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Helping lead the fight for liberty

"Helping lead the fight for liberty" Continued...

And I would say as another thing, spend some time thinking and planning how to achieve your passions. I know an awful lot of young people who say, yeah I’d like to be x, but who knows how that happens?

There is a certain amount of serendipity about life. You can’t predict where lightning is going to strike, but you can fly your kite in a thunderstorm. God gives us the tools we need. I would also say to young people that if you have a passion of the heart, then take the time to study. If your calling is to be a great evangelist or a physician or a math teacher or what have you, study those who have gone before you. Study those who have been excellent in carrying out those callings. How did they get there? What did it take? What were the steps? Prepare yourself so that you can be in a position to carry out that plan. 

You obviously had a plan from a very young age. When you look at the plan for yourself as a U.S. senator, what do you see? I intend to lead the battle to repeal every word of Obamacare. The Senate is going to be the battlefield. If you want to dramatically shrink the size and power and spending of the federal government, and eliminate our debt, the Senate is going to be the battlefield. If you want to pass fundamental tax reform, if you want entitlement reform, if you want to audit the IRS, if you want to pass a strong balanced budget amendment, the Senate will be the battlefield.

Our country is at the edge of a cliff. If we don’t turn around the direction we’re headed, we’re on the path to where Greece and Italy are. And the biggest difference between us and Greece is there are nations that can bail out Greece, but there ain’t nobody big enough to bail us out.

One of the real blessings of growing up in the family I did, with a father that, as a teenager, had been imprisoned and tortured and nearly killed, is you understood from a very young age that having principled men and women in office is how you protect yourself from tyranny.

It’s easy to be depressed, to look at the numbers, to look at the debt, to look at everything that has happened in Washington, and throw your hands up and say we’re losing everything. But I tell you, I am incredibly optimistic because across this country we are seeing a great awakening. We are seeing millions of Americans stand up and say: “We want our country back. We want to get back to first principles, back to freedom, back to the Constitution.” And I think that’s exactly what it’s going to take to turn the country around. So what I want to be doing five years, 10 years, or 20 years? Helping lead that fight.

Watch a video of Warren Cole Smith's interview with Ted Cruz:

Listen to a portion of Smiths interview with Cruz on The World and Everything in It.

Warren Cole Smith
Warren Cole Smith

Warren, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., is vice president of WORLD News Group and the host of the radio program Listening In. Follow Warren on Twitter @WarrenColeSmith.

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