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I stand before you this morning as a 70 year old man with emphysema. 50 years ago I was serving in the U. S, Navy. Thirty years ago I was an area campaign manager for Ronald Reagan. Two years ago, if you asked me, “What are you doing?” my answer would have been “As little as possible.”
It has been my privilege to live during the best years of the greatest nation in the history of the world. We, you and I, are the sons and daughters of the “greatest generation.” The freedom they fought and died for has been entrusted to us, along with the Torch of Liberty. What must we do to leave the same freedoms to our children?
We must instill in them an understanding of things they are not being taught in school. They need to know the true story of America. They need to be taught the Judeo-Christian values upon which our nation was built. They need to understand the quest for freedom that brought the first settlers to these shores. They need to understand the men who pledged “their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor” to preserve that freedom. They need to understand the price that has been paid in blood, that we might enjoy that freedom. And, they need to understand that our freedom is slowly being taken away.
Today, the life of America is in our hands. Today, we stand in the shoes of our founding fathers. This fight is about more than Health-Care, Cap and Trade, and Card Check. This is a fight to preserve our nation, the freedoms we have known, and to pass them on to our children and grandchildren. This fight is far too important for this old patriot to sit on the sideline. I’m no George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Ben Franklin, but I just may have a little of Thomas Paine in me. They say, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” I hope that’s true because I have written a short 28 page pamphlet entitled. “Once Upon a Time there was A Land Called America.” Sub-title, “A letter to my Grandchildren’s Grandchildren.”
It tells why people risk all in a 3,000 mile voyage across an ocean to build this land of freedom. It tells about the “founding fathers” and how they created a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” It tells the story of George Washington on his knees in prayer at Valley Forge. It tells about Pearl Harbor, and how at the end of the day on June 6, 1944, 10,000 allied soldiers lay dead on the beaches of Normandy. It teaches our heritage, and that freedom is not free.
It tells how Americas began losing our great moral compass in the 60’s. It tells of the gradual removal of God and His values from our land over the past 50 years. It looks at where we are today, how we got here, and what it’s going to take to rebuild “The shining city on a hill.”
Today you and I are engaged in nothing less than a fight for the survival of America. For the sake of our children and grandchildren, this is a fight we cannot lose, a fight we must not lose, and with God’s help, a fight we will not lose.
Thank you very much, and may God bless the United States of America.