Bringing LIBERTY to
Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, November 10, 2007, 10:30am
A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning Radio
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Notes and Summary of the President's Address -- "Veterans
In his weekly radio address President Bush said, "This weekend,
Americans mark two important dates in our Nation's history. On Saturday,
we celebrate the 232nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps. And on
Sunday, we celebrate Veterans Day -- and give thanks for all those who
have worn the uniform of America's Armed Forces."
How the President Differs from the American vision of "Liberty
- America is, on the one hand, a nation "under
- America is, on the other hand, a nation that ignores God and commits
- Idolatry is when we fail to trust God (our national motto is "In
God We Trust") and trust the Government to bring us "salvation."
- In the Bible, the word "salvation"
is by no means limited to something after death. In most cases the
word refers to victory over enemies, and the peace, health,
prosperity, and wholeness that results.
- The Constitution was designed to limit wars by limiting
the power of one man (the President) to take the nation into war.
- The President repeatedly says we are at "war," though the Congress
has never declared a state of war.
- Americans must think about these issues, not just in terms of the
Constitution, but in terms of the values enshrined in the Declaration
of Independence -- the philosophy of "Liberty
- If America's Founding Fathers could see America today, would they be
celebrating on this "Veterans Day?"
|THE PRESIDENT: Good
morning. This weekend, Americans mark two important dates in our
Nation's history. On Saturday, we celebrate the 232nd birthday of
the United States Marine Corps. And on Sunday, we celebrate Veterans
Day -- and give thanks for all those who have worn the uniform of
America's Armed Forces.
||Last year's blog entry: Send
|The Marine Corps was
born in a Philadelphia tavern in 1775. Since then, the Marines have
become one of the world's premier fighting forces. Their
courage and valor in battle have earned them the respect of friend
and foe alike. And today, a new generation of Marines is
writing another chapter in that proud tradition. Young Marines are
serving on the front lines in the war on terror in Iraq,
Afghanistan, and around the world. As the Marines celebrate their
birthday, we join them in recognizing what their sacrifice and
service has meant for our freedom.
||We can all agree that Americans
in combat exhibit great courage, and in many cases those not in
combat are models of service and dedication, especially those
involved in replacing destruction with reconstruction.
The question we must ask is, should Iraq have been destroyed?
Second, America's Founding Fathers would probably agree that
Troops Don't Defend Our Freedoms
|America owes a debt of
gratitude to all those who have served in our Armed Forces. On
Veterans Day, we remember those who have served in previous wars,
those who are serving today, and those who did not live to become
||Actually, those who did not live
are remembered on Memorial Day.
|Veterans Day also
reminds us of our solemn responsibility to care for those who have
fought our Nation's wars. Under my Administration, Federal spending
for our veterans has increased by more than two-thirds. We have
extended medical treatment to a million additional veterans,
including hundreds of thousands returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
And we have expanded grants to help homeless veterans across the
||If there's one legitimate function
of government, it would appear to be that of taking care of those
who fought the government's wars. Even if this is the case, private
charitable associations should not pass by the veteran in need on
the assumption that "that's the government's job."
Government never does its job as well as private individuals and
organizations do the same job.
Veterans make up one out
of every four homeless people.
Council on Foreign Relations: The
Price of Veterans’ Health Care
|These are the generous
actions of a grateful Nation -- and to build on them, I nominated a
good man to head our Department of Veterans Affairs: Doctor James
Peake. Doctor Peake is an Army doctor, a retired lieutenant general,
and a combat veteran who was wounded twice in Vietnam, and decorated
for his valor. When confirmed by the Senate, Doctor Peake will take
on an important task -- continuing my Administration's work to
implement the recommendations of the bipartisan Dole-Shalala
Commission on Wounded Warriors. These recommendations are vital to
ensuring better care for our veterans, and Congress needs to confirm
Doctor Peake so he can lead the way in this crucial effort.
|Some of the
Commission's recommendations require legislative action, such as
updating the disability system to fully meet the needs of our
wounded warriors. So my Administration has sent Congress a bill that
would enact all the legislative steps recommended by the Commission.
This is a good bill, our wounded warriors and their families are
counting on it, and I urge Democrats and Republicans to come
together to pass it as quickly as possible.
|Congress can also meet
its responsibility to our veterans by passing a clean Veterans
Affairs appropriations bill. Unfortunately, Congressional leaders
let the fiscal year end without passing this bill they know our
veterans need. So I urged Congress to pass this bill by Veterans Day
-- and they still have failed to send me this vital legislation. The
time to act is running out. There are now just four days left on the
legislative calendar before Congress leaves town for their
Thanksgiving break. The best way members of Congress can give thanks
to our veterans is to send me a clean bill that I can sign into law.
|On this Veterans Day, I
urge every American to take time to thank one of our Nation's 24
million veterans. They come from different generations and different
backgrounds. But they are united by a commitment to honor, duty, and
love of country that has kept America free. They continue to
strengthen and inspire our Nation. And we will never forget what we
||Just as many veterans have
different backgrounds, there are also many reasons why some of them
became veterans. Some were forced by conscription.
Others volunteered because of the benefits (college education, good
pay, "see the world," etc.). Some sincerely believed they
were killing other human beings for a good and justifiable cause.
Every American should ask, Did we really need to "send the
In 1996 then-UN Ambassador Madeleine Albright was asked by 60
Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, in reference to years of
U.S.-led economic sanctions against Iraq, “We have heard that half
a million children have died. I mean, that is more children than
died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?” To which
responded, “I think that is a very hard choice, but the price,
we think, the price is worth it.”
|Thank you for
||The deaths of those children made
possible the overthrow of a government that tolerated Christian
missionaries and replaced it with an Islamic Theocracy hostile to
Christian evangelism and reconstruction. Americans need to know that
it's OK to say, "It wasn't worth it."
The Democrat Party Radio Address:
Congressman Joe Sestak Delivers Democratic Radio Address. The subject is
Libertarian Response to Democrats:
- The Democrats' bill is loaded with pork and unconstitutional
- Murray says the "veterans" bill "funds other crucial
American priorities, like education and Alzheimer’s’
- Education is not a federal
- Neither is "Alzheimer’s’ research." There are
different corporations which are engaged in Alzheimer’s’ research;
why should Washington bureaucrats take money out of your paycheck and
give it to its own favored pharmaceutical corporations instead of
allowing you to donate to the causes you prefer?
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