Now I’m reading Mark Steyn’s second book here, “After America.” I’m about halfway through. I’ve already read your fist book, “America Alone,” when I was over in Kandahar, Afghanistan. And I just want to say this. When we’re here at Restoration Weekend, how are we going to restore our America so that the things that Mark writes about will not come to fruition; so that no one will sit around and talk about “after America?” Well, there are five challenges that I think we must come to understand. And I want to talk to you based upon a perception and the insights from being up there on Capitol Hill for just the past 11 months.
The first thing you should have recognized was yesterday. If you did not tune into C-SPAN and see the debate that was going on on the House floor, you missed the difference between who we are and what we believe in, and what the other side believes in. The fact that we could not get a balanced budget amendment passed in the United States of America is absolutely appalling and reprehensible, especially when you consider that fact that there were people on the other side of the aisle that actually clapped and cheered about the fact that it was defeated.
When you listened to the debate, and people said that now was not the time for a balanced budget amendment — America is $15 trillion in debt. Our debt-to-GDP ratio is 101 percent. Greece’s debt-to-GDP ratio is 128 percent. Italy’s is 120 percent. If not now, when?
But what was played out yesterday was the recalcitrance of those people in the Democrat Party — not all Democrats; some did vote with us, but overarchingly so — a party that does not want to reign in the out-of-control spending in Washington, DC. Why? Because they know, very simply, that’s the means by which they will continue to buy votes in this country. They’ve failed to understand the simple thing that Margaret Thatcher said when she talked about how socialism works very well, until you run out of other people’s money.
What you saw yesterday is one of the major obstacles to us restoring this country — individuals that don’t want to see the economic prosperity of the United States of America. They want to take as much of the American capital that they can and concentrate it in Washington, DC, and spend it wastefully.
We’ve got to do something about this country. Because we cannot allow that vision — that vision from President Obama to Harry Reid, to Nancy Pelosi, to Debbie Wasserman Schultz — we cannot allow that vision to be the vision for the next 30, 40 or 50 years for the United States of America.
The next major obstacle I see is that America must get back to understanding what capitalism is. Right now, we are dealing with crony capitalism. We are dealing with a federal government that takes taxpayer dollars. And they’re the ones that are deciding the winners and the losers in the free market. We’re looking at a federal government that all of sudden believes it’s the number-one venture capitalist. When you look at what is happening with Solyndra and some of these other corporations and companies, and we see how well they do with that — when we talk about the economic failure of 2008, it’s all because government decided they would get involved in the mortgage industry. And of course, not too long ago, government decided they’d get involved in the healthcare industry. And if history plays out, we know where that will end up.
It’s very obvious. This President does not care about jobs for the American people. You look at what happened with the Keystone XL project — 20,000 jobs to produce that pipeline. Almost 118,000 jobs indirectly created. And what did he say? He said we’re going to put it off until next year, after the election. America does not have a Commander in Chief; America has a Campaigner in Chief.
But the thing that really upsets me the most is that we have a complicit media that will not call this President out. You know, here in my pocket, 22 bills that are sitting on the desk of Harry Reid that are not getting pushed. But yet, you don’t hear the media talking about this. You don’t hear the mainstream media talking about Solyndra. You don’t hear the mainstream media wanting to talk about the Keystone XL project. What each and every one of us have to realize as we continue on — you’re a media source. You’ve got to get out there and spread the truth, through your e-mails, through your blogs, on the television, through radio. We’ve got to get the American people back engaged once again.
The bureaucratic nanny state will be the death of the United States of America. Because this is the race that we’re in. If more people become wedded to government, either by subsistence check or employment check — if that 47 percent of wage-earning households that do not pay federal income taxes all of a sudden becomes 50 or 51 percent, as we say down in Georgia — Katie, bar the door, because it is over. That’s the race that we’re in in the next year.
That’s why you see a President that goes out and says you can have free healthcare, you can have free education, you can have free cars, you can have a federal government that is giving people 250 free minutes on a cell phone. You can have anything that you want. If you’re a college student, we’ll take care of your student loans. Because if they get more people dependent — and the facts show that — a 41 percent increase in people on food stamps, from 32 million to 45 million; a 16 percent increase of Americans on poverty, up by 6.4 million. 48.5 percent of Americans are now on some form of government aid. That’s the race that we’re in. Because if the bureaucratic nanny state grows, as Ayn Rand wrote about in “Atlas Shrugged” — if you start to grow the entitlement class over the production class, the producers will stop producing.
But where will we go? Because America is the last great hope for mankind. It truly is, as Kennedy and Reagan said, the shining city that sits upon a hill. But our light is starting to grow dimmer and dimmer.
We cannot have someone sitting in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that continues to make politically expedient foreign policy decisions. We’re still living with the decision of President Jimmy Carter to not support the Shah of Iran. And it gave us the ayatollahs.
So what will come forth out of an Egypt that we forced Hosni Mubarak to step down? Well, we already see it playing out. The Muslim Brotherhood is gaining in strength and power, Iranian warships transiting through the Suez Canal, an Egypt that brokered a reconciliation pact between Fatah and Hamas, an Egyptian foreign minister that met with the Iranian foreign minister. When we all of a sudden said we would go to zero troops in Iraq, the general on the ground — General Austin, that I knew — I served with him in Fort Bragg — asked for 10,000 to 15,000. It was taken down to 3,000 to 5,000. But the President stood up and said — I’ve kept my campaign promise. We’re completely pulling out of Iraq.
And in August, when I sat there in Israel with Prime Minister Netanyahu, there was one thing that he said — I am concerned if we do not have a credible military presence in Iraq. Something that no one is talking about is Masoud Barzani, the head of the Kurdish people. Within days after President Obama making that statement, he traveled to Iran and did something he had never done before — he met with Ahmadinejad, he met with the Ayatollah Khomeini. Because for the second time, we turned our back on the Kurdish people. Pro-American, pro-Israel, Kurdish people. That’s what happens when you have a Campaigner in Chief and not a Commander in Chief.
The last thing — and I’m sure David Horowitz knows this so well — you’ve got to read Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” You’ve got to read The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx. You’ve got to read Sun Tzu’s “Art of War.” You’ve got to develop a strategy to defeat them. Because what we see playing out with this Occupy Wall Street is exactly what they seek to do. They are going to create violence, turmoil and upheaval all throughout our major urban areas and try to disrupt us, and try to get us off of what the true message is. The fact that they’re trying to compare this to a Constitutional, conservative, grassroots movement, the Tea Party, is appalling and disgusting. But this is who we are, and this is who we’re dealing with.
This is their last chance to do as the President said — to fundamentally transform the United States of America. Well, I got to tell you something. This little thing that I carry with me whenever I go out, the Declaration and the Constitution — it does not need fundamental transformation.
So tonight you’re going to hear from some great speakers. I am honored to be here and to speak. It’s a privilege to represent the American people here residing in Congressional District 22. But I’ve been on many battlefields. But this is the battlefield for our United States of America, the Constitutional republic that has been running for 235 years. The dream that Thomas Jefferson put pen to paper and talked about can be lost in the twinkling of an eye.
If we want to restore America, if we want to have a Restoration Weekend next November, right here in The Breakers; if we want to prove Mark wrong in his book, “After America;” every single one of you has got to put on some battle fatigues, lace up your boots, and get ready to fight.
God bless you all, and thank you.
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