This speech was given to the Florida Panhandle Patriots
Hi, my name is Doc Washburn and I want to talk about what we can do to protect what’s left of our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and turn this country around. When we speak about the significance of the gradual loss of our freedom and the potential loss of what freedom we have left, there is an elephant in the room that we don’t mentioned often enough. The wisest man who ever walked this earth had a habit of bringing up things that folks don’t always tend to discuss in polite society. So I will too. Something happens to you when you become a Mom or a Dad. In the delivery room, when you first hold that tiny baby in your arms, you realize that he or she is totally dependent on you, and by the grace of God, you know that you would happily give up your life to protect his or hers. It’s only natural. It’s part of what makes you a parent. God forbid that anyone would want to do harm to that child. You’ll move heaven and earth to protect him or her!
Now if you are of a certain age, you’ve heard the horror stories of Pol Pot’s Cambodia, the Japanese rape of Nanking, what Hitler did to the Jews and Christians in Germany, and what Fidel and Che did to their countrymen in Cuba less than 600 miles from where we stand today. What all the scenes of mass slaughter of men, women, and children in the history of the world have in common is the inability of the victims to protect and defend themselves – and their children. Our founders knew this only too well. So they included the Second Amendment to our Constitution which specifically recognizes that your God given right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed!
People who want to fundamentally transform a free society into a dictatorial one tend to go after two things: your right to self-defense and your health care. If they can disarm you and take your medical decisions away from you, they’ve got you. We often hear that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms protects our First Amendment rights – and it does! But the Tenth Amendment (which specifically prohibits the federal government from doing anything unless the Constitution says it can) – is the Amendment that is supposed to protect us from enslavement to an all powerful federal government!
We talk about the trillions of dollars of debt that we are leaving to our children and grandchildren. If Congress had the guts to get rid of every department, agency, bureau, and commission that the Constitution does not specifically authorize, we could get out of debt! Every time Washington gets hit by a blizzard, they tell all nonessential federal government employees to stay home. If we really want to balance the budget, let’s start by telling all nonessential folks in DC to stay home for good! Start by deleting everything the government does (that the Constitution doesn’t provide for) from the budget! They don’t have the right to cram an education curriculum from on high down our throats! They don’t have the right to tell you that you can’t build a pond on your own property! They don’t have the right to make you go on HealthCare dot gov, and give up all your personal information to identity thieves because they didn’t build adequate security into their website because they don’t care what happens to you! It’s never been about the children! It’s never been about the environment! It’s never been about affordable healthcare! It’s always been about the fact that they want to control you!
Now, I haven’t always seen the world this way. My Dad worked for the IRS and then the Labor Department. He seemed to believe in the power of the federal government to improve people’s lives. He passed away in 1972 when I was 16 years old. So I grew up in Charlotte North Carolina reading our local newspaper and the columns they ran from liberals from the New York Times every morning before I went to school. I bought every word of it because I didn’t know any better! I didn’t know that socialism was bad and capitalism was good.
But there was one thing that I did know was wrong beyond the shadow of a doubt. When I was eleven years old, my Mom and my Grandmother took my little brothers and me shopping one day. On either side of the center court of the mall were two tables. Each one had a couple of ladies sitting at it. My grandmother and mother both became visibly agitated. They signed the petition at one table, but not at the other. I asked them what they were so upset about and they explained to me that the women at one table were supporting the legalization of abortion, and the women at the other table wanted it to remain illegal. I asked them what abortion was and they told me it was the killing of unborn babies. Needless to say, I was horrified. What they told me had a profound effect on me. I never forgot it. At eleven years old, it blew my mind to hear that there were actually people right here in America who wanted to kill unborn babies.
A few years later when I was in college, a fellow named Jimmy Carter came along. A politician who said he was a born again Christian! A Democrat Governor from the South who said he didn’t have a problem with folks just because their skin was a different color than his! If you’re a young person wondering why that seemed unusual 40 years ago, allow me to explain. Up until then, Southern Democrats like George Wallace, Al Gore’s Dad, and Bill Clinton’s mentor (Senator Fullbright) had fought against civil rights for Black folks for all they were worth! So Jimmy seemed like a breath of fresh air!
