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of 200. they cover from very minor things to broad things. there's three final areas that i said i want you to spend more time on. the fist was the military part of the work force. i try to remind everybody as i said in my opening statement, we are an enterprise composed of civilian employees. military men and women, active in reserve, officer and enlisted as well as contractors, and we have to optimize every single part of this enterprise to get where we need to be. the second issue i said was i want you to think a little more broadly about cyber, because i don't think we're being far-reaching enough in the rentals you've given me, and the last one was organizational structure. i said if you look -- if you were building nsa from the ground up today, is this the structure you would have created? it reflects a series of changes and choices made over the last 20 years. the last major organization gnat change at nsa, on a wide swath
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was 1999, 1998. coming up on 20 years ago now. and the world is really changed, and our missions have evolved, and i want to make sure we're optimized to meet the future. so i'll receive the final input back on those three by the first of october. in fact, i think i'm going to review a draft this weekend, to be honest. i'm told they think they have some initial work for me to look at this weekend. as i indicated previously, once we sit down and decide, it's my intention to come back to the committee and say this is what's been recommending and this is what i intend to do and here's why. this is what i think it will generate in terms of value. >> thank you. i think nsa is in good hands. thank you very much. >> admiral rogers, i seldom get the opportunity to highlight north carolina's high-tech successes. especially given the fact that
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my vice chairman representing silicon valley, i keep reminding her, i have the research triangle park, but while there are 99 days in ns a lts code breaker challenge. north carolina is currently ranked high. depends on if the admiral is important to please the chairman. it is good, but i think it highlights, again, something that diane and i both know. that's the forgetl ground you go to recruit. it works at the nsa, and it really is the backbone of our intelligence organizations. admiral, your mission continues to change in large measure
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because of a technology explosion. and it's an explosion like we've never seen before. it will only speed up. it won't slow down. your mission will be impacted by that innovation. i want to say, the committee is here to be a partner. we're anxious to hear your reorganization plans. i think it gives you the flexibility to move to wherever the challenge forces the nsa to go. i speak on behalf of the chairman and myself when i ask you to go back to the nsa employees and on behalf of the committee, thank them for the work they do, work that many times the american people don't understand the value of but sleep safely at night because of that work. this hearing is adjourned.
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>> when you look at the role that the supreme court is playing in our society now, we thought about what can we do to get relevance to our current programming. a series on the court made all the sense in the world. >> the court is an equal branch
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of government. it's the third branch of government. it still has fundamental impact on american's lives. >> inside this elegant building is a courtroom where cases are heard and decisions are made and impact all of our lives. there's so many incredibly interesting cases in the court's history. we've all heard about row versus wade and brown versus education, but for so many people they're names and a textbook. we want to talk about not only the legal side of the cases but the people involved in these cases. they are human beings who felt so passionately that they were being wronged that they brought their cases to the court. >> i think what people will find most fascinating about these cases are the personal stories. one of my personal favorites is matt versus ohio and the story of dollree map.
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i think people will fall in love with these cases and feel passionate about what happens in the courts and why they matter and why you should care. >> picking the 12 cases was a really difficult task. those 12 cases represent an evolving understanding of rights in america, when you take a look from the dread scod scott, you about the history of the country and the evolving rights in america. >> landmark cases, historic supreme court decisions produced in cooperation with the national constitution center. delving into 12 supreme court cases that significantly influenced our nation's story and our evolving understanding of rights in our country. beginning october 5th on c-span and c-span3. and as a companion, landmark cases, the book.
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it features the 12 cases we've selected for the series with a brief introduction into the background, highlights and impacts of each case, written by tony morrow, published by c-span in cooperation with quarterly press. landmark cases is available for $8.95 plus shipping and handling. >> all day today on c-span3 we've been bringing you the family research council's values voter summit. that will resume in a few minutes. here's a clip from earlier with donald trump reacting to the news that john boehner will be retiring from congress. >> and, you know, i've been saying for a long time, and i was just telling david, who said, by the way, i'm not a
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politician and i'm not politically correct. i think that's a great thing. i'm so tired of the political -- i love this guy over here. thank you. i'm so tired of the time and the effort of all of this. we don't have time. we have a country that's in such danger and such trouble. to be politically correct, every word is measured, and i can do it. i went to great schools. so easy to do it. but who wants to do it? we have to get to business. we have to just get back to business. but we're going to have a very interesting period of time, and maybe it starts today, because speaker boehner, you know, some people like him on a personal basis. do people like him on a personal basis, anybody? you know, we want to see the job being done properly. we want to see -- we want people that are going to get it done, and i don't understand. they get elected.
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they're full of vim and vigor. they're going to change things and get rid of obama care and do all of these things. they come down to these vaulted ceilings all over washington and what happens? they become different people. >> you can watch the rest of his remarks and more from today's values voter summit at our website, our live coverage continues in a few minutes. speakers include louie gohmert, and kim davis. while we wait for that go get underway, here's more on house speaker john boehner who will be retiring from congress next month. >> a look at the headline from the washington post, house speaker john boehner to resign at the end ofoctober. joining us for a look at what happened and what might be next, paul kane, a congressional reporter from the washington
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post, and what are some of the main issues that led to speaker boehner announcing his resignation today? >> sure thing. he has been a speaker for almost five years now, and for almost every cay on the job, the first thing he's had to do is battle with the conservative contingent, anywhere from 15 to 15 to upwards of 40 people, depending on the issue at the moment who have just always been agitating for the most conservative approach to dealing with barack obama and congressional democrats. things had seemed to settle down after his understudy, erik can nor lost in june. he said he wanted to retire. he felt like he needed to be a veteran presence. for the last year, 15 months, things have sort of settled down for boehner, but there were still constant chirps from conservatives that didn't think that enough things were going to
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right way. then came these controversial videos revealing abortion practices by planned parenthood, and for the last two months plus, conservatives have basically taken that issue and said what we have to do is shut down the government to force obama and the democrats to sort of come to the table and agree to shut off all funding for planned parenthood. democrats have made clear that's not the case. they've taken votes and demonstrated they're willing to support planned parenthood still. the organization says that none of the money goes toward abortion practicepractices. boehner knows if they go down this alley into a shutdown, that they'll get blown up. it will be the republicans that get blamed. >> how have other house republican leaders reacted and when did some of them find out? >> sure.
