Bringing LIBERTY to
Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, September 13,
A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning
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Notes and Summary of the President's Address:
9-11, "National Greatness," and National Service
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week, Americans marked
seven years since the terrorist attacks that shook our Nation on
September 11, 2001. On that day, we witnessed unspeakable destruction
perpetrated by evil men. (continued
How the President Differs from the American vision of
"Liberty Under God":
- America was founded on the philosophy of "Liberty
- "Liberty" means freedom from government
suppression of ideas and confiscation of wealth
- "Under God"
means we have a personal responsibility to love
God and neighbor.
- Human beings are endowed with the right to property by
God, not the government.
- Spending $3
trillion and killing a million people in Iraq does not move us
closer to "Liberty
- Spending $3 trillion and killing a million people in Iraq does not
move us closer to the ideal of everyone living safely under his own
"vine & fig tree."
- If the federal government did not undertake the task of
overthrowing Saddam Hussein, destroying hundreds of billions of
dollars of Iraqi infrastructure and killing hundreds of thousands of
people, and replacing the secular Baathist government with an
Islamic theocracy, would Americans still be as free as they are
today? No. More free.
- Nothing in the President's Agenda reduces socialism and promotes
- The President has forgotten the limits placed on his authority by
the Constitution. He does not have the Constitutional authority to
- The President has forgotten the promises made by the Republican
Party Platform when he was elected.
- The United States government was founded on a policy of
non-intervention in foreign affairs:
|"The great rule of
conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations is in extending
our commercial relations to have with them as little political
connection as possible."
— Washington, Farewell Address (1796) [Washington’s
|I deem [one of] the essential
principles of our government, and consequently [one] which
ought to shape its administration,…peace, commerce, and
honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with
— Jefferson, First Inaugural Address (1801)
- This policy would preclude U.S. intervention in the Middle-East.
was not a goal of America's Founding Fathers. Bush's
attempt to bring "democracy" to Iraq only brings tyranny.
- No war in American history has been good for the ideal of
"Liberty Under God." None of them should have been fought.
Those who died, died
Saturday Morning Radio Address
"Liberty Under God"
PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week, Americans marked seven
years since the terrorist attacks that shook our Nation on
September 11, 2001. On that day, we witnessed unspeakable
destruction perpetrated by
evil men. But we also witnessed selfless acts of valor and
compassion performed by courageous citizens. And we saw the
strength of the American people as they rallied in
defense of the Nation.
- Have all the "evil men" yet been identified?
- • Who ordered
FBI field agents to back off pursuit of the hijackers?
- • Who failed
to scramble jets to intercept the hijacked planes?
- • Why did Bush and Cheney strongly
resist a 9-11 Commission to investigate government
failures? If you had been the victim of a crime, wouldn't you
want an investigation? Wouldn't you want to know that your
protection agency had learned lessons that would prevent a
repeat of the crime?
America was undefended on 9-11. The "Defense
Department" did not defend us. Was anyone fired? Who is
responsible for this malfeasance?
Final Victim of 9/11: the Myth of Government Competence by
|On Thursday, I dedicated a new
9/11 memorial at the Pentagon. In the years to come, parents will
visit this site to remember children who boarded Flight 77 for a
field trip, and never emerged from the wreckage. Husbands and
wives will visit the memorial to remember spouses who left for
work one morning, and never returned home. And people from across
our Nation will visit to remember the heroism of rescue
workers who rushed into the burning Pentagon to save the
lives of their fellow citizens.
||Would Bush be
praising the rescue workers as much as he does if they were not
|Seven years after the attacks of
9/11, this spirit of heroism lives on. We see it in the courageous
members of the United States Armed Forces. These brave men and
women have volunteered to defend our Nation during a time of war.
