tv Service to America Award to Gen. Michael Flynn CSPAN November 26, 2018 2:16am-2:44am EST
intentions will likely translate into actions. these organizations know where we are, who we are connected with, no our feelings and intentions. tohave openly invited them explore the brightest and darkest corners of our lives. in september of this year, former trump administration national security advisor michael flynn received an award during the filler shapely eagles conference. he pleaded guilty last year to lying to the fbi and agreed to cooperate with authorities. he is sentenced -- he is scheduled to be sentenced next month. this is about 30 minutes.
mr. martin: tonight, our event is a dinner that is hosted by the eagle forum and legal defense fund. it is also hosted by an organization called america's future. that is an organization founded in 1946. we think it might be the oldest conservative organization found in the country. it was after world war ii. got together a bunch of businessmen at the time. saying we need to protect america and the free market system and they started america's future. it was based in new york city. you will recognize the names of some of the founders. frank annette, general robert he would of sears roebuck. over the decades, it was a force for conservatism. and in the late 1970's and into the 1980's, phyllis schlafly went on their board. then general jack singlaub, who became the chairman of america's future. and the organization is dedicated to radio and print and education about how wonderful america is and how its system of capitalism and free market
systems, how valuable it is. phyllis was so proud to be affiliated with that organization, because of the work it did. but also because it began a friendship with the general. and he is, i would argue he is the greatest american soldier. his book is called "hazardous duty, an american soldier in the 20th century." he lives outside of nashville. i said he was 96. he is 97 years old. sharp as can be, still talking about things. we were with him about a year ago, john and i, and we went down there and asked him about the deep state. we talked about different things. general singlaub did not get
into the military academy and instead he went to ucla. by the time he was out of jump school at the army, while bill donovan, the founder of the oss, recruited some guys to join. and jack singlaub became a -- i do not know if you're familiar with them, but there were about 250 men who became trained to drop in behind enemy lines in france, to ferment the french resistance. they had to be fluent in french. tough as can be. they had to be paratroopers. and they had to be willing to die. the famous story about singlaub, they said, here is the cyanide capsule because if you get caught, you will be executed. he said, i'm not taking it with me because i don't tend to get caught. behind enemy lines, there was singlaub. units of three. one american, one non-american,
usually british, sometimes french. and a radio operator. on their own, cut off from everything. the people that saved the world. and when singlaub was done saving the world in europe, he finished up and he happened to pick up enough japanese that they said, we want to send you over to prepare to invade japan. estimates were we lose one million men. invading japan. and i asked the general about it. he was training to invade because they were going to drop guys like him into japan to blow up the bridges and go ahead of the forces to help. and then the bomb dropped. so that would be the end of most people's war. instead, they said we want you to liberate a camp of pows. and i hate to be too political, but the japanese were mean. really mean. very mean.
the camps of pows -- that is one of the reasons why there are pow flags -- we will talk later about that, but they had camps. mostly australians in this camp. and some other nationalities. and he parachuted in. he knew the japanese believed on rank. so on the plane to drop in, i think he was a lieutenant, so he upgraded himself to major, so he had higher rank. so the japanese, who is lower rank. he turned his back and would not speak to the japanese because he said, i do not speak to lower rank. i am a major. they recognized this as somebody in charge. somebody who knew how to deal with people. and seven men parachuted in and told the japanese marines the war was over and they should let these pows go. and 250 marines, japanese marines, said ok. and he brought out all of these pows. you think he would retire.
and write books but instead, he founded the cia. fight in vietnam. and when jimmy carter was a mess, singlaub said it on the record, jimmy carter was president and singlaub said it on the record in a washington post -- that is fake news. he did an interview while he was in korea. he said what the truth was, what carter was doing was endangering america. within 24 hours, the washington post ran it on the front page. 24 hours he was home in the oval office and basically that was the beginning of the end of his career. then he retired. no, he did not retire. then he became the most effective fighter against communist infiltration of latin america. and he was one of the leaders that went down. ollie north got all the attention. it is in the book. not exactly his favorite topic, the general. one of the guys doing the work
was general singlaub. extraordinary american soldier. extraordinary man. and a few years ago we asked if we could start an award in his name for service to america. we said, we are greedy because we want to be able to give it for the next 1000 years and claim we are linked to him because of how wonderful he is and how great he has been. such a privilege. i want to recognize -- yeah, clap for him. great man. great man. [applause] mr. martin: he's a great man. just a great man. his wife joan and he could not be here tonight, it is too difficult to travel. i know that general flynn is a friend of theirs. i talked to joan yesterday. they sent two of their daughters, deborah and a jodey. i want you to stand and let everybody see you. thank you for being here. [applause]
mr. martin: now, i want to digress on this award because i think it is such a wonderful tribute. tonight, we are going to honor her with the full-time homemaker of the year award. i am going to tell so many stories about phyllis tomorrow. but before we get to that, joe flynn and general flynn. did barbara come? sister barbara. i wanted to mention and give a tribute to your mother. because helen flynn, the mother of general flynn, had this extraordinary life. first she had nine kids. that would have been enough for most. in rhode island where they are from, she fought for pro-life. she fought for her party to be better. she led about, in 20 different ways, she ran for office twice, i think i saw. just had an extraordinary life.
