Ted Cruz at Hillsdale: “Economic freedom and the prosperity it generates reduces poverty like nothing else”

posted at 1:01 pm on May 27, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama’s lecture commencement speech to the Naval Academy graduates on Friday left behind such a poor and lingering aftertaste, I thought this commencement speech from Sen. Ted Cruz to the graduates of Hillsdale might make a nice sort of belated palate cleanser. Sen. Cruz’s message was all about the inherent virtues of freedom, the American meritocracy, and the accompanying economic mobility, in which people’s rises and falls are directly related to their “talent, passion, perseverance, and willingness to fight for the American dream.” The best part about it all, of course, is that by pursuing and developing your own unique talents and interests, you are helping to contribute to the type of robust economic growth that is truest and most efficient method for lifting people out of poverty, no matter how much big-government progressive types will extoll the virtues of collectivism and “shared sacrifice” and equality of outcomes. Those fake virtues are inhibitors to economic growth, and “more and more government is not the answer. To say otherwise is to ignore the fact that all major European nations have higher levels of public spending than the United States does, and that all of them are poorer. Human beings are not happiest when they’re taken care of by the state. Areas under the yoke of dependency on government are among the least joyish parts of our society. The story of Julia is not an attractive utopia. We all flourish instead when afforded opportunity, the ability to work and create and accomplish. Economic growth and opportunity is the answer that works.” Enjoy:


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agreed for freedom to function a culture MUSt have had their age of enlightenment Reformation.
unseen on May 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM

FIFY. The Age of Enlightenment gave us Modernity which gave us the Relativists which gave us Liberalism.

Cleombrotus on May 27, 2013 at 6:45 PM

This is the guy we have been looking for. Is he perfect…No, but who is. He is smart, is a great speaker, has a strong will and is politically tough and intelligent. He also does not come from a elite background, which like Reagan, allows him to appreciate and understand middle class Americans. Most important he has earned what he got, and so did his father, therefore unlike so many of our previous “leaders” since Reagan (and Gingrich) who won as much for their name and family ties as for what they themselves did.

He is as close as you will get to a conservative politician with the skill set to get him elected to the highest office in the land. This guy must run for president in 2016, because he is the best we have right now. That is all that should matter…

William Eaton on May 27, 2013 at 7:06 PM

libfreeordie on May 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

libfreeorgan…you can’t be THAT dumb?

KOOLAID2 on May 27, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Until their civil wars start at least. 30 years max.

WryTrvllr on May 27, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Or until the next Napoleon takes advantage of nearly the entire continent being a bunch of milksops and makes the blitzkreig of old look sick.

MelonCollie on May 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM

The one. Correction: The real one.

DoctorJohn on May 28, 2013 at 5:41 AM

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