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Friday Digest

Digest

Sep. 14, 2001

Quote of the week…

“Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me’.” –President George Bush.

On cross-examination…

“If we can’t protect our national security, how can we protect Social Security?” –Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

The BIG lie…

“Bush and his network of Cold War hawks have pushed their bloated missile schemes at the expense of nearly every other type of military funding – including intelligence. Over the years, underfunding and under support has lead to a serious decline in the efficiency of our national intelligence system.” –Democrats.com

**Memo to Demos: President Bush has not been in office for “years.”

Open Query…

“The ‘long peace’ is over. We sought this war no more than we sought war with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan or cold war with the Soviet Union. But when war was pressed upon the greatest generation, it rose to the challenge. The question is: Will we?” –Charles Krauthammer

Among all the examples of individual sacrifice rising from the ashes of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a crash site in the woods of Pennsylvania, one example adequately demonstrates the real American spirit – the kind of courage and resolve that our national leaders need to emulate. After phoning his wife to tell her his plane was being hijacked, and upon being told that two other hijacked planes had already been used in devastating attacks on the twin towers in lower Manhattan, Mr. Thomas Burnett, a passenger on United Airline Flight 93, led a group of passengers against the hijackers, preventing them from using their aircraft to exact additional carnage.

Deena Burnett, widow of passenger Thomas Burnett, said, “We may never know exactly how many helped him or exactly what they did, but I have no doubt that airplane was bound for some landmark and that whatever Tom did and whatever the guys who helped him did they saved many more lives. And I’m so proud of him and so grateful.”

And last, leading up to President Bush’s proclamation of a National Day of Prayer, we recall again the majority leaders of both congressional houses and a host of their colleagues calling on God’s blessing for our nation and singing “God Bless America.” And the next evening, assembled members of Congress, led by the House and Senate chaplains, participated in a Capitol prayer vigil for the mass victims of Tuesday’s assassins.

Ironically, though these highest of elected officials can pray freely, in fact, lead prayer on government property, the same “right” has been denied millions of children in government schools around the country. But in the same week in which our children witnessed unimaginable horror, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist dismissed a motion filed by the ACLU seeking to block students in Virginia schools from participating in a “moment of silence” approved by the Virginia legislature. “After more than a year of operation, the Virginia statute providing for a moment of silence seems to have meant just that,” Justice Rehnquist wrote, refuting the ACLU’s claim that giving children any opportunity to pray on government property – even in silence – is a violation of the erroneous “wall of separation” doctrine.

The ACLU and the rest of those, who worship at the altar of secular humanism, need to be reminded that “government property” is our property.

UPRIGHT (Part 2)

And from the field:

“When you go to war, you have a whole new set of rules. You can blockade, you can use force, and you communicate to other governments…that the United States is now serious; that killing our men, women and children, killing people in our cities, will never be accepted.” –Newt Gingrich

“I firmly believe that, if we don’t stop them now, they will come after us again. And the situation, as grim and as horrible as it was on September the 11th, could be much worse in the future in the United States.” –Rep. Virgil Goode (I-VA)

“Those who died as a result of these cowardly acts will not have died in vain. In their names, and in the name of every man, woman, and child in America we will see that punishment is swift and sure.” –Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)

“Make no mistake about it, international terrorism is as much a threat to America as any foreign despot plotting our demise.” –Rep. Tom Tancredo, (R-CO)

“This is not crime. This is war. One of the reasons there are terrorists out there capable and audacious enough to carry out the deadliest attack on the United States in its history is that, while they have declared war on us, we have in the past responded (with the exception of a few useless cruise missile attacks on empty tents in the desert) by issuing subpoenas.” –Charles Krauthammer

“Tough words will not be enough. A single retaliatory strike will not suffice. There needs to be a decision by free nations everywhere to rid the planet of people and organizations that engage in such acts. The first step – even before military action is contemplated or taken – is to expel from this country the people and organizations tied to radical terrorist groups in the Middle East.” –Cal Thomas

“Let nobody think that Americans are incapable of facing this foe and defeating him…. We shall rise to this. We shall take our revenge. We shall absorb these blows, and strike back a hundred times harder. Let America’s enemies crow today: Tomorrow they will tremble, and weep.” –John Derbyshire

“Americans are slow to anger but mighty when angry and their proper anger now should be alloyed with pride. They are targets because of their virtues – principally democracy, and loyalty to those nations which, like Israel, are embattled salients of our virtues in a still-dangerous world.” –George Will

“Those who have perpetrated these acts are waging war against the United States. This is not simply terrorism; it is a determined assault aimed at destroying a free society using instruments of mass destruction against which there is, for all intents and purposes, no sure defense – notably, hijacked commercial airliners. Even greater than the threat to our people and property is the prospect that, with the unleashing of these Pearl Harbor-style bolts-from-the-blue, the civil liberties and freedoms we have taken for granted for so long – and that make America the unique and great nation it is – may never be quite the same.” –Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

“Tomorrow, as we attempt to reconstruct our world, let us resolve not to lose sight of the things that are important…. Let us resolve to keep our minds focused on the things that draw us together, on the things that endure, on the things that count – faith, family, and freedom.” –Ken Connor

“As for the U.S. response to the September 11 attackers, it should be fierce and unrelenting, serving the cause that animates virtually all just wars: establishing the peace in a way that half-measures and wishful negotiations never can.” –Rich Lowry

“There’s a lot of talk in Washington right now about unity – and particularly about setting aside partisan squabbles. But plenty of divisions lie just beneath the surface of this bland rhetoric.” –National Review Online

“It is the big media and the hack politicians that led us to this nightmarish day.” –Christopher Ruddy

“Make no mistake about it, those people who find joy amidst our suffering are the cheerleaders who keep international terrorism alive.” –Rabbi Marvin Hier

“Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, the President of the United States declared war on all of the Axis powers because the U.S. at that time recognized that all of them were accomplices in the threat against the United States. We now know which countries sponsor, support, and harbor terrorists. They are Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, and Libya. It is time for the United States to declare war against these powers and to immediately strike against the tyranny that reigns on their shores.” –Michael Savage

“In the rage and mourning following Tuesday’s disaster, few officials wanted to dwell on how a 10-year hiatus of airline hijackings in this country could be followed by four in one hour.” –Robert Novak

“This is not an enemy to be underestimated.” –Strafor Global Intelligence

“The likely victims of our war against terrorism are the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.” –Paul Craig Roberts

“The media is dead wrong when it says this proves we don’t need missile defense. Soon, the same countries that supported these terrorists that just attacked us will have missiles capable of hitting the U.S. We need to defend against their use.” –Admiral Thomas H. Moorer

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