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by Lori Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 6:45 PM EST
This week on The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn featured a four-part series, telling the amazing story of Ted Cruz’s upbringing and his courage as a leader. Ted Cruz has stood up to the establishment, the power brokers in Washington — on both sides — and the media. And he’s done it with class and honor. Glenn’s endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz for president did not come lightly. He focused his lens on Cruz for some time, studying the candidate’s values and beliefs. His takeaway? Cruz was born at this time for a reason — to become president of the United States. He is, in Glenn’s words, the George Washington we’ve been praying for. Part I: The Early Years Raised by an American mother and a Cuban immigrant father, Cruz was taught to love the United States and revere the Constitution. From an early age, he learned important lessons from both of his parents, including discipline and hard work. His father — Rafael Cruz — fought in the Cuban revolution, and was imprisoned and tortured. After fleeing to Texas in 1957, penniless and not speaking a word of English, Rafael washed dishes for 50 cents an hour to pay his way through the University of Texas . When Ted was eight years old, he went to a summer camp and accepted Christ in his life. Early on, it became apparent that Ted was more than average. He was brilliant — and destined for something big. When he was 15, Ted Cruz was one of five Houston kids selected by the Free Enterprise Institute to tour the country and speak about the Constitution. Prior to graduating high school, Ted had delivered 80 speeches on such topics as economics, the Austrian economist von Mises, and the importance and meaning of the Constitution. Ted’s decision to attend an Ivy League school was not received well by is parents. They were struggling financially. To make his dream a reality, it would mean scholarships, students loans and working two jobs. Additionally, his father was concern the liberal environment would tarnish his son’s beliefs. “Ted, you’re growing into a good, strong man,” Cruz’s father said to him. “Are you going to be strong enough to go to an Ivy League school and hold on to your principles and values?” Ted assured him he could and was accepted into Princeton University. He later attended Harvard Law School. Coming in Part II: Subsequent years at Princeton University and Harvard Law School would uniquely prepare Ted to be leader of the free world. They would also put him on a collision course with some of the most powerful people in the world — including the president of the United States. Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program: Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors: GLENN: As you probably know, over the weekend, I endorsed Ted Cruz for president of the United States, the first Hispanic president, the first first generation American president, and the most conservative president since Ronald Reagan. This is not something I’ve ever done for anybody. Not dogcatcher. Not mayor. Not president. Nobody. I’ve never endorsed a candidate running for any office. I’ve never wanted my name attached to anyone running for office, especially in Washington, DC. But also because it’s not good business sense for me. This does not do — this doesn’t do me any favors at all in any way for my business. But I decided to endorse Ted Cruz. So the question is: Why? Well, if you listen to this program, you know what time I believe it is. And I believe we are at the crossroads now of completing the — the fundamental transformation that Barack Obama really brought to pass. It has been in the works since Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. But the next president finishes the job. And it is — it is so critical that we have a leader now that will help us navigate the reset that is inevitably coming. The aftermath of the storm that is coming our way can either be cataclysmic, or with the right leader, a conservative constitutionalist at the helm, will steer our children into a much, much brighter future. There’s some really good people running. Really good people running. I think this is the strongest G.O.P. of candidates we have had in my lifetime, maybe of all time. And as I look down the roster of the people who have been running for candidate — or running for president or are still running for president. Rick Perry, I liked. He dropped out early. Bobby Jindal, I like. Rick Santorum is a good man. I like Marco Rubio. I have problems with all these guys. But I like all of them. I think they’re decent. Rand Paul. You know how I feel about him. So there’s several of them I like. What’s his name? The doctor — Ben Carson. A good, decent, honorable man. But no one has shown themselves to be dedicated to the principles of the Constitution, as dedicated, throughout his life. I’m looking for somebody who has it in their bones. I’ve said to you many times that there’s going to come a time when something is going to happen. And somebody is going to walk into the office and they’re going to say, “Mr. President, right now, we need a decision.” If they don’t have the Constitution deep in their bones, they may make a mistake we will not recover from. No one has done exactly what he would do, despite taking all the slings and arrows, including from his own side, and stuck to his guns like Ted Cruz. Not one person. Ted Cruz has stood up to the establishment, the power brokers in Washington on both sides, and the media, and that’s why they don’t like him. And