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>You Can’t Tax Your Way Out of Recession! When Will Democrats Learn?


Arrogant ObamaCare TAX Increase Announced

Obama’s NEW Government Takeover Scheme Creates Socialized Health Care
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ALERT: An Arrogant ObamaCare Plan details new taxes, cuts in Medicare and government regulations, crippling and obstructing the “bipartisan healthcare reform summit” on Feb. 25th signaling that the Democrats are not serious about starting over and including Republican ideas in their plans?

Offering nothing new, the scheme defrauds America with a plan that repackages the same approach already taken by the U.S. Senate. A scheme that Americans have already rejected in the Latest Rasmussen Poll – as 56% Oppose ObamaCare!!!!

Obama has lied again arrogantly introducing massive healthcare tax increases on every American earning less than $250,000/yr.

Democrats will shove ObamaCare down every Americans throat like it or not, it will happen and Obama is pushing it through and it must be stopped.

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said. “We took our best shot at bridging the differences.” He then indicated that the White House is open to the Democrats using a parliamentary tool called “reconciliation” to pass the bill without 60 votes in the Senate, saying that the president’s proposal is designed for “maximum flexibility” so that it could be attached to a budget bill as a way of averting a Republican filibuster.

Every person will be hurt with increased costs of an out of control Government Run Health Care bureaucracy taking over private insurance with Federal regulations. The scheme completely ignores and does not include Republican proposals for a series of modest changes to bring down costs and improve coverage, including tort reform and new freedoms for insurance companies to sell their policies across state lines.

How does Obama Plan To Pay For It ALL? – WITH NEW TAXES!!!!

A record number of Americans are out of work and ObamaCare funding is more than $1 Trillion short and cannot be paid for without new taxes.

Obama and the Democrats in Congress are taking money out of our pockets with more than a dozen new taxes created by the bill. These would add up quickly for families:

  • Elimination of the Medicare Part D (prescription drug) deduction ($5.4 billion);
  • A 0.5 percent hike in the Medicare payroll tax for single earners over $200,000
  • A tax on branded drugs ($22.2 billion);
  • An annual tax on the health insurers ($60.4 billion)
  • A 40 percent excise tax on “high value” health care ($149.1 billion in new taxes over the next 10 years); and joint earners over $250,000 ($53.8 billion);
  • Changes in health savings accounts (HSAs), ($5 billion);
  • A $2,500 cap on FSAs in cafeteria plans ($14.6 billion);
  • An increase from 10 percent to 20 percent in the penalty for early non-qualified HSA withdrawals ($1.3 billion);
  • A tax on companies that manufacture or import medical devices ($19.3 billion);
  • An increase in the floor of the medical expenses deduction from 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income to 10 percent, except for seniors, who will stay at 7.5 percent ($15.2 billion);
  • A mandate on companies with more than 50 employees to provide health coverage or pay a $750 penalty per employee for those who obtain coverage through the insurance exchange ($36 billion over 10 years) and a mandate on individuals to obtain coverage or pay a tax penalty.

Dick Morris Is Right About A Liberal Democrat Secret Plan for ObamaCare

Pelosi said, “We (Liberal Democrats) will go through the gate,” “If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we will parachute in. But we are going to get health care reform passed for the American people for their own…” (GOOD?)

This is outrageous and exactly what Americans do not want. FAX NOW AND OFTEN AND MAKE CALLS TO CONGRESS. We need your continued help more than ever as Socialized Health Care MUST STILL Be Stopped.

Obama’s NEW Government Takeover Scheme Creates Socialized Health Care
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Keep calling your Senators and Representatives today , toll free numbers include 1-877-851-6437 and 1-866-220-0044, or call toll 1-202-225-3121 AND REGISTER YOUR OUTRAGE at Arrogant ObamaCare TAX Increase !

CALL PRESIDENT OBAMA 202-456-1111 and 202-456-1414 expressing your outrage at incompetence in crippling and obstructing the “bipartisan healthcare reform summit”.


NOTE: We need TENS OF THOUSANDS of faxes and PHONE CALLS and EMAILS delivered to ALL Congressmen right away!

This is a fight for the very heart of America. We can WIN this fight! With Senate Republicans now forcing Democrats to “ping-pong” the Obamacare bill back and forth between the two Houses, we can capitalize on the divisions within the Democrat Party itself ! If we can STOP Reid and Pelosi from getting enough votes in either House — that means THE BILL WOULD DIE !

