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Ted Cruz’s Cuban Father Delivers Epic Speech Comparing Obama To Castro
Conservative Videos ^ | July 5, 2013

Posted on 07/06/2013 3:22:42 PM PDT by dontreadthis

Rafael Cruz, the father of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, invigorated the crowd during tonight’s FreedomWorks Free the People event. Describing his own personal journey escaping Cuba and working hard to build a life for himself in the U.S., the elder Cruz noted comparisons that he believes exist between Fidel Castro’s governance and President Barack Obama’s executive actions. Upon rising to power, he said that Castro, like Obama, spoke about hope and change. While the message sounded good at the time, it didn’t take long for socialism to take root in his home country. And he paid the price.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: communism; cruz; cuba; fascism; fidelcastro; gop; immigration; marxism; naturalborncitizen; naturalborncuban; obama; obamanation; palin; rafaelcruz; tedcruz; texas
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1 posted on 07/06/2013 3:22:42 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: dontreadthis

I believe Obama is more like a Hybrid Hitler, but this man has him pegged as Castro, and he is on the right track.

What he hell is wrong with the Congress to follow this man into the destruction of our country.


2 posted on 07/06/2013 3:41:09 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: dontreadthis

Silent no more...silent no more! Love the Cruz family!


3 posted on 07/06/2013 3:42:07 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: dontreadthis

http://conservativevideos.com/2013/07/ted-cruzs-cuban-father-delivers-epic-speech-comparing-obama-to-castro/


4 posted on 07/06/2013 3:43:05 PM PDT by Catsrus (gg)
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To: Catsrus

EVERYONE needs to hear this wonderful speech. Only 11 minutes, but very powerful. Since Obama has effectively thumbed his nose at Constitutional election laws, maybe a good revenge would be Ted Cruz for President in 2016.


5 posted on 07/06/2013 3:57:15 PM PDT by Eric (Don't Blame me...I voted for the Right people.)
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To: dontreadthis

Papa Cruz, I am sorry to say, needs to be careful when bringing up Castro. Mr Cruz did not come to the U.S. as a refugee from Castro.


6 posted on 07/06/2013 3:58:37 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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This should be in breaking news - or at least in frontpage news. I wish the whole country would listen to this man. Now I am sure Ted Cruz will not let us down - his father will never let him be a traitor like the other GOPs..ha..great family indeed!


7 posted on 07/06/2013 4:05:08 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: dontreadthis

God bless both of them.


8 posted on 07/06/2013 4:05:56 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Eric

I posted the video on my facebook and urge other FReepers to do the same.


9 posted on 07/06/2013 4:06:38 PM PDT by Catsrus (gg)
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To: Eric

Video I saw was only 2:36...where is the 11 minute one?


10 posted on 07/06/2013 4:18:00 PM PDT by jodyel
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To: Venturer
What he hell is wrong with the Congress to follow this man into the destruction of our country.

Ever listen to some of the dumb as@es the American voters put in Congress.

11 posted on 07/06/2013 4:18:05 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Logical me

Most of the ‘black caucus’ are open members of the Communist Party USA. And anyone need to ask about the voters for such anti-American freaks?


12 posted on 07/06/2013 4:19:31 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: kabumpo

You need to check ALL your facts.


13 posted on 07/06/2013 4:20:39 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: dontreadthis

God bless Ted Cruz and his family.
Wow. Texas really made a great choice there.

And this is the guy that has Lindsey Graham’s panties in a twist? And McCain’s?


14 posted on 07/06/2013 4:24:08 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: lonestar

You need to check ALL your facts.

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Cruz came to the US in 1957 more than a year before Castro gained power.


15 posted on 07/06/2013 4:25:13 PM PDT by deport
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To: kabumpo
Papa Cruz, I am sorry to say, needs to be careful when bringing up Castro. Mr Cruz did not come to the U.S. as a refugee from Castro.

Really? Why?

That he didn't come as a refugee excludes him from criticizing Castro? Odd comment.

