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




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

A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning Radio Address

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Notes and Summary of the Broadcast: The War in Iraq on the 4th of July

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Next week, Americans will gather with friends and family to celebrate the Fourth of July. I look forward to spending this Independence Day in Martinsburg, West Virginia, with the men and women of the West Virginia Air National Guard.
      On the Fourth of July we celebrate the courage and convictions of America's founders. We remember the spirit of liberty that led men from 13 different colonies to gather in Philadelphia and pen the Declaration of Independence. In that revolutionary document, they proclaimed our independence based on the belief that freedom was God's gift to all mankind.
      To defend that freedom, the 56 signers of the Declaration pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Their sacrifices built a new Nation and created a future of freedom for millions yet to be born.
      Today, a new generation of Americans has stepped forward and volunteered to defend the ideals of our Nation's founding. Around the world, our brave men and women in uniform are facing danger to protect their fellow citizens from harm. In Afghanistan, our military and NATO forces are hunting down the Taliban and al Qaeda, and helping the Afghan people defend their young democracy. And in Iraq, American and Iraqi forces are standing with the nearly 12 million Iraqis who voted for a future of peace, and opposing ruthless enemies who want to bring down Iraq's democracy and turn that nation into a terrorist safe haven.

LIBERTARIAN RESPONSE: Everyone who signed the Declaration of Independence would be appalled at the size of America's peacetime army.

More Detailed Response:

Christianity and War

Cato on the Evils of War and Standing Armies by Laurence M. Vance
Other Essays on Standing Armies at
Essays on Standing Armies at Future of Freedom Foundation
The Bill of Rights: Antipathy to Militarism
A Supreme Reason to Celebrate the Fourth of July
The Troops Don't Defend Our Freedoms
Essays on Standing Armies at the Independent Institute
Essays on Standing Armies at the Mises Institute

The Democrat Party Radio Address: Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid

  • "Achievements" of the Democrat Party [transcript]

A Libertarian Response to Democrats:

  • It is impossible and unnecessary to respond to each item of this long laundry list of Democrat "achievements." In every case, government action replaces more efficient and compassionate solutions that would emerge at the local level in a Free Market.
  • All of the Democrats' government programs make us more dependent on the government, not more independent, and move us further away from the ideal of Liberty Under God as envisioned by the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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