We CAN still win , by keeping the Democrats from getting the votes they need to pass Obamacare… but we can’t do it without YOUR help!

Obama’s NEW Government Takeover Scheme Creates Socialized Health Care
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TAKE ACTION : We don’t have much time before the liberal Democrat leaders in the House and Senate begin their backroom deal-making to work all of their deals and compromises, in hopes of getting enough votes to pass ObamaCare. We have to start NOW in letting ALL of these people who are supposed to be representing US in Washington, that we are NOT going to put up with this — and that they MUST LISTEN TO US and KILL THE BILL !

We CANNOT let the radical liberals in Congress — and the White House — force this plan for socialized health care on the American people! That’s why we’ve set up our website to enable you to send a strong message to every single member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, OPPOSING this outrageous plan.

For about what it would cost you in time and telephone charges, you can send Blast Faxes to Democrats, Republicans, Independents — EVERYONE in BOTH houses of Congress, DEMANDING that they REJECT this socialized health care plan NOW!

Obama’s NEW Government Takeover Scheme Creates Socialized Health Care
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This fight CAN BE WON! Please, take action right away to STOP this bill in the U.S. Congress!


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Send your faxes right away to make sure every single Senator and Representative gets a STRONG message, to REJECT the socialized plan of “ObamaCare” NOW — Thank you!

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>Internet Content Taxes Coming Soon


Sotomayor the Radical


I never in my life thought I could possibly see a Supreme Court pick as bad as Sonia Sotomayor. Barack Obama is quite clearly trying to upend all the underpinnings of American society in order to create his own version of a Brave New World. Government takeovers of banks and car companies, firings of executives, politically based decisions on which individual car dealerships remain open, world tours apologizing for supposed American sins, mollycoddling our enemies while insulting our friends, broken promises about transparency combined with selective release of classifed documents to serve political purposes…. and so much more, and now…. THIS.

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Here Comes The Internet Tax


What is the single modern invention most responsible for enhancing peoples’ freedom and standard of living across the world? Arguably, it is the Internet. Yet, Democrats from revenue-starved states and Congress are proposing to make it less free by taxing Internet commerce. (Content regulation should be coming soon to a screen near you.)
This should not come as a terrible surprise. After all, the Internet was just too good, too free, too easy, too innovative, and too favorable to small businesses for government to stay away. So now, several states, and Congress, are considering laws that would require online retailers to collect state and local taxes from online consumers.

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What is the single modern invention most responsible for enhancing peoples’ freedom and standard of living across the world? Arguably, it is the Internet. Yet, Democrats from revenue-starved states and Congress are proposing to make it less free by taxing Internet commerce. (Content regulation should be coming soon to a screen near you.)
This should not come as a terrible surprise. After all, the Internet was just too good, too free, too easy, too innovative, and too favorable to small businesses for government to stay away. So now, several states, and Congress, are considering laws that would require online retailers to collect state and local taxes from online consumers.

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>Will The Real Lion of The Senate Roar?


Agape With Wrath

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Apparently John McCain was operating under a 120-day cooling-off period.
In the four months since the presidential race, the former Republican nominee has been, for the most part, a graceful loser, returning to the Senate to lead the loyal opposition with dignity. But yesterday, he exploded.
“I hope the American people will rise up — rise up!” he exhorted on the Senate floor, chopping the lectern with his hand.
He growled. He roared. He flushed. He sputtered. He glared at colleagues. He hurled angry words, words such as “slap in the face” and “outrageous insult” and “disgraceful” and “theft” and “corruption.”
“If it sounds like I’m angry,” the senator from Arizona explained, “it’s because I am.”
This disclosure hardly seemed necessary. For while McCain’s topic was familiar — he was protesting the inclusion of earmarks in a spending bill — the source of his ire was less notable than its intensity. His pair of speeches on the Senate floor, delivered within minutes of each other, resembled a public experiment in primal-scream therapy.
McCain went after President Obama. “I just went through a campaign, Mr. President, where both candidates promised change in Washington, promised change from the wasteful, disgraceful, corrupting practice of earmark, pork-barrel spending,” he said. Pounding the papers on his desk, he went on: “So what are we doing here? Not only business as usual; but an outrageous insult to the American people.”
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Many of us were wondering when the real John McCain would stand up. He has been quiet too long. These earmarks are a real menace to America’s integrity. Why do we need them?

