We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for 30 or 40 or 50 years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.[ Interruption by someone in the audience. ]You have free speech so I can be heard.
America must remember one of the lessons of the Vietnam War. Then, as now, we fought a war with the wrong strategy for several years. And then, as now, we corrected course and began to show real progress. Many historians today believe that by about 1972 we and our South Vietnamese partners had succeeded in defeating the Vietcong insurgency and in setting South Vietnam on a path to political self-sufficiency. But America then withdrew its support, allowing the communist North to conquer the South. The consequences were dire, and not only in Vietnam: numerous deaths in places such as the killing fields of Cambodia, a newly energized and expansionist Soviet Union, and a weaker America. The consequences of abandoning Iraq would be worse.
“Republican Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that people should ‘leave my family alone’ when asked by a New Hampshire woman why the presidential candidate should expect loyalty from voters when he doesn't get it from his children.
Giuliani has a daughter who has indicated support for Democrat Barack Obama and a son who said he didn't speak to his father for some time. His ugly divorce from their mother, Donna Hanover, was waged publicly while Giuliani was mayor of New York. Giuliani has since remarried.
Answering questions at a town-hall meeting, Giuliani was asked why he should expect loyalty from GOP voters when his children aren't backing him.
‘I love my family very, very much and will do anything for them. There are complexities in every family in America,’ Giuliani said calmly and quietly. ‘The best thing I can say is kind of, 'Leave my family alone, just like I'll leave your family alone.’”
the non stop parade of skeletons leaving his closet will cause him to become something beyond completely humiliated
"'Think! Listen!' she implored during an impassioned introduction of her husband today, 'The game of politics is to make you afraid, so that you don't think!'
Her introduction was a super-charged version of Barack Obama’s stump speech, which has increasingly vilified the bleak status quo of a rigid Washington establishment. But where he, highlights hope, his wife warned today of the consequences of fear. Jabbing a pointed finger in the air, she derided a political system in which 'every decision that we've made over the past 10 years wasn't FOR something, but was because people told us we had to fear something.'
She put a hard edge on her husband’s 'war that never should have been waged' applause line, too, exclaiming, 'We are in this war because for eight years; we were told to be afraid!'"*
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