“I think American conservatives are uniquely equipped to present to the world this vision of the future—a vision worthy of the American past. I’ve always had a great affection for the words of John Winthrop, delivered to a small band of Pilgrims on the tiny ship Arabella off the coast of Massachusetts in 1630: ‘We shall be a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.’” President Ronald Reagan
By Georgiana Constantin l March 25, 2015
LYNCHBURG, Va. — On Monday, March 23rd, I had the pleasure of taking part in another Liberty University (LU) convocation. During this event, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for president of the United States.
While extemporaneously addressing the students and faculty of America’s largest Christian University, Cruz emphasized the need for change and reform, the need for the American people to come together as one and take the future into their own hands.
“I believe God isn’t done with America yet,” he stated while the crowd cheered.
He talked about the need for Christians to stand up for their beliefs, “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.”
Senator Cruz emphasized what the “promise of America” should mean: quality education, the right to privacy, upholding the Constitution and its amendments, better tax laws, energy security, and border security.
“This is our fight. The answer will not come from Washington. It will come only from the men and women across this country, from men and women, from people of faith, from lovers of liberty, from people who respect the Constitution,” he proclaimed. “It will only come as it has come at every other time of challenge in this country, when the American people stand together and say we will get back to the principles that have made this country great. We will get back and restore that ‘Shining City on a Hill’ that is the United States of America,” he said invoking Ronald Reagan.
During his speech, Cruz also touched on foreign policy, specifically the subject of Israel saying, “Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with the nation of Israel.”. The crowd of some 11,000 stood up and the room resounded with cheers.
“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’m running for president of the United States,” Senator Cruz concluded.
After his speech, he took some time to speak and take pictures with the students, who were enthusiastically waiting to meet him.
Founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell in 1971 as Lynchburg Baptist College, Liberty University, located in south central Virginia, seems to have become an important venue for prominent leaders to reach out to the Christian community. As CNN reports, it “is ranked among the top 100 colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 classification of best higher learning institutions” and, as LU Law School Dean Mat Staver observed, “having such national leaders speak ‘indicates the importance of Liberty and the impact of our students.’”
As the first major candidate to announce his intention to run for president in 2016 left the stage, there was a general feeling of excitement and hope, not only due to the announcement made that day, but rather due to the fact that the promise of political change in America has begun to make its presence felt.
A new presidential race, a new chance to choose a competent leader, a new beginning for the United States of America, change is near and the people know it. They want to see that God indeed still has plans for the U.S. They want to know that there is a future for their country and that this future will reflect the nation’s glorious past. They want a leader who can put America back on the map as the example of liberty and democracy, which every nation looks to for guidance and leadership.
They want their nation to be a continuous part of human history and not a short lived circumstantial accident that was only present on the timeline of human development for a few brief moments.
As Senator Cruz invoked the memory of Ronald Reagan, it is worth recalling the words of the 40th president of the United States spoken in 1983 at the 10th anniversary of the Heritage Foundation:
“I think American conservatives are uniquely equipped to present to the world this vision of the future—a vision worthy of the American past. I’ve always had a great affection for the words of John Winthrop, delivered to a small band of Pilgrims on the tiny ship Arabella off the coast of Massachusetts in 1630: ‘We shall be a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.’”
Georgiana Constantin is a law school graduate who has studied International, European and Romanian law at the Romanian-American University in Bucharest and received her Masters from the Nicolae Titulescu University in Bucharest. Ms. Constantin, who is based in Romania, is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.