“There are people who wonder if faith is real. I can tell you, in my family there’s not a second of doubt…”
—Ted Cruz, speaking today at Liberty University.
Just after midnight, Ted Cruz of Texas released a video announcing he is running for the presidency of the United States, also known, among evangelicals, as the the Theocrat-in-Chief.
I wish him a limited amount of luck, hoping against hope that he can pull off a Moses-like miracle, one that would have the Almighty part a Red Sea of sanity long enough to allow Cruz and his zealots to get to the promised land of the GOP nomination.
If ever there were someone perfectly equipped to lead a Christian jihad, a Holy War against Islam abroad and against secularism here at home, it would be Ted Cruz. And to prove it, he kicked off his campaign today by giving a speech at Liberty University, which was founded in 1971 by Jerry Falwell and boasts that it is “the largest Christian university in the world.” Its mission is “to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.” And then there is this:
With a unique heritage and an ever-expanding influence, Liberty remains steadfast in its commitment of Training Champions for Christ.
No doubt, Cruz will enlist a lot of those champions for service in his
crusade campaign (he had a weird moment where he asked the students to text “Constitution” to a campaign number). At one point in his speech in Lynchburg, Virginia, this morning he said:
Today, roughly half of born again Christians aren’t voting. They’re staying home. Imagine instead millions of people of faith all across America coming out to the polls and voting our values.
Yes. Just imagine.
Putting President Ted Cruz in charge of a the U.S. military would mean that Allah-fearing Americans could prove, once and for all, that our God is bigger than their God, something, apparently, that God has had trouble proving on his own. And as president, with an evangelical-fueled Congress and five willing souls on the Supreme Court, Cruz could turn America back into the theocratic state that our Founders meant it to be.
Cruz explained our divine birth as a nation:
What is the promise of America? The idea that—the revolutionary idea—that this country was founded upon, which is that our rights don’t come from man. They come from God Almighty.
Admittedly, there are lots of Americans who believe that, even people who would never vote for Ted Cruz. But it means something intensely personal to evangelicals. It means America is right and everyone else is on the wrong side of God. Cruz mused:
Imagine a president who says, “We will stand up and defeat radical Islamic terrorism.” And “We will call it by its name. We will defend the United States of America.”
Needless to say, that enlivened the young Christian crowd. As did dropping Ronald Reagan’s name in a dubious accounting of recent history:
Imagine it’s 1979 and you and I were listening to Ronald Reagan. And he was telling us that we would cut the top marginal tax rates from 70% all the way down to 28%. That we would go from crushing stagnation to booming economic growth to millions being lifted out of poverty and into prosperity and abundance. That the very day he was sworn in our hostages who were languishing in Iran would be released. And that within a decade we would win the Cold War and tear the Berlin Wall to the ground. That would have seemed unimaginable. And yet, with the grace of God, that’s exactly what happened.
It’s important for those of you who don’t understand the evangelical mind to know that that phrase, “with the grace of God,” is not just some rhetorical flavoring of a speech meant for a receptive audience. Cruz literally means to say that God had a hand in the election of Ronald Reagan and the lowering of marginal tax rates and the freedom for those Muslim-held hostages and the end of the Soviet Union. He means it because he knows who is watching over us:
From the dawn of this country, at every stage America has enjoyed God’s providential blessing.
I am hoping that at least one person in the audience, in the “university” audience, stopped to wonder: “If America has always enjoyed God’s providential blessing, shouldn’t we thank him for giving us Barack Obama, who has helped get us out of a very deep and dark Republican-engineered recession and who killed Osama bin Laden and who is at this very moment dropping bombs on the enemies of Christianity?”
In any case, Cruz continued:
God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation. And I believe God isn’t done with America yet. I believe in you, I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America. And that is why today I am announcing that I am running for President of the United States. It is a time for Truth. It is a time for liberty. It is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.
Again, one has to wonder if there was anyone in the crowd who scratched his or her head and asked: “If God has been so protective over America, how did things get so messed up that we lost the Truth and our liberty and, uh, our Constitution?”
None of it makes any sense, of course. And the Canadian-born Ted Cruz will not get to lead his American revival. But if there is a God who does watch over this country, then he will engineer victory after victory for Cruz in the Republican primaries and help him get the nomination. That way, we are guaranteed that a Democrat will once again win the White House and capture the Senate and, if God is really, really good to us, win back the House of Representatives.
Thus, God bless Ted Cruz!