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Transcript: Karl Rove 's address to RNC
WISTV ^ | Jan. 20, 2006 | Karl Rove

Posted on 01/21/2006 11:45:48 AM PST by FairOpinion

(Washington) January 20, 2006 - Karl Rove addressed members of the RNC Friday at the winter meeting. The following is a transcript of his remarks as prepared for delivery: Victory in politics is the work of many hands and hearts - including those of you in this audience. You provide much of the energy and hard work that has made the GOP the majority Party in America.

Think how much has been achieved by our Republican Party in the last 40 years. It has gone from a minority party with little influence to one that is broad and inclusive, self-assured and optimistic, forward-leaning and dominant.

Four decades ago, the Republican Party was relegated to the wilderness - and today Republicans control the White House, the Senate, and the House; a majority of governorships; and in the last several elections, more state legislative seats than in 80 years.

More importantly, we have seen the rise of a great cause. Three Republican Presidents and Republican Congressional majorities have achieved a tremendous amount in two-and-a-half decades. The Cold War was won - and today we are winning the war against Islamic fascism. Millions of people who lived in tyranny have been liberated - and freedom is spreading across the globe. Republicans rebuilt our national defenses; cut taxes and spurred economic growth; ended "stagflation;" limited government's growth; reformed welfare and insisted on accountability and high standards in education; took important steps to protect and strengthen marriage and the family; and stood up against judicial activism and for constitutionalism.

But there is much more to be done. Today I will devote my remarks to ideas that should occupy our minds and energy in the months ahead.

Our success springs from our ideas. A quarter-century ago, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat, wrote, "of a sudden, the GOP has become a party of ideas." It was true then - and remains true today. We are the party of ideas - and "ideas have consequences."

Ideas - a party's governing philosophy, should be at the heart of our political debates - because they are a deciding factor in elections. That was certainly the case in 2002 and 2004 - and it will be true in 2006. The Republican Party has an agenda to run and win on.

Let me stipulate a few important things. Our opponents are our fellow citizens, not our enemies. Honorable people can have honest political differences. And we should strive for civility and intellectual integrity in our debates.

At the same time, Democrats and Republicans have deep differences about our nation, where it is going, and what needs to be done to make it stronger, better, and safer. Those differences should be debated this year - openly, publicly, passionately.

If they are, our ideas will prevail in the hearts and minds of Americans. And so today I want to talk about three issues: national security, the economy, and the courts. There are many other topics we need to address - but these should be at the center of our attention.

America is at war - and so our national security is at the forefront of the minds of Americans. President Bush has established a remarkable record. He is winning the war against terrorism, promoting liberty in regions of the world that have never known it, and protecting America against attacks.

The United States faces a ruthless enemy - and we need a commander-in-chief and a Congress who understand the nature of the threat and the gravity of this moment.

President Bush and the Republican Party do. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many Democrats. This past year, we have seen three successful elections in Iraq. The Iraqi Security Forces are increasing in size and capability. Iraq's economy is growing. And the terrorists in Iraq are now increasingly divided and turning on each other. In the words of the Commander of the Multinational Corps in Iraq: "2005 has been a historic year in Iraq, and it marks the rebirth of an ancient nation."

Yet we now hear a loud chorus of Democrats who want us to cut- and-run in Iraq - with one radical position being an immediate stand down of U.S. troops in Iraq and withdrawal by the end of April.

It is important to understand the consequences of pulling out of Iraq before our work is done and victory is won. Abandoning our Iraqi friends would signal the world that America cannot be trusted to keep its word. We would undermine the morale of our military by betraying the cause for which they have sacrificed. The tyrants in the Middle East would laugh at our failed resolve, and tighten their repressive grip. We would hand Iraq over to enemies who have pledged to attack us again and again as they did on 9/11. And the global terrorist movement would be emboldened and more dangerous than ever. To retreat before victory has been won would be a reckless act - and this President will not allow it.

This is an issue worthy of a public debate.

Another is the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act tore down the wall that prohibited law enforcement and intelligence authorities from sharing information about terrorist threats. And the Patriot Act allowed federal investigators to pursue terrorists with tools they already used against other criminals. If a tool is good enough to use to track down drug dealers, or organized crime, or Medicare fraud, then it is good enough to bring terrorists to justice.

In 2001 Congress passed this law with a large, bipartisan majority - including a vote of 98-1 in the Senate. The Patriot Act has protected the United States from attack and saved American lives - and yet the Democrat leader in the Senate, Harry Reid, recently boasted that Democrats had "killed the Patriot Act."

Republicans want to renew the Patriot Act - and Democrat leaders take special delight in trying to kill it. This is an issue worthy of a public debate.

Because of a New York Times story, our enemies now know that in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to intercept communications where one of the parties is outside the United States and there is a reasonable basis to conclude the conversation involves a member of, or someone affiliated with, al Qaeda.

The purpose of the NSA surveillance is to protect American lives - and the President's actions are both legal and fully consistent with the Fourth Amendment and the protection of civil liberties.

