By Isabel Matos
Is Ted Cruz’s dad a secret weapon in his arsenal to run for president in 2016?
After speaking with his son briefly, I was able to get some chat time with this very interesting Cuban American (and yes, he is very very Cuban. I felt at home speaking to him as I did listening to his son speak.) I limited the chat strictly to politics but let him know he is very popular in the Palin community-many who happen to be Evangelical. I will share only my impression on his take on the GOPe which interested me since I first heard of him at the RNC Convention in 2012.
Ted Cruz’s dad, Pastor Rafael Cruz, endured incarceration and torture in 1957 – two years prior to the revolution. He endured this under Batista. Batista’s party was called the “Partido Liberal” which could be considered the equivalent of the Republican party. This “Republican” became a dictator through a coup d’etat on March 10th, 1952. There were no elections following that even though a half-hearted attempt was made before Batista’s second term in office. Because the constitution was not followed from the start, people were unhappy. The situation grew worse as violence and protests increased in attempts to overthrow his government. Ted Cruz’s father was politically involved at this time like so many. This part of history is fascinating as it is incomplete (maybe others have more information but I hope to get more soon). After leaving Cuba to come to the U.S. for opportunity and economic freedom, Castro’s army gained momentum while Batista’s popularity continued to fall. Fidel did not run on communism, but anti-corruption (this was backed by many because it was legitimate). Batista left a blood bath behind after he abdicated power to Fidel on January 1st, 1959.
I’ve shared some of my patriotic journey in the last three years, and continue to look for answers from my country’s history. Since 2008 I have had my suspicions that something has been wrong in our party for years so I tried to get the pastor’s attention and had his ear when I called him “Reverendo”. We exchanged niceties; throughout the conversation we spoke in English and Spanish (it’s normal to switch back and forth and not remember what was said in what language).
Specifically I was interested in knowing what he thought of the comparison of the situation in Cuba which he experienced under Batista (without all the violence of course) to the one we have had with our current GOPe. I said we wouldn’t have gotten stuck with Obama had it not been for the GOPe in 2012 because Romney was there to lose on purpose. The family has not allowed anyone who does not have the last name of Bush to be a GOP presidential nominee (I whispered that it has been about Jeb 2016 from the start). That set off a spark in his yes and a very lively reaction. He nodded, his eyes rolled around with delight. He was not allowed to discuss it further at the event. He said it smiling and I thought he was being honest. I said that’s okay “esa reaccion me lo dice todo.” (your expression said it all). It really did. Time ran out. He looked over my shoulder for Ted, patted my back and darted over to where his son was. He’s a bit agitated and that constant protectiveness and almost adulation is very Cuban to me. It was a familiar sight. I said to one of my friends online there are many fathers like Rafael Cruz who happen to be patriots who sacrificed much for their children and keep them close all their lives .
I was in a sea of Republicans last night afraid to mention my activist issues with the party but I found Rev. Cruz’s natural response to my comments indicated to me that 1) we have a problem in the GOPe, 2) he is a great communicator/orator like his son, 3) he listens attentively but 4) he is unafraid to speak his mind or do what he has to do to defend his views. I loved his enthusiasm most of all. We need more of that in every state. I would love to see that kind of spark in more politicians or even activists here.
Miami has to have an awakening.
There were subjects off-limits in this event – notably immigration reform. That concerned me. We have a lot of progress to make because amnesty is being pushed through the church, the evangelical church is not exception. One thing can be sure, if Ted decides to run for president 2016, he has a great wind beneath his wings to do so.Ted’s dad is a charmer, but he is a fierce political activist and freedom fighter. Tonight, I just want to raise a toast to this politically dynamic duo.
There was a beautiful prayer where Jesus’s name was invoked before dinner. The pledge of allegiance was recited and the national anthem was sung. That was nice.