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basically last night and this morning, boehner made the decision after sort of seeing pope francis yesterday, a highlight for him as speaker. he made the decision he wasn't going to put everyone through sh shut -- he decided to go out on his own terms. he did not tell his fellow members until a minute or two minutes before their closed-door meeting today in the basement of the capitol. they were shocked. they said he had to tell the number two five different times, yes, i am retiring. so now that's going to set off a whole chain reaction of events to leadership races to try to replace boehner and to try to replace mccarthy because he's going to try to move up. almost a chain reaction. dominos will fall, and there's
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going to be a real fight now within the republican conference to try to figure out what direction do they want to go? do they want to keep going down this conservative direction, or are there going to be ideological challenges from the far right? >> what about this freedom caucus? what who are they and what are they saying? >> the freedom caucus is a break away of about 40. they don't officially release all the names. they say they have about 40 republicans who used to be part of the normal conservative caucus, the study committee, but they broke away from that and formed their own group, and they have been the most far-right boehner. people from north carolina and idaho and ohio. and they basically want to try to get one of their own into one of the leadership ranks. they sort of feel like they've forced boehner's hand in the
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last week or so, and they feel like they need to get one of their own up in. it's a very difficult task, because these are the 40 most conservative guys, and you have to appeal to a group of 246 republicans who will be voting in the internal elections. they have to broaden their reach beyond just their group of 40. >> when do you think we might see the elections happen? >> the last time there was any need for a leadership election was june of 2014 when the majority leader stunning defeat in his own pry miimary. in that case, boehner decided to stick around for another year or two. he didn't want to have a long, drawn out battle, so he said let's go with a snap election, and they held it nine days later. he lost on a tuesday. a week and two days later, they had elections. this time given -- >> we are going to leave this
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discussion of speaker john boehner's announcement about retiring and return to our live coverage at the values voter summit from washington d.c. here on c-span3. >> thank you very much, david. for your comment, david, please go to the family research council booth, and you can get your copy of the brand new book, no fear. we have an award for the best selfie. this is chris cruz, has the best selfie. chris, there you go. best selfie. you win. you go to the frc booth. this is our tenth year doing the values voter summit, and there are actually a hand full of folks who have been here all ten years. and we want to honor them tonight. if i call out your name, we would like you to stand and please hold your applause until i finish this brief list. but let's start, and i don't
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know if they're even here tonight. and if not, then we'll all shame them together for not being here. but let's start with fill and vickie burris. mary and alice dunlap. michael and jennette mooth. karl nilson. dorny samuelson. larry and margie smith. charlotte witmire, and rob boston. so if i called out your name, would you stand so we can recognize you for each of your ten years. as a special gift, we are making next year's value voter summit free to you, so you can sign up for free since you came all ten years, and that includes rob boston who is with americans united for the separation of
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church and state. and even though we disagree on just about every issue, we are grateful for the thousands of dollars you've donated to the organization, so we feel this is the least we can do because after all, if it wasn't fr organizations like yours, we wouldn't need organizations like ours. it's our way of giving back. seriously. if i called out your name, we would love to give you next year absolutely free. let's take a deep breath. it was action-packed today. just great speeches. wouldn't you agree? wasn't that tremendous? but i think it's time for some comic relief, and i can think of few guys i'd rather have to provide that than our first speaker who actually thanks god for calling him into the ministry of humor. you'll see what i mean. would you please welcome scott wood. ♪
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>> am i on. let's hear it. he's your host. and mc. look. you guys doing good? i'm here to lighten the mood. you guys are looking at me like hey, look, john elway and gary busey has a baby. look at that guy. i know. i get it all the time. i was fired from donald trump. you know what i'm saying? man, it's great to be here in d.c. i'm from southern kral. i go all over and republican, staunch, in case anyone asks but it's nice to be here now because it's cool out here. i just came from 103 dedegrees. i'm not kidding. i was setting like donald trump at a kinsonyeta. that's hot. like stallone at a spelling bee. very hot.
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i want to buy a vowel. you know what i mean? i've been married for 20 years. been happy for two, so that's exciting. i'm just kidding. i love being married. we have married people here, some couples? 20 years? i met my wife on the internet, craigslist. anybody? i'm kidding. my wife is classy. please, it was e-bay. free shipping, ladies. and they take pay pal, so you have to love that. i remember when i got engaged, i looked up the word engaged in the dictionary. it says to do battle with the enemy. then i looked up mother-in-law. it said see engaged. and my mother-in-law lives with us. my mother-in-law lives with us, sir. forget about walking around the house in your underwear, you
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sn know? i even told her, mom, put some pants on. what are you doing? welcome to the show, sir. can i get you something like a watch? how are you? he's just, where's my seat? how are you? what time did it say on your flier? do you know? i know. forever, i hear you. well, welcome. come on in. are you married? >> i'm married, yes, sir. >> okay. you paused for a second. and i know. 20 years. that's the scared pause because you never know. well, welcome to the show. i love being married but we have -- i had a little fight before i left with my wife. i had a little fight before i left. i call it a little fight. they worded it differently on the police report. you know what i'm saying? you know what happened? i closed my eyes to take a little nap. she starts yelling at me, watch the road.
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it's always something with my wife. she hates the way i dress. she's like look at you, nothing matches. made me mad. i was naked. can you believe that? i know. my wife. you know? it's always something with my wife. after our second child, we made me get a vasectomy, and we adopted. can you believe? my wife. how are you? what's that? >> i'm not going to laugh at jokes about your wife. >> it's okay. she don't mind. as long as the check clears, my wife is fine. believe me. she don't care. my wife is always letting me visit. she says i watch too much tv. she says too much tv causes
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short term tv loss. then the other night she said i watch too much tv. right? yeah. she said too much tv causes short term memory loss. trying to scare me and all that. i think a couple of you got the joke okay. i'm trying to crack the blonds. are you just not getting them? what is it? it's nice when the blonds get the jokes. am i right? i'm telling you. and i'm kidding. i'm kidding. i'm joking, okay? they're not real blonds. but anyway, listen -- >> what happened? what happened? i hear you, ladies. anyw anyway, so i'm married. i got kids too, man. my son loves dinosaurs so i let him visit my parents. that's always fun.
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my folks are getting old. i'm getting old. i'm in my late 40s. i'm 55. i'm stretching those 40s. but my dad is 92. my dad is 92 years old. i said 92. you could go tomorrow. he said i hope so. i haven't gone today. thanks a lot, dad. tmi, dad. my dad is 92 and he still drives. the man has a bifocal windshield, you know what i'm saying? it's this thick. should be driving at 92. am i right? i worry about my dad. my dad called me up, i hit a couple of mailboxes. i said where's the car, he said inside the post office. give me some stamps and get out. my dad is nuts, man. the older your parents get, the higher their pants go up. waist, chest, neck. my dad's 92.
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his belt is a head band. he has to unzip his fly to sneeze, but anyway -- what a crowd. weren't you on wkrp in cincinnati? am i wrong, sir? >> you have no idea? of course not. i salute you in the red coats or coming or whoever. >> yeah. >> the democrats. get out of here. you got to love them. but listen, speaking of that, they have a new subway sandwich. it's called the obama. have you heard it? it's a six-footer full of b bologna. does he like him or not? so i was talking about my dad. who's a dad? anybody a dad down here? is that chuck coalson right
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there? no? okay. have you ever been told you look a little like him? yeah. he's in prison. he's out now on parole. that's good. you got kids and you're a dad too. i want to be a good dad. i never got along with my dad. he's a big drinker, half irish and all scotch. and then he said stuff in front of my kids, can i get a scotch and soda in front of me kids. i'm like dad, you know we don't drink soda. my son's looking up from his beer, there's soda? no, no soda. i want to be a good dad. mom said a lot of weird stuff too. yelling so hard your ears would bleed. or you thought ten times a day she said what did i just say?
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if you don't remember, i'm not telling you. there's that one question you don't know how to answer. remember, my mom looked at me and said do i look stupid? you're backing up before you answer, you know? my sister is in the bedroom, it's a strict question, run. where's my eye? we got spanked when we were kids. am i right? remember that? yeah. spanking. they need to bring back spanking. that's what i way, yes, sir. it's biblical. it's in the bible. it says beat their butts is what it says. i'm paraphrasing loosely from the new kingdom hall version. it's a question hoe vas witness joke. i have underwear older than you. look at you. you're a child.
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i'll bet you weren't even spanked, huh? you probably got put on time-out. that's stupid. in my house time-out meant how long i was unconscious. we had lights out. that's what we had. there's your dad. eight, nine. my mom has that big number card. telling me and my dad, mix it up. mix it up. it's a weird childhood. i have an older brother. he's an idiot. i said your laptop has windows. he bought curtains. can you believe that? it was a weird family growing up. my brother, the guy's an idiot. we were talking health care, i said are you hmo, he said no, i like girls. i told my brother, most accidents happen within a mile
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of where you live. he moved. he moved. i'm getting nothing from these people over here. are you okay, people? the whole national card come out tonight? >> yes. i'm x navy, believe it or not. i was fired from old navy, but anyway, listen. i could fold a sweater like you wouldn't believe, people. lousy old navy people. but anyway, so i'm talking about family and stuff and growing up, trying to work out too, trying to stay in shape. i'm allergic to chocolate. i break out in fat. i tried one of those dove bars. i heard about them. i ate the whole thing. that's the worst tasting soap. i'm telling you. never again. i'm going to be honest with you, people. then when you have gas, you blow bubbles. you know what i'm talking about,
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chuck? nod your head. chuck passed away and no one told him. anyway, chuck. we love you. yeah. you have to stay in shape. like i would jog, but i have a car, so -- my doctor calls me up and says i should start running. i asked why. he said my check bounced and he was coming to get me. doctors, they act like they're better from you just because they finished school and all that. who cares. high school is, i'm telling you, the only thing that kept me out of college was high school, i'll be honest with you people. my teacher would put me down. you're stupid. you're an idiot, and i was home schooled. i'm working the crowd, lady. the blond, she's cracking. look at that. there's a smile. it's coming out. you're fired.
