Bringing LIBERTY to
Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, September 8, 2007, 10:30am
A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning
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Notes and Summary of the Broadcast -- More on Iraq
PRESIDENT: Good morning. Earlier this week, I traveled
to Iraq's Anbar Province to visit our troops and see with my own eyes
the remarkable changes they are making possible. If you want to see some
photos from this trip, go to whitehouse.gov where you can view a
slideshow of my visit.
Success in Anbar is critical to the
democratic future of Iraq and to the war on terror.
Last year at this time, Anbar was
all over the news. Newspapers at the time cited a leaked intelligence
report that was pessimistic about our prospects there. One columnist
summed it up this way: "The war is over in Anbar province, and the
United States lost." But local citizens soon saw what life under al
Qaeda meant for them. The terrorists brutalized the people of Anbar and
killed those who opposed their
dark ideology. So the tribal sheiks of Anbar came together to
fight al Qaeda. They asked for support from the Coalition and the Iraqi
government, and we responded.
Together we have driven al Qaeda
out of strongholds in Anbar. The level of violence is down. Local
governments are meeting again. Young Sunnis are joining the police and
army. And normal life is
A Christian/Libertarian Response:
- Would you have chosen to invade and occupy Iraq in 2000?
- Overthrow Saddam Hussein and his secular government and create
Theocracy in Iraq
- Article 2: First: Islam is
the official religion of the State and it is a fundamental
source of legislation: A. No law that contradicts the
established provisions of Islam may be established.
- Article 2: Second: This
Constitution guarantees the Islamic identity of the majority
of the Iraqi people
- Article 3: Iraq is a country
of many nationalities, religions and sects, and is a part of
the Islamic world, is a founding and active member of the
Arab League, and is committed to its covenant.
- Article 89: The Federal
Supreme Court shall be made up of number of judges, and
experts in Islamic jurisprudence and law
- Kill or maim 40,000
Americans; kill or main ten times as many Iraqi
- Double gas prices.
- Total cost $3-6,000 for every man, woman and child in America
- Would you have said "Yes, let's do it! My family will
- What is "normal life?"
- Life under Saddam Hussein used to be "normal."
- There were more doctors and electricity in Iraq under Saddam
than there is under U.S. occupation.
- The American View: A "normal" life is one in which
residents are observing "the
laws of Nature and of Nature's God."
- Why did so many people in Iraq support a brutal dictator like
Saddam Hussein? Why did so many do his bidding? Why were
they not embarrassed to be a part of his regime?
von Mises: "In the long run no government can
maintain itself in power if it does not have public opinion
behind it, i.e., if those governed are not convinced that
the government is good."
- Iraq was highly-developed compared to other mid-east
nations. Christians had more freedom under Saddam than they
do now. The Iraqi people supported Saddam, either directly
or through their silence. The religion of America's Founding
Fathers did not pervade the country; there was no worldview
of "Liberty Under God."
- Why did the Iraqi people support Saddam? America's
Founding Fathers' Answer: "Religion and morality were
absent in Iraq." Of course Iraq had lots of
"religious" people, but theirs was a "false
religion" (to use the words of James Madison,
"Father of the Constitution").
- Is America "normal?"
- America's Founding Fathers' Answer: NO! America is an atheistic
- Taxes ten times greater than 1776
- No longer a nation "under God."
- When the U.S. Supreme Court removed the Bible from public
schools, one concurring Justice admitted that this was
contrary to the practice of America's Founding Fathers:
Religion was once deemed to be a function of the public
school system. The Northwest Ordinance, which antedated the
First Amendment, provided in Article III that "Religion,
morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government
and the happiness of mankind, schools and the
means of education shall forever be encouraged."
It was the Christian religion, of course, that was taught in
public schools at that time.
- What is "critical to
the democratic future" of any country? How can Iraq be
brought out from under a "dark
What is the "light" that can bring people out of
- What should America's Foreign Policy Look Like?
- The great rule of
conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations is in extending our
commercial relations to have with them as little political
connection as possible."
— Washington, Farewell Address (1796)
- I deem [one of] the
essential principles of our government, and consequently [one]
which ought to shape its administration,…peace, commerce, and
honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with
— Jefferson, First Inaugural Address (1801)
We should send Christian
missionaries to Iraq, not soldiers.
Confront Waste In Iraq Reconstruction - washingtonpost.com
- Why do "conservatives" in Washington place so much faith
in the efficiency of government troops rather than the Free Market?
The Democrat Party Radio Address:
Majority Leader Harry Reid on President Bush's failed War in Iraq.
- "As his own counter-terrorism chief said, attacking Iraq
after 9/11 was like attacking Mexico after Pearl Harbor."
- "Democrats have voted time and time again this year to change
the mission in Iraq."
- "President Bush’s failed policies have been bin Laden’s
best recruiting tool."
- "When President Bush had a Republican Congress, they ignored
the bipartisan and unanimous recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.
The Democratic Congress passed these recommendations within months
of our taking charge and they’re now law."
- "So, Mr. President, on this sixth anniversary of 9/11, we ask
you to honor the lives we lost on that tragic day by keeping your
promise to bring bin Laden to justice and destroy his terror network
once and for all."
Libertarian Response to Democrats:
- Democrats have voted to continue funding the war, even after they
took control of Congress. "Changing the mission" is not ending
- The federal government let bin Laden go. See the movie 9-11:
Press for Truth
for details. The Bush Family and the bin Laden family are long-time
friends and business partners. The bin Ladens are clients of Henry
Kissinger's consulting firm.
- 9-11 was "an inside job." The 9-11 Commission was a cover-up.
Harry Reid and the Democrat leadership will never admit this.
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