Bringing LIBERTY to
Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, December 15, 2007, 10:30am
A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning
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Notes and Summary of the President's Address --
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. In a time of war, America's top
priority should be to ensure that our troops on the front lines get
the funding they need.
How the President Differs from the American vision of
"Liberty Under God":
- "He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither
swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their
- "He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies
without the Consent of our legislatures."
- "He has affected to render the Military independent of and
superior to the Civil power."
- "He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries
to compleat the works of death,
desolation and tyranny,
already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely
paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the
Head of a civilized nation."
- Every Child Left Behind: Virtually no student graduating
from government schools this year will recognize those phrases
from the Declaration of Independence, and be able to draw
analogies between 1776 and 2007.
- America's Founding Fathers took up arms over British taxes that
did not exceed 3-5%
- Americans today are victims of taxes ten times greater
than those that fomented the American Revolution.
- The Government promises to be our Savior, and Taxes are our
offerings to a false god.
- America is, on the one hand, a nation "under
- America is, on the other hand, a nation that ignores God and
- Idolatry is when we fail to trust God (our national motto is
"In God We Trust")
and trust the Government to bring us "salvation."
- 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
|THE PRESIDENT: Good
morning. In a time of war, America's top priority should be to
ensure that our troops on the front lines get the funding they
need. So beginning in February, I submitted detailed funding
requests to Congress to fund operations in the war on terror.
Congress has had months to pass this funding. Unfortunately, with
just days to go before members leave for their Christmas vacation,
they still have not come through with these funds.
||This is not "a time of
war." Such a time only exists when Congress declares war.
America's Founding Fathers were vitally concerned that the
Executive Branch not have power to create "standing
armies" and become a military monarch. Everything the
Founders feared has come to pass in spades.
|This week Congress
considered a defense authorization bill. An authorization bill is
a pledge to spend money. Under such a bill, Congress will make a
promise to fund our troops in combat. But a congressional promise
-- even if enacted -- does not pay the bills. It is time for
Congress to provide our troops with actual funding.
||Democrats were elected in 2006 to
take control of Congress, and one issue in this shift of power was
the war. Democrats promised to change course. No change has taken
place. The problem Bush complains about is a result of inaction
and incompetence rather than principle.
|The stakes are high
for our men and women on the front lines. Our troops are striking
blows against the terrorists and extremists in Iraq and
Afghanistan -- and these funds are critical to their continued
success. The funds I have requested include money to carry out
combat operations against the enemy. They include money
to train the Iraqi and Afghan security forces to take on
more responsibility for the defense of their countries. They
include money for civilian
agencies deployed in the field with our military to help
build local governments and create
jobs. And they include money for intelligence
operations to protect our troops on the battlefield.
||If Americans could participate in
a direct vote on the question, should the federal government take
$X00.00 out of your paycheck and give it to
- Iraqi and Afghan security forces
- Halliburton and Blackwater
- rebuild streets, hospitals, power, schools, and other
government infrastructure destroyed by U.S. bombs
- create jobs for Iraqis
- torture those who oppose the U.S. occupation of Iraq
the measure would be defeated overwhelmingly.
|Congress has had
plenty of time to consider the emergency funds our troops need.
Time is running out. And Pentagon officials say that continued
delay in funding our troops will soon begin to have a damaging
impact on the operations of our military. Congress' responsibility
is clear: They must deliver vital funds for our troops -- and they
must do it before they leave for Christmas. Our men and women on
the front lines will be spending this holiday season far from
their families and loved ones. And this Christmas, they
deserve more than words from Congress. They deserve action.
||The troops deserve to be
|Thank you for
Kevin Craig's Platform:
- Ron Paul:
- The war in Iraq was sold to us with false information.
- The area is more dangerous now than when we entered it.
- We destroyed a regime hated by our direct enemies, the
jihadists, and created thousands of new recruits for them.
- This war has cost more than 3,000 American lives, thousands of
seriously wounded, and hundreds of billions of dollars.
- We must have new leadership in the White House to ensure this
never happens again."
