The Family PAC Cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan is my favorite fund raiser.
People arrive early to get a seat on the main deck.
The views are spectacular and I enjoy chatting with people I haven’t seen in a year.
My friend Gene Brown asked me to take a photo of him and Cruz.
After I took about twenty and the conversation was over, the Senator looked at me with that “Who is that guy taking pictures?” look.
This year, the boat was packed because U.S. Senator and, more importantly, former Presidential candidate Ted Cruz was the honored guest.
There were Republican Party officials on conservative side of the political divide.
In his speech, Cruz spoke of the difference that a Republican President has made.
He specifically pointed to Hillary Clinton’s not being President.
And Neil Gorsuch’s serving on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cruz divided his speech into three parts:
- Truth matters
- Freedom matters
- The Constitution matters
“When you’re speaking the truth you have power,” he said.
“Conservatives nationally [say] what they believe.
“This country remains a center-right country.”
Discussing freedom, Cruz described it as “a liberating concept.”
He told of his Dad’s being a prisoner in Cuba, how his father thought he could achieve freedom in the United States.
Cruz said the rulers of Chicago and Illinois base their power on “a lie.”
“How may years have Democrats ruled Chicago?” he asked.
Reflecting his father’s experience, Cruz said,
“Thank God some liberal didn’t come along (in Austin) and put his arm around him and offer the advice not to learn English,” the Senator said.
Turning to the U.S. Constitution, Cruz praised its proclamation of the natural rights that all are endowed by their Creator with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness resonate today.
The Constitution protects freedom and truth, he said.
Concerning the events in Charlottesville, the former Presidential candidate declared,
“The Nazis and the Klan and white supremacists are scumbags.
“Every nut bag has the right to protest.
“\Everyone of us has a duty to call out the lies…of the bigotry [they speak].”
Turning to Washington, he said, “Quite simply, we ought to act.
“If we fail to do it (deliver on our promises), then this will be one of the most heart breaking Congresses in a long time,
“Let’s do what we said we’d do.”
Cruz is up for re-election next year.
He said there were two ways to run:
- scared or
He related a fundraising pitch.
The candidate says, “We’ve got all the money we need, but it’s still in your pocket.”
Concluding Cruz vowed,
As long as there is breath in my body, I will fight for truth, freedom and the Constitution