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but anyway, listen. i feel like george w. bush. america, it's good to be here. i feel like i'm up a tree without a paddle. remember that? he'd be like, you can quote me. i don't think so. no. but anyway, what was i talking about? doctors and stuff. thank you. anyway, because i got the physical and all that, and you have to stay in shape. i had a heart attack. this is true. the first friday in june. june fifth, i had a heart attack. rushed to the hospital. i knew i was having a heart attack numb, i'm crying out to god, i'm having a heart attack. i do the right thing. i chew some aspirin. that's what i was told to do. i chew a couple of aspirin. i look at the bottle. it's midol. now i'm like they're going to find me dead. he died of a heart attack and had cramps.
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that's horrible. i heard he was pregnant. quiet. it's good to be up and alive and doing all kinds of great things. you have to work out and stay in shape, but i don't jog. i don't like exercise. i'm car shopping. i have to find a nicer car. my car smells like beer. i have the toyota corona. it's fun when you save enough money to buy your own car. what to get. like a kid in the candy store. the name of the cartels you all about the car. i'm looking at the new infinity. that's how long it takes you to pay it off. you know what i'm saying? yeah. i'm telling you. last week i hit a guy. i didn't see him. he was in a mirage. i told him, you should have been in a dodge. and there's no way i'm going to
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sit inside a probe. i'll tell you that, people. come on. that's a no-go, sir. thank you. cars are getting small. the neon. you see the little neon? you get in and your knee is on the dash. your knee is on the window. and the kia, the little kia. get hit in one of these and it'll kia, am i right? >> and the smallest car in the world has got to be what? anybody know? the smart -- have you seen the smart car? have you physically seen one? it's a football helmet with wheels. am i right? i mean, my nephew got a smart meal. it was in his happy meal. it was right there. it was inside. i got physically hit. i'm in the crosswalk. i got hit by a smart car. they had to run me to the hospital real quick. i'm like it's right back there. can you remove it? it's somewhere. the wipers are going. i can tell you that much.
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could be a probe. i don't know. oh, good. i found the level of the audience. that's lovely. they're wild republicans. it's a weekend away from the kids. well, thank you for laughing. i'm the funniest comic in my price range, so i don't know if you know that about me. i'm killing, gill. i want a raise. anyway, listen. i did a show, duh you guys are blessing me. thank you. i did a show last week, they were so drunk they didn't know i was there. can you believe that? that was a weird church. i think it was a catholic church in vegas or something. our lady of the two drink minimum. i don't know. listen, i've got some catholic people here? catholic people, you have to be in shape to be catholic. i went to a catholic church
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service. stand, sit, kneel, stand kneel stand kneel, oh, my gosh. i told the priest, do you have a low-impact mass? my gosh. i'm out of shape to be catholic. he has me jumping with the rosary beads. i'm like you blow out the candles. i'm winded. try buddhism. he's fat. i can't believe it's not buddha. yeah. you're loving me, chuck. what's your name, sir? >> daryl. >> there you go. and my other brother, daryl. where do you live? >> virginia? >> what do you do? i guess you have a ride if you need it. i'm just saying. i don't know. it looked like a duck dynasty reunion, if you ask me, over
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there. i see some of them folks over there probably from arkansas. you know what i'm saying? i did a show in arkansas. them people look like they're from the duck dine industry. missing teeth and beards down to here -- and that's the women. anyway, listen. yes. that reminds me, they're doing a spinoff show. now they're doing that. they're doing csi, arkansas. this is true just as much as arnold is going to be the new trump. they're doing csi, arkansas. how do you solve a problem in arkansas? there's no dental records. am i right, people? i mean, all the dna is the same. is my ride here?
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there's nobody from arkansas in here, is there? anybody? oh, right there. okay. okay. i can talk slower, then. i'm just kidding. well, you're fun. i'll do a couple of quick voice impressions. my name is scott wood. you can like me on facebook. how are you? are you with him? boyfriend, girlfriend, dating? >> married 18 years. >> oh, yeah. stay single your pockets will jingle but oh, well. a couple of quick impressions. they should have jack nicholson be the president. jack comes out in his robe is like -- well, if it isn't our old friend north korea. here's johnny.
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i don't know. i like liam neeson. something's been taken. again? he tells it, listen to me. i want you to listen to me very carefully, my friend. i will kill you. i know you've taken my cat. i like stallone too. oh, right. you ever seen a rocky movie? you need sub titles. [ speaking with slurred speech ] . >> and schwarzenegger. listen to me, get down. that's all he says. get down. [ gunfire sounds ] get down. don't you want to go pillow shipping with him. what kind of pillow should i get? get down. you have some great speakers. watch the lips. these are badly dipped kung fu
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movies. [ coughing sounds ] hey, you. come on. come on. look. godzilla. i'm scott wood. thank you frc. you guys were the best. good, clean comedy. no curse words here. god bless you guys. a standing ovation. come on. let this man see that. come on. the blands. come on. we'll have a drink later, girl. work it.
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god blez yss you guys. thank you so much. thank you, gill. >> all right. a merry heart liis like good medicine. we're going to move onto other things in our program. once again, i need to quickly recognize that we have another lost cell phone. we did retrieve the last one to its owner, and i don't know who has lost the cell phone. we have it. if you want it, come over here and we'll make sure you're reunited. i could read some of the text if that would help. maybe you'd recognize. no, i won't. just trying to be helpful. all right. ladies and gentlemen, would you please join me in welcoming 36-year army veteran, three-star
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general, executive for the family research counsel, jerry voiken. >> thank you all. thank you very much. thank you all very much. thank you. thank you. i was really all excited about speaking here at values voters summit, and tony came to me a couple of days ago and said you're not speaking anymore. i said what do you mean? and then it dawned on me, well, donald trump is coming. i'll give up my time and he said no, ollie north is coming. i said he's a marine. he just smiled and said yeah, i know. i'm surrounded by marines, but you know, in this case, it's a great privilege for me to be able to introduce colonel north, a 1968 graduate of the naval
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academy, 22 years in the marine cor corps. a tour in vietnam, two purple hearts. colonel north went on to be in the reagan administration, and when he retired from federal service, he then actually founded the freedom alliance which i have the great privilege of being on the board on. and the whole focus of his freedom alliance is to take care of young wounded warriors and also their families. it's a great prif lemg for me to be part of that, and finally, he is, in fact, the producer of a very popular program on fox news documents some real he rowic actions throughout the history of network. and it is my great privilege,
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even though he is a marine, to introduce to you my dear friend and a great american. please give him a very warm welcome, ollie north. >> it's been a blessing to spend my life in the company of heros. my dad and all my brothers served in combat. as a u.s. marine in vietnam, i fought beside the best and bravest, and i served one of our nation's greatest leaders, but some of my most rewarding experiences, those that inspire me to keep fighting for the heros among us are the life-changing moments made possible by freedom alliance. the men and women of america's armed forces and their families can count on freedom alliance 24/7. from care packages for deployed
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troops to financial aid for hospitalized heros. freedom alliance offers extraordinary support for our nation's defenders and their loved ones. they've paid freedom's price. every american engaged in the war on terror has left something of themselves in difficult and dangerous battle fields. and too often, their service to our country exacts a sacrifice from their families. helping america's heros overcome some of the greatest challenges they'll ever face is the core mission of freedom alliance. for more than 25 years we've been helping save lives and families. that effort has never been more important than it is today. few things heal like the great outdoors. so freedom alliance offers a full range of experiences for america's hurt heros. hunting, fishing, skiing, boating, and countless wilderness journeys.