16 posted on 07/06/2013 4:25:33 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The imposition of a duty on the importation of a commodity burdens the consumers. --Ludwig Von Mises)
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To: Logical me

What he hell is wrong with the Congress to follow this man into the destruction of our country.

Ever listen to some of the dumb as@es the American voters put in Congress.


They’re smarter than those who voted them into office or continue to re-elect them..


17 posted on 07/06/2013 4:25:52 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: kabumpo

Papa Cruz, I am sorry to say, needs to be careful when bringing up Castro. Mr Cruz did not come to the U.S. as a refugee from Castro.


He needs to be careful of speaking the truth about Castro?

The man is right on.


18 posted on 07/06/2013 4:27:55 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Ping!


19 posted on 07/06/2013 4:28:13 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: dontreadthis

Castro should be furious with being compared to a second rate dictator.


20 posted on 07/06/2013 4:31:53 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: kabumpo

” Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, [1] where his parents, Eleanor Darragh and Rafael Cruz, were working in the oil business. [9][10] His father was a Cuban immigrant to the United States during the Cuban Revolution. [11] His mother was born and raised in Delaware, in a family of Irish and Italian descent. [10][12] Cruz’s parents, who had both attended college in Texas, returned there when Cruz was about four years old. [11]”

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Cruz

So what is it that you know that we don’t?


21 posted on 07/06/2013 4:34:59 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (President Obama; The Slumlord of the Rentseekers)
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To: dontreadthis
B T T T ! ! ! ©

22 posted on 07/06/2013 4:43:50 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Venturer

RINOS like McCain, Graham, Toomey, Alexander, Corker, Murkowski, and Rubio are the ones who are killing us. The Communists are clear about what their agenda is—but the go-along, traitorous RINOS are the ones who subvert our conservative principles.


23 posted on 07/06/2013 4:58:41 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: dontreadthis

Bless Ted Cruz and his dad.


24 posted on 07/06/2013 5:03:43 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: dontreadthis
Comparing Obama To Castro...

Have to disagree. Castro wasn't as bad or as dangerous.

25 posted on 07/06/2013 5:08:47 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: kabumpo

Castro didn’t fall from the sky and take power the same day. The revolution and attacks began years before. Many chose to flee the strife which, by definition, means they are refugees even if they didn’t file as refugees for their immigrant status. In addition, he was no longer free to return to his country of origin because of the communists who would have labeled him a “gusano” and subjected him to persecution. Don’t buy the left’s weak attempt to discredit the family by splitting hairs. He is still a refugee even if he didn’t file for refugee status.


26 posted on 07/06/2013 5:09:31 PM PDT by Armando Guerra
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To: Venturer
A few days before the '08 election, I was waiting in my doctor's office and had a conversation with an elderly Cuban lady (also waiting to see the doctor).

She was was so happy to be in America, so proud of her chosen country

....... but she said Obama had all the earmarks of Castro and was distraught that history would repeat itself.

She was so genuinely scared....and she was right.

27 posted on 07/06/2013 5:12:44 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Hardastarboard

LOL!!!!!!


28 posted on 07/06/2013 5:15:27 PM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: deport

Cruz said he hasn’t misled.

“I have many, many times described the full context of his fighting with [Fidel] Castro — in the broader sense, … not side by side, but on the same side as Castro,” he said.

Shackelford, reached on Monday, said his point was the elder Cruz “came here for freedom” after being a “political prisoner.”

“As to whether it was [Fulgencio] Batista or Castro [in power,] I’m like, it doesn’t really matter,” Shackelford said. “There was one dictator replaced by a future dictator.”

Cruz, a former state solicitor general enjoying tea party and social conservative support, is one of four major Republican candidates in the March primary to succeed retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

He said his father began fighting against Batista’s regime when he was 14, in 1953. When the elder Cruz was 17, he was imprisoned and tortured by Batista’s government, his son said. The next year, 1957, Rafael Cruz legally went to Texas on a student visa issued by the Batista regime, Ted Cruz said.

Ted Cruz, who opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants, said at no time was his father an illegal immigrant. He said his father, who graduated from the University of Texas in 1961, eventually became a permanent legal resident. The elder Cruz is now a U.S. citizen, living in Carrollton, his son said.

