General Mike Flynn's comments:
MIKE FLYNN: I want to make sure I am very precise, because I know there are a lot of people in the back row that will pay attention to what I say, and I want to make sure they get the words that I say right.
I really believe in the things I am going to say, and like I said I spoke to General Singlaub this week about serving America, and what it means to both of us. And I want to share some of our thoughts with all of you tonight.
Service to America requires us today and tomorrow to stand together as champions for freedom, and soldiers of liberty, who are on the right side of history. Anything less cannot be tolerated if our country is to survive. For many of us, across our nation, we understand that this is not the first time that patriots have risen to this fight that we're in today. More than 200 years ago, more than 250 years ago, Patrick Henry, a great patriot, who understood service to America, he warned his fellow countrymen that his choice against Great Britain's suppression of freedoms was crystal clear as mine is tonight. As he described whether to accept slavery to a monarch or freedom, seems like an easy choice.
Almighty God, he said, I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death. What an amazing thing to say at a time for the birth of our country.
Another great servant, Abraham Lincoln, fought for his vision to unite the North and the South as a new birth of freedom, so that all people would be treated equally, without regard for color or race. In his very famous Gettysburg Adress in 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetary to honor Union soldiers who had died in the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln inspired our nation to fight on so that these dead shall not have died in vain and that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, by you, shall not perish from the Earth.
Nearly, just slightly over 100 years later, in his 1964 speech at the Republican National convention, another great American servant and subsequently president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, redefined the very essence of why the fight by Americans against tyranny and injustice will never end. Must never end. Reagan said, 'freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.' We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream, it must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.'
This time, our time, our America, the urgency to act is that at the doorstep of our democracy. The future of this country depends on each one of you in this room tonight, and many, many others that you represent around our great country. This turning point is about the heart and soul of the United States of America. You cannot and must not be silent or take for granted that our great nation willl not fall to the many threats that we face around the world, and some right here at home.
It is time, it is absolutely time, this weekend, tonight, never a better time, but it is time to buckle down, and listen up, and stand ready to fight for our way of life and our traditions. Those who oppose our fundamental principles could take us down in the snap of a finger. In my book, the Field of Fight, I stated, on page 111, 'We should not fear the Judeo-Christian principles that our nation was founded upon. We should not be in fear of that. We should cherish that, we should believe in that, we should be incredibly proud of that. I will always believe that. To those in the room this evening, who have served in our military, or served as first responders, you represent our warriors around the world, and across our country. And you all know what your respective battlefields look like. They are not pretty, and they are not perfect. Definitely. And we fight, or serve America not because --this is super important-- we fight and serve America not because we hate our enemies, it is because we love our country. We absolutely love the freedoms that we cherish. When we talk about why we fight... It is always about the buddy next to him, the person on your right or left. Deep down inside it is about the way we want to live, and the way we must continue to fight to continue to live for. Super important.
Our fight for individual freedom and liberty, as I described a little while ago, will also not be pretty or perfect. We will be measured harshly, trust me, and our enemies will try to destroy us. But we cannot fail. Ther are moments in history that are seminal and then there are other moments that are monumental.
Maj. Gen. Jack Singlaub was present at all of these during most of the last century, I mean like I said, the guy is 97 years old. I would not want to meet him in a bar fight tonight, he is a pretty incredible human being, and thank God our country has people like him.