he’s done it with class and honor. Look at how he’s being slung with mud, and he never responds in kind. He is not that guy. That’s why so many of us like him. And the establishment hates his guts. So who is Ted Cruz? Who is this guy that I would go out on a limb for, unlike I’ve ever done ever before? Well, this week, I want to tell you. Ted Cruz, yes, he was born in Calgary, Canada. Am I endorsing a Canadian for president? No. And no matter what you’re hearing from other candidates or MSNBC, this is settled. Ted’s mother was and is an American citizen. His father, Rafael, is from Cuba, but he was a legal resident of the United States for decades when Ted was born. He is a natural-born citizen. Just like Barry Goldwater, George Romney, John McCain, all who ran for president. Now, Ted’s father, Rafael, left Cuba in 1957 to attend the University of Texas on a student visa. By the time he returned in the summer of 1959, Rafael was shocked to find a very different homeland in Cuba. Fidel Castro, who literally spoke of hope and change before his takeover, was someone that the 14-year-old Rafael even fought for, against the oppressive Batista regime, which was now firmly in control. So Rafael comes back home and faces a firing squad in favor of Fidel Castro. RAFAEL: And when Castro took over in 1959, I went back to Cuba that summer, and I was shocked. That same man that had been talking about hope and change began confiscating private property, began attacking freedom of the press, shutting down newspapers, television stations, radio stations. Began attacking freedom of religion. GLENN: He was disillusioned. That’s not what he was fighting for. That’s not what he understood Fidel Castro to be. Rafael left his homeland for good this time. RAFAEL: So I left Cuba totally disillusioned, never to return again, but so grateful to God to be in the greatest country on the face of the earth. GLENN: So Rafael eventually took his family to Calgary to find work in the oil industry. And in 1970, Ted was born. He was born to parents who followed through on their promises. Ted’s first memory in life is as a precocious 2-year-old who picked up a kazoo in a grocery store and began blowing into it loudly and repeatedly while his mom was shopping. His mother asked him to stop. He didn’t. She told him if he didn’t stop, she was going to administer a sound spanking. Ted didn’t stop. At that point, Ted’s mother, Eleanor, stopped her shopping, left a mostly full cart in the aisle, took Ted home and administered him the spanking she promised him was coming. He learned his lesson: Mom means what she says. Things were turbulent in the Cruz household during those years. Rafael had a drinking problem that had gotten out of control. In fact, Ted’s dad reached the point where when Ted was three years old, he decided he didn’t want to be married anymore. So he left his wife and his child, and he returned to Texas. A few months later, a business friend in Texas invited Rafael to attend a Bible study class with him. It was a class that would change his life and alter the course of his family. Rafael felt the Spirit enter his life as he attend the meetings, and he argued with the pastor about others and various points of doctrine for some time. But on April 15th, 1975, he fell to his knees and surrendered his life to Jesus. He changed. The next week, he decided he needed to be with his family. He bought a plane ticket and flew back to his home with his wife and his child, and he begged their forgiveness. When Ted was eight years old, Ted went into a summer camp, and Ted accepted Christ in his life. And that happened to occur at the same Houston church where his dad had converted five years prior. And Ted has been a dedicated churchgoer, ever since. As he developed, it became apparent to everybody that knew him that Ted Cruz was more than just some kid. Ted was brilliant. This was some kid — he was destined for something, more than community college and a lifetime job selling Slurpees. This kid was going to make something of his life. At the age of 15, recognizing how bright he was and the love that he had for the country, the Free Enterprise Institute selected Ted to be one of the five kids in Houston that would tour the country and speak about the Constitution. Ted had to memorize the entire Constitution of the United States. And before he left high school, he had delivered 80 speeches on economics, on von Mises, and the importance and meaning of the Constitution. As his love for the country and the Constitution and Austrian economics grew, so did his desire to learn and grow even more. He decided that in order to fulfill his goals in life, he needed to attend an Ivy League school. His parents weren’t happy. I mean, his parents — Rafael’s business had failed. They were struggling financially, so they knew that they couldn’t afford it. Ted had to earn his scholarship. He had to take out the student loans. He also worked two jobs, enough to earn enough money to make his dream become a reality. But his father said, “Ted, you’re growing into a good, strong man. Are you going to be strong enough to go to an Ivy League school and hold on to your principles and values?” He said, “Yes, Dad.” He did. And his dream became a reality. Ted was accepted at Ivy League’s Princeton University. The moves he would make in subsequent years would uniquely prepare him for position of leader of the free world, but it would also put him on a collision course with some of the most powerful people in the world. And one of those collisions would be with his former boss and leader of the free world. We’ll pick the story up there, later this week.