U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said colleges and universities around America are "trying really hard to raise a generation of pansies" by shielding students from "ideas that are scary" with the preponderance of "safe spaces" — and that instead students should be taught to confront and engage with such ideas.
The Texas Republican added to the Young America's Foundation National Conservative Student Conference last week that "if you are a university administrator, the ideas that are represented in this room are terrifying."
Cruz then underscored his point by declaring that "there are no safe spaces in this room" after which the room let loose with cheers.
During his speech Cruz urged students to "defend liberty" because it "works" and is "powerful" — as opposed to Democrats who've gone "stark-raving nuts" defending socialism, which has proven itself to be a "manifest disaster."
He also challenged Hollywood leftists to put their money where their mouths are and hop inside inflatable rafts at the southern tip of Florida and head toward the "socialist utopia that is communist Cuba" if they hate capitalism so much.
Cruz noted as well that the left has become "so darned angry" and humorless — and that conservative students should remember to not go down that road and try to "have fun" amid the country's present political battles.
'A generation of pansies'
After his speech, Cruz took questions from the crowd, and one college student hilariously shared that political correctness has infiltrated even debate competitions. The student noted that participants must write their gender pronouns on a board, "trigger warn" prior to any "edgy" content, and that they can get "equity called" for offensive statements — not to mention the "gender minority" tournaments that exclude males.
"We're all gonna die," Cruz deadpanned before adding that "one of the saddest things we're seeing is our colleges and universities are trying really hard to raise a generation of pansies."
"What is this sense that you have a right not to be offended?" he asked. "You have a right not to hear ideas that are scary? Look, the entire purpose of university is to hear ideas that are scary." The room erupted with loud cheering and applause.
Cruz then shared that when he went to college and law school, he was "surrounded by leftists" and "took classes from Marxists" — and once told a dorm mate who had Che Guevara poster that the student should add images of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin if he's going to "celebrate evil, torturing, murderous sons of bitches, Che was an amateur."
"I would deliberately sign up to take classes from Marxists," he added. "Now, my family has been tortured by communists in Cuba. It's personal to me, but you know what? Truth is not afraid of lies. The light is not afraid of darkness. It is good for you to confront ideas that scare you."
So instead of running from such ideas — or college officials banning them or providing safe spaces from them — "ridicule the living crap out of" them, Cruz told the conservative students, adding that approach also should be used against "racist, bigoted morons" such as the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis.
Here's Cruz's speech. The Q&A portion starts just after the 15-minute mark:
Senator Ted Cruz LIVE from YAF's 41st NCSC youtu.be
(H/T: Campus Reform)