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posted on Mar, 13 2003 @ 12:19 AM
My homie in Qatar sent this to me. He said it pumped up his moral. I thought y'all would enjoy it.

Please take a moment to reflect on what this says. This was sent from the senior citizens at On Top of the World in Clearwater who want us all to know that they support what we are all doing over here in the Middle East.

Last week, the Shelby County Alabama Legislative Delegation hosted a "Stand Up for America Rally." More than 1,200 people attended including featured speakers Chief Justice Roy Moore, Adjutant General Mark Bowen and Alabama State Auditor Beth Chapman.

Attached is a copy of Mrs. Chapman's speech, which resulted in five standing ovations, tremendous applause and an encore. It's a short read and well worth it.

I hope you enjoy it as we continue to "Stand up for America!"

The program may be viewed Wednesday, March 5th at 8:00 PM on Charter Cable Channel Six in our area.

Stand Up for America Rally Speech By: Beth Chapman

I'm here tonight because men and women of the United States military have given their lives for my freedom. I am not here tonight because Sheryl Crowe, Rosie O'Donnell, Martin Sheen, George Clooney, Jane Fonda or Phil Donahue, sacrificed their lives for me.

If my memory serves me correctly, it was not movie stars or musicians, but the United States Military who fought on the shores of Iwo Jima, the jungles of Vietnam, and the beaches of Normandy. Tonight, I say we should support the President of the United States and the U.S. Military and tell the liberal, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, hippy, tie-dyed liberals to go make their movies and music and whine somewhere else.

After all, if they lived in Iraq, they wouldn't be allowed the freedom of speech they're being given here today. Ironically, they would be put to death at the hands of Sadam Husssein or Osama Bin Laden. I want to know how the very people who are against war because of the loss of life, can possibly be the same people who are for abortion?

They are the same people who are for animal rights but against the rights of the unborn. The movie stars say they want to go to Iraq and serve as "human shields" for the Iraqis. I say let them buy a one-way ticket and go.

No one likes war. I hate war! But the one thing I hate more is the fact that this country has been forced into war-innocent people have lost their lives - - and there but for the grace of God, it could have been my brother, my husband, or even worse my own son.

On December 7, 1941, there are no records of movie stars treading the blazing waters of Pearl Harbor.

On September 11, 2001; there are no photos of movie stars standing as "human shields" against the debris and falling bodies ascending from the World Trade Center. There were only policemen and firemen - -underpaid civil servants who gave their all with nothing expected in return.

When the USS Cole was bombed, there were no movie stars guarding the ship - - where were the human shields then?

If America's movie stars want to be human shields, let them shield the gang-ridden streets of Los Angeles, or New York City, let them shield the lives of the children of North Birmingham whose mothers lay them down to sleep on the floor each night to shelter them from stray bullets.

If they want to be human shields, I say let them shield the men and women of honesty and integrity that epitomizes courage and embody the spirit of freedom by wearing the proud uniforms of the United States Military. Those are the people who have earned and deserve shielding!

Throughout the course of history, this country has remained free, not because of movie stars and liberal activists, but because of brave men and women who hated war too. However, they lay down their lives so that we all may live in freedom. After all - "What greater love hath no man, that he lay down his life for his friend," or in this case a country.

We should give our military honor and acknowledgement and not let their lives be in vain. If you want to see true human shields, walk through Arlington Cemetery. There lie human shields, heroes, and the BRAVE Americans who didn't get on television and talk about being a human shield - they were human shields.

I thank God tonight for freedom - - those who bought and paid for it with their lives in the past - - those who will protect it in the present and defend it in the future.

America has remained silent too long! God-fearing people have remained silent too long!

We must lift our voices united in a humble prayer to God for guidance and the strength and courage to sustain us throughout whatever the future may hold.

After the tragic events of Sept. 11th, my then eleven -year-old son said terrorism is a war against them and us and if you're not one of us, then you're one of them.

So in closing tonight, let us be of one accord, let us stand proud, and let us be the human shields of prayer, encouragement and support for the President, our troops and their families and our country.

May God bless America, the land of the free, the home of the brave and the greatest country on the face of this earth.

posted on Mar, 13 2003 @ 12:30 AM

posted on Mar, 13 2003 @ 12:32 AM
ooohh... liberal common sense firewall is working, i see.

posted on Mar, 13 2003 @ 09:33 AM
A fellow Tampa Bay area man...

Go Bucs!

posted on Mar, 13 2003 @ 11:52 AM
It is very badly written.Factually incorrect,Full of historical comparisons that don't work,Politically blinkered,and Morally self-righteous.

If it looks like Horsesh!t ,Smells like Horsesh!t ,and is seen coming out of the back end of large animals of equine persuasion.Guess What?It's Horsesh!t.

But if it "Pumps up" your "Homo" then I guess thats just fine.


posted on Mar, 13 2003 @ 11:58 AM
LOL. I totally agree john bull.

I read the first paragraph and thought "another loon who thinks the only people with a right to talk about war are soldiers", and then I read the second paragraph and thought "yeah and wasn't Vietnam a great war to be involved in".

So I read a bit more and then decided that it was just, as you eloquently put it, horsesh!t.

posted on Mar, 13 2003 @ 12:15 PM
The way I see it dom,Is there are two distinct groups of people on this board.Group A who wish they were out in the Gulf fighting and Group B who wish Group A were out in the Gulf fighting.

posted on Mar, 13 2003 @ 12:21 PM


posted on Mar, 13 2003 @ 12:24 PM

sadly I'm sure we will see similar letters published in the Sun and News of the World from our WW2 veterans cheering 'our boys' on.

noticed the quote about the 11 year old son - does that mean Bush plagarised his speech from a child or that aforementioned child is brainwashed?


posted on Mar, 13 2003 @ 12:35 PM
sherwood - I can't see your avatar, so I doubt john bull can. But I'm betting it's rude, come on, sort it out, it's not that technically difficult...

And jb, I would totally like to see Group A fighting in a warzone, but preferably in a war that they're not guaranteed to win with minimal casualties.

posted on Mar, 13 2003 @ 12:44 PM
I was just acknowledging that I noticed he was from my home town...not endorsing the speech....

I can see how it can lift morale though, but that's what it's for...certainly, it's aims are not to make a logical case for war...


posted on Mar, 13 2003 @ 12:50 PM
Yeah, I guess for the consumption of troops you just have to keep things simple and uplifting. And use big words every so often to quash any doubt they might have about their absolute moral right to kill members of the other side...

Just for the record I don't include you in Group A.

posted on Mar, 14 2003 @ 05:05 PM
I second what sherwood said.

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