By Nathan Jones
How are Americans losing their freedoms?
We asked this question on Christ in Prophecy of our special guest, Rafael Cruz, the father of one of the United States senators from Texas and presidential candidate, Ted Cruz. He joined us to discuss what he believes are some of the greatest dangers to American democracy and freedom.
[Note: Lamb & Lion Ministries does not endorse any particular presidential candidate. The following interview has been lightly edited for grammatical purposes.]
Americans Losing Our Freedoms
Dr. Reagan: Mr. Cruz, you lived under two dictatorships. One was a Fascist dictatorship under Batista, and the other a Communist dictatorship under Castro. You know first-hand about tyranny. Based on your personal knowledge about tyranny, what warnings would you give to the American people about dangerous trends that are adversely affecting America today?
Rafael Cruz: In a sense you could say I was fortunate in that I saw my freedoms taken away just like that — snap! Here in America our freedoms are being eroded a little at a time. It's like the old story of the frog. You put a frog in a pot of hot water and he'll jump right out, but if you put a frog in a pot of cold water and put it on the stove, you can slowly boil that frog to death. That is what is happening to Americans. Our freedoms are being taken away a little at a time. And, we just keep taking it!
I remember in the late 70's here in America, I saw our government begin to institute policies that reminded me of that bearded dictator in Cuba. During the Carter years there were 22% interest rates, double-digit inflation, double-digit unemployment, and a government so weak in foreign policy that Iran had captured 52 Americans and kept them hostage for 444 days.
Dr. Reagan: Our response was to say we wouldn't participate with Iran in the Olympics!
Rafael Cruz: It was because I saw the Socialism in Jimmy Carter's time that I became very involved in an organization called the Religious Roundtable. The Religious Roundtable was a Judeo-Christian organization that together with the Moral Majority, that was Jerry Falwell's organization, mobilized millions of Christians in America to help elect whom I consider the greatest President since Abraham Lincoln — President Ronald Reagan. I would say my son, Ted, was nine years old at the time. Our conversation around the dinner table every day was as to why we have to get rid of this Socialist, Progressive Jimmy Carter and replace him with a Christian Constitutional Conservative like Ronald Reagan. My son got a good dose of Conservative politics from a Christian worldview every day for a year when he was nine years old.
Dr. Reagan: You game him a Christian worldview. I find most Christians don't even know what a worldview is, much less what a Christian worldview is. How would you define a Christian worldview?
Rafael Cruz: The Bible says if our foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? The wonderful thing about America is that it was founded on the Word of God. I submit to you that the reason our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence have lasted over two centuries is because those documents were forged on the knees by our Framers.
Dr. Reagan: They were. These documents recognized fully the sin nature in Man. Our Constitution recognizes the true nature of Man in that Man cannot be trusted to always do what is morally right. There has to be checks and there has to be balances. Our Founding Fathers did not trust Man because they were men steeped in the Scriptures, and the Scriptures say man is essentially evil. In opposite, Humanists claim Man is basically good and can be trusted to do what is right.
Most of America's Founding Fathers were very wealthy men, and so it's amazing that they didn't found an oligarchy or government structure of that nature. No, they didn't even trust themselves to remain moral when given power. Our nation's founding documents were based upon Christian viewpoint of the inherent sinfulness of Man.
Rafael Cruz: One of my favorite quotes from President Thomas Jefferson is, "The Constitution is like chains to bind the mischief of government."
Nathan Jones: And that's why we have the Second Amendment concerning the freedom to bear arms. A lot of people think that gun control will stop crime, but isn't the Second Amendment actually more about protecting the people from their own government?
Rafael Cruz: Absolutely, and we just have to look at history. Mexican General Santa Anna once said, "If we fail to learn the lessons of history, we are doomed to repeat it."
Look at all the tin-horn dictators who have taken guns away. Stalin took the guns away and killed 20 million people. Mao took the guns away and killed like 50 million people. So did Pol Pot, and so did Castro and Hitler. Every dictator who has taken guns away has used guns against their own population.
In the third segment of our interview of Rafael Cruz, we'll look at how critical Christianity is to Democracy.