WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered remarks at the Victims of Communism Centennial Commemoration. There, Sen. Cruz reflected on the horrific legacies of Communist dictators, including the exploitation of basic human rights and generations lost to oppression, while providing a message of hope for democracy and freedom overcoming the threat of Communism.
“There is grave danger for each of us if we cease to remember the scars of Communism,” Sen. Cruz said. “As time passes by and each new generation is born, we have an obligation to guard against the dangerous consequences of collective amnesia and revisionist history. VOC’s work to educate our teachers and augment curriculum are so vital not just to our students, but to the future of our nation. There is nothing romantic in Lenin’s Red Terror, Stalin’s great purges, or Mao’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ and ‘Cultural Revolution.’ These were the 20th Century’s killing fields, which are still alive today in the labor camps of North Korea, prison cells in Cuba, and detention centers of China. The work of VOC is more important than ever – to help us remember, so we will never forget.”