Congressional leaders from both parties have been briefed more than a dozen times regarding this program. Every 45 days or so, it undergoes a thorough review, after which the President decides whether to reauthorize it. Courts have consistently recognized an American President's constitutional authority under Article II of the Constitution to order warrantless searches. And the power to order warrantless searches rests on years of bipartisan legal consensus. In the words of President Clinton's Associate Attorney General John Schmidt, "President Bush's post-Sept. 11, 2001, authorization to the National Security Agency to carry out electronic surveillance into private phone calls and emails is consistent with court decisions and with the positions of the Justice Department under prior presidents ... Every president since FISA's passage (in 1978) has asserted that he retained inherent power to go beyond the act's terms."

Yet some leading Democrats have made wild and reckless and false charges against the President, and some even call for his removal from office.

Let me be as clear as I can: President Bush believes if al Qaeda is calling somebody in America, it is in our national security interest to know who they're calling and why. Some important Democrats clearly disagree. This is an issue worthy of a public debate.

At the core, we are dealing with two parties that have fundamentally different views on national security. Republicans have a post-9/11 worldview - and many Democrats have a pre-9/11 worldview. That doesn't make them unpatriotic, not at all. But it does make them wrong - deeply and profoundly and consistently wrong.

The economy is a perennial election-year issue - and this year will be no different. Americans will also have a choice between two vastly difference approaches - and that's very good news for Republicans. For the American economy is the strongest in the world - and it is growing faster than any other major industrialized country.

Our economy grew more than 4 percent in the third quarter - above the average in the 70s, 80s and 90s. We have added almost four-and-a-half million jobs in just over two years. Employment is near an all-time high. The unemployment rate is below 5 percent - below the average in each of the past 3 decades. Core inflation remains low. The national homeownership rate remains near a record high. Sales of new and existing homes each reached a new record in the third quarter of 2005. Real disposable personal income is up. Since the start of 2003, the Dow is up more than 25 percent and the NASDAQ is up more than 50 percent.

Productivity is also up. From 1973 to 1995, productivity in America grew at 1.4 percent, doubling our standard of living every 50 years. But over the past five years, productivity averaged 3.4 percent, doubling our standard of living twice as fast. And the more productive our workforce is, the faster incomes go up.

In 2005, the American economy turned in a performance that is the envy of the industrialized world - and we're heading into 2006 with a full head of steam.

The economy's record is important - but so are the philosophies that animate the policies of the two parties' policies.

President Bush believes the role of government is to create an environment where the entrepreneurial spirit flourishes and where small businesses can grow - where people can dream about owning their own home and have it become a reality.

The President doesn't believe government creates wealth; he believes that is done by American workers, farmers, and entrepreneurs. And the President believes the American economy grows when the American people are allowed to keep more of their own money, so they save and invest and spend as they see fit.

President Bush, like President Reagan before him, is pursuing pro-growth economic policies. President Bush has been one of history's great tax cutting Presidents. He has cut taxes for every American who pays taxes, and cut taxes every single year he's been in office. He's cut taxes on income, on small businesses, on dividends, and on capital gains. The President doubled the child credit. He reduced the marriage penalty. And he put the death tax on the road to extinction. These tax cuts help explain why the economy is so strong.

The Democrat Party, on the other hand, has an allergy to tax cuts. Sometimes it seems as if they never found a tax cut they were for or a tax increase they were against. Many Democrats seem to view higher taxes as more than an economic policy; they see it as a sign of virtue. They believe taxes should be raised in times of prosperity and times of economic slowdown; during war and during peace; in even years and odd ones; during days of sunshine and days of rain. They believe every day is a good day, and every occasion a good occasion, to raise taxes.

We Republicans strongly dissent - and we will make our tax cutting record an issue in the 2006 campaign.

To those Democrats who want to take the money out of your pocket by opposing making the tax cuts permanent, our response is: No You Don't. To those Democrats who want to raise your taxes in order to increase the size of government, our response is: No You Won't. And to those Democrats who say they can spend your money better than the American people can, our response is: No You Can't.

Let me turn, finally, to the Courts. Recently, the American people have witnessed something like a national seminar on judicial philosophy. On one side of the divide were eight Democrat Senators: Kennedy, Biden, Leahy, Schumer, Durbin, Kohl, Feinstein, and Feingold. On the other side of the divide were two extraordinary judges: John Roberts and Samuel Alito.

The contest wasn't even close. The Democrats talked a whole lot longer - but John Roberts and Samuel Alito spoke a whole lot better.

Judge Roberts and Judge Alito demonstrated they possess brilliant legal minds and outstanding legal temperaments - and showed they belong, without a doubt, on the United States Supreme Court. Right now John Roberts serves as Chief Justice - and in a few days Sam Alito will join him as an Associate Justice.

It's also worth noting the old special interest playbook doesn't work anymore. Every effort to smear the name of these good men blew up in the face of those making the malicious charges. Some Committee members came across as mean-spirited and small-minded - and it left a searing impression.