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and these trips, new friendships are formed, and informal peer counseling eases the burdens combat inflicts on body and mind. to help am bu tees enjoy the outdoor adventures, we provide them with vital equipment to enjoy nature's beauty, tranquility, and fun. our hero's vacations repair family relationships sorely tested over eight, ten, or even 11 difficult deployments. an airman confirmed this to me in a heart warming note. he wrote, you have no idea what freedom alliance has done for me. i can say with all honesty, freedom alliance has saved my life and also my major. i owe you everything for what you've done for me. that message came from a
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disabled veteran of 17 years' service who needed friendship and found it in freedom alliance. time, tension, and opportunity are the greatest gifts that we can give our wounded troops. wen more is needed. freedom alliance partners with financial institutions to provide mortgage free homes to veterans of iraq and afghanistan. these heros fought for the american people. we help them live it. and we never forget our soldiers, sailors, airman, guardsmen and marines who have made the supreme sacrifice nature they had dreams like a college education for their children. we can't bring them home, but we can make that dream come true. freedom alliance has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to honor the memories of our fallen and help their sons and daughters attend the colleges of their choice. freedom alliance extends the thanks of a grateful nation to
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those who have earned our gratitude on the battle field. freedom alliance is the best friend they have here on the home front, because we know for these young americans, the war is not over. their personal nigfight for independence has just begun. help honor these heros. it could be the best experience of your life. >> thank you, all. thank you, tony, and thank you general boykin. that's my next book. thank you all very much for the chance to be with you again to celebrate this voter value summ summit. i've been watching television today after i made a quick trip out to the hospital where they're doing a little bit of repair work on the body.
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they've already ordered the spare parts, from, i think it's napa, and inbetween i've been watching you guys. and what's been going on today. i mean, you guys come to washington. boehner resigns. i mean -- [ applause ] >> you have presidential candidates in here. someone asked me why are you here tonight? i said because i'm the only republican you know that's not running for president of the united states. it's been quite a day. you have a lot of excitement still yet to come. i want to chat with you this evening about some things that are not a laughing matter but are very serious, in fact. it has a lot to do with what freedom alliance does. when we started freedom alliance a quarter century ago, no one had any idea our armed forces would be at this point facing the greatest threat their military has faced since world war ii. yesterday i attended a -- the
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chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, joe dunford, grif nicknamed him fighting joe dunford. it stuck. he was kind enough to invite us to his change of command. i sat immediately behind the secretary of defense. that would be a fellow by the name of ash carter, and ray maybis. they are carrying out the mandate of this white house to use our soldiers, airmen, guardsmen, and their -- >> neither of them mentioned in their homilies to those thing
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command, the most contention issue right now, facing the united states marine corps. they're requested an exemption set by on assigning women to ground combat units, infantry, artillery, and armor. some of you may remember from a broadcast i did with sean hannity. i had gone on air in the midst of a gunfight. and i had said to sean standing next to one of the heros from this gunfight, the worst experience a human being can have is ground combat. in fox terminology, that requires feedback. the feedback we got was an e-mail from a fellow by the name of jim. you just said, quote, ground combat is the worst experience a human being can have. this is not true. the worst experience a human being can have is spending time
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with my mother-in-law. he lost his right hand in in a li -- fallujah and he just met my mother-in-law. it's not even a close call. jim in san diego didn't get it. it wasn't a joke. neither does our commander and chief nor his minions. whom among us wants to condemn our wives, sisters, daughters to the brutally of ground combat? yet by dining the marine corps that exemption, that's exactly what's going to happen. despite six plus years of budget cuts and social engineering, we still have the finie isst milit force in the world. it's true. [ applause ] the stars of all of my reports, my documentaries, my books have been the best and bravest of
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this generation. they are really american heros. now i say that in a group of young people in a college audience. i have conjured up someone i know wearing a spandex suit and a cape. i've got news for everybody. heros aren't those who catch a pass in the end zone. heros are those who put themselves at risk for the benefit of others and our heros go to work in the most difficult and dangerous places on earth. real heros are selfless. they put themselves at risk for others, meaning us, and since 9/11 '01, 2.5 million americans have put themselves into harm's way for what? for us, so that we never have another one of those 9/11 events. for the very first time in american history since the
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american revolution, stand up. there it is. for the very first time since the american revolution, every single person wearing an american uniform is a volunteer. there are no draftees. no conscripts. nobody press gang. everybody serves because they wanted to. today's troops are brighter, better educated, bigger, tougher, stronger than anything we've ever seen. they didn't volunteer to fight for gold, colonial conquest, or for some international community. they volunteered to fight for america and our safety and our future. [ applause ] they have all made extraordinary sacrifices as have their families. they deserve better than a commander and chief trotting around the world kowtowing to foreign leaders and apologizing for america. the reason i got here just in the nick of time -- and i love
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getting here a half an hour early. i do spelling lessons. see cat run. i wanted to get here early, but i was held up by a motorcade not for the pope. he's gone. this motorcade was for the head of communist china and it held up traffic for a half an hour on the rock creek parkway. i'm stunned. he's the kind of person to whom our current head of state has apologized repeatedly for what we are as americans and that, my friends, is just plain wrong. [ applause ] our government's most important purpose is to protect our homeland and the american people. yet our supposed leaders here in washington continue to fail in their primary mission and our vulnerability and that of our
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allies increased literally by the day. the graphic images of american civilians being brutally tortured and murdered have been broadcast all over the world and our head of state promises that, quote, the criminals who perpetrate these atrocities will be brought to justice. nothing has been done. families are targeted by name for murder and nothing is done. on july 16th, mohammayoussef abd murdered officers in chattanooga, tennessee. the president of the united states refused to name our adversary and instead issued a hallowed pledge to, quote, stop lone wolf extremists. i've got news for your, mr. obama. they're not extremists.
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our enemies are radical islamic jihadists. they use trade names like al qaeda, isis, al shabaab, hezbollah, hamas, and a host of other titles. some are sunnis. some are shite. they are one their objective. destroy the united states of america and our ally israel. the white house and the state department have been coddled rad call islamists of every stripe. he kept his campaign promise to bring all our troops home from the wars in iraq and afghanistan. now, he's increased our jeopardy by lightyears with his ill-conceived nuclear weapons deal with teheran's vision
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ayatollahs. instead of exploring the gains made by americans, the obama administration has squandered the blood and treasure spent liberating iran and iraq. appeasement has emboldened our enemies, endangered our allies, and increased the risk to the american people. ancient christian communities are being obliterated literally day by day. over a quarter of a unarmed men, women, and children have already perished. radical islamists have driven 14 million human beings from their homes in syria, ethiopia, mali.
