Last night I spoke in Prescott to more than 100 Republican activists at the annual Yavapai County Trunk ‘n’ Tusk 4th of July fundraising dinner. I was asked to speak on the topic of “Independence” – here is part of what I said:
“Our independence was won by our willingness to take up arms in defense of our freedom, and it will only be maintained by a strong commitment to our national defense. Freedom is not free, and our young men and women in the military continue to pay the price for our freedoms….
In the 20th century we confronted and defeated the Nazis and Japanese imperialists in a hot war….
Ronald Reagan led us successfully to victory in the Cold War – by standing up to the Soviet threat … by promoting peace through strength….
Today our continued freedom and independence is threatened again, this time by radical Islamic terrorists who are spreading hateful ideas throughout the globe and by declaring war on the west, most especially the United States….
As if we needed a reminder of the threats we face, we received word this morning about huge car bombs discovered in London – thankfully they were defused.
But think about the timing of this attack on London – the day after Tony Blair, an unflinching opponent of radical Islam, a supporter of our efforts to destroy Al Qaida, just a day after he leaves office. Make no mistake, Al Qaida will test the resolve of every new leader of western democracies, and really, the resolve of our people to stand up against them – they knew how Tony Blair would have responded, and so they waited.
That tells me that our point of greatest vulnerability as a nation is the day after President Bush leaves office.
So let me issue this challenge right now — if you are discouraged, if you have given any thought to backing away from the political arena, of sitting out this next election cycle, I plead with you to dismiss that option – our lives, our security, our prosperity are all on the line in this next election
It is absolutely vital that we elect a president of the United States who “gets it” when it comes to our national defense and the threat posed by radical Islam.”
Of course this morning there was an attack at an airport in Glasgow, Scotland. I am continually astounded at the leaders of the Democratic Party, who seem not to understand that we are still at war.
If you are angry at the Republican Party for not reining in pork barrel spending, political corruption and failing to secure our borders, you should be. But please don’t let that be a reason to jeopardize our safety and security by putting in power those who would appease radicals who are bent on our destruction.