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Remarks delivered by the chairman of the House Republican Conference at The American Spectator’s annual Robert L. Bartley dinner last Thursday evening.
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So what is our part to play? What is your role in this unfolding drama? It is to rise up. To do freedom’s work. Like a great patron of conservative causes, the late J. Patrick Rooney of Indiana.
At this dinner in 2005, featuring Justice Scalia’s remarks, I sat with the late J. Patrick Rooney. We had an exchange at the table that has never left me. I told my mentor, and friend, that I admired him for staying in the fight when he could be on a golf course or on a beach instead of working the halls of Congress for school choice and health savings accounts. Pat scowled at me and said, “We are not put on this earth for our amusement or enjoyment, we are put on this earth to do our d—n duty.’
Now comes the time for all of us to do our duty in this battle to preserve all that makes America great. If you can give, give. If you can speak, speak. If you can write, write. If you can run, run. But do all you can. Now is the moment.
The Bible says, “If the foundations crumble, how can the righteous stand?” The foundations of this country are found in our Declaration of Independence, and in the spirit of personal responsibility and equality of opportunity that beats in the heart of every American.
Through the work of The American Spectator, you have done your part to preserve that foundation. Now we must do more. And we will not fight alone. Winston Churchill said before Congress in 1941, “He must indeed have a blind soul who cannot see that some great purpose and design is being worked out here below, of which we have the honor to be faithful servants.” There is a great purpose being worked out and, as President Bush said so many times, the Almighty’s purpose is freedom.
You have a role to play; a duty to fulfill. You are to be the faithful servants of freedom in this hour. You’ve gathered in this nation’s Capital to take your stand for what makes this country great. A Capital filled with memorials to America’s heroes, men and women whose faces are carved in bronze, whose names adorn monuments, and just across that river, whose remains lie quietly as testament to their heroism for our freedom. In their time they did their part. Now it’s your turn.
Let us do as generations of Americans have done before, let us stand for what has always been the source of American greatness: our faith in God and our freedom. And if we hold that banner high, I believe with all my heart, the good and great people of this land will rally to our cause. We will take this Congress back in 2010 and we will take this country back in 2012, so help us God.
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