From Fred Thompson:
God Bless our Troops!
From Fred Thompson:
God Bless our Troops!
This great article by Fred Thompson sums up my feelings about Memorial Day, our great country, and the sad state of affairs in our youth not learning our proud history. It’s a must read:
I remember when I was a kid; one thing was clear to me. The more I learned about the rest of the world, the luckier I felt just having been born in America. The more I learned about America, the more I appreciated what those who came before us built; and how exceptional they were.
Not that there aren’t other great places to live, but America is unique. It’s not just that we are the freest and most prosperous county the world has ever seen. America has also freed more people than any other nation in history.
There are some people, though, who don’t think that’s such a good idea. Some people even want to use Memorial Day to protest our military’s presence in Iraq. The irony is that their right to protest was paid for by people willing to risk everything to keep the forces of tyranny at bay — here as well as Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Korea, Burma, Vietnam, the Philippines and dozens of other countries.
Over the years, a lot of people have tried to talk us out of feeling about America the way we do. Instead of pride in what America has done, they want us to feel guilty — generally because we have so much more than rest of the world. Of course, it wouldn’t help the rest of the world one whit if we had less — either of freedom or of prosperity. On the contrary, it’s our liberties that have made us prosperous and there’s no reason the rest of the world couldn’t be just as well-off — if they embraced freedom as well.
This is our quandary. Memorial Day is about remembering. It’s about remembering those who died for our country; but it’s also about remembering why they believed it was worth dying for. Too many Americans, though, have never been taught our own history and heritage. How can you remember something that you’ve never learned?
(Excerpt) Read the rest here:
This is so true. Our children are not taught anymore to be proud of our country’s history. They have been taught to be ashamed. They have not been shown the character of those who founded this nation and the ideals upon which our nation was founded. Our nation’s history is now that of the greedy capitalist oppressor.
When I was a child, my mother took my brother, sister and I to the Bicentennial parade in Philadelphia, an 8-hour extravaganza celebrating our great nation’s birth and 200 years. When the parade was finished, the streets were strewn with trash from the revellers. My mother made us stay and clean one block of trash because, to her, ours was the greatest nation in the world and our little family was going to do something to give back, even if it was picking up a block of knee-deep trash, to show our gratitude for all we had been given, to show our respect to the Founding Fathers who walked those very streets. Being young, I was perturbed and embarrassed to have to do this. Now I am proud of those hours we spent with our mother showing her patriotism in the small way that she knew how to, all the while reminding us how lucky we were to live in such a wonderful country.
Those who have children, it’s time to raise our children to be proud of their great country again. It’s time to teach them to honor our past by remembering and by doing something to carry our tradition of liberty and decency into the future.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day! Like Sen. Thompson said, spend a part of it remembering those who died for this great land and the ideals they saw as making this land great.
Colorado Republican congressman Tom Tancredo got it right today when he issued this press release criticizing the new compromise immigration bill which came was introduced in the Senate today.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) today criticized the Senate immigration plan penned by Sens. McCain (AZ) and Kennedy (MA) and President Bush. This plan, like its predecessor proposals, would provide instant amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and a pathway to citizenship.
“Senator McCain and his allies seem to think that they can dupe the American public into accepting a blanket amnesty if they just call it ‘comprehensive’ or ‘earned legalization’ or ‘regularization.’ Unfortunately for them, however, the American people know amnesty when they see it,” said Tancredo. “The President is so desperate for a legacy and a domestic policy win that he is willing to sell out the American people and our national security.”
“If Senator McCain and Senator Kennedy spent as much time working on improving border security as they did poll testing creative euphemisms for amnesty, America would be a much safer place,” quipped Tancredo.
The plan would grant an immediate amnesty for nearly all 12 – 20 million illegal aliens who will get legal status for residence and jobs (with assurance of green cards no later than 13 years); Tripling of the rate of chain migration of extended family from around 250,000 a year to around 750,000 a year for about a decade; and New flows of 400,000 temporary foreign workers each year, bringing their families and having anchor babies who will be given U.S. citizenship.
Tancredo concluded, “This amnesty plan will be a slap in the face to hard working Americans and those who have come here to work legally. I just hope Speaker Pelosi keeps her promise to bar amnesty legislation from the House floor.”
Rep. Tancredo is so very right. Also, remember that during the Reagan adminstration we had an amnesty program for illegal aliens that was touted to permanently resolve the illegal immigration problem. That certainly did not happen. Waves upon waves of illegal immigrants have continued to pour across the border. Does anyone think that this bill, absent a strict border enforcement policy will really keep more illegal aliens from coming in. Hardly. We will legalize those illegals aliens who are here, and more will continue to come. It is time for strict border enforcement. Actually it is far past time for strict border enforcement. Once the borders are secure, then we can deal with those who are in this country illegal.
Update: Fred Thompson on the bill:
With this bill, the American people are going to think they are being sold the same bill of goods as before on border security. We should scrap this bill and the whole debate until we can convince the American people that we have secured the borders or at least have made great headway.”
Mitt Romney also disagrees with this bill:
“I strongly oppose today’s bill going through the Senate. It is the wrong approach. Any legislation that allows illegal immigrants to stay in the country indefinitely, as the new ‘Z-Visa’ does, is a form of amnesty. That is unfair to the millions of people who have applied to legally immigrate to the U.S.
“Today’s Senate agreement falls short of the actions needed to both solve our country’s illegal immigration problem and also strengthen our legal immigration system. Border security and a reliable employment verification system must be our first priority.”
Three men who are right on this issue.
Fred Thompson has issued a video response to Michael Moore over the Cuba issue. It has made me a fan for life of Senator Thompson.
Here’s the link:
Just a bit more of Fred Thompson on Michael Moore and Cuba that I found over at Colorado For Thompson. Go over there and read all the Thompson quotes. They are really good.
You might have read the stories about filmmaker Michael Moore taking ailing workers from Ground Zero in Manhattan to Cuba for free medical treatments. According to reports, he filmed the trip for a new movie that bashes America for not having government-provided health care.
Now, I have no expectation that Moore is going to tell the truth about Cuba or health care. I defend his right to do what he does, but Moore’s talent for clever falsehoods has been too well documented. Simply calling his movies documentaries rather than works of fiction, I think, may be the biggest fiction of all.
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While this PR stunt has obviously been successful — here I am talking about it — Moore’s a piker compared to Fidel Castro and his regime. Moore just parrots the story they created — one of the most successful public relations coups in history. This is the story of free, high quality Cuban health care.
Castro is now personally worth approximately $900 million. So when he desperately needed medical treatment recently, he could afford to fly a Spanish surgeon, with equipment, on a chartered jet to Cuba. What does that say about free Cuban health care?
Excerpt. See the rest here:
Update: I mention Fred Thompson and my little blog which has a handful of readers gets inundated with hits. Guess there must be some interest in Senator Thompson out there!
And in related news: Cuban law students held a mock trial today and found the United States guilty of decades of terrorism. I’m sure Michael Moore is thrilled (heck he was probably down there giving evidence).