Skip to comments.Liz Cheney: 'America needs a Commander in Chief, not a Global Community Organizer'
Posted on 08/04/2009 6:54:24 AM PDT by kellynla
This past weekend in Atlanta, RedState.com held its first Gathering of online conservative activists. Liz Cheney, Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter, gave the keynote address to the crowd. A partial transcript of her remarks is below.
Joining Liz Cheney were Congressman Tom Price (R-GA), Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, Virginia State Senator Ken Cuccinelli, Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, and South Carolina State Representative Nikki Haley. Friday night at the RedState Gathering, the attendees heard from Congressman Roy Blunt, former Congressman Pat Toomey, Senator Jim DeMint, and Governor Rick Perry.
Liz Cheney took the stage at 11:30 a.m. She spoke mostly on foreign policy, including this:
Earlier on a trip to Mexico City, our President listened to an extended anti-American screed by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. And then he let the lies stand. His only response was, I'm just grateful President Ortega didn't blame me for things that happened when I was three months old. Americans expect our President to defend us against lies, not embrace or ignore them. But we also expect our President to know his history. Some of the most dangerous steps this President has taken cause one to wonder how much time he has actually spent studying the history of the 20th century. In Russia, and earlier in France, President Obama declared that American nuclear disarmament would encourage the North Koreans and the Iranians to give up their nuclear ambitions.
Another Democratic President, one who led us at the beginning of the cold war, understood the danger of this approach. President Harry Truman, in April of 1950, signed a national security strategy document that pointed out "No people in history have preserved their freedom who thought that by not being strong enough to protect themselves they might prove inoffensive to their enemies." Avoiding causing offense to our enemies has become a central tenet of President Obama's foreign policy.
It was this attempt to placate, to appease, not to cause offense that prevented President Obama from defending the rights of the brave Iranian men and women demanding free and fair elections. It was this instinct that drove him to declare, while the Iranian mullahs were having their own people shot in the streets, "there was a debate underway in Iran." It is this instinct that seems to be driving our incomprehensible policy of support for a thug in Honduras, a close ally of Hugo Chavez, against the wishes and constitutional rights of the Honduran people.
And it's this desire that drives the President to plead with our enemies to talk at all costs. It puts America in a position of weakness, one that will not and cannot secure American interests.
Now as a veteran of the State Department, I can tell you that effective diplomacy is not about appeasing your enemy. It's not about unilateral pre-emptive disarmament. America has to negotiate from a position of strength. To survive as a nation, our President can't function as a disinterested international arbitrator. He can't attempt to stand above America and our enemies. In other words, America needs a Commander in Chief, not a Global Community Organizer.
You can see the video here: http://www.redstate.com/erick/2009/08/02/liz-cheney-america-needs-a-commander-in-chief-not-a-community-organizer
Liz is a sharp thinker.
Ha! Go Liz!
So many hot, conservative women to stalk...so little time.
What are her plans for 2012 ?
What are her plans for 2012 ?
I haven’t heard....but she needs to ‘get in there’!
PLEASE run for office. PLEASE!
Amen! I will add her to my list of people I want to see associated with the candidate I support next time around. Names like John Bolton, Ollie North, Alan Keyes, Newt Gingrich. SarahCuda is missing because she's a given in my book!
I know each of these people have their faults, none is perfect. But in each case they have an ability that I feel would help us take on and defeat the Left. Time was I subscribed to the “all-or-nothing” school of thought. No longer. IMHO, a weakness in one or more areas should not preclude us from using their strengths to win the battle.
This is where we get trumped by the Left so often. Their voters will vote for someone if they happen to voice support for any of the liberal sacred cows that are top on the liberal voter's list. We are just the opposite as a rule. We will rule out a candidate if they disagree with us on even one important issue.
Wait until she states that she does not agree with the birthers, then she'll be persona non grata (to the birthers).
No matter where Eliz. stands on the *issue* of Obama's eligibility, sane conservatives will still admire and respect her. Though in reply to Eric in the Ozarks' query - in 2012 Eliz Cheney will be out campaigning for Sarah Palin.
Don’t you love this woman!
Sec. of State would fit nicely.
John Bolton for Sec State.
To me, that looks like a pretty good starting line up for a Palin Administration.
She has a doctorate, is former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is a longtime fellow of the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where Bork and Gingrich also hang their policy hats. In the mid-90s she published Telling the Truth, a scholarly book of sociopolitical criticism about creeping political correctness and moral relativism. Dr. Cheney has also quite a few children's books in print about conservative themes.
"America is in the middle of a vast experiment, says Lynne V. Cheney, testing whether a society can thrive when more and more of its citizens doubt the importance of truth - or even whether such a thing as truth exists. Schoolchildren are being taught that the ancient Egyptians flew in gliders. University students learn that science is a white male conspiracy. In fields ranging from history to law, scholars and practitioners alike argue that their goal is not truth but the advancement of politically useful views. Journalists fall into the same pattern when they disdain objectivity and use the news to advance their viewpoints, as do psychologists who help their patients "recover" memories of events that never happened. Public figures tell us one thing today and another tomorrow and blithely accuse those who point out their inconsistencies of an "excess of literalism." In our postmodern world, everything has become relative. "Truth," according to a film at the Whitney Biennial, has become nothing more than "what is believed"..."
Agreed, another hot candidate for that office.
hey, missy...don't bring your Bravo Sierra on another one of my threads after questioning my “bravery” on a previous thread AND YOU FAILING TO RESPOND!
Palin/Cheney 2012? :)
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