Ted Cruz: 'Our rights come from God Almighty' Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, the fiery tea party Texan, followed his near-midnight Twitter announcement to seek the White House in 2016 with a hearkening at Liberty University to what he described as the greatness of America: that our rights come from God.  “For so many Americans, the promise of America seems more and more distant,” he said, to the 10,000 gathered at the Lynchburg, Virginia, university for a mandatory thrice-weekly convocation, as reported by the Washington Examiner. “What is the promise of America? The idea that, the revolutionary idea, that this country was founded upon, which was our rights, they don’t come from man. They come from God Almighty. And it’s the purpose of the Constitution … to serve as chains, to bind the mischief of government.” He reminded of the “incredible opportunity of the American dream” and of the “American exceptionalism” that has made the nation “the shining city on the hill.” Cruz said: “That’s the promise of America.” He then went on to discuss how America seemed in a state of fear that these rights were “slipping away” before launching into what had all the makings of his campaign platform: “the reigniting of the promise of America.” FULL REPORT