Some argue it’s a way small states get perks such as light rail from LA to Vegas ($6B) — this one merely to sooth Harry Reid’s feelings and to get him re-elected.

What would be wrong with no perks? Most of them are the purview of the states, anyway. I’m a states’ rights man. When Washington starts doing things that states should do, we have a great slippage of power going east. It’s not right. Our founding father’s warned against large federal government. But that’s what the libs in congress want. Let’s fight them tooth and nail on this because we’re right and they’re dead wrong. Balance of powers is necessary to sustain our freedoms.

I say we don’t need ear marks. It isn’t right for people in Alabama and Florida, which don’t have light rail, to fund another state’s ambitions anymore than Nevada should fund Florida’s suggested “Bridge to Nowhere.” Maybe Reid should go to Utah and ask about light rail. Salt Lake County people don’t use their light rail, not much. They’re now wondering why they had to install it — partly at the expense of all of us, we who donated to the Winter Olympics of 2002, partly and greatly at the ongoing expense of Utah taxpayers. Some federal funds may have also been spent.

Ask people in Minneapolis if their light rail is fully utilized. I’ve been there and watched almost empty rail cars go by as I drove to the Airport in a taxi. That was before it went to St. Paul and the Airport. I might have tried it had it been available then. It’s just another “wanna have” expenses or dream child of some politician. It’s not used as they thought originally. Highways are still flooded with cars.

California gamblers will still want to take their own cars from LA to Vegas, if for no other reason than when they want to drive around and do something they’ll have leave and return-when-they-want transportation. I do not believe Las Vegans will support this system once this boondogle goes in. What do you think?

More importantly, what do you think should be done about earmarks? I believe they should be banned, and that was the promise both McCain and Obama made on the campaign trail. Did Obama lie to get elected? Do birds fly?. I also believe in Congretional term limits: two terms or 12 years for senators and 12 years or 6 terms for Representatives. What say YOU?

>Obama Will Slash Military Spending, Cut U.S. Military Might

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F22 Raptor formation

Is Lockheed Martin Losing Its Aeronautics Business?
You be the judge. It is not possible for President Obama to accomplish his twin goals of spending greater amounts of money for social programs and at the same time paying for two wars abroad and government-made infrastructure jobs here at home.
He has promised medical insurance for all Americans, a plan to save Social Security, and other social programs and helping the poor non-whites while not increasing taxes for those making under $250,000. . . at the same time maintaining our military might. Something has to break.

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F-22 Raptor
VRML by Soji Yamakawa

Could it be that with the Obama election almost a sure thing clear back in September, Lockeed saw into the future, knowing that Obama would bring home the military from Iraq before his self-imposed 16-month deadline and would start diverting most of the saved $12 billion a month to social programs?


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Maybe one year does not make a trend, but net sales for Aeronautics at Lockheed Martin decreased by 5% for the fourth quarter and 7% for the year ended December 31, 2008 from the comparable 2007 periods.


In the quarter, decreases in Combat Aircraft more than offset an increase in Other Aeronautics Programs and Air Mobility. The decrease in Combat Aircraft was due to lower volume on F-16 and F-22 programs, which more than offset an increase in F-35 volume.

The Lockeed annual report saidThe increase in Other Aeronautics Programs mainly was due to higher volume in sustainment services activities. The increase in Air Mobility mainly was due to higher volume on C-130 support activities. There were three C-130J deliveries in both the fourth quarter of 2008 and the fourth quarter of 2007. During the year, decreases in Combat Aircraft and Air Mobility more than offset increases in Other Aeronautics Programs. The decrease in Combat Aircraft was due to lower volume on F-16, F-22 and F-35 programs. The decrease in Air Mobility primarily was due to lower volume on other air mobility programs. There were 12 C-130J deliveries in both 2008 and 2007. The increase in Other Aeronautics Programs mainly was due to higher volume in sustainment services activities.

Operating profit decreased by 4% for the quarter and 3% for the year ended December 31, 2008 from the comparable 2007 periods. But company president Bob Stevens said that during the quarter, operating profit declines in Combat Aircraft more than offset increases in Air Mobility and Other Aeronautics Programs. In Combat Aircraft, the decrease mainly was due to lower volume and the decline in 2008 of the amount of favorable inception-to-date performance adjustments recognized on the F-22 program, which more than offset improved performance on F-16 programs.

