New Gingrich On A War Against America

I sincerely believe that the greatest threat facing America and the world today comes from radical Islam. The longer we deny this simple fact, the longer we worry about what others think of our non politically correct beliefs, the longer we do nothing, the greater the threat grows. Soon we will be left with no choice but to bide the end.

There is a radical Islamist war against America and our allies. It would be helpful if President Obama had found time in his speech tonight to explain to the American people how we are going to win this war. Giving a speech in isolation about our military operations in Afghanistan without explaining how it connects with a larger strategy for winning the war against radical Islamists does not help Americans understand what it will take to provide for the security of the American people. ~ New Gingrich June23, 2012

P.S We are at war with radical Islamists – and it is a war we are losing! ~ Newt Gingrich

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Abraham Lincoln On A Nation Of Free Men

Last week, on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the America Ambassador to Egypt, Chris Stevens and three of his staff were attacked and murdered in Benghazi. Within hours of the attack the main stream media was saying this was in response to a 15-minute YouTube video that was made in the US which insulted “the prophet”. The next morning on National Public Radio I heard an Islamic scholar argue unopposed that free speech, and freedom itself, should be limited and secondary in importance to “honor and respect”.

In my opinion, this concept is more dangerous than the angry mob that attacked our embassy, and more of a threat than any armed foe of any foreign land. The danger being that in time, in this “Land Of The Free”, there would be no free speech at all, but rather a dark Orwellian society where “disrespect” was illegal, where words themselves would be a crime, and where the list of people and concepts we must “honor and respect” grew ever larger at the whim of those in power.

These sad events, and the conversation on free speech that followed, remind me of these words of freedom by Abraham Lincoln:

“From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia…could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.” ~ Abraham Lincoln 1838

Colonel Robert G. Shaw on Freedom

On July 18, 1863 the first formal African American unit, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, assaulted the Confederate held Battery Wagner, near Charleston, South Carolina.

The assault will be lead by this man… whose simple Words Of Freedom, in a letter to his mother, are found below.

Dear Mother, I hope you are keeping well and not worrying much about me. You mustn’t think that any of us are going to be killed. They are collecting such a force here, that an attack would be insane. The Massachusetts men passed though here this morning; how grand it is to meet the men from all the States, east and west, ready to fight for their country, as the old fellows did in the Revolution. But this time we must make it a whole country for all who live here, so that all can speak. ~ Colonel Robert G. Shaw October 10, 1837 – July 18, 1863 (aged 25)

John Stuart Mil On Freedom

I found this amazing quote today on the Facebook page of my brilliant, libertarian co-worker, Joshua Hamm. Thank you!

“The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.” ~ John Stuart Mill

Thomas Paine on Trouble

I retweeted this comment on twitter earlier from @mimimayesTN: I’m so glad my mother and WWII vet father passed away before this country started to come apart – they would be horrified.

That sparked a little exchange from a few followers who echoed that sentiment as there parents were from that generation as well.

This in turn reminded me of these famous words of freedom:

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” ~ Thomas Payne

Abraham Lincoln On The Nature And Objects of Government

During president Obama’s State Of The Union Address last night I was impressed to hear him quote, or attempt to quote, Abraham Lincoln. All thoughts on the present administration aside, I do sincerely believe that if this administration, or any administration, would truly live by these great words of freedom.. that it’s people would truly be free.

“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves in their separate and individual capacities.” Abraham Lincoln, July 1, 1854

James Madison on Framing A Government

A few days ago, while reading an article on health care reform, I came across this great quote from James Madison.

In these Words of Freedom you can see the foresight our founding father had and perhaps a glimpse of their fear of the future.

“In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” ~ James Madison