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Posted on Thu, Jan 15, 2009 22:24

Here are some key ideas that I totally agree with, as stated by President Bush's farewell address. They are not necessary in order.The complete text is on the net. If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be led. As we address these challenges ? and others we cannot foresee tonight ? America must maintain our moral clarity. I've often spoken to you about good and evil, and this has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two of them there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense ? and to advance the cause of peace. Our enemies are patient, and determined to strike again. America did nothing to seek or deserve this conflict. But we have been given solemn responsibilities, and we must meet them. We must resist complacency. We must keep our resolve. And we must never let down our guard. Our nation is blessed to have citizens who volunteer to defend us in this time of danger. I have cherished meeting these selfless patriots and their families. And America owes you a debt of gratitude. And to all our men and women in uniform listening tonight: There has been no higher honor than serving as your commander in chief. The battles waged by our troops are part of a broader struggle between two dramatically different systems. Under one, a small band of fanatics demands total obedience to an oppressive ideology, condemns women to subservience and marks unbelievers for murder. The other system is based on the conviction that freedom is the universal gift of Almighty God, and that liberty and justice light the path to peace. This is the belief that gave birth to our nation. And in the long run, advancing this belief is the only practical way to protect our citizens. When people live in freedom, they do not willingly choose leaders who pursue campaigns of terror. When people have hope in the future, they will not cede their lives to violence and extremism. So around the world, America is promoting human liberty, human rights and human dignity. We see America's character in Bill Krissoff ? a surgeon from California. His son, Nathan ? a Marine ? gave his life in Iraq. When I met Dr. Krissoff and his family, he delivered some surprising news: He told me he wanted to join the Navy Medical Corps in honor of his son. This good man was 60 years old ? 18 years above the age limit. But his petition for a waiver was granted, and for the past year he has trained in battlefield medicine. Lieutenant Commander Krissoff could not be here tonight, because he will soon deploy to Iraq, where he will help save America's wounded warriors ? and uphold the legacy of his fallen son. In citizens like these, we see the best of our country ? resilient and hopeful, caring and strong. These virtues give me an unshakable faith in America. We have faced danger and trial, and there's more ahead. But with the courage of our people and confidence in our ideals, this great nation will never tire, never falter, and never fail.


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Posted on Sun, Jun 13, 2010 08:14

Quoting rapunzelsweets

Beautiful, inspiring and true.



Yes, it is so true.


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Posted on Sun, Jun 13, 2010 07:25

Beautiful, inspiring and true.



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Posted on Mon, Jan 26, 2009 01:01

the real view from much of the rest of the world is that Bush was the # 1 terrorist of the planet. Fear mongering everystep of the way, he errorded our freedoms to the point where I feel like I am living in an oppressive society. Muslims and christians have always been at war, in some way , throughout the entire history of mankind. That is never going to change, You can not reaosn with a enemy who is sworn to " his god" to kill you. I intenesely disliked Bush. He will go down in history as one of the worst presidents in this countries history. One good speech means nothing. The rest of the planet rejoiced when Obama was elected. there IS a reason WHY. and oh yeah,,just to stir things up...lets nuke the muslim countries off the face of the earth. Nothing less is going to keep " them " under control. Happy Monday,kids and sportsfans !


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Posted on Sun, Jan 25, 2009 19:37

I agree with you those are most definately great key ideas


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Posted on Thu, Jan 22, 2009 12:26

Good stuff WWWW. We must remain eternally vigilant. Believe it. After all, there are those in the fringe, fanatical elements that associate modern America with the European Christian Crusades that took place almost 1,000 years ago. It's going to be hard to reason across a table with them.


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Posted on Wed, Jan 21, 2009 07:42

It's all well and good,to be the leader of our free country,but if you are going to free the rest of the world,make sure your own country is not going to shambles.


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So you think you know yourself?

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Posted on Sat, Jan 17, 2009 05:27

It is true. Many of those here in the US take their freedom for granted. As my sister would say, (she is a Gulf war veteran) Freedom is earned, not given.

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People may not remember what you say or do, but they will remember how you made them feel.

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Posted on Sat, Jan 17, 2009 00:03

Quoting Conyersguy:

Great post......None of us should be ashamed to be patriots.¿

Just a couple of things to add:

Yes, we have done some things to deserve other countries rage, at times.¿ That doesn't mean we are inherently evil.¿ Like all people and countries, we make mistakes, too.¿ We are still the greatest AND most tolerant country on earth.¿ Visit some of the others if you don't believe it.¿¿ Being a 'France' and sticking your head in the sand,¿ looking the other way in the face of evil, is not the way to¿protect freedoms for the defenseless¿ OR ourselves.¿¿ The person OR country that does SOMETHING, will¿occasionally do something wrong.¿ Learn from it;¿ apologize for it,¿ don't repeat it;¿ move on.¿

And you are correct that there IS evil in this world.¿ My grandfather's pithy wisdom compared it to rats in his barn.¿¿ He said you are not going to convince the rats of their detrimental impact.¿¿ ¿You just need to have a rat killing.¿

It's not fun.¿ It's not glamorous.¿ There is no glory in it.¿ It is a very distasteful job.¿ ¿But somebody has to do it.¿¿ ¿It is the only solution.¿ A rat is a rat.¿ Pretending he is a cow won't make him a cow.¿ He will never learn to be a cow.¿¿¿And if you give them this barn, they really will take the next one, too.¿ And the next one.¿ ¿They won't just leave you and your barn alone and be happy with the others.¿¿¿¿¿ The analogy is endless...... and eerily accurate.

Now, don't get me started on the many mistakes¿ this administration (or any admin) HAS made............

¿¿



Rat Killing is probably the correct analogy. Thanks for posting.


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Posted on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 13:44

I completely agree with you, conyersguy. Well put. Simone


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