For example, in Senator Kennedy's opening statement alone, he misrepresented Judge Alito's views in cases regarding claims of race discrimination in employment; Judge Alito's record on executive authority and voting rights; his membership in a Princeton alumni group; his recusal obligations in Vanguard cases; and his judicial record.

Ted Kennedy attempted to smear Samuel Alito, a man of sterling character, as a bigot. It was an ugly display - but one that backfired in the face of Judge Alito's inquisitors. As Peggy Noonan put it in her Wall Street Journal.com column today, "I don't think Democrats understand that the Alito hearings were, for them, not a defeat but an actual disaster."

The debate now moves to the Senate floor. Judge Alito has majority support and will be confirmed. Let us hope the debate the American people witness is something the Judicial Committee hearings were not - decent, fair-minded, and dignified. The American people have seen more than enough smears, attacks, and misrepresentations leveled against Judge Alito - one of the great legal minds of his generation.

In Roberts and Alito, the people saw the type of individuals President Bush wants on the court - and they liked what they saw. Most Americans want judges who will strictly apply the Constitution and laws, not legislate from the bench. They want judges who believe in self-government instead of those who are determined to undermine it. They want judges who will stand against Judicial Activism and for constitutionalism.

This important debate will decide whether we treat the Constitution as the governing charter of our nation - or whether we will treat it as if it is made of hot wax: pliable, inconstant, and easily changed. It will determine whether issues of enormous public importance will be decided by the American people and their elected representatives - or by nine lawyers in robes.

The will of the people cannot be subverted in case after case, on issue after issue, year after year. The public will eventually insist on reclaiming their rights as a sovereign people - and they will insist government return to its founding principles with judges who do not pursue political agendas, but instead strictly interpret and apply the Constitution.

We welcome a fair-minded and high-minded debate about the purpose and meaning of the courts in our lives. Our arguments will carry the day because the force and logic and wisdom of the Founders are on our side.

These are challenging days for the country - but challenging days can also be hopeful ones. These are proud and memorable days in the history of America - and it is an extraordinary privilege to help shape the events of our time. That is what those of you in this room are doing.

And so let me end where I began. Forty-two years ago, Lyndon Baines Johnson, a Democrat and proud liberal, won the Presidency in a landslide. Democrats held 68 Senate seats; 295 House seats; and 33 governorships.

In 2000, George W. Bush ran against an incumbent Vice President who had loads of national experience, a reputation as a great debater, and with a very strong economy on his side - and yet the then-Governor of Texas won a very close race.

In the 2002 mid-terms, President Bush and Republicans ran against history - and prevailed. President Bush became the first President in more than a half-century - and only the second President ever - to have mid-term gains in both houses of Congress - and for the first time, the party of the President captured control of the Senate in a mid-term.

In 2004 George W. Bush, a Republican and proud conservative, won the Presidency for a second time, receiving the most votes in history. He is the first President since FDR to be re-elected while his party gained seats in the House and Senate - and the first Republican President since 1924 to get re-elected while re- electing Republican House and Senate majorities.

Republicans have now won seven of the last 10 Presidential elections. They hold 55 Senate seats; 231 House seats; and 28 governorships.

The President and the Vice President have played indispensable roles in our success. They have appeared at countless events on behalf of candidates, working hard to avoid a lonely victory. They have done everything that can reasonably be asked of them - and they will be there again when it counts.

The GOP's progress during the last four decades is a stunning political achievement. But it is also a cautionary tale of what happens to a dominant party - in this case, the Democrat Party - when its thinking becomes ossified; when its energy begins to drain; when an entitlement mentality takes over; and when political power becomes an end in itself rather than a means to achieve the common good.

We need to learn from our successes - and from the failures of others. As the governing party in America, Republicans cannot grow tired or timid. We have been given the opportunity to govern; we have to continue to show we deserve the trust of our fellow Americans.

For decades, Democrats were setting the agenda, the pace of change, and the visionary goals. Republicans were simply reacting to them. But times change - and this President and today's Republican Party are shaping history, not trying to stop it. Together we are articulating a compelling vision of a better world.

In late January 2001, America's new President said, "We are here to make progress, we are not here to mark time." George W. Bush has been true to his word. He is one of history's Consequential Presidents. He has fundamentally recast America's national security strategy. And he has put forward a bold domestic agenda.

In foreign policy President Bush has earned the title as one of history's Great Liberators - and in domestic policy he will be seen as one of its Great Reformers. Much has been achieved - and much more remains to be done.

Whether that vital work gets done depends in large measure on all of you. Our ideas will prevail only if you continue to strengthen our grassroots efforts that can make all the difference between victory and defeat.

In 1840 Abraham Lincoln - America's greatest President and the first Republican President - said this: "Organize the whole state, so that every Whig can be brought to the polls ... divide (the) county into small districts, and ... appoint in each a sub-committee, ... make a perfect list of all the voters and ... ascertain with certainty for whom they will vote, ...keep a constant watch on the doubtful voters, and ... have them talked to by those in whom they have the most confidence, ... and on election days see that every Whig is brought to the polls."