But I remember so clearly watching network news coverage of the 1976 Democrat National Convention. They interviewed a lady named Ellen McCormack, who was a Democrat also running for President – but as a pro-life candidate. In the interview, she complained about how the Democrat party establishment was trying to shut her up. She said they were doing whatever they could to try to make sure that her message of trying to reverse the Supreme Court’s Roe versus Wade decision (wiping out all restrictions on abortion) from three years earlier was ignored. Have you ever had a moment in your life when you hear something that surprised you, but you immediately know it’s true? Well I was a 20 year old college student who had been a Christian for four years. I didn’t know anything about politics. But I knew that Ellen MaCormack was telling the truth about abortion and that for some reason the Democrat party was trying to shut her up. So I knew from then on that the Democrat party was wrong about child killing. But I didn’t yet know that they might be wrong about anything else.
Two things turned me around. The pro-life movement and Rush Limbaugh! In the late eighties, all three of my brothers got involved in trying to save unborn babies. In the process, they were also exposed to political views that were quite different than what we were used to hearing. One of them told me something that blew my mind. He said the government doesn’t put people on welfare because it wants to help them. It puts folks on welfare because it wants to keep them down. It doesn’t want them to succeed! It wants them to be dependent all their lives! For a fellow who had grown up as a liberal, that just sounded like “crazy talk” to me. But as a Christian, I had to respect the moral credibility of my brother – a man who would lie down in front of an abortion clinic in a nonviolent manner to try to save babies. Huh, so maybe the government isn’t always looking out for our best interests. I’ll have to think about that.
Not too long after that, I discovered Rush on the radio. For the first time, here was someone describing how the major institutions in our country actually work! He explained that (since power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely) we needed lower taxes and smaller government. That message, coupled with the fact that you didn’t need to be a genius to see how evil Bill and Hillary were from way far off, completed my transition from liberal to conservative.
Rush likes to say that when people first hear him, they are pleasantly surprised to hear someone saying the things that they already believe. I was the opposite. He gave me an education. He told me things that I had never heard. And you know why it worked? Because he didn’t assume that liberals understood what he was saying and why he was saying it. He actually explained conservatism so that it made sense. A lot of politicians could learn a lot from him.
Let me give you an example. When I was a freshman in college, I once turned in a paper in my English Literature class that I was very proud of. But when my professor handed it back to me, there was red ink all over it! Needless to say, I was horrified! I asked him what the problem was. I’ll never forget his answer. He said “Mr. Washburn, you have an iceberg in your head. The tip of the iceberg is on your paper. When you look at the paper, it makes perfect sense to you because you still have the rest of the iceberg in your head! Sadly, I don’t have the rest of the iceberg in my head. So when I look at your paper, I can’t figure out what in the world you’re talking about!” That astounded me. It forever changed the way that I communicate with people – verbally and in writing!
We can’t take for granted that people understand what we’re talking about. Here’s an example. When Mitt Romney ran for President, a famous Fox News Channel host interviewed some people who were athletes when Mitt had turned the Olympics around. The guy on Fox said “but he didn’t build that, did he”? Now most of us politically active folks would know what that comment referred to.
Just a few days earlier, the President had knocked entrepreneurs in a speech. He had said “if you have a successful business, you didn’t build that”. It was all over the news, so it seemed reasonable to expect other folks to be familiar with the quote and get the joke. But these former Olympic athletes (although they knew and admired Romney) were not political people or news junkies like most of us. So they hadn’t heard what the President said and they had no idea what the host on Fox was talking about. It was pretty awkward. Bottom line: don’t take for granted that everyone else is as up on current events and politics as you are – even if they are culturally conservative! Stop assuming!
Now if you agree with me that our country – our very way of life – is in great danger, surely you’ll agree that it’s important that we communicate in such a manner that people who don’t eat, breathe, and sleep politics and the news actually understand what we are talking about. I spend a lot of time talking to people who are very concerned about the direction our country is going on social media like Facebook and Twitter. A lot of them say things like: “Romney may not have been my guy in the 2012 primaries, but doggone it, once he got the nomination, I supported him 100% and there is absolutely no excuse for anyone to have not done the same thing”!