The increase in Air Mobility primarily was due to higher volume and improved performance on C-130 support activities. The increase in Other Aeronautics Programs mainly was due to improved performance on sustainment services activities.

During 2008, operating profit declines in Combat Aircraft partially were offset by increases in Other Aeronautics Programs and Air Mobility. In Combat Aircraft, the decline mainly was due to lower volume on F-16 programs and lower volume and the decline in 2008 of the amount of favorable inception-to-date performance adjustments on the F-22 program.

Company spokesmen said the increase in Other Aeronautics Programs mainly was due to higher volume in sustainment services activities, which partially was offset by a decrease in operating profit due to performance on a P-3 modification contract. In Air Mobility, operating profit increased mainly due to higher volume and improved performance on C-130 support activities, which more than offset a decline on C-5 programs.

>Will This Financial Crisis End In World Domination of Our Money And Our Nation?

>Read Carefully, for the machinery is in motion to change our very way of life here in America. All Americans should not just be concerned, but alarmed.

Let’s get out in front of this, if there is still time.

From my friend Joan Allen comes the following (which we will print in two articles here on AngstBlogger:
Below are excerpts from the 27 page attachment. I hope you will take the time to read it all. Obama, the perfect mouthpiece, is being groomed and financed by evil people who want to dominate the world for their own greed and power. He now has his own TV station to be in everyone’s face with his/their promises and lies. He is having a big impact on the young who have no idea what is happening. He must be stopped. These articles will show how this has been carefully orchestrated for many years and now is coming to fruition. The North American Union is slated for 2010, then One World Order with the UN in control will be next. The Constitution will be history, as will our freedoms and way of life. Our children will be enslaved. Be part of the solution. Try to stop the Obama landslide to buy some more time to protect this country. Study carefully those who are running for congress. Above all, vote prayerfully.

All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.


World-Wide Conspiracy :


“Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money.” Daniel Webster


“What is important is to dwell upon the increasing evidence of the existence of a secret conspiracy throughout the world, for the destruction of organized government and the letting loose of evil.” – editorial, Christian Science Monitor, June 19, 1920


“Give me control of a nation’s money supply, and I care not who makes it laws.” Mayer Amschel Rothchild, founder of the Rothchild Banking Dynasty

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson.” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933 , U.S. President

“Those that create and issue the money and credit direct the policies of government and hold in their hands the destiny of the people.” Reginald McKenna, President of the Midlands Bank of England

Woodrow Wilson signed the 1913 Federal Reserve Act. A few years later he wrote: I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men. Woodrow Wilson, 1913

“Under the Federal Reserve Act, panics are scientifically created. The present panic, is the first scientifically created one, worked out as we figure a mathematical equation.” Charles Lindberg

“It was a carefully contrived occurrence. International Bankers sought to bring about a condition of despair, so that they might emerge the rulers of us all.” Congressman Louis McFadden on the Great Depression

>Obama Would Negotiate With Ahmadinejad and Other Dictators Without Preconditions


Ahmadinejad Feted at Obama Fundraiser’s Hotel

New York – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was feted on Thursday night by left-wing U.S. religious leaders and self-styled pacifists at a gala reception at New York’s Hyatt hotel — which is owned by the family of the Obama campaign’s national finance chairperson, Penny Pritzker.

Several thousand protesters gathered on 42nd street, directly across from the hotel, late Thursday afternoon, including Beth Gilinsky, president of the Jewish Action Alliance; Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy; and the Rev. Keith Roderick, the Episcopal canon to persecuted Christians.

Ahmadinejad arrived at 8:45 p.m., nearly three hours late, and was protected by the Secret Service and Iranian security guards, Newsmax correspondent Kenneth R. Timmerman reported.

Inside, the Iranian president was given a warm welcome by John Brademas, a former congressman from Indiana who rose to become Democratic whip in the House from 1977-1981.

Also welcoming him was Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which was named as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in an alleged criminal conspiracy to fund the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas.

Ahmadinejad began his address with an invocation of the 12th imam, according to a source who attended the event.

He made a similar invocation of the 12th imam at the start of his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, adding that he hoped his actions “would hasten the Imam’s return.” He went on to blast Israel and the United States in that speech.