The world has changed dramatically since Lincoln made this statement. We now have sophisticated polls, complicated computers, detailed voting databases, the internet, and more. But the basics of winning remain what they were. We have to "make a perfect list of all the voters" and see to it our supporters are brought to the polls by someone they hold in confidence. That depends on what you do, and the passion and energy you bring to our great cause.

Nothing in politics is foreordained. Our ideas will prevail only through the effort and dedication and hard work of men and women like you. The President is enormously grateful for all your efforts.

Thank you all very much for your attention, for your support of President Bush and the Republican Party, and above all, for your devotion to this country.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: karlrove; rnc; rove; transcript
I've seen articles about the speech posted, but not the speech itself.

I hope Repubicans are listening.

"Yet we now hear a loud chorus of Democrats who want us to cut- and-run in Iraq - with one radical position being an immediate stand down of U.S. troops in Iraq and withdrawal by the end of April.

It is important to understand the consequences of pulling out of Iraq before our work is done and victory is won. Abandoning our Iraqi friends would signal the world that America cannot be trusted to keep its word. We would undermine the morale of our military by betraying the cause for which they have sacrificed. The tyrants in the Middle East would laugh at our failed resolve, and tighten their repressive grip. We would hand Iraq over to enemies who have pledged to attack us again and again as they did on 9/11. And the global terrorist movement would be emboldened and more dangerous than ever. To retreat before victory has been won would be a reckless act - and this President will not allow it.

This is an issue worthy of a public debate. "

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"For decades, Democrats were setting the agenda, the pace of change, and the visionary goals. Republicans were simply reacting to them. But times change - and this President and today's Republican Party are shaping history, not trying to stop it. Together we are articulating a compelling vision of a better world.

We need to learn from our successes - and from the failures of others. As the governing party in America, Republicans cannot grow tired or timid. We have been given the opportunity to govern; we have to continue to show we deserve the trust of our fellow Americans. "

1 posted on 01/21/2006 11:45:50 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion

OK, so I didn't catch a typo -- I meant Republicans.


2 posted on 01/21/2006 11:46:37 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion

This is a really good speech!


3 posted on 01/21/2006 12:00:09 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative
Rove IS brilliant.

But Republicans need to listen to him, take a cue from him, and keep making and amplifying on those points.

The Republicans frequently are too "timid" to take on the Dems point by point and tell the American people what a Dem administration would mean to the War on Terror and our safety and security.
4 posted on 01/21/2006 12:02:30 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: canuck_conservative
"Because of a New York Times story, our enemies now know that in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to intercept communications where one of the parties is outside the United States and there is a reasonable basis to conclude the conversation involves a member of, or someone affiliated with, al Qaeda.

The purpose of the NSA surveillance is to protect American lives - and the President's actions are both legal and fully consistent with the Fourth Amendment and the protection of civil liberties. "

AND it should be mentioned that the NYT published this, after President Bush PERSONALLY appealed to them and explained that damage it will cause to our safety and national security. The NYT went ahead and published it, with the full knowledge of the damage to our security it will cause. They should be tried for treason.

5 posted on 01/21/2006 12:05:04 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
The only part of the speech I disagree with:

"Our opponents are our fellow citizens, not our enemies."

The DUmocrat leaders are the enemy and Osama has become their spokesman on the War On Terror and Al-Queda is acting as their army on the field. The LIEberals would gladly hand over the sovereignty to the enemy, which is why DUmocrats can count themselves among them.

6 posted on 01/21/2006 12:14:29 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Bin Laden shows others the road to Paradise, but never offers to go along for the ride." GWB)
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To: RasterMaster

The only part of the speech I disagree with:

"Our opponents are our fellow citizens, not our enemies."

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AND I agree with you. The Dems are indeed our enemies and the enemies of the US, because their actions endanger us and encourages the terrorists.


7 posted on 01/21/2006 12:33:19 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion

The last 2 elections for president were too close for comfort. What's the game plan to win in 2008?


8 posted on 01/21/2006 12:39:58 PM PST by Graymatter
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To: FairOpinion

As I was awaiting the C-Spin replay of the Rove speech with my recorder ready to go, I caught the tail end of some NYT/Lawyers convention (recorded on January 13th) where they were patting themselves on the back for releasing classified info (Pentagon Papers?) during vietnam war.

Claiming that if they are prosecuted now, it's like the end of the world for them. One old fool was encouraging the lawyers to get involved to "stop the Bush administration's" destruction of the 1st amendment.

Traitors one and all.


9 posted on 01/21/2006 12:42:34 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Bin Laden shows others the road to Paradise, but never offers to go along for the ride." GWB)
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To: FairOpinion
The demomrats are domestic enemies of both the nation and the Constitution. These traitor's giving aid and comfort to our foreign enemies is a traitorous act. I'd have them slapped in irons and facing trial for collaborating with the enemy and sabotaging the war effort.
10 posted on 01/21/2006 12:44:24 PM PST by brainstem223
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To: brainstem223

Actually, traitors used to be shot on the spot!