Well let’s think about that for a minute. Mitt wasn’t my guy in the primaries either. I also supported him 100% in the general election because I knew how dangerous it would be to re-elect Obama. So how did Mitt wind up getting 4 million fewer votes than McCain? How did Barack Obama get re-elected with less support than any re-elected President in over 100 years? A wise man once said that the simplest answer is usually the right one. Two years before the Presidential election of 2012, Republicans picked up 63 seats in the House of Representatives. It was the biggest rebuke of a sitting President in a midterm election in over 70 years! They won on one issue – Obamacare. So what did we do? We nominated the one guy who could not explain to the American people why Obamacare is bad and how dangerous to our economy – our very way of life – government run healthcare would be! He had zero credibility on the issue that many Americans from all walks of life could agree on – because he had done the same thing in his own state! Also his consultants told him not to be too hard on Obama because he would scare away the independents. So he wasn’t! As Rush has mentioned, Mitt won the independents, lost the election, and we are in a world of hurt!
So I’m tired of hearing people say “there’s no excuse that Romney lost”. Really? Well great! If you enjoy being angry with your fellow Americans who aren’t as aware as you are about what the government is doing to us, feel free. With that kind of attitude, you can be really angry after we lose the next Presidential election. But I’ve got a better idea. Why don’t we nominate someone who actually knows how to win? Someone who’s not just willing to win the primaries, but who isn’t afraid to communicate the truth about what we actually need to do (to turn the country around) to voters in the general election?
You want to know why Mitt lost? First of all, he didn’t make the case why people should vote for him. He spent the last debate telling us how similar he is to Obama! How would your average uninformed understand what a dire situation we are in if our own nominee doesn’t get it? He promised us he was a “severe conservative”. That sounds like what someone says when he’s not a conservative, doesn’t believe in conservatism, but he thinks he has to pretend he’s one to try to get you to vote for him. By the way, when I was standing in line for Chick-Fil-A Day in 2012, there were people who were obviously Obama voters in line with me. They supported Chick-Fil-A’s rights for religious reasons. But Mitt ran away from that phenomenon. He didn’t want to be associated with Chick-Fil-A Day in any way. An actual conservative could have used that opportunity to really hurt Barack with his base.
So let’s see, we nominated a moderate named Romney (who believes in government run healthcare and manmade global warming) in 2012 because it was his turn and he lost. We nominated moderate McCain in 2008 because it was his turn and he lost. In 2000 and 2004, we won two very close races with the establishment pick George W. Bush (a moderate who at least sounded like a conservative when he campaigned). In 96, it was moderate Bob Dole’s turn. So we lost with him. In 92, the first Bush lost his bid for re-election because he made the fatal error of reaching across the aisle to work with Democrats while simultaneously breaking his word not to raise taxes. The only reason he got elected the first time was that people wanted a third term of Reagan. Speaking of which, when was the last time we conservatives won landslide victories in a Presidential election? What? 1980 and 84? And who was our candidate? Ronald Reagan? And what did he stand for? Lower taxes and smaller government? Really? Well we certainly wouldn’t want to try that again, would we?
Let me tell you why I think the Republican establishment would rather lose with a moderate than win with a conservative. Two words: Ken Cuccinelli. He was the conservative Attorney General of Virginia. He ran for Governor of Virginia last year. U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia (John Boehner’s right hand man) supported Cuccinelli’s moderate Republican opponent in the GOP primary. When Cuccinelli beat the moderate, Eric Cantor’s former Chief of Staff joined the campaign of the former head of the Democrat party, Terry McAuliffe, a close friend of the Clintons, helping him get elected! About a month before the election, as Cuccinelli was gaining on McAuliffe in the polls, the Republican National Committee stopped their financial support, diverting millions to Chris Christie’s re-election campaign in New Jersey which was no contest. The track record of the GOP establishment (which by the way fought Reagan on lowering taxes) tells me they’d rather lose with a moderate than win with a conservative.
So which moderate should we lose with in 2016? Christie who appointed a radical muslim judge on a state court and says that concerns about sharia law are “crap”, Common Core advocate Jeb Bush who gave Hillary Clinton the Liberty Medal at his so-called Constitution Center on the first anniversary of the Benghazi attack, or Huckabee who says he deplores what Common Core has become even though he was head of the National Governors Association when guys like Bill Ayers were pushing it. The Washington Post said that after Huckabee renounced support for Common Core on his TV show, he told a meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers that the name “Common Core” was toxic and that they just needed to rebrand it. That’s right! Don’t drop it. Just change the name! What? It’s Paul Ryan’s turn because he was Mitt’s pick for VP? Paul “pro-amnesty” “pro-gay adoption” Ryan? Yeah, let me know how that turns out.