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the number of displaced has overwhelmed the united nations efforts. more than 4 billion in u.s. aide still unaccounted for. with the help of dozens of nongovernment organizations and relief organizations, all of it has proven to be gssly inadequate. the troops i have covered for the last 14 years in 57 mbeds are stunned by this outcome, and they rightly attribute it to our president's failure of nerve and leadership. these young americans raise their hands to fight radical islamic terror. they deserve a commander and chief as courageous as they are. they volunteered to fight an enemy obama won't name, and many gave their limbs and lives to win ground that he has surren r surrender surrendered. no previous generation of american troops have been sent into harm's way by political leaders so unwilling to define our enemy or what matters most
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victory. these brave patriots have a deeper understanding of america's place and purpose in the world than washington's political elites and their media enablers. someday soon in places americans liberated and obama abandoned like fallujah and mosul, tomorrow's warriors may have to fill their brothers' bloody boots. these are my heros. they're willing to fight and die for my freedom to protect my family. and i demand and we should all demand a commander and chief worthy of such sacrifice. we don't have one right now, but we need one. [ applause ] we, the people, owe it to those who served in our nation's
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uniform to hire a new commander and chief dedicated to the defense of liberty here in and abroad. between now and november 8th, 2016, 409 days from now, we, the people, need to ask every candidate for federal office, regardless of what it is, what they would do to protect this nation. for that is their primary purpose for being in government. we, the people, need to elect those who are committed to overcoming america's leadership deficit disorder and the o-team's utopian rush to unilateral disarmament. congress needs to act now to prevent the obama administration's social engineering in our military. they need to enact legislation to protect the religious liberty of every american, whether they're in uniform or not. what you see on the screen is a
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frame -- back up one. what you see on the screen is a frame taken from footage i shot at the beginning of a major operation the u.s. marines were launching. it was a battalion sized operation for the initial assault. these marines knelt down and started to pray for one another because they need that that scout dog handler was going out in front. that dog is not going along as a pet. that dog is going along to find the ieds. every one of those groups had a dog just like that. they're praying for one another. and today, think about what happens to religious freedom in our military. we have chaplains being prosecuted for speaking the word of god. i dare the aclu to tell government employees to stop praying on government time.
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[ applause ] we, the people, the first three words of that constitution, to which i jared boykin raised my hand to defend, that constitution requires we, the people, to make a commitment. we're granted remarkable freedoms by that constitution. they're guaranteed to be protected. let me just make an observation. that constitution is not very specific about some things. for example, so-called social issues that are much in debate nowadays. let me make a point for republicans. i'm a republican. i'm not ashamed to say so. the republican party was born of a great moral spiritual issue.
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not a social issue. it was called human bondage. slavery might well have persisted for decades after it did in the united states of america. the bottom line of it is social issues are really moral issues. [ applause ] when i came up on the stage, i told the general my mission was to get us back on schedule and i will. let me close with this thought. i'm asking you to make a commitment now for every federal office, not simply the presidency of the united states, commit yourself now to making a solid effort to go out and find and recruit and support those who believe in freedom and
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liberty and responsibility in this country. i'm saying that out of great personal need. i've got 16 grandchildren. i don't want them to grow up in a country that's threatened like we are today. i'm asking you to be part of the we, the people, to make a commitment. the president i was blessed to serve who said kind things about me so my children would hear them once urged us that we are a nation with a rendezvous with destiny and that we're responsible for keeping this nation free. we can only do that if we remind our friends and our enemies that we are free because we are still the home of the brave. god bless you all and thank you for being part of this. good night. [ applause ] ♪
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ladies and gentlemen, from ohio christian university, please welcome allen roberts. >> good evening, everyone. it is such an honor to be here tonight. i have the opportunity to introduce our next speaker. he's a deacon, a sunday schoolteacher, and late preacher and a six time member of the house of representatives from the great state of texas. a former chief justice of the court of appeals, he serves as vice chair of the judiciary subcommittee on crime, terrorism, and homeland security. he's a tea party favorite, a leader in the fight to defund planned parenthood in congress. joini inme in welcoming respect
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representative, louie gohmert. >> guys, thank you. wow, it's such a treat. i love tony perkins and all the folks at the frc. i'm thrilled i get to be with you tonight. thank you for being here. been real easy to duck out right after colonel north spoke, but thanks for hanging with us. a lot going on right now, right? i heard that even in here you've got news of what's going on today. but i did want to follow up on what colonel north was talking about and touch on the iran treaty. it's a treaty. it amendments the nonproliferation treaty and that takes a treaty. i don't care what kind of legislation you have. the u.s. constitution cannot be amended by a piece of legislation, no matter how well
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drafted it is or if your name is a republican name like corker. you can't amend the constitution. a treaty takes 2/3 of the senate to ratify it. so if we're going to betray israel, as this president apparently is going to, by golly we at least ought to follow the constitution and i hope you will keep demanding that the senate follow the reed rule. the reed rule is that when something you think is important is coming up, then you take 51 votes of your own members and set aside the 60 vote rule requirement and then you vote on what you know is that important. they should do that and they'll fail to ratify the treaty and
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then we can enforce that it is an unenforceable treaty in any u.s. court, in any world court, because it was never ratified under our constitution. that is too important. you may have seen the news this week. iran all full of excitement with all $150 billion that will be coming very shortly and the hundreds of billions of dollars that will be flowing after this. they went ahead and announced we are going to fund hezbollah and hamas more than we ever have. they're going to up their ante for terrorism. and folks, that is --
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i've heard people say that alone ought to be grounds for impeachment. in the treaty had gone through without the corker bill, i would have already filed articles of impeachment, but that bill gives the president cover. i'm telling you because the constitution gives the senate the authority to ratify treaties. and if the senate comes along and says, okay, we're going to vote 98-1 to ratify this, if 2/3 don't disapprove it, it's going to be hard. it would be hard to impeach a president for following along with what the senate and the house told him he could do under the corker bill, so it is a real problem for us here in america when congress is giving cover to what would otherwise be an
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article of impeachment. israel is being betrayed. let me just bring something else up. i saw this coming in early 2011. we had a continuing resolution that was going to expire on a friday night at midnight, and we started hearing the military was concerned. what are they going to do if there's a shutdown because some of our military members are living so close to the vest that they're not going to be able to make their car payment, their home payment, and they've got to have those checks coming? some in afghanistan. some in iraq. they needed to not have to worry about the check taking care of their families at home. so i went to the speaker and i told him about the problem. i said, let's get this in a bill now to make sure that our military pay is treated exactly like social security. now, i know the president was trying to scare people in a prior shutdown where he shutdown
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the government, but -- y'all did get that? he said, yeah, we're going to take care of it. i saw pretty quick they weren't, so i filed a bill. you need 218 to pass a bill in the house. and we were getting right at 218. it was clear the speaker was not going to bring my bill to the floor, so i filed a discharge petition. if you get 218 to sign on a discharge petition for a bill, it forces that bill to the floor, even though the speaker doesn't want it to come to the floor. and so we were trying to get more and more people to sign on the discharge petition, and i thought, there are democrats that will want to support our military being paid on time, so i spoke to a leader in the -- it wasn't pelosi, but i spoke to the next leader in line. i know you care about the
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military. i know we have a lot of democrats that care about the military. i have this discharge petition that will make sure they're paid anytime there's a shutdown. can't you help me get some democrats to sign on the discharge petition? you need to understand. sometimes your leaders need an issue like getting the military paid out there so that he can get you to vote for a bill you don't want to vote for. wow. that was an education. you got that? you figure that out? you leave our military hanging out there in harm's way wondering if they're going to get a check so you can come in and say, hey, you conservatives what want to stand on the constitution and your oath, our military will not get paid. so you better set the constitution and your oath aside
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and do this for our military. i'm telling you that's what it came down to 10:30 that friday night. the speaker lined up people to stand up at conference. one after another said if you vote against this, our military is not going to get paid. you're going to have to account to our military. i got up. steve king told me later i don't think everybody will be able to go into that room and not hear the words you were yelling bouncing off the walls. i was so enraged that our military was used for pawns to get us to vote for a bad cr. now, you may hear the term clean cr. that's an oxy moron. there's no such thing. if it's a clean cr, it's as dirty as you can ever imagine and we're funding all kinds of
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things. you probably heard different things to illustrate the good and the bad. gee, i've got a great mother-in-law, but your car went off the cliff. that's the bad news and good news. your mother-in-law was in it. i love my mother-in-law and she loves me, so that wouldn't be mixed emotions. but this morning at conference, it was done in this order. we're going to take up a continuing resolution and pass it next week that funds planned parenthood. by the way, i'm resigning. that was the speaker's way of letting us know what was coming. listen. i appreciate the support i've gotten. i've met a number of you before. seen you in the halls. i appreciate the encouragement
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about speaker, but let me take you back to january. some of us after we did this omnibus where everything got funded but homeland security, and then we were going to hold back funding for homeland security and hold it hostage so if the president was trying to fund his amnesty, we wouldn't fund homeland security. as soon as that happened -- i may look stupid, but i'm not that stupid. i knew what was going to happen. we were going to get down to the wire and we were going to be told we can't fail to fund the border control and the tsa. there were some people that were saying those are essential public employees. you know who decides that? the president. he decides who's essential. you think he wouldn't leave the border open if he didn't fund
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homeland security? it reminded me of that danny devito movie where bette midler is his wife and he can't stand her. we'll give you so many million dollars and we'll kill your wife. he said great. that's what it reminded me of. really? you would do that? that's awesome. not a good idea. the old saying is you never take a hostage that the other side wants you to shoot. that's how it goes. we knew what was coming, so that's what motivated a number of us to try once again to see if we could get a new speaker. we tried for a few weeks and thomas massie and jim called me on friday night. we were going to have a joint conference call saturday morning. we've been stuck at 9. we need 29. we can't get past 9.
