Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Bringing LIBERTY to Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, May 26, 2007, 10:30am

A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning Radio Address

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Notes and Summary of the Broadcast: Memorial Day

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This Memorial Day weekend, Americans honor those who have given their lives in service to our Nation. As we pay tribute to the brave men and women who died for our freedom, we also honor those who are defending our liberties around the world today.

On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to Americans from every generation who have given their lives for our freedom. From Valley Forge to Vietnam, from Kuwait to Kandahar, from Berlin to Baghdad, brave men and women have given up their own futures so that others might have a future of freedom. Because of their sacrifice, millions here and around the world enjoy the blessings of liberty. And wherever these patriots rest, we offer them the respect and gratitude of our Nation.

A Libertarian Response to the President

Libertarians mourn the loss of Americans in war.
This is so for two reasons:
We mourn the loss of Americans created in the Image of God, and we share the grief of their families.
We mourn the loss of Liberty. War always destroys liberty.

Not all libertarians agree with that last statement.
Many believe that war can be justified, at least in theory, at least sometimes, even if some wars were senseless and only increased the power of tyranny.

Which should have the higher priority: Peace or War?
Liberty or Security?
Life or Death?

Right now, war has our government's highest priority. Our government's budget and national conversation are dominated by war.
Some will respond that peace is actually our highest priority, but war is the means to peace; war is how we achieve peace.

The question that should be asked is: Does war ever increase peace, liberty, and life? Or does war always lead to less liberty and more needless destruction of life?

More particularly, does the current war promote liberty and life, or does it expand the grip of tyranny and death?

The President gave this list of wars: We would take a second look at them:
Valley Forge
Vietnam What did the loss of 50,000 Americans and millions of Vietnamese promote?
Kuwait For whom did these Iraqi children die?
Kandahar How is Afghanistan a better place after U.S. involvement, including the arming of the Taliban and Mujahideen by the CIA?
Berlin Was East Germany and all of Eastern Europe better off after U.S. military involvement?
Baghdad Use of Phosphorus weapons on civilian population in Iraq

The Democrat Party Radio Address: 

  • Elliot Anderson says "We all support our troops."

A Libertarian Response to Democrats:

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