Look, I have to tell you something about your fellow Americans who don’t know anything about politics, but vote every four years anyway. Since millions of them don’t understand how what Washington does affects their lives, they vote for whoever comes across on TV as someone they would be comfortable hanging out with at a backyard barbeque. Regardless of your stand on the issues, if you come across as the most likeable guy, you’ll get their vote. That’s why I thought Marco Rubio could become President – until he stabbed us in the back on amnesty. I confronted him last year – the video is on YouTube – on his stance on immigration reform. I said “Senator, you keep telling us that this administration doesn’t enforce laws that they don’t like. So why should we believe that they would enforce the parts of an immigration reform package that they don’t like? He said “Well, we’ve got some parts of the deal that they don’t like, but they’d have to enforce them”. That’s when he lost all credibility with me. Six months later, he announced that he couldn’t get immigration reform done because voters didn’t believe that Obama would enforce parts of a law that he doesn’t like. Now where have I heard that before?
I haven’t endorsed anyone for President yet. But I have a suggestion that I’ll get to in a minute. May I share another elephant in the living room with you? I was on the air in Panama City when the 9/11 attack on our country happened. We were all horrified and we’ll never forget it. My bosses at the radio station decided to bring in three local Muslim doctors to be my guests on my talk show the next morning just to make sure everyone knew how peaceful and patriotic they were and that Islam had nothing to do with the attacks. At the time, about all that I knew about their religion is that they do not believe that Jesus Christ is who He said He is, that they have a so-called holy book which contradicts the Bible, and that by definition there is no way that we worship the same God. So this Muslim doctor told me “Doc, the hijackers were terrorists! They were fanatics! Such a thing is not allowed in Islam. You cannot kill innocent people!” And then he said “and furthermore, they have absolutely no support in the Muslim world”! I replied “but Dr. Mubarak, I’ve already seen video on the TV news of Palestinians dancing in the streets and handing out candy to children in celebration of the 9/11 attacks”! His response was “oh no, no, no, no” as if he could just wave the truth away. That’s when I became very skeptical…and I started researching Islam.
There’s a fellow named Robert Spencer who has a website called jihadwatch that I highly recommend if you want to know the truth about what we are up against. He is also a New York Times bestselling author. So I would interview him whenever he would come out with a new book. This upset a lot of folks in the Muslim community in Panama City. They once had an imam call me when Spencer was on the air with me. Spencer said “what a great opportunity this is for you as a peaceful American Muslim! I’m going to give you a few of the verses from your holy book (the Quran) that Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda use to justify their violent jihad against non-Muslims. All you have to do is explain to Doc’s listeners how bin Laden and the jihadists take these verses out of context and hijack your great Religion of Peace”!
So he quoted some of the verses that say Muslims should be violent to non-Muslims. The imam’s reaction was classic! He said “well what about Hitler? What about Timothy McVeigh”? When we asked what they had to do with anything, he said “well they were Christians and they were terrorists! Not all terrorists are Muslim!” We said “first of all they weren’t Christian. Second of all, what does that have to do with anything? Here’s your golden opportunity to explain to a bunch of non-Muslims how violent jihadists don’t really represent Islam”. But he couldn’t do it.
I have made the same challenge online to folks who claim to be mainstream moderate Muslims. Tell me, how are the “so-called radicals” perverting your great Religion of Peace? Please show me from the Quran how and why they are wrong! I’m still waiting for a straight answer.
It sure wasn’t peaceful when Nidal Malik Hasan screamed “allahu akbar” and started shooting people at Fort Hood back in ’09! What does it tell you about the Obama administration that they continued to pay the man who killed 14 and wounded 32 – he made over $300,000 while waiting for trial – but since our Defense Department refused to classify his rampage as an act of war or a terrorist attack, the surviving victims and families of the deceased never got the support and benefits they were entitled to? Now there has been another attack at Fort Hood because our government – the same government whose Rules of Engagement have led to increased U.S. casualties in Afghanistan – refuses to allow our service members to carry side arms on base.
What does it tell you about this President that two weeks after four brave Americans were murdered in Benghazi, Libya, he went before the United Nations and declared “the future must not belong to those who would slander the prophet of Islam”? What does it tell you that this administration recently decided to ease the restrictions on potential immigrants to our country who have supported terrorists? What does it tell you that our government supports Islamic jihadists that kill Christians in Syria and John McCain does too? What does it tell you that Mohammad Weiss Rasool, whom the FBI busted for tipping off an al-Qaida terrorist suspect, now works for the deputy IRS chief financial officer as a financial management analyst, drawing a lucrative salary at taxpayer expense?