11 posted on 01/21/2006 12:47:31 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Bin Laden shows others the road to Paradise, but never offers to go along for the ride." GWB)
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To: FairOpinion; Laurita; CMS; The Sailor; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; OneLoyalAmerican; ...

"...The world has changed dramatically since Lincoln made this statement. We now have sophisticated polls, complicated computers, detailed voting databases, the internet, and more. But the basics of winning remain what they were.

We have to "make a perfect list of all the voters" and see to it our supporters are brought to the polls by someone they hold in confidence.

That depends on what you do, and the passion and energy you bring to our great cause..."




Rove Credits Swiftvets With 'Energizing' Bush Vote (Thank You Karl Rove!)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1345603/posts



12 posted on 01/21/2006 12:54:35 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (The "Politically Correct RINO's" on Free Republic RINO's are never really political or correct.)
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To: RasterMaster

"Actually, traitors used to be shot on the spot!"

http://meetwiththemothers.org/userdata_display.php?modin=50&uid=454

Sen. John Kerry [D, MA]

Meeting Status: Had Meeting
Answers to Cindy's Questions
1. What noble cause? “This is an artsy question that is hard to answer. However I can tell you that a war based on lies is not noble, but a war based on bringing freedom to people is noble.”
2. How many more lives? “If we can not achieve the goal of bring freedom, I do not want to see any more lives lost in this war.”
3. How many lives are you personally willing to risk? “I will say the same thing. If this war will not bring freedom to the Iraqi people I am not willing to personally risk any lives.”
4. What are you doing to bring our troops home? “I believe that we are in a critical two month stage right now. The Iraqi people are supposed to have an election in December.”

Other comments made to Cindy during the meeting:

-He told Cindy “What you are doing is saving lives.”
-“I can not tell you how much I hate what he (Bush) has done.”
-“Rumsfeld is a disgrace.”
-“There are countries that will not become involved with Bush.”
-“What we are doing now has hurt the strength of our military.”


Contact Information
Website: http://kerry.senate.gov/
Phone: (202) 224-2742


13 posted on 01/21/2006 12:58:28 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (The "Politically Correct RINO's" on Free Republic are never really political or correct.)
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To: All

Call to action!
Please help get this bill passed
AND signed into law
BEFORE the '06 elections!

Stolen Valor Act of 2005 (Introduced in House)
HR 3352 IH
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:h.r.3352:

Fax, call or write your representatives and MSM
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Write your Congressman
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PING every list you have!

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Spread the word far and wide.

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Stolen Valor Act of 2005 (Introduced in House)
HR 3352 IH

109th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3352

To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to protections for the Medal of Honor, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 19, 2005

Mr. SALAZAR introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to protections for the Medal of Honor, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Stolen Valor Act of 2005'.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds that--

(1) fraudulent claims surrounding receipt of the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished-Service Cross, the Air Force Cross, the Navy Cross, the Purple Heart, or any other medal or decoration awarded by Congress or the armed forces damage the reputation and meaning of these medals;

(2) Federal law enforcement officers are currently limited in their ability to prosecute fraudulent claims of receipt of military medals; and

(3) changes to the current statute are necessary to allow law enforcement personnel to protect the reputation and meaning of these medals.

SEC. 3. MILITARY MEDAL PROTECTIONS.

Section 704 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--

(1) in subsection (a)--

(A) by inserting `purchases, attempts to purchase, solicits for purchase, mails, ships, imports, exports, produces blank certificates of receipt,' after `wears'; and

(B) by inserting `attempts to sell, advertises for sale, trades, barters or exchanges for anything of value' after `sells';

(2) in subsection (b)(1), by inserting `or (b)' after `subsection (a)'

(3) by redesignating subsection (b) as subsection (c);

(4) by inserting after subsection (a) the following:

`(b) False Claims About Receipt of Military Medals- Whoever falsely represents himself or herself, verbally or in writing, to have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the armed forces of the United States, or any of the service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces, or the ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration or medal, or any colorable imitation thereof shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.'; and

(5) by adding at the end the following:

`(d) Other Medals- If a decoration or medal involved in an offense under subsection (a) or (b) is a Distinguished Service Cross awarded under Section 3742 of title 10, an Air Force Cross awarded under section 8742 of section 10, a Navy cross awarded under section 6242 of title 10, a silver star awarded under section 3746, 6244, or 8746 of title 10, or a Purple Heart awarded under section 1129 of title 10, or any replacement or duplicate medal as authorized by statute, in lieu of the punishment provided in that subsection, the offender shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.'.



"From Ray Funderburk, MOPH

The greatest threat to the sanctity and significance of the Purple Heart comes from the medal's easy availability. Anyone can buy one at flea markets, pawnshops or on the Internet, where Web sites offer the decoration, no questions asked, for as little as $35. An accompanying certificate on onion skin parchment and personalized with your name and any rank you choose costs about $25.

Such commerce in the symbols of American courage and sacrifice would be outlawed by a measure spearheaded last July by Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo.