The Mahdivist cult of Shia Islam, to which Ahmadinejad subscribes, holds that the 12th imam will “return” to earth after a period of worldwide conflagration, mass destruction, famine, and starvation.

By calling on his own actions to “hasten” the imam’s return, many scholars of Islam believe that Ahmadinejad is revealing his intention to provoke a world war.

Ahmadinejad has referred to Israel as “a dried, rotten tree that will collapse with a single storm,” and has called on the Muslim world to “prepare for the great war, so as to completely wipe out the Zionist regime and remove this cancerous growth.”

Government buildings in Tehran are festooned with giant banners that read, “Israel should be wiped out of the face of the world” in English and Persian. Similar banners are draped across Shahab-3 missiles when the Iranian regime drives them through the streets of Tehran in military parades, Timmerman reports.

Barack Obama has made negotiations with Ahmadinejad and other dictators a cornerstone of his foreign policy approach, in contrast to John McCain, who believes that the U.S. must spearhead an international coalition to prevent Iran from going nuclear.

Obama has said that he is ready to sit down with Ahmadinejad “without preconditions” to negotiate a sweeping security agreement with his regime. McCain has dismissed this as “reckless,” and McCain’s top foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, has called it “cowboy diplomacy.”

>What A Dumb Decision! What Do You Say?

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>Obama Plans To Double OurTaxes

>I really enjoyed Fred Thompson’s speech at the Republican Convention last night. He set the record straight. Obama says he won’t increase taxes on the middle class, just on upper class earners–those are the small business owners, farmers, retirees, and others who have savings which now and then they invest for their retirements.

Don’t decide how to vote until you have read this entire speech._____________________

Transcript: Former Sen. Fred Thompson’s Speech, September 2, 2008 · In these prepared remarks, former Sen. Fred Thompson focuses on John McCain’s character. With intimate detail, Thompson talks about McCain’s history as a serviceman and prisoner of war. He also calls Gov. Sarah Palin “a breath of fresh air.”

Tonight our thoughts are still with our friends and fellow citizens in the Gulf Coast area, and our thanks go to those who have worked so hard to keep them safe. There can be no more important work than this.

But what we are doing at this convention is also important to our country.

We are going to nominate the next president and vice president of the United States of America.

We do so while taking a different view of our country than that of the other party.

Listening to them you’d think that we were in the middle of a great depression; that we are down, disrespected and incapable of prevailing against challenges facing us.

We know that we have challenges … always have, always will.

But we also know that we live in the freest, strongest, most generous and prosperous nation in the history of the world, and we are thankful.

Speaking of the vice presidential nominee, what a breath of fresh air Gov. Sarah Palin is.

She is from a small town, with small-town values, but that’s not good enough for those folks who are attacking her and her family.

Some Washington pundits and media big shots are in a frenzy over the selection of a woman who has actually governed rather than just talked a good game on the Sunday talk shows and hit the Washington cocktail circuit. Well, give me a tough Alaskan governor who has taken on the political establishment in the largest state in the union — and won — over the beltway business-as-usual crowd any day of the week.

Let’s be clear … the selection of Gov. Palin has the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic. She is a courageous, successful reformer, who is not afraid to take on the establishment.

Sound like anyone else we know?

She has run a municipality and she has run a state.

And I can say without fear of contradiction that she is the only nominee in the history of either party who knows how to properly field-dress a moose … with the possible exception of Teddy Roosevelt.

She and John McCain are not going to care how much the alligators get irritated when they get to Washington, they’re going to drain that swamp.

But tonight, I’d like to talk to you about the remarkable story of John McCain.

It’s a story about character. John McCain’s character has been tested like no other presidential candidate in the history of this nation. He comes from a military family whose service to our country goes back to the Revolutionary War.

The tradition continues.

As I speak, John and Cindy McCain have one son who’s just finished his first tour in Iraq.

Another son is putting “country first” and is attending the Naval Academy. We have a number of McCains in the audience tonight.

Also here tonight is John’s 96-year-old mother, Roberta. All I’ve got to say is that if Roberta McCain had been the McCain captured by the North Vietnamese, they would have surrendered.

Now, John’s father was a bit of a rebel, too.

In his first two semesters at the Naval Academy, he managed to earn 333 demerits. Unfortunately, John later saw that as a record to be beaten. A rebellious mother and a rebellious father — I guess you can see where this is going.