I could give you moreexamples about how the Obama administration makes life easier for our enemies. But I think I’ve made my case. Now comes the part that may upset you. But I cannot play the hypocrite. We must use the same measure to judge both sides. So let me ask you, what did you think when President Bush went to the Islamic Center In Washington D.C. – six days after the 9/11 attacks – and said that the acts of the hijackers had nothing to do with Islam because Islam is peace? We rightly condemn Obama for bowing down in front of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, but we try to rationalize Bush holding hands with the late Saudi King, leader of the country that produced 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers and the world’s biggest financer of violent jihad. American Presidents always tell us that we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil. But none of them ever seem to get around to doing anything about it. Why do you think that is?
Obama has members of the Muslim Brotherhood in his administration. But Bush had Grover Norquist. You may say “Doc! What’s wrong with Norquist? He’s all for lower taxes and smaller government”! Well Norquist started the Islamic Institute back in 1998 and he’s very tight with the Hamas-backed Council On American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Norquist was instrumental in getting White House access during the Bush administration for several of his fellow Muslims who are fans of Hamas and Hezbollah. Remember Sami al-Arian, Florida college professor who went to jail on terrorism financing charges? He’s not the only Islamic friend of Grover Norquist to actually meet with Bush and then wind up in jail a few years later! Don’t think that just by electing a Republican, all our problems will be solved!
Most people are unaware of these dangers to our country. But when you look at everything that’s going on around you– it’s only natural to say “I’m just one person! What can I do against a federal government in bed with forces that want to destroy what’s left of the country that I love?
Well let me tell you what to do. Work like everything depends on you and pray like everything depends on God. Put God first, and look for opportunities to do His work on this earth. Have you ever heard the verse out of the Bible that says “if my people who are called by name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land?” Perhaps you can look that up tonight in the book of Second Chronicles and read the story.
The biggest problem with our country isn’t Barack Obama; it’s that a majority of the voters would elect him twice and the Republicans put up two guys who couldn’t beat him. The biggest problem with our country is spiritual blindness! On Election Night 2012 when Fox News called the election for Obama, I was standing beside my Congressman at the Edgewater Beach Retreat in Panama City Beach. I turned to him and said “I sure am glad that my redemption doesn’t rely on Washington D.C.!” He said “amen brother”. Our problem of spiritual blindness is much bigger than our government, but our government is a symptom of that problem. So we must work like everything depends on us and pray like everything depends on God.
I said earlier that I have a suggestion of who I think would make a good 45th President. It’s a fellow who recently said this: “all across this country people are waking up and saying what we are doing is not working. People are hurting tragically and we need to turn this country around. There is a better way, a brighter future; how do we win? How do we inspire young people? Number 1, we tell the truth! Defend the constitution! All of it! Defend the first amendment! The right to free speech! The right to a free press! The right to freedom of religion and that means among other things not having the I.R.S. ask citizens ‘tell me the content of your prayers’. We need to stand for the second amendment right to keep and bear arms! We need to stand for the fourth and fifth amendment rights – the privacy of every American! Every child deserves an opportunity to have an excellent education regardless of your race, your class, your creed, where you come from – every child deserves a fair chance at the American dream! We need to audit the Federal Reserve! We need to abolish the I.R.S.! We need to stop bankrupting our country. We can either choose to keep our head down and not rock the boat, not stand for anything or we can stand for principle. Millions of Americans stood up last fall and said stop this train wreck, this disaster that is Obamacare – that is hurting millions of people! The Democrats said – the mainstream media said – they said this is hopeless! Don’t you understand? Just move on! Just accept it! You can’t do anything to stop this! Yes we can”!
In my opinion, that message from Senator Ted Cruz from Texas stands with Ronald Reagan’s demand “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”. It stands with Winston Churchill’s exhortation “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” If you have a better idea of who can win in 2016, I’d love to hear who it is.
Remember, work like everything depends on you, pray like everything depends on God! I want to thank Brenda and Dave and the Panhandle Patriots for inviting me to speak today and putting my speech on Youtube. My name is Doc Washburn. The text of my speech will be on DailySurge.Com where I have just come onboard as their newest columnist. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America!
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