His "Stolen Valor Act" would make it a federal crime to falsely wear the Purple Heart and other top military decorations, or to even list them on a resume if they were not officially earned.

But the proposed bill now sits in the House Judiciary Committee, and its fate remains unclear.
"We're waiting for the committee to act," said Salazar

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1560750/posts?page=2#2




Any Republican or Democrat politicians who don't get this bill passed is
as guilty as the phonies that this bill targets.

The Swift Boat Vets already proved, beyond a doubt,
that hanoi kerry's 1st Purple Heart is fraudulent.

A US Attorney General can get ALL of hanoi kerry's
records and once and for all prove that the
Swift Boat Vets were accurate and true.

All that has to be done is to get this bill passed and signed into law now, before the '06 election.

Since hanoi kerry will be under indictment he'll
have to sit out the '06 election for his illegal seat
in the US Senate.

AND the best part is that it is a Democrat sponsored
bill that will his downfall.

COSPONSORS(60), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]: (Sort: by date)

Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43] - 7/27/2005
Rep Baird, Brian [WA-3] - 7/28/2005
Rep Barrow, John [GA-12] - 7/27/2005
Rep Beauprez, Bob [CO-7] - 9/6/2005
Rep Berry, Marion [AR-1] - 7/27/2005
Rep Boren, Dan [OK-2] - 7/27/2005
Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] - 7/27/2005
Rep Boyd, Allen [FL-2] - 7/27/2005
Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-44] - 9/6/2005
Rep Cardoza, Dennis A. [CA-18] - 7/27/2005
Rep Case, Ed [HI-2] - 7/27/2005
Rep Chandler, Ben [KY-6] - 7/27/2005
Rep Cooper, Jim [TN-5] - 7/27/2005
Rep Costa, Jim [CA-20] - 7/28/2005
Rep Cramer, Robert E. (Bud), Jr. [AL-5] - 7/27/2005
Rep Cuellar, Henry [TX-28] - 7/27/2005
Rep Davis, Geoff [KY-4] - 7/26/2005
Rep Davis, Lincoln [TN-4] - 7/27/2005
Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 7/26/2005
Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20] - 7/29/2005
Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] - 7/28/2005
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 7/26/2005
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 7/28/2005
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 7/26/2005
Rep Herseth, Stephanie [SD] - 7/27/2005
Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15] - 7/28/2005
Rep Holden, Tim [PA-17] - 7/27/2005
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] - 7/28/2005
Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] - 7/27/2005
Rep Kline, John [MN-2] - 7/28/2005
Rep Lewis, Ron [KY-2] - 7/28/2005
Rep Marshall, Jim [GA-3] - 11/2/2005
Rep Matheson, Jim [UT-2] - 7/26/2005
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 9/7/2005
Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] - 9/14/2005
Rep Meek, Kendrick B. [FL-17] - 7/26/2005
Rep Melancon, Charlie [LA-3] - 7/27/2005
Rep Menendez, Robert [NJ-13] - 10/6/2005
Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] - 7/27/2005
Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3] - 7/27/2005
Rep Musgrave, Marilyn N. [CO-4] - 10/17/2005
Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-38] - 7/27/2005
Rep Northup, Anne M. [KY-3] - 9/15/2005
Rep Ortiz, Solomon P. [TX-27] - 7/28/2005
Rep Peterson, Collin C. [MN-7] - 7/27/2005
Rep Pomeroy, Earl [ND] - 7/27/2005
Rep Reyes, Silvestre [TX-16] - 7/27/2005
Rep Rogers, Harold [KY-5] - 9/7/2005
Rep Ross, Mike [AR-4] - 7/27/2005
Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] - 7/26/2005
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-29] - 7/27/2005
Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 7/29/2005
Rep Strickland, Ted [OH-6] - 9/27/2005
Rep Tancredo, Thomas G. [CO-6] - 9/6/2005
Rep Tanner, John S. [TN-8] - 7/27/2005
Rep Taylor, Gene [MS-4] - 7/27/2005
Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-1] - 7/27/2005
Rep Udall, Mark [CO-2] - 7/22/2005
Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] - 7/28/2005
Rep Whitfield, Ed [KY-1] - 9/20/2005

There is no valid reason why this bill can't pass both Houses of Congress
and be signed by President Bush
BEFORE the '06 elections.


14 posted on 01/21/2006 12:59:32 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (The "Politically Correct RINO's" on Free Republic are never really political or correct.)
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To: FairOpinion
More importantly, we have seen the rise of a great cause. Three Republican Presidents and Republican Congressional majorities have achieved a tremendous amount in two-and-a-half decades.

Bullsh!t!!

15 posted on 01/21/2006 1:00:42 PM PST by eskimo (Political groupies - rabid defenders of the indefensible.)
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To: All

For those who "forgot" what Hanoi Kerry
did in the past read on and learn the truth.

