Gotta love them Democrats!

John Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Tue Aug 15 21:16:02 MDT 2006


> From John Campbell,
>California Republican Assemblyman
>
>4th of July: In each of the 4 years that I have been a member of the 
>state Assembly, we have had many "celebrations" on the Assembly 
>floor.  These "celebrations" are orchestrated by the Democrats who 
>control the House and often involve singing and dancing.  Every one 
>of my 4 years have seen substantial celebrations of Cinco de Mayo 
>(which Commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the 
>Battle of Puebla ), St. Patrick's Day (for the patron Saint of 
>Ireland), and Chinese New Year's Day, among others.  But never once 
>have we celebrated America's Independence Day, the 4th of July.
>
>So, this year, Republican Assemblyman Jay LaSuer of San Diego 
>arranged for Vietnam war hero Admiral Jeremiah Denton to come to 
>California to be a part of a 4th of July ceremony.  As you may know, 
>Admiral Denton was a Navy pilot in Vietnam who was shot down and 
>spent 8 years in a Vietnamese prison.  In 1966 while in prison, he 
>was interviewed by North Vietnamese television in Hanoi after 
>torture to get him to
>"respond properly."  During this interview, he blinked his eyes in 
>Morse code to spell out the word "torture."  He was asked about his 
>support for the war in Vietnam to which he replied "I don't know 
>what is happening now in Vietnam, because the only news sources I 
>have are Vietnamese.  But whatever the position of my government is, 
>I believe in it, I support it, and I will support it as long as I 
>live."  Four of his 8 years in prison were spent in solitary 
>confinement.  He later wrote the book "When Hell was in Session" 
>chronicling his experience in Vietnam.
>
>When he stepped off the plane after being released from prison in 
>1973, he said "We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve 
>our country in difficult circumstances.  We are profoundly grateful 
>to our Commander-in-Chief for this day.  God bless America."
>
>Suffice it to say, Jeremiah Denton is unquestionably an American hero.
>
>The Democrat leadership refused to allow him on the Assembly floor, 
>and there was no 4th of July celebration.  A memo from the Democrat 
>speaker's office said "problems have arisen both with regards to the 
>spirit, content, and participation of various individuals with 
>regard to the ceremony."  Apparently, they said that he did not believe in
>the "separation of church and state" and therefore they would not 
>allow him to be on the Assembly floor or to speak.
>
>Upon hearing about this, Governor Schwarzenegger offered his meeting 
>room for a ceremony with Admiral Denton.  The room was overflowing 
>with people.  Only one elected Democrat was in attendance.  A number 
>of veterans of the last 4 wars were present.  Admiral Denton gave a 
>very moving speech about the 4th of July and about the undeniable 
>commitment of our founding fathers' to their faith in God.  He talked
>about how the war on terrorism may be the most difficult war we have 
>yet fought.  And he went on to say that he fears that partisan 
>attacks on our mission and our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan sound 
>too familiar to what he experienced in Vietnam.  Following his 
>speech, The Governor came out to personally spend time with him.
>
>Then this American hero, whose debt from us all can never be repaid, 
>flew home to Alabama.
>
>The Assembly did meet on that day.  And we did have a ceremony that 
>lasted nearly 20 minutes.  That ceremony was to celebrate the career 
>of a reporter from the LA Times on the occasion of his retirement. 
>Democrats universally praised him as being "balanced."  He was 
>allowed to speak for about 10 minutes.  Admiral Denton was no longer in the
>building.
>
>Four years of Cinco De Mayo and not one recognition of the 4th of 
>July.  An LA Times reporter praised, and the very person whose 
>sacrifice allows him to express his opinion is banned.  It is 
>perverse.  It is wrong.  And it is disrespectful to all the men and
>women in uniform who have stared death in the face and to those who 
>gave the ultimate sacrifice for the American people.
>
>Admiral Jeremiah Denton is a hero like all the other men and women 
>of the Armed Forces, because he defended the ideals set forth with 
>America's independence.
>
>Democrats are always railing about intolerance and 
>discrimination.  But yet in practice, it is they who engage in 
>regular state-sanctioned discrimination and who are intolerant of 
>the presentation of other views.  Maybe they are worried that people 
>will listen.
>
>I do not send you this to bash Democrats.  I send you this to 
>demonstrate the huge chasm that exists between registered, voting 
>Democrats, and elected Democrat leadership.  I hope those of you who 
>are not Democrats, will send this to your friends who are.  If you 
>are a Democrat, don't be ashamed.  Be angry.  Straighten out your 
>party and your leadership, or leave it.
>
>Fortunately, we do not need the approval of the Speaker of the 
>Assembly to celebrate our nation's independence.  Nor do we need his 
>permission to thank those who fought to give us and to maintain our 
>freedoms.  On the 4th of July, as the burgers cook and the fireworks 
>fly, let us always remember...and give thanks.
>
>As a final offering, I give you a poem that Admiral Denton read to 
>us, through eyes clouded with tears:
>
>"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
>          Who has given us freedom of the press.
>   It is the soldier, not the poet,
>          Who has given us freedom of speech.
>   It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
>          Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
>   It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag,
>                            Who serves beneath the flag,
>                           And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
>                           Who allows the protester to burn the flag."
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