In high school and the Naval Academy, he earned a reputation as a troublemaker. But as John points out, he wasn’t just a troublemaker. He was the leader of the troublemakers. Although loaded with demerits like his father, John was principled even in rebellion. He never violated the honor code.

However, in flight school in Pensacola, he did drive a Corvette and date a girl who worked in a bar as an exotic dancer under the name of Marie, the Flame of Florida.

And the reason I’m telling you these things, is that, apparently, this mixture of rebellion and honor helped John McCain survive the next chapter of his life:

John McCain was preparing to take off from the USS Forrestal for his sixth mission over Vietnam, when a missile from another plane accidentally fired and hit his plane. The flight deck burst into a fireball of jet fuel. John’s flight suit caught fire. He was hit by shrapnel. It was a scene of horrible human devastation.

Men sacrificed their lives to save others that day. One kid, who John couldn’t identify because he was burned beyond recognition, called out to John to ask if a certain pilot was OK.

John replied that, yes, he was.

The young sailor said, “Thank God”… and then he died. These are the kind of men John McCain served with. These are the men and women John McCain knows and understands and loves.

If you want to know who John McCain is, if you want to know what John McCain values, look to the men and women who wear America’s uniform today. The fire on the Forrestal burned for two days. Twenty planes were destroyed; 134 sailors died.

John himself barely dodged death in the inferno and could’ve returned to the States with his ship.

Instead, he volunteered for combat on another carrier that was undermanned from losing so many pilots. Stepping up, putting his “country first.”

Three months later John McCain was a prisoner of war.

On Oct. 26, 1967, on his 23rd mission over North Vietnam, a surface-to-air missile slammed into John’s A-4 Skyhawk jet, blowing it out of the sky.

When John ejected, part of the plane hit him — breaking his right knee, his left arm, his right arm in three places. An angry mob got to him, after he landed. A rifle butt broke his shoulder. A bayonet pierced his ankle and his groin.

They took him to the Hanoi Hilton, where he lapsed in and out of consciousness for days. He was offered medical care for his injuries if he would give up military information in return.

John McCain said “No.”

After days of neglect, covered in grime, lying in his own waste in a filthy room, a doctor attempted to set John’s right arm without success … and without anesthesia.

His other broken bones and injuries were not treated. John developed a high fever, dysentery. He weighed barely a hundred pounds.

Expecting him to die, his captors placed him in a cell with two other POWs who also expected him to die.

But with their help, John McCain fought on. He persevered. So then they put him in solitary confinement for over two years. Isolation, incredible heat beating on a tin roof. A light bulb in his cell burning 24 hours a day. Boarded-up cell windows blocking any breath of fresh air. The oppressive heat causing boils the size of baseballs under his arms. The outside world limited to what he could see through a crack in a door.

We hear a lot of talk about hope. John McCain knows about hope. That’s all he had to survive on. For propaganda purposes, his captors offered to let him go home.

John McCain refused. He refused to leave ahead of men who’d been there longer. He refused to abandon his conscience and his honor, even for his freedom. He refused, even though his captors warned him, “It will be very bad for you.”

They were right. It was.

The guards cracked ribs, broke teeth off at the gums. They cinched a rope around his arms and painfully drew his shoulders back. Over four days, every two to three hours, the beatings resumed. During one especially fierce beating, he fell, again breaking his arm. John was beaten for communicating with other prisoners. He was beaten for not communicating with so-called peace delegations. He was beaten for not giving information during interrogations. When his captors wanted the names of other pilots in his squadron, John gave them the names of the offensive line of the Green Bay Packers.

Whenever John was returned to his cell — walking if he could, dragged if he couldn’t — as he passed his fellow POWs, he would call out to them. He’d smile … and give them a thumbs up. For 5 1/2 years this went on. John McCain’s bones may have been broken, but his spirit never was.

Now, being a POW certainly doesn’t qualify anyone to be president. But it does reveal character.

This is the kind of character that civilizations from the beginning of history have sought in their leaders. Strength. Courage. Humility. Wisdom. Duty. Honor.

It’s pretty clear there are two questions we will never have to ask ourselves, “Who is this man?” and “Can we trust this man with the presidency?”

He has been to Iraq eight times since 2003. He went seeking truth, not publicity. When he travels abroad, he prefers quietly speaking to the troops amidst the heat and hardship of their daily lives. And the same character that marked John McCain’s military career has also marked his political career. This man John McCain is not intimidated by what the polls say or by what is politically safe or popular.