Every day, they are confronting our enemies abroad so we do not
have to face them here at home. And because of their efforts, our
Nation is safer today than it was seven years ago.
||America was once
the most admired nation on earth. Today, America
is Despised. More terrorists want to attack America today than
before the two Bush Presidents.
|In Afghanistan, where the 9/11
attacks were planned, our men and women in uniform toppled the
Taliban regime, destroyed al Qaeda camps, and liberated more than
25 million Afghans. In the years since, members of the Taliban and
al Qaeda have sought to regain power through acts of terror. The
United States and our allies are meeting this challenge head on.
We will not allow Afghanistan to once again become a safe haven
||There is strong evidence
that the attacks were planned and funded by Pakistan.
The FBI has no
evidence linking Usama
Bin Laden to 9-11.
|Earlier this week, I announced
additional American troop deployments to Afghanistan. In November,
a Marine battalion that was scheduled to deploy to Iraq will
deploy to Afghanistan instead. It will be followed in January by
an Army combat brigade. This continuing commitment to the Afghan
people illustrates a stark contrast: While the terrorists and
extremists deliberately target and murder the innocent, coalition
and Afghan forces risk their lives to protect the innocent.
- The U.S. is not just hunting down individual 9-11 terrorists
to bring them to trial.
- The U.S. is taking over these nations to manage them in a
way that serves U.S./corporate interests.
|America is also on the offense
against terrorists and extremists in Iraq. Since we launched the
surge last year, violence has fallen to its lowest point since the
spring of 2004. While the enemy in Iraq is still dangerous, we
seized the offensive, and Iraqi forces are becoming increasingly
capable of leading and winning the fight. As a result, we've been
able to carry out a policy of "return on success" --
reducing the number of American combat forces in Iraq as
conditions on the ground there continue to improve.
involvement in Iraq began before 9-11.
Kuwait - For
whom did these Iraqi children die?
If Americans had been asked in advance, Americans would have
declined to become militarily involved in Iraq.
|After reviewing conditions in
Iraq, General Petraeus and the Joint Chiefs of Staff have
recommended additional force reductions. By February, about 8,000
additional American troops will have returned home without
replacement. And if this progress in Iraq continues to hold,
General Petraeus and our military leaders believe additional
reductions will be possible in the first half of 2009.
means nothing. The U.S. intends to be in Iraq permanently.
|In the seven years since the
attacks of September the 11th, the men and women of our Armed
Forces and their wonderful families have been a source of pride
for the Nation. Those who do not wear the uniform also have a
responsibility to serve our country. After 9/11, I called
on Americans to devote at least 4,000 hours -- or two years over
the course of a lifetime -- to volunteering in their communities.
This morning, I renew that call. Serving others is more than just
a generous act -- it is essential to the health of our
society. And as any volunteer can tell you, when you bring
hope to the lives of others, the life you enrich most is usually
"our country" -- is it our responsibility to serve
other Americans, or to serve the government?
By "society" does Bush mean
America, or the federal government?
|Thank you for listening.
Kevin Craig's Platform:
- War and Foreign Policy
- Domestic Spying
Virtual Town Hall - A "Safer and More Normal Life" in
Iraq - August 25, 2007
Virtual Town Hall - Iraq - September 8, 2007
Virtual Town Hall - Interim Iraq Report - July 14, 2007
Virtual Town Hall - The "Surge" in Iraq - April 12, 2008
Virtual Town Hall - War and Foreign Policy | Domestic Spying |
Taxation | Pork - May 31, 2008
Virtual Town Hall - Defense Appropriations - December 15, 2007
Virtual Town Hall - Michael Mukasey, Torture, Wiretapping -
November 3, 2007
Virtual Town Hall - Government Surveillance - July 28, 2007
What Would America's Founding Fathers Do?
The men who threw tea into the Boston Harbor over a tax of 3 pence
per pound would not be happy with a tax ten times greater on
every gallon of gas. Those who took up muskets over a total tax burden
of less than 3% would not be happy with
the fact that the federal government now takes more
than half of everything you earn.
