Victims' Rights Caucus

Speeches

Mr. Speaker, ``We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'' Words of Thomas Jefferson in our Declaration of Independence.

As we end this evening tonight, Mr. Speaker, at midnight, and we go into the July Fourth weekend, we must remember these words of the Declaration of Independence and know that liberty has always cost, as we should remember the words of President Kennedy when he said, ``Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.''

We are involved in a war against terrorism. We have lost over 1,700 Americans in this war; but we must remember, Mr. Speaker, that we must be vigilant. We must remember the words of Ronald Reagan, that ``those people who cry peace, peace, do not understand that there can be no peace as long as there is one American somewhere dying for the rest of us.''

So this July Fourth weekend, we must fly the flag, wear the red, white and blue, and thank the good Lord that there is no place like the United States of America.