At a point when the war in Iraq was going badly and the public lost confidence, John stood up and called for more troops. And now we are winning.

Ronald Reagan was John McCain’s hero. And President Reagan admired John tremendously.

But when the president proposed putting U.S. troops in Beirut, John McCain, a freshman congressman, stood up and cast a vote against his hero because he thought the deployment was a mistake.

My friends … that is character you can believe in.

For years, members of Congress, Republican and Democrat alike, have gouged the taxpayer with secret earmark spending.

Well, he has never sought an earmark.

I’ve experienced John’s character firsthand. In 1993, when I was thinking of running for the Senate, I went to John for advice. He convinced me I could help make a difference for our country. I won that election, and with Republican control of Congress, we reformed welfare. We balanced the budget. And we began rebuilding our military.

What I remember most about those years is sitting next to John on the Senate floor as he led battle after battle to change the acrimonious, pork-barreling, self-serving ways of Washington.

The Senate has always had more than its share of smooth talkers.

And big talkers.

It still has.

But while others were talking reform, John McCain led the effort to make reform happen — always pressing, always moving for what he believed was right and necessary to restore the people’s faith in their government.

Confronting when necessary, reaching across the aisle when possible, John personified why we came to Washington in the first place.

It didn’t always set too well with some of his colleagues.

Some of those fights were losing efforts.

Some were not.

But a man who never quits is never defeated.

Because John McCain stood up, our country is better off.

The respect he is given around the world is not because of a teleprompter speech designed to appeal to American critics abroad but because of decades of clearly demonstrated character and statesmanship.

There has been no time in our nation’s history, since we first pledged allegiance to the American flag, when the character, judgment and leadership of our president was more important.

Terrorists, rogue nations developing nuclear weapons, an increasingly belligerent Russia.

Intensifying competition from China.

Spending at home that threatens to bankrupt future generations. For decades an expanding government … increasingly wasteful and too often incompetent.

To deal with these challenges the Democrats present a history-making nominee for president.

History-making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for president. Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history-making, Democrat-controlled Congress. History-making because it’s the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation’s history.

Together, they would take on these urgent challenges with protectionism, higher taxes and an even bigger bureaucracy. And a Supreme Court that could be lost to liberalism for a generation. This is not reform. And it’s certainly not change.

It is basically the same old stuff they’ve been peddling for years. America needs a president who understands the nature of the world we live in. A president who feels no need to apologize for the United States of America.

We need a president who understands that you don’t make citizens prosperous by making Washington richer, and you don’t lift an economic downturn by imposing one of the largest tax increases in American history.

Now our opponents tell you not to worry about their tax increases. They tell you they are not going to tax your family.

No, they’re just going to tax “businesses”! So unless you buy something from a “business,” like groceries or clothes or gasoline … or unless you get a paycheck from a big or a small “business,” don’t worry … it’s not going to affect you.

They say they are not going to take any water out of your side of the bucket, just the “other” side of the bucket! That’s their idea of tax reform.

My friends, we need a leader who stands on principle. We need a president, and vice president, who will take the federal bureaucracy by the scruff of the neck and give it a good shaking. And we need a president who doesn’t think that the protection of the unborn or a newly born baby is above his pay grade. The man who will be that president is John McCain.

In the days ahead at this convention, you will hear much more about what John will do as president — what he will do on the economy, on energy, on health care, the environment. It is not my role tonight to explain that vision. My role is to help remind you of the man behind the vision. Because tonight our country is calling to all of us to step up, stand up, and put “country first” with John McCain.

Tonight we are being called upon to do what is right for our country. Tonight we are being called upon to stand up for a strong military … a mature foreign policy … a free and growing economy and for the values that bind us together and keep our nation free. Tonight, we are being called upon to step up and stand up with John just as he has stood up for our country.

Our country is calling. John McCain cannot raise his arms above his shoulders. He cannot salute the flag of the country for which he sacrificed so much. Tonight, as we begin this convention week, yes, we stand with him.

And we salute him. We salute his character and his courage. His spirit of independence, and his drive for reform. His vision to bring security and peace in our time, and continued prosperity for America and all her citizens.

For our own good and our children’s, let us celebrate that vision, that belief, that faith so we can keep America the greatest country the world has ever seen.

God bless John McCain and God bless America.

Source: Republican National Convention