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they're all using the same constituents back two years ago when we tried this. they want the money that the speaker can raise for them. they want the committee he can get for them. want the chairmanship, but they have constituents that say don't vote for john boehner. i would vote for anybody else if somebody announced. thomas and jim said, you need to announce. you're the one who could get the talk show hosts going. guys, i've thought about it, but if i announce, it's not just the republican establishment that comes after me calling me nuts and everything else. i'm quite confident in my intellect thank you very much. if one of you are the one who call me a moron, there's no "e" in moron. the trouble is the democrat establishment would get on board
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and we would lose the issue of failed leadership and it would be about this crazy guy from texas. he said, no, but we need you to do that or we'll not get past 9. all right. we've got a conference call with all 9 in the morning. we'll talk about it then. the next morning they went through what they said to say. i said what i did, and the others agreed. we think you need to announce. the only way i can announce is if somebody announces before me so that i can say it's not about me. it's about getting a new speaker. i knew when i announced -- ted said, if that's all it'll take, i'll announce this afternoon. that was saturday afternoon. he sent out a press release announcing. they said come on "fox and friends." the talk shows talked about.
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there were tens of thousands. i had so many people tell me they got over 1,000 calls from constituents saying vote for me. one of them, i said, really what are you going to do. the speaker is giving me a chairmanship. i have to vote for him. i just thought it would make you feel good to know i have that many constituents that support you. i knew going in i was going to make a lot of people angry, but the goal was to get to 29. in fact, heard about a guy eventually getting to the meanest, biggest dog anybody had ever seen. just a real terror. he had it running around in his front yard. one day he gets a knock on the front door. i'm so sorry to tell you that my dog killed your dog. he said, i don't think so. yes, i'm so sorry. he's looking around. didn't see the dog. what kind of dog you got?
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she said, she's a little pekingnese. how would your dog have killed my dog? she got stuck in his throat. i was going to be the little pekingnese that got stuck in the big dog's throat. if everybody was there voting, we needed 29 to vote for somebody besides the current speaker. that would throw it to the second ballot for the first time since the 1920s. then we would call an emergency conference. i knew it wouldn't be me, but we would have a compromised speaker and it would be somebody i knew we could trust. so that's why that happened. there's so sense in me running for speaker now that i've still got so many people angry with
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me. but every time they tell their congressman, you should have voted for louie, they get mad all over again. >> we won't. >> thanks. i'm supporting dan webster. he's a fellow believer. he was the first republican speaker of the house in florida. he's a good man. his record is not quite as conservative as mine, but he's a good man. he will allow the majority to work its will and that's all we're asking. that's all we're asking. if you have somebody tell you, we've had this right-wing radical little bitty group that has hijacked our republican congress, you need to set them straight and there was a vote that established that. and that was the vote to fund homeland security that did not keep our promise and defund
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amnesty, because members of congress heard from their constituents back home. one after another went to the speaker and said, i'm with you. i love you. i want to help you, but my constituents are really angry. i can't vote for this. so he twisted some arms. he got 75 republicans to vote with all the democrats in order to fund homeland security without defunding the amnesty. there were 167 republicans that voted against it. now maybe they're not all that -- there may be some that are not all that conservative, but what it ought to tell you is that over 2/3, probably close to 3/4 of republicans in the house, represent very conservative districts. if somebody tells you a strong group of right-wing radicals have hijacked the congress, i have numbers that say otherwise. it's a small group that has
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hijacked the massive conservative body within the republican house of representatives, and we're about to get that straight now, okay? [ applause ] now, i know mostly we're believers here. the pope, i was so thrilled he came and spoke to congress. thought it was great. i am a christian. happen to be of the baptist persuasion. as allen mentioned, i've been a deacon. haven't been on the active list in some time. were you ready for all the meanness and back stabbing in congress? it's a walk in the park compared to those deacons' meetings. some of you know i'm not kidding about that. he brought up the issue of
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immigration. there are a lot of wonderful people who say, look, we're supposed to be kind of the foreigners. we're supposed to be kind of the immigrant. your forefathers, you may have been like that, but if romans 13:1-4 means anything, it means the government exists to encourage proper conduct and it is there to punish illegal conduct. >> that's right. that's right. >> so in a country that does not govern itself, that's one thing. if you've got a dictator and he's got an army, they've got to enforce the law. but if you're in a country, specifically the united states of america, you, the people, are the government. you hire a servant every so often. usually in november, sometimes may, or other times, but it's called election day. you hire servants to be in that
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government for you. you show up. you're supposed to for jury duty. you are the government. when you're acting in a government capacity, whether it's me when i was a judge or someone, you are to enforce the law because if you don't, the country falls. it goes to chaos. then you get a dictatorship just like the founders were afraid of. we've got to do our job. love one another. when you're in a government role, you enforce the law because otherwise this shining light, this shining city on a hill, it slides down that hill. it can't take care of the environment. it can't take care of people. it can't continue to bring in more people, give more visas than anywhere else on earth, even though we're such a small part of the world. it is the united states of america that's doing that.
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it's the united states of america that's keeping churches and keeping needy projects going around the world, so let's don't snuff out this project quite yet. this little experiment in a democratic republic. i also want to encourage you to keep praying. that is critical, but i also want to convey what a preacher for denton, texas, once said. god's in control, but just cause he's in control doesn't mean he wants you to lean on your shovel and pray for a hole. let's get to the work while we pray. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> doesn't it just encourage
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your heart to know that we have men like that in congress, men and women like that in congress? praise the lord. all right, folks. we're going to move into a very exciting portion of the evening. let me introduce to you the founding member and chairman of the liberty council, a good friend of family research council, and a strong sponsor of the values voters summit. he's the author of nine books. he's argued before most of the federal courts of appeals throughout america and before the supreme court twice, and it was the liberty council and their team that has been working to defend kim and joe davis, as we all know, the kentucky clerk who said no. in fact, before i bring them on, i would like to recognize a new of the members of liberty council who have been on the front lines of this case. and so i believe it's harry
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mehit, roger, and anita staber. would you please stand? ladies and gentlemen, would you join me in thanking them for their service? [ applause ] thank you, folks. god knows your name very well, even though i didn't. be aware satan knows your name too. you are marked for your stamp of righteousness. we're so thankful and proud of you. all right, ladies and gentlemen, i think can i pronounce this name. would you please welcome matt staber? [ applause ] >> thank you. i am so blessed to work with a great team at liberty council. we have a number of them on the front row. charlotte is just one of many that worked with the crush of the media. so much happened in such a short period of time, that's a privilege to be able to work
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with them. it's also a privilege to be able to work with clients like kim and joe davis. on june 26th, five lawyers in the words of the chief justice john roberts, five lawyers imposed their will, not a legal judgment not based on the constitution and not based on the court's precedent, and in that opinion contradicted what they said in 2013, in which they said states have the right to define marriage and ruled against millennial of human history. we knew at that moment that this would be an unprecedented clash with religious freedom. what we did not raelealize is within two months of that 5-4 opinion that the first person because of their christian faith would be sent to jail and spend six days in jail. by the way, the case is far from over. that lady is kim davis.
