Steve Brown is the first Republican since Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. to hold this Senate seat, which was lost to John F. Kennedy in 1952. In that vein, I think Senator elect Brown should give this speech to serve notice to both parties.
We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom—symbolizing an end to Socialism, as well as a beginning—signifying renewal, as well as change. Our leaders have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.
The country is very different now with Obama/Pelosi/Reid in charge. For these people hold in their mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of freedom and all forms of personal responsibility. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of Obama or Pelosi, but from the hand of God.
We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to Republicans and Democrats alike, that the torch of freedom has been passed to a new generation of Tea Party Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by government expansion and over spending, proud of our capitalist heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those same capitalist traits to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which made this the greatest country on God’s green Earth .
Let every politician know, whether it be Republican or Democrat, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
This much we pledge—and more.
To the old two party establishment whose practices we abhor, we pledge to fight for our individual freedoms and to fight for a true transparent Government. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.
To those statesmen whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that our form of Constitutional Government shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more socialist tyranny. We shall always expect them to support our Constitution d them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom—and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.
To those peoples in America struggling to break the bonds of Government control, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required—not because the Socialists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. A free society cannot help the poor by punishing the wealthy and it cannot make poor people successful by destroying the producers.
Finally, to those politicians who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for freedom and truly open Government, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by hubris engulf Congress in planned or accidental self-destruction.
We dare not again to tempt those in Government with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed again.
So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that we will longer be weak and voiceless and your sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never again be subjugated to fear. But let you fear us at election time.
Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
Now the trumpet summons us again—235 years after the first revolution, not as a call to bear arms (yet), though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are—but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"—a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.
My fellow citizens of America: ask not what Obama will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
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