Ted Cruz said his father described himself as among young teenage boys who fought Batista and allied with Castro’s forces because “they didn’t know Castro was a Communist, what they knew was that Batista was a cruel and oppressive dictator.”

Cruz said his father became a staunch critic of Castro, along with several family members who remained in Cuba, when the rebel leader took control and began seizing private property and suppressing dissent.


29 posted on 07/06/2013 5:18:50 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: kabumpo

My husband and his family came from Cuba in the 60’s. The ones who came over as adults have explained how Castro used the campaign of “change” much like Obama. The previous president wasn’t all that well liked, but some saw through what Castro was offering. His family has repeatedly compared Obama to Castro because they see the same socialism/communism thinly veiled in Obama that Castro openly pushed.

If someone did not agree with Castro’s “change” then Che happily took care of any dissidents. Vocal dissidents tended to wind up dead while others ended up in prison, which was the case of a family member of my husband’s. The relative was eventually able to get out, but it was not without some time spent in a labor camp.

Just because someone came over before Castro took office, doesn’t mean, they weren’t a refugee from their homeland. Some knew the tide that was bringing Castro into office was going to be detrimental to their way of life and luckily got out before the dictator took office.


30 posted on 07/06/2013 5:35:39 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: dontreadthis

31 posted on 07/06/2013 5:51:17 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: deport

Many Cubans went back and forth at the time. Cuba was a territory of the USA and travel between was unrestricted. Many stayed in touch with relatives there even after Castro came to power. Many heard first hand accounts of Castro’s deceit.


32 posted on 07/06/2013 6:06:27 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: Hostage

Cuba was only a part of the U.S. for 10 years (1899 to 1909).


33 posted on 07/06/2013 7:01:44 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: dontreadthis

Impeachment File on Benghazi Coward “B. Hussein Obama,” formerly known as Barry Soetoro, a Legal Citizen of the Sovereign Nation of Indonesia.


34 posted on 07/06/2013 7:32:21 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

You are correct. But there is plenty of ambiguity.

The US never formally recognized Cuba as sovereign, instead it was referred to as a territory among Alaska, Guam, Hawaii, Isthmian Canal Zone, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Samoa, the Midway Islands and others.

The US Marines occupied Cuba in the 1920s and Roosevelt sent a large fleet of Navy ships to it in the 1930s. American investment was heavy throughout its history and it was in any case a protectorate of the US. Batista was installed by the US and was according to history form all angles a bad dictator.

With the heavy interplay among American business interests, lots of Cuban interests interspersed through out Florida, Cuba was considered a natural extension of North America and US policy was aimed at its annexation.

Bottomline the US treated Cuba like it was a territory.


35 posted on 07/06/2013 8:02:06 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: dontreadthis

Castro was actually successful - not a good comparison. He’s more like Scar from The Lion King.


36 posted on 07/06/2013 8:48:47 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: dontreadthis

Obama is Castro with more brown melanin & less grey matter.


37 posted on 07/07/2013 6:54:31 AM PDT by Amagi (Buying "Green" means purchasing inferior quality at increased cost.)
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To: Texas56

My point was not whether what Sr Cruz says is true, but whether he has he the right to say it. He does not.
Your viewpoint is shaped by information from your husband’s family.
My information comes from first hand experience on the island, and knowing a wide range of people, both on the island and in the entire range of the exile diaspora, from the 1960s to last Thursday, from Miami to Mexico to NY to Paris, writers, painters, musicians, former polítical prisoners and just regular people. And two decades of reading and study.

So I feel qualified to say, that yes it does, and no, they didn’t.

A person who left Cuba in 1957 was NOT fleeing Castro, since Castro didn’t come to power until 1959. Anyone who left Cuba in 1957 and represents themselves as a former political prisoner, and part of the exile diaspora is *un mentiroso sin vergüenza* - especially if they were engaged in domestic terrorism. ( Do a little research).