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the impact of this case on us and on the world has been phenomenal. some people said, how can someone who has not had perfect marriages in her past be defending marriage? well, one of the things that is wonderful about the gospel is that four and a half years ago, kim davis' life radically changed when her mother-in-law asked kim to get her life in order. try church. go to church. to fulfill that mother-in-law's dying wish, she went to church. he heard a pastor preach from the word of galatians. there's a god that gives her complete forgiveness and throws her sins into the bottom of the ocean. at that moment, kim became a broken woman. she wept and gave her life to jesus christ.
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from that moment on, she has not been the same person. once she was blind, but now she sees. once she was lost, but now she is found. you have to understand that four and a half years ago experience because that is what ultimately is inside kim davis' heart. so when june 26th came, one of the things that she could not do is betray and disobey god. and she was confronted with a decision, not just to issue some certificate regarding marriage, but unlike a lien or a judgment issued under the authority of the court and she is the record keeper of that or a tax lien or an auto tax registration where she is the record keeper of it, marriage licenses have the name of the clerk of the court in that county. kim davis could not attach her
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name and her authority to authorize under her name and title a marriage that conflicts with god' definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. kim davis was targeted by those who demand she violate her conscious and her deeply held religious convictions. most people would cave under the pressure, but kim davis did not. kim davis was elected to this position by the people. she believes god ultimately brought her to this place of the county clerk. she would not resign and should not resign because if kim davis resigns, what does that message say? if you're a christian, you better not run for office. if you're in office, you better resign. you better get out. now it's not just there. if you're a baker or a florist or a wedding chapel, you need to get out of the business because your faith is colliding with the culture. kim davis would not and will not
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step down from the position where she has been elected and where god has called her to be at such a time as this. one other thing kim davis will not do and she has been very clear and said let the whole world know she will not violate her conscious. she will not disobey her lord. as a result, kim davis has spent time in jail. you've seen the mug shot of kim davis. she would never have imagined that's what would happen so quickly because of her faith. but as we have in the last few days flown through philadelphia, laguardia airport, when we went up there for a television interview, and then to washington, d.c., in all of these huge metropolitan cities, not in rowan county, kentucky,
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when we're walking down the hallway or walking through the airport, people are putting up encouraging her. coming up to her. taking selfies because they believe and they understand that this woman is standing for her faith. in one airport, a police officer came on the segue. as he's coming down the hallway, he stops and he says, i know you. you're kim davis. thank you for standing. thank you for your courage. and this police officer said, i wish i had courage to stand like you. kim davis, people have called her a hero. people have said she's wanting to be a martyr. she's neither. kim davis does not want to be considered a hero. kim davis doesn't think of herself as a hero, and she certainly doesn't think of herself as a martyr. she is kim davis, a person who was radically transformed by the
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blood of jesus christ four and half years ago, and she wakes up every day wanting to serve her lord. she will not be disobedient to her lord jesus christ. beyond this experience in the airports, kim davis received 20,000 or so pieces of handwritten cards or mail in the five and a half, six days in jail, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. some have been sent to her home. she's gotten letters from all 50 states. letters from all around the world from okinawa and from other places all over the world. this scene right here in lima peru illustrates the impact of this one woman's jesus christ and her faith.
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100,000 people came to a soccer stadium to pray for kim davis while she was in jail. they didn't go to soccer stadium because of some other meeting and as an afterthought say, we need to have a moment or silence for kim davis. they came to the soccer stadium to pray for kim davis solely for having a prayer meeting for kim davis while she was in jail for her safety and her release. that, my friends, is happening around the world. when one person stands, it has an impact. kim davis will continue to stand for her lord and savior jesus christ. i pray that the impact of she is doing, and she is such an amazing, humble woman, who never
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has sought and still does not seek this spotlight, she did not want to be in this position, she would rather go back to her normal life, she is completely out of her comfort zone being up hering to acknowledged walking through the hallways, to be recognized. that is not kim davis' comfort zone. but god brought her there, and through this lady, just an example of a letter she recently received from a woman, who said that her faith was dry as a barren desert, her faith has been rekindled. these are times in history unlike what we have had before. you can live your cradle to grave life and you've had no real controversy. you haven't had to make those difficult decisions. these are not those times. god birthed kim davis and joe
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davis and each one of you for this moment in america and world history, and god knows the beginning from the end. what he is looking for are not eloquent people. he is not looking for degreed lawyers. he's looking for people who love jesus christ and who will stand for him, who will not flinch when their time is called, and that person is kim davis and joe davis. may god raise up more, may he protect them and all aspire to have the courage and the tenacity and the faith and the belief to follow our lord jesus christ no matter the cost. may god bless you. [ applause ] ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back to the stage family research council president tony
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perkins. >> well, good evening once again. i hope that you are doing well this evening. this is going to be the highlight, i think, of the weekend for me. a year ago, we recognized a sudanese christian mother, who had been in imprisoned by the government of sudan along with her toddler son martin. she gave birth to her daughter maya while she was in prison not because she was a criminal, because she had stolen or murdered, but because she was a follower of jesus christ and she refused to renounce her faith in jesus. i never envisioned that within a year i would see a woman in the united states of america imprisoned for her faith in jesus christ. if you are a christian, if you are a follower of jesus christ,
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i want you to hear me this evening. scripture tells us very clearly we are to submit to those in authority. as christians, there should be no better citizens than christian citizens. but the scripture does not stop there. as the disciples, those closest to jesus himself made clear, when the arbitrary edicts of man conflict with the specific instructions of god, we cannot, we must not submit no matter the cost. [ applause ] building upon the legal maximum of the church father saint agustin, martin luther king jr. wrote, quote, one has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws.
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conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. it is time for christian leaders who hold positions of public trust to resist the edicts of unelected and virtually unaccountable rulers who issue unjust edicts that conflict with the truth of god. jesus said, blessed are the peacemakers. he did not say blessed are the pacifist. peace comes through strength and strength comes by standing for the lord jesus christ. it is time that christians in america begin to stand for their faith. kim davis should not be an outlier. kim davis should not be something that surprises america. there should be kim davises in
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elected offices at every level who say no to justices who redefine what is in the word. tonight, it gives me great pleasure to present to kim davis our second cost of discipleship award. i'm going to ask you to join with me as i welcome kim davis, her husband joe, and matt staber back to the podium. please welcome kim davis. [ applause ] [ cheering and applause ]
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[ applause ] >> we love you, kim. >> allow me to read the text of this award that we're giving to
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kim. i first want to also say thanks to matt staver and for liberty council and for those organizations who make it possible for christians like kim tostand. and we're grateful for matt staver and his leadership. let me read the citation. integrity is the alignment of conviction and action in the pursuit of truth and justice. in the course of history, men and women have integrity, few in number but deep in character, have pursued justice at great personal cost, whether it was abraham lincoln asserting the unconstitutionally unsettled nature of the dred scott decision, or martin luther king risking the fang and claw of police dogs to end legal segregation. our nation has been ennobled and enriched by citizens who declare
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their unwillingness to accept rules and statutes that conflict with the laws of nature and the laws of god. tens of thousands have borne mortal wounds, attacked their neighbors, hereto, people of profound integrity are standing against a tide of power that would attempt to make manmade law the source of all goodness and truth. today's conflict over the meaning of the irreplaceable civil institution of marriage, one elected official, kimberly davis, of rowan county, kentucky, has inspired americans. in so doing, she has reminded us
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that we must remember to kneel before we dare stand. in honor of the model of personal courage she has offered our nature, family research council is pleased to bestow the second cost of discipleship award given in washington, d.c. this 25th day of september in the year of our lord, 2015. please help me once again thank kim davis for her stand for the faith. [ applause ] ♪
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>> i feel so very undeserving. i want to start by thanking my lord and my savior, jesus christ because without him, none of this would have ever been possible for he is my strength that carries me. and it is his mercies that follow me every day and it is his love that endures all things. >> amen. >> i have realized through all the trials in our lives that if we wait upon the lord, he'll show up in just the right time. his timing is always perfect. i have discovered through all of this that his grace is truly sufficient in all things.