- Ron Paul:
The War in Iraq (nearly 100 links)
- Glenn Reynolds:
"The Framers of our Constitution had a fear of standing armies,
and of governments backed by them, that one legal scholar calls
- Jacob G.
Hornberger: "Our country was
founded on the principles of individual liberty, free markets, and
constitutionally limited government. Our Founders believed that the
greatest threat to their liberty lay not with foreign regimes but
rather with their own federal government. That in fact was the
reason they used the Constitution to bring the federal government
into existence — as a means to control its power.
"Our Founders and ancestors also
understood that among the greatest threats to their liberty and
well-being was a standing army — that is, an enormous military
machine within their midst, albeit composed of citizens from their
own country. The reason they feared such an army is that they
understood that historically such armies had inevitably been used by
political rulers to oppress their own citizenry."
- The Bill of
Rights: Antipathy to Militarism
Armies Stand in the Way of Freedom
Anti-Federalists on Standing Armies
- Brutus on
the Evils of Standing Armies
Armies Don’t Stand Around Very Long
- Cato on
the Evils of War and Standing Armies
Armies, Political Mischief
- The Danger
of Standing Armies by C.T. Rossi
Troops Don't Defend Our Freedoms
- Foreign Policy
Armies and Armed Citizens: An Historical Analysis of the Second
Third Amendment and the Issue of the Maintenance of Standing Armies:
A Legal History
The Democrat Party Radio Address:
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House delivered the The
Democratic Party Radio Address, covering "a New Direction for
|"In order to
reduce the price at the pump, our legislation increased fuel
efficiency standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. This
legislation is historic - it is the first time in 32 years that
Congress has raised these standards, known as CAFE.
Brews a Deadly CAFE
Raise CAFE Standards
- The National Academy of Sciences reported in 2001 that the
current standards are directly responsible for the deaths
of 1,300 - 2,600 motorists a year.
- Government decides what kind of cars can be built and driven
in socialist and communist nations, not America.
| "One way
to make Americans safer is to grow our energy here at home. That
is why we have made an historic commitment to homegrown biofuels -
increasing the Renewable Fuels Standard to 36 billion gallons in
2020. The crops America's farmers grow are becoming the fuel that
powers our cars. We will send our energy dollars to the Midwest,
not the Middle East - to farmers nationwide. America's farmers
will fuel America's energy independence, promoting small
businesses and creating millions of new jobs.
||Ethanol costs more energy to make
and use than regular gas. This is another counter-productive move
by government, which will achieve the exact opposite result from
the one intended.
is closely related to global warming - the greatest environmental
challenge facing the planet. The urgency of that challenge was
recognized this week as former Vice President Al Gore was awarded
the Nobel Peace Prize, and as world leaders gathered for the Bali
global warming conference. The Bush Administration has responded
far too slowly to the threat
of climate change.
||There is no more evidence that
"climate change" is a
"threat" than there was evidence that Saddam Hussein was
There is no more evidence that Pelosi and Gore's proposals to
meet the "threat" will actually cool the climate than
there is evidence that Bush's "War on Terruh" is cooling
The evidence is overwhelming that the Democrats' proposals will
do as much or more damage to our standard of living than Bush's
- It will be costly
- It will destroy our liberties
- It will make us less safe against the "threat"
- If temperatures are increasing, we need to use more
energy, not less, to power our air conditioners.
- if storms are increasing, we need more energy, not less,
to build stronger homes and infrastructure.
- We will not be safe from the environment by living a
primitive "eco-friendly" lifestyle in a grass
- The real goal of environmentalism
is to destroy industrial civilization. Environmentalists
believe human beings should live like animals, "in
harmony with nature." Whatever human beings do, using reason
and consuming energy, is deemed by
environmentalists to be "against nature" even though
that is our nature as human beings.
Gore Accuses U.S. of
Obstructing Climate Talks - promotes Global government
|"With our new
energy legislation, Congress takes us in a New Direction. Instead
of remaining wedded to the failed energy policy of the past, the
New Direction Congress has embraced a clean, renewable, energy
independent future for America.
||This is not a "new
direction." It is the same direction as the Soviet Union.
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