Texas Senator Ted Cruz taught Supreme Court litigation as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas for five years. Though his time is very limited these days, if Cruz ever has the chance he should get back in the classroom.
Earlier this week, Cruz delivered a primer on free speech during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Free Speech 101: The Assault on the First Amendment on College Campuses”.
“The First Amendment is not about opinions you agree with,” Cruz stated. “It’s not about opinions that are right and reasonable. The First Amendment is about opinions that you passionately disagree with and the right of others to express them.”
Cruz goes on to indict groups like the KKK, while pointing out that the First Amendment both allows such groups to speak their hateful rhetoric and requires that the rational among us confront that speech with truth and not the violence which has become the favorite tactic of radical leftists.
“We have an obligation then to confront those views which are weak, poisonous, and wrong, and to confront them with truth. We don’t need to use brute force to silence them because truth is far more powerful than force.”
It is a powerful statement that concludes a stirring defense of free speech, and one which every American should watch in full.
But Cruz is far more than an observer when it comes to free speech. As Resurgent contributor Peter Heck points out in his latest video profile, “Cruz’ knack for rubbing people the wrong way with his ideas is exactly what’s made him one of the most important and articulate figures in the battle for the preservation of free speech in The United States.”
In other words, Ted Cruz not only preaches the truth of free speech – he practices it.
It is with Constitutional issues such as this one where Cruz is at his best, and every time he speaks on them he silences and even converts more of his critics.
Peter Heck’s video:
The video and transcript of Cruz’ full opening statement may be found here.
The full video of the entire Senate hearing may be found here.