Today it is illegal for public school teachers to teach their
students that the Declaration of Independence is really true (and not
just an outdated historical document). The federal government is
clearly at war with everything the Founding Fathers stood for.
America's greatest Americans would abolish
today's federal government.
Muskets are Not an Option
There are two reasons why we should not take up arms to pull off
the violent overthrow of the federal government, even if America's
Founders would surely do so. First, the feds have nukes. Second,
violent revolution is unChristian and unBiblical. We must beat our swords
into plowshares and use persuasion to
abolish tyranny. This is time for a
revolution of ideas.
Revolution Won't Come in a Day
John Adams once wrote that the American
Revolution began in 1761, when Massachusetts attorney James Otis
began legal challenges to the Writs
of Assistance. He lost the case, but "American
independence," Adams wrote, "was
then and there born." Now do the math. That means it took 15
years to convince the rest of America to declare Independence
(1776). Then another seven years of war was required before a
Peace Treaty was signed (1783), and then six years before the
Constitution was finally ratified (1789). That's almost 30 years. (And
Jefferson said we shouldn't go 20
years without another rebellion!) How can we hope to convince
Americans to fight for principles they were never taught in government
schools? We need to be in this battle for the long term. "Eternal
Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."
The Internet Can Speed up the Revolution
Here are ways you can help.
Communicating with Government and Media
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make a critical difference on important issues.
Congress Read Their Bills Before Voting
Make Congress read every word of every bill they create before
they vote on it.
Urge your Representative and your Senators to sponsor
DownsizeDC.org's “Read the Bills Act” (RTBA).
- A Backdoor Real ID Card|
Real ID is dying. But the Department of Homeland Security has
a new plan to subject every American to a national ID card
anyway. They plan to pick off one occupational field at a
time, starting with the maritime industry. One man is fighting
back. Meet him, and help stop this backdoor Real ID plan.
the Killer Horse Hormones
The FDA "outlawed" the use of Estriol, an estrogen
medication that's bio-identical to human estrogen. Doctors must
now prescribe animal-derived estrogen instead. Are bio-identical
hormones dangerous, while animal-derived hormones are safe? No.
The practice of medicine is moving to chemically identical to
human hormones and away from animal hormones. Learn why the FDA
decided to endanger women's health in this way, and take action.
If the government suspects you used your house or car in a
crime, they can take it and sell it at auction. They don't even
have to prove your guilt. They call this practice civil asset
forfeiture, but it's really theft. It violates the 4th, 5th,
6th, 8th, 9th and 14th Amendments. It also encourages law
enforcement to put profits before justice. Tell Congress to end
civil asset forfeiture.
an Iraq Referendum
Americans keep debating when, how, or if to leave Iraq. Maybe
we should ask the Iraqi people what they want. After all, it's
their country. Tell Congress to request that the Iraqi
government hold a public referendum on the U.S. occupation. Learn
and Trade" is not the way
The politicians seem to be unifying around "cap and
trade" as a way to cut CO2 emissions. If they take this
step it may be the largest increase in the size, scope, and
intrusiveness of government since the creation of Medicare.
Worse still, it may not even achieve its purpose. Please
tell Congress to oppose "cap and trade." Learn
Big government prospers through failure. Each new failure is
used to justify more spending and new powers. Wasteful spending
in Iraq is the latest example. One way to change this is to hold
government accountable. A new bill in Congress seeks to provide
some of the needed accountability. Please support it. Learn
the War for Terror
U.S. policy has inflamed the Middle East. It has made
terrorism more likely rather than less. We seem to be fighting
a war for terror, rather than on
terror. This policy must stop. The place to start stopping is
with Iran. We must not attack Iran. War with Iran
would devastate our economy, disrupt world oil supplies, and
recruit more terrorists. Click
here to stop this war before it starts.
The Democrat Party Radio Address:
Democratic Radio Address was a call for a "Comprehensive
Energy Plan" by politicians in Washington D.C. delivered by Colorado
Senator Ken Salazar "Drilling is not sufficient."
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