And nobody, nobody, nobody - I repeat, nobody - got out in 1957 because they “saw what was coming”. The biggest businesses in the world had their companies taken from them, the most learned and erudite intellectuals were taken by surprise, the thousands of normal, middle class families fleeing were completely unprepared.

You may believe as you choose - just remember that I was the one who called it on Rubio months before his actual betrayal -


38 posted on 07/07/2013 12:18:31 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: laplata

HupAs vote for HupAs.


39 posted on 07/07/2013 2:03:52 PM PDT by Huskerfan44 (Huskerfan44)
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To: dontreadthis; All
(As a side note concerning some confusion about video on my part, the referenced video is a little over 2.5 minutes long. But one poster in this thread mentioned video is 11 minutes, so did I miss something? Comments below are based on 2.5 minute video.)

Thank you for referencing that video dontreadthis. Please bear in mind that the following critique is directed at the video and not you.

Great speech by Mr. Cruz!

However!

Just like Sarah Palin and her constitutionally irrelevant platitudes that appeal to conservatives, Mr. Cruz's audience was no better off with respect to understanding the federal government's constitutionally limited powers than they are with any of Palin's speeches imo.

As I've noted elsewhere, you could probably fit the following constitutional statutes addressing the federal government's constitutionally limited powers, along with Justice John Marshall's clarification of Congress's limited power to lay taxes, on two pages. Widespread knowledge of these statutes and the excerpt among legal voters could arguably shut down the unconstitutionally big federal goverment overnight.

Section 8 of Article I (Judge Napolitano reads Section 8 in 3 minutes.)

Article V

10th Amendment

"Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States." --Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.

40 posted on 07/08/2013 12:53:07 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: kabumpo
"My point was not whether what Sr Cruz says is true, but whether he has he the right to say it. He does not."

Mr. Cruz does not have the right of free speech as validated by the First Amendment?

He did not say that he fled the castro tyranny. Perhaps you should take the wax out of your ears.

41 posted on 07/10/2013 11:23:34 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Eagles6

Lesson for the literal-minded: I was referring to not having the m o r a l right, not the legal right. That’s what the phrase “it may be true, but that person doesn’t have the right to say it” means.
And yes, Cruz and his father tried to pass Cruz padre off as a member of el exilio, just as Rubio did with his parents. Both claims were exposed as untrue.
I saw the news footage of the Cruz victory speech, where he presented his father as having been a political prisoner in Cuba. The set-up and context were designed to identify the father as a victim of Castro - which he was not. In fact, quite the contrary.


42 posted on 07/11/2013 8:41:02 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: lonestar

I did. Did you?
This is my area of specialty.


43 posted on 07/11/2013 8:43:36 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: laplata

No, you didn’t read what I wrote.
Because of his own history, he does not have the moral authority to talk about Castro.


44 posted on 07/11/2013 8:46:04 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: deport

Thank you!


45 posted on 07/11/2013 8:47:06 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: BfloGuy

No, because he is trying to pass himself off as a Cuban refugee, which he is not. Quite the opposite.


46 posted on 07/11/2013 8:49:17 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo

Because of his own history, he does not have the moral authority to talk about Castro.


That is your opinion.

He speaks the truth.


47 posted on 07/11/2013 8:49:53 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

It is not true. There was no “Cuban revolution” at the time that Cruz’s father came here.
And the people who left Cuba as a result of the Cuban revolution, which occurred on New Year’Eve, 1958, going into 1959, came here as refugees, not immigrants.


48 posted on 07/11/2013 8:54:55 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo
In this speech it is clear that he was a political prisoner of the Batista government due to his affiliation with the revolution which included being on the same side as castro.

I have not seen a speech where he claims to have been a prisoner of castro.

He does not have the moral authority to speak about castro? Did he or did he not work for the revolution with castro against Batista giving him first hand knowledge about the man?

I honestly cannot figure out what your point is.

49 posted on 07/11/2013 9:06:38 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: kabumpo

The man is speaking the truth. I can’t understand why you have a problem with him speaking the truth.


50 posted on 07/11/2013 10:00:41 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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