Hanoi Kerry was still a USNR officer while he:
gave false hearsay testimony to Congress
negotiated with the enemy
helped the US lose a war
abetted in the deaths of millions
created a hostile environment for all servicemen




The FBI has proof of his giving aid and comfort to the enemies

Hanoi Kerry Timeline of a traitor
includes FBI files

May 1970
Kerry and Julia traveled to Paris, France and met with Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, the Foreign Minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of Vietnam (PRG), the political wing of the Vietcong, and other Viet Cong and Communist Vietnamese representatives to the Paris peace talks, a trip he now calls a "fact-finding" mission.

(U.S. code 18 U.S.C. 953, declares it illegal for a U.S. citizen to go abroad and negotiate with a foreign power.)

http://www.archive-news.net/Kerry/JK_timeline.html


16 posted on 01/21/2006 1:00:50 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (The "Politically Correct RINO's" on Free Republic are never really political or correct.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the info!


17 posted on 01/21/2006 1:02:15 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Bin Laden shows others the road to Paradise, but never offers to go along for the ride." GWB)
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To: FairOpinion
Bump for later reading. I was wanting someone to post this, but I have to change the oil in my pickup while the weather is good.

Thanks

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18 posted on 01/21/2006 1:02:23 PM PST by Delta 21 (MKC USCG-ret)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

I don't know if the NYT is being investigated or not, but they should be shut down. They have been allowed time and time again to print outright lies, publish classified info and are very proud of that!

They had a bunch of old has-been NYT hacks on C-span patting themselves on the back for printing classified info from the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. They also encouraged others to "take the risk" and for lawyers to get involved to protect them.


19 posted on 01/21/2006 1:03:32 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Bin Laden shows others the road to Paradise, but never offers to go along for the ride." GWB)
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To: FairOpinion
Rove IS brilliant.

Not even in some alternate reality.

20 posted on 01/21/2006 1:04:23 PM PST by eskimo (Political groupies - rabid defenders of the indefensible.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping!


21 posted on 01/21/2006 1:15:44 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Bump!


22 posted on 01/21/2006 1:22:44 PM PST by Gucho
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To: Delta 21

AH! Life in the fastlane. :-)


23 posted on 01/21/2006 3:45:39 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Our opponents are our fellow citizens, not our enemies.
Large numbers of them are doing a very good job of hiding this.

Honorable people can have honest political differences. And we should strive for civility and intellectual integrity in our debates.
Tell it to Howard Dean, Dick Durbin, John Murtha, The junior senator from NY (for that matter the senior senator also)

24 posted on 01/21/2006 3:54:02 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
bttt

thank you
25 posted on 01/21/2006 5:24:44 PM PST by vigilante2 (I'm the proud parent of a soldier)
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To: FairOpinion

The elephant in the room that was not discussed is illegal immigration. It won't disappear by pretending it is not there.


26 posted on 01/21/2006 5:43:16 PM PST by peyton randolph (As long is it does me no harm, I don't care if one worships Elmer Fudd.)
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To: eskimo
Bullsh!t!!

Too kind, by half! At least real Bullsh!t!! has a legitimate use. Blackbird.

27 posted on 01/21/2006 6:18:20 PM PST by BlackbirdSST (Diapers, like Politicians, need regular changing for the same reason!)
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To: FairOpinion

bttt


28 posted on 01/21/2006 9:16:08 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: FairOpinion; All
What would it take for the Republican party to Podcast these speeches ?
29 posted on 01/21/2006 9:20:24 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Trust in the YHvH for ever, for the LORD, YHvH is the Rock eternal. (Isaiah 26:4))
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To: FairOpinion
Democrats aren't unpatriotic or on the side of the enemy? Put aside the fact that many of them are repulsed by the very concept of "patriotism," which they consider to be a sign of small-minded provincialism, and consider this letter to the editor, which appears in today's New York Post. Does this sound like the thinking of a patriotic person who is solidly on the side of America?...

Bin Laden is offering us a "long-term truce on fair conditions," and we aren't even going to take a peek at his conditions? How dare the president ridicule and reject him?

Katherine Sweatt

Manhattan

30 posted on 01/22/2006 2:02:44 AM PST by HHFi
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT


31 posted on 01/22/2006 3:09:47 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: peyton randolph
The elephant in the room that was not discussed is illegal immigration. It won't disappear by pretending it is not there.

Good point. And the GOP itself could disappear by pretending its not there.
There's no reason to elect a party that ignores the law and refuses to enforce it.
It's a shame they can't be prosecuted.

32 posted on 01/22/2006 8:33:18 PM PST by Pelham
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To: FairOpinion; USF; Fred Nerks; Justanobody
"Let me stipulate a few important things. Our opponents are fellow citizens, not our enemies."

There, NOW it's true!

If Karl Rove doesn't yet recognize that the DemocRATS and the ENEMEDIA ARE the enemy from within, doing all they can do to lose this war and destroy this country,then he isn't as smart as I thought he was.

"Honorable people can have honest political differences. And we should strive for civility and intellectual integrity in our debates."

Now this is true, but other than Joe Lieberman and Zell Miller, I haven't witnessed any Democrats that are honorable or who have integrity of any kind. Their politicizing of this war makes every one of them guilty of TREASON!

