At this very moment in Iran, thousands of people are standing up for freedom. The Mullahs and their puppet president, Im a mad nut job, are cowering in fear at the looming overthrow of this very evil government that has terrorized this great country for 30 years. They have even imported foreign thugs from Syria and their terrorist puppets to attack their own people.
As a personal aside, I had a neighbor that grew up in Iran. He called it Persia and would never refer to it as Iran. His family left in 1979 after the islamic revolution brought an end to peace, prosperity and freedom that they had enjoyed previously. Not that everything was perfect, but there was religious tolerance and freedom that vanished under the islamic tyranny.
He often hoped that the people in Iran would once again enjoy freedom that he remembered from his childhood.Today, the people, fed up with the oppression, have taken to the streets. Hundreds have been killed or wounded.
If there was a time for the leader of the free world to stand up and support freedom, it is NOW. But Obama is nowhere to be found. In fact, in his statement on the issue, he said the following:
"When you've got 100,000 people who are out on the streets peacefully protesting, and they're having to be scattered through violence and gunshots, what that tells me is the Iranian people are not convinced of the legitimacy of the election. And my hope is that the regime responds not with violence, but with recognition that the universal principles of peaceful expression and democracy are ones that should be affirmed."
Wow! Way to stand up for freedom. Must not be to rough on those blood-thirsty dictators that have raped and murdered their own people, funded terrorism throughout the Middle East and threatened Israel with a nuclear destruction. Don't want to make the mullahs mad, I guess.
Let's contrast that to other great Presidential speeches confronting evil. Like another Democrat, although probably a Conservative by today's standards, at John F. Kennedy's inauguration he said this:
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
THAT is what America is all about. Confronting evil and promoting freedom throughout the world - for with freedom, comes peace.
From George Bush's axis of evil speech - one threat was removed, but two others remain, undeterred by our current leadership:
"America will lead by defending liberty and justice because they are right and true and unchanging for all people everywhere. No nation owns these aspirations, and no nation is exempt from them. We have no intention of imposing our culture -- but America will always stand firm for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity: the rule of law ... limits on the power of the state ... respect for women ... private property ... free speech ... equal justice ... and religious tolerance.
America will take the side of brave men and women who advocate these values around the world -- including the Islamic world -- because we have a greater objective than eliminating threats and containing resentment. We seek a just and peaceful world beyond the war on terror."
Words can change history. Words can inspire and build faith. Words can also prevent people from enjoying the God-given freedom that we've enjoyed for most of our history.Let's look at how words can change history.
For many of you, Ronald Reagan may be just a name in a history book. But there was no greater President during my lifetime. He is largely responsible for bringing an end to communism controlling most of Europe. And he accomplished this without a shot, simply a vision and a purpose that ALL men should be free.
"Are these the beginnings of profound changes in the Soviet state? Or are they token gestures intended to raise false hopes in the West, or to strengthen the Soviet system without changing it? We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty -- the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace.
There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.
General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate.
Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev -- Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
You can see the speech and the read the text here. It is as powerful now as it was 23 years ago.
That was leadership. That was statesmanship. That is how you confront evil. That is what American leaders SHOULD proclaim to the oppressed people of the world!
Pray for Freedom and Peace In Persia (Iran).