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i am only one, but we are many. thank you all so very much. i appreciate you. [ applause ] ♪ ♪ >> thank you, ladies and
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gentlemen. in just a moment, tony perkins is going to the back of the room where he is going to be interviewed live on the megyn kelly show. she is opening her show right here. we're going to close out our sessions today with what we're calling our free to believe panel. many of them you saw earlier today when the benham brothers were talking. now, you're going to hear a little bit more about their stories and what they have to share with you about being free to believe. at 9:30 we're going to start our film for those who would like to see "wood lawn." would you please welcome travis webber? [ applause ]
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>> good evening. it's quite the powerful panel presentation we saw earlier wit. quite a lot of conviction. this is the type of conviction we need from americans around the country, those living in places far from d.c. to stand up and exercise the religious liberty as we fight the battles here from d.c. in terms of law and policy. so quite powerful and quite an example for us all. our last panel is going to feature a number of other stories involving the exercise of individual rights, individual religious freedom. we'll hear from a variety of different individuals in different context, some in the military, some not in the military. at the council, we've grown concerned about religious liberty. recently we've seen attacks on individual believers increase in a variety of contexts an we realize more and more we need
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the door to stay open to exercise and share our faith even here in america as we've long fought for it abroad. so at family research council we started a website, free to and we're going to catalogue stories of believers. ordinary people that can share their lives through the online medium. you can know what is going on with them and know what happened in their lives and take that information back to where you're from and share that with citizens. we need to build a grassroots movement of knowing others with standing with conviction like kim davis and the folks on the panel tonight to lay the groundwork and cultural understanding for good law and policy we're fighting for here in d.c. so this is the last panel to close out tonight and we hope it will give you food for thought as we continue to fight the battles for religious freedom here. so at this time i would like our panelists to come out and we'll proceed into our discussion. we welcome our panelists.
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♪ >> so we're going to proceed in a dynamic panel discussion tonight. i'm going to briefly introduce our panelists and allow them to share with you some of their story or for the advocates like myself on the panel, some of what they've seen as they've advocates for individual religious freedom. you know, religious freedom is something that has grown controversial these days and we look at why it is controversial. it seems to be in the areas of human sexuality. religious freedom is never as controversial when is a claim, someone who wants to wear certain garments or grow longer hair. a religious claim becomes controversial in the press and generates when someone said this
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is my religious belief on human sexuality. we see this in contraception and abortion and same-sex marriage. some involve the secure lar movement pushing it out of the public square which we want to continue to fight and make sure that doesn't happen either. so what i'm going to do is proceed in a fashion where i'm introduce briefly the panelist and allow them to share their story or comments regarding the state of individual religious freedom in our country today and we'll proceed into some back and forth on this last panel this evening. so to start off, i want to highlight the case of casey davis, the third person down. casey davis, also a clerk with the last name davis from kentucky, like kim davis, is involved in a similar scenario to that of kim davis. casey davis has had a situation placed at his doorstep that he
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did not go seeking, the supreme court, through a ruling, inventing the right to same-sex marriage has posted a regime that has brought people like him to the forefront and forced them to take a stand for their beliefs or not, casey davis has taken a stand for marriage and refused to violate his conscious. so i'm going to allow him to briefly share his story now. >> thank you, travis. i have been less -- a little bit joking with kim back here and joe, i've been called her son the last few days. and i'm not her son. we are brothers and sisters in christ, through christ. she's about two hours away from casey county. but on june 26th there was a ruling that came that has troubled a lot of us since that day. and i was faced with a choice
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that was -- had already been made before that day, that i could not violate my conscious. i took an oath to do the job of county clerk to the best of my ability, so help me god. and my ability cannot go beyond what my conscious allows. it never has been able to and never will be able to. i rule my life on my convictions. i ask god to guide me in my life and the things that i do. and this is something that he has guided me to not do. because if he gave his life for me and all of you, the least that i could do is live mine for him. and i think that -- [ applause ] -- i think that in doing that, we have to do it on a daily
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basis. we have to petition god in our prayers. we have to ask god for guidance. and in that, he will come through. and he will show us what we need in our lives. he's that kind of god that doesn't leave us or forsake us. i've listened to a lot of talk here today at this summit and i would say that i kept over and over again going to hey, god, and the first chapter and the 6th first. if you look at that. i think our country has come to a point that we're earning wages to put in a bag with holes. we have lifted god out -- [ technical difficulties ] in debt in this country. we need to turn back to god, we need to look to god for everything, every decision. and this is a decision that i'm going to stand beside, stand by
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and i'm going to hold true to and i cannot waiver. he didn't for me and i'm not going to for him. [ applause ] >> casey, i would just like to ask you to tell us why it is so important for you to not check your beliefs at the door of your job. why is it important to carry the beliefs into your role as a public employee, public official? >> well i've been told over and over again that when i close the door to my office that i'm -- i'm supposed to leave my personal beliefs out in the hallway. i can't do that. my personal beliefs is how i -- how that my life -- how i run my life. how i've raised any family. and how i do my job. i was told by my governor that i needed to either lay my personal beliefs aside or do the honorable thing and re --
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offered to. and i said it is a cotton picking shame that we're elected people to office in this country in the state of krnt -- kentucky that would tell us, that if we go by what we deeply believe, then we just need to quit what we're doing. i don't agree with that. do you all? and i think it is a shame that we've gotten leaders that we've -- our president, it is a shame what he's done to our country in the time that he's been there. and it's a -- [ applause ] -- it's a shame that we have a govern in kentucky that would tell me and the young people of his state that if they have to go on their values and what they -- their convictions then they need to offered to and quit
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what they're doing. i don't believe that. i believe they need to listen to their beliefs, listen to their convictions and listen to god before they listen to anybody in a black robe. [ applause ] >> thanks, casey. we're going to come back for more discussion later. but now i'm going to turn the discussion over to mike berry, seated second from me. he is an attorney from liberty institute and one of our allies and a former jag in the marine corp, a skilled attorney at the fore fighting for the religious liberties in the military. for mike, explain to the folks here what issued you've teen to free to believe in the military and in your work and advocacy. >> thanks, travis. in the military, having served as a marine overseas and in a combat zone, coming back to the united states, you know, i never thought that i would see the day
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when someone like myself was needed, a position that i have, which is to defend and restore religious freedom in our military. but yet, three years removed from leaving active duty in the marine corp, here i sit at the director of military affairs for an organization that is dedicated to restoring religious freedom. and when i took this job at liberty institute, i thought i would be working to defend our constitution, defending americans across this country whose religious freedoms were being take and way but i never thought it would be defending somebody in the military. and it was all -- somewhat prove den shall that shortly after i joined liberty institute we saw an uptick in cases in our military. and one example is sitting to my left and i won't steal his thunder and tell his story, but senior master sergeant philip


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