t find jobs. You know economists are referring to this generation of young people as a ‘lost generation.’ ObamaCare, one of the easiest ways to understand it, it’s a massive wealth transfer, from young healthy people to everybody else. And then our national debt from $10 trillion dollars to $17 trillion — who the heck do you think is going to pay for that?
The Obama agenda has been horrible for people, yet how many Republicans said that? Does anyone remember in the last election, anyone going and making the case to young people, about there is a better way, a brighter future? How do we win, how do we inspire young people? No. 1, we tell the truth. This president seems to have a little problem with that. Last Fall, Jay Leno said, ‘so President Obama called me. He said, ‘Jay, if you like your job, you can keep it.’ He followed that up a couple of weeks later, he said ‘so, the holidays are coming up, Thanksgiving. You know the first Thanksgiving the Pilgrims said to the Indians, if you like your land, you can keep it. We need to tell the truth, The truth is, Washington is corrupt. There is a corrupt and inter-locking system of lobbyists and lawyers and consultants that are suckling off Washington. You are in the richest counties in the country right now, as more and more people are making great wealth in Washington, and Wall Street prospers, and main street suffers, young people suffer, Hispanics suffer, African-Americans suffer, single moms suffer, everyone struggling to achieve the American dream suffers.
How do we win elections? In the contrast between corrupt Washington and the American people, we stand with the American people. We stand with a straight-forward and bold and positive agenda to inspire the young, to inspire women, to inspire Hispanics — to inspire everybody.
No. 1: Defend the Constitution — all of it. Defend the First Amendment, the right to free speech, the right to a free press. For all of our friends in the media, a free press means not having government monitors sitting in your news room. The right to freedom of religion and that means, among other things, not having the IRS asking citizens: ‘tell me the content of your prayers’ We need to stand for the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. We need to stand for the Fourth and Fifth Amendment’s right to privacy for every American. How many of you have your cell phones? I’m going to ask you to, please, leave them on. I want to make sure that President Obama hears everything I have to say this morning.
No. 2: We need to abolish the IRS. We need to adopt a simple flat tax that is fair, that every American can fill out his taxes on a post card
No. 3: We need to expand energy in this country and expand high-paying jobs all over America. President Obama talks about a $10 minimum wage. The real minimum wage, with the lowest labor force participation since 1978 under President Obama, is zero for the millions who have lost their jobs in the failed Obama economy. You know, in North Dakota in the oil fields, the average wage is $45.90 a hour. I want a lot more $40 and $50 and $60 an hour jobs and not $0 an hour unemployment.
No. 4: We need to expand school choice. Every child deserves the opportunity to have an excellent education, regardless of your race, your class your creed, where you come from. Every child deserves a fair chance at the American dream.
No. 5: We need to repeal Dodd-Frank. Talk about a bill that you don’t have to read any further than the title to know nothing good can come of this.
No. 6: We need to audit the Federal Reserve. Unaccountable power in Washington, debasing our currency, driving up the cost of food and gas and the basic stuff of life is hurting Americans who are struggling across this country. I’ll tell you what else it’s doing, it’s fueling the abuse of power of Petro-Tyrants like Putin.
No. 7: We need to pass a strong balanced budget amendment. We need to stop bankrupting our country. Right now our kids and grandkids are inheriting a country where our national debt is larger than the size of our entire economy. Let me speak right now to everyone in the room who didn’t applaud when I said, ‘are there any young people here,’ what we’re doing to our kids and grandkids is morally wrong. It is an outrage. If we keep on this road, they will spend their entire lives, not to meet the needs of the future, not to meet the needs of their priorities, but instead, just working to pay off the debts that their deadbeat parents and grandparents stuck them with. Our parents didn’t do that to us. Their parents didn’t do that to them, and the reasons we’re here today is, we’re not going to do it to the next generation. We are going to turn this around.
No. 8: We need to repeal every single word of ObamaCare. When millions of Americans stood up last Fall and said ‘stop this train wreck, this disaster that is ObamaCare, that is hurting millions of people,’ the Democrats said, the mainstream media said, although I repeat myself, they said this is hopeless, don’t you understand, just move on, just accept it. You can’t do anything to stop this. [audience member shouts out, ‘Yes We Can.”] Yes we can. You know, along with hope and change, that’s pretty good.
No. 9: We need to stop the lawlessness. This president of the United States is the first president we’ve ever had who thinks he can choose which laws to enforce and which laws to ignore. He announces, just about every day, one change after another, after another, and ObamaCare, it is utterly lawless, it is inconsistent with our Constitution and it ought to trouble everyone, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians. Let me tell you something, if you have a president who is picking and choosing which laws to follow, and which laws to ignore, you no longer have a president.
No. 10: We need to end the corruption. We need to end corporate welfare and crony capitalism.
If you come to Washington and serve in Congress, there should be a lifetime ban on lobbying.
We need to pass a strong constitutional amendment that puts into law term limits. [crowd loves it.]
There are lots of voices in Washington that say ‘no, no, no, this is too bold.’ ‘You can’t stand against the IRS, that’s too extreme.’ ‘You can’t say repeal ObamaCare, that’s really a bit much. Let’s just modify it.’ ‘You’ can’t not bankrupt the country, let’s just slow it down a little bit.’ A friend of mine suggested a bumper sticker slogan, “Republicans, we waste less.” You win elections by standing for principle, inspiring people that there is a better tomorrow.
These solutions will not come from Washington, but I’ll tell you where they’ll come from, which is the American people. So let me tell every one of you who took out your cell phones before, let me ask you if you want to join in the army because we’re trying to mobilize the people across this country, text the word ‘growth,’ to the number 33733. Let me give it to you again, text the word ‘growth,’ to the number 33733, because what we’re trying to do is mobilize and energize the American people all over this country and tweet, if you’re on Twitter, tweet the hashtag, #MakeDCListen.
I’m going to tell you, in conclusion, I have never been more inspired than I am right now. Not inspired by Washington, I’m not inspired by the corruption, not by the mendacity in the White House. I’m inspired because all across this country the American people are waking-up. All across this country people are waking up and saying ‘what we are doing is not working,’ we are hurting tragically and we need to turn this country around.’ We did it in 1980 with a grassroots movement that became the Reagan Revolution, and let me tell you, the same thing is happening all over again today.
I am inspired. I am honored to stand with you today because if the American people continue to rise up, to speak out, to speak the truth, we will get back to the free market principles, we will get back to the constitutional liberties that have made America the greatest country in the history of the world. We will bring back morning in America. That’s why we’re here and that is the future for the young and everybody else in this country.
Thank you and God bless you.
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