33 posted on 01/23/2006 11:16:07 AM PST by jan in Colorado (God Bless our troops and our President!)
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To: jan in Colorado

"Let me stipulate a few important things. Our opponents are our fellow citizens, not our enemies. Honorable people can have honest political differences. And we should strive for civility and intellectual integrity in our debates..."

(and not behave like animals and traitors as many of our opponents do...)


34 posted on 01/23/2006 1:07:01 PM PST by Fred Nerks (UNDERSTAND ISLAM; Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD pdf link on my Page)
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To: jan in Colorado

Another great editing job Jan! ;*)


35 posted on 01/23/2006 5:45:11 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! WBB lives on. Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: jan in Colorado; Fred Nerks
the DemocRATS and the ENEMEDIA ARE the enemy from within, doing all they can do to lose this war and destroy this country,then he isn't as smart as I thought he was.

I often think about the 'rats and those in cahoots with the enemy within and wonder "WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY THINKING?!?!?!

Surely, they can't all be idiots. Misinformed? Unenlightned? Lied to? Or cowards that dare not accept the truth has consequences?

I wonder how many of them truly understand our enemy.... they way they think, their rationale, their ideology and what their goals are. If given the chance, if they were enlightened with the truth, surely some would be brave enough to join our ranks and make a stand.

I would like to hope so anyway.

Let the light shine on.

36 posted on 01/23/2006 5:57:08 PM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade ™ © ®)
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To: USF

"Misinformed? Unenlightned? Lied to? Or cowards that dare not accept the truth has consequences?"

Marx didn't invent the great divide, he exploited it. That mirror image opposite IS THE TRUTH to them. It's no accident that in democracies, the vote between left and right is split almost 50/50.

Half are AC the other half are DC. Just IMHO? No, there's a biological foundation for this. I'll freepmail it to you when I find it again.

(It could be something as simple as an element missing in the water they drink LOL!)


37 posted on 01/23/2006 6:07:32 PM PST by Fred Nerks (UNDERSTAND ISLAM; Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD pdf link on my Page)
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To: USF

Here we go:

They are ALIENS!


Identifying alien organisms in more equable settings would be a much harder challenge, especially if they use the same basic molecules as familiar life - nucleic acids and proteins. But there is one sure-fire giveaway. The building blocks of proteins, called amino acids, are all lopsided in the same distinctive way. Viewed in a mirror, these "left-handed" amino acids would appear right-handed. Such mirror-image molecules exist, but the life forms we are familiar with don't use them. Most biochemists think it is just an accident that "life as we know it" selected the left-handed version. If this supposition is correct, then there is a 50-50 chance that alien life would have picked the opposite handedness. Such "anti-life" would eat "anti-food": right-handed amino acids and other mirror molecules. This offers a simple way to filter out known life from anything alien. Prepare a culture medium of anti-food and see if anything flourishes. Of course it's a long shot, but it is easy to try, and scientists at the Marshall Space Flight Center are now testing the response of microbes from various extreme environments to a bowl of anti-soup.

http://www.justpacific.com/bits'n'pieces/Life%20before%20life%20on%20earth.html


38 posted on 01/23/2006 6:28:15 PM PST by Fred Nerks (UNDERSTAND ISLAM; Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD pdf link on my Page)
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To: USF
I wonder how many of them truly understand our enemy.... they way they think, their rationale, their ideology and what their goals are. If given the chance, if they were enlightened with the truth, surely some would be brave enough to join our ranks and make a stand.

I have wondered the same thing USF. Sadly, most of them are so blinded by their hatred of President Bush, they are unable to really "see" the truth. They put their political agenda over what's best for this Country. I will NEVER understand that. After September 11th there were some that did have their eyes opened to the truth...but not nearly enough of them.

"Let the light shine on."

Indeed.

"And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." John 1:5

39 posted on 01/23/2006 6:50:20 PM PST by jan in Colorado (God Bless our troops and our President!)
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To: Fred Nerks

LOL.... now all we need is a quick and unobtrusive way to detect their presence. Oh wait... all they need to do is open their mouths and spew their venom!


40 posted on 01/23/2006 8:53:13 PM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade ™ © ®)
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To: jan in Colorado

Thank you for purdyfyin' the message with your thoughts, and that wonderful quote!


41 posted on 01/23/2006 8:56:16 PM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade ™ © ®)
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To: USF
purdyfyin'? LOL!

Welcome back. It's been great reading your posts tonight.

42 posted on 01/23/2006 9:09:11 PM PST by jan in Colorado (God Bless our troops and our President!)
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To: FairOpinion

The Moonbats are the traitors - they do not argue in good faith. They only debate to put the interests of their Party over the safety of the Nation. And its transparent. The sooner the Democrats kick their Moonbat-wing back into the fever swamps, the sooner they'll regain balance and power, for the good of the Nation, not either Party.

But as of now, the Democrats stand for extending the Civil Rights Act to Al Queda terrorists in Pakistan. Maybe they'll wake up by 08....


43 posted on 01/24/2006 6:56:03 AM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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