these women, they just transformed our country by how they took care of our families and what they did. and i wanted to recognize helen flynn for her great life. [applause] and now, being a little greedy, i want to recognize lori flynn. the wives of these great people. wait, do not clap yet, but at the same time recognize my wife who is over here. she has not put up with the moving, but she has put up with a lot. thank you to lori and my wife. and to all of the wives that let this happen. thank you. [applause] mr. martin: i do not think general flynn needs to be introduced. his record is extraordinary. but the people who vouch for him and talk about him is a list of who's who in military. it is a list of who's who in
politics. a list of who's who in life. 10 years ago, general singlaub sent me speeches, he said, i want you to read these. this is my friend michael flynn, you have to read these. this was 10 years ago, long before i ever thought of it. he has the best people that recommend his courage, his quality of character, and his service to this country. that is why we want to give him this award. but i'm going to ask someone who knows him better than maybe each of us, maybe lori knows him better than this, but ask someone to tell you why this is a great man who gives us a perspective. it is the gift from god, to honor your mother and father and have that perspective. so i would like to ask michael flynn junior to come up and say a few words about his father. michael? [applause]
michael: good evening, ladies and gentlemen. first, i would like to thank all of you amazing patriots for coming out to such a great event tonight. i have the pleasure of introducing a man that requires no introduction. kind of like what ed said. retired lieutenant general michael t. flynn spent 33 years in the greatest military in the world. completely reformed the way intelligence was gathered during the early days of the iraq and afghanistan wars. the former head of the defense intelligence agency. former national security advisor. i have never been more proud to call him my father. my best friend and my hero. god bless america. please welcome general flynn. [applause] mr. martin: good job. deborah and jodi, i want you to come up.
john, come up. [applause] mr. martin: stay up here, mike. stay appear for a second. [cheers] [whistles] [applause] mr. martin: this award, i will read it to you because the words on it matter. it says phyllis schlafly's eagles. it has an eagle. jack singlaub, united states army retired, award for service to america, awarded to michael flynn. lieutenant general michael flynn, retired. thank you, general flynn. [applause]
mr. martin: wait a second. lt. gen. flynn: wow. pretty amazing. and pretty humbling. it is an interesting thing about my mother, helen flynn. who is -- she is deceased now, but she was a terrific person. and how me standing up here today is such a small world, because her and phyllis's life intersected in the 1970's. and i remember going down to washington dc early in the 1970's for the right to life
marches, we would all drive down. my mother made me drive the floats in parades. i took a lot of beer bottles thrown at me. but i stand here and it is a pretty awesome experience. the entire schlafly family that is here, it is gratifying that you brought your children. and i think that that is such a neat thing. and i think that our country is so much better because of your mom and what she -- the impact. she is really iconic when it comes to the kinds of things she got herself involved in. and i think for certain types of people like jack singlaub -- i'm going to make some comments in a little bit, talking about some things we believed in -- even
when a person is gone, their legacy continues to live on. their real impact, you don't really know what it will be. we don't know what it is yet. some of it is sitting in this room tonight. like ed and i were talking earlier today, when we went over to the center, who is the next phyllis schlafly? where is that person? and ed's comment was, maybe there are 12 of them out there somewhere. who's the next one? there has to be more of that type of person. to continue to carry this gigantic message that we have for our country. so i think for the family that is here tonight, thank you so much. thank you for continuing to move this message forward and thank you for continuing this whole dynamic that your mother left. and for ed, we appreciate your interaction.
for us and my family, we appreciate it. i want to recognize the two daughters of jack. i spoke with jack a day or so ago. and i think for deborah and jodi, i don't know where you are sitting -- i am sorry, right here, for the two of you, you know what you are talking about when you are talking about your father, all these escapades in -- these escapades and things. if there are two people -- i called your dad july 11, his birthday -- i called him up and wished him a happy birthday. and of course, joan answers. i mean it is like, if you saw these two people, especially the general, he could fit in his uniform today and lead a rifle battalion today. i mean, he is that strong. the guy is amazing. [applause] lt. gen. flynn: anyway, i want
to be very precise because i know there are going to be a lot of people, especially the back row that will pay attention to whatever the heck i say. i want to make sure they get the words i say right. i believe in the things i am going to say. i spoke to general singlaub this week about serving america and what it means to both of us. i want to share some of our thoughts with all of you tonight. service to america requires us, today and tomorrow, to stand together as champions for freedom. soldiers of liberty who are on the right side of history. anything less cannot be tolerated if our country is to survive. for many of us across our nation, we understand this is not the first time patriots have risen to this fight we are in today. more than 200 years ago, 250
years ago, patrick henry, a great patriot who understood service to america, he warned his fellow countrymen his choice against great britain's suppression of freedoms was crystal clear. as mine is tonight. as he described whether to accept slavery to a monarch or freedom. seems like an easy choice. almighty god, he said, i know not course what others might take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death. what an amazing thing to say. [applause] mr. martin: another great servant, abraham lincoln. abraham lincoln fought for his vision to unite the north and the south as a new birth of
freedom. so that all people would be treated equally, without regard for color or race. in his famous gettysburg address of 1863, at the dedication of the soldiers national cemetery to honor union soldiers who had died in the civil war, abraham lincoln, president lincoln, inspired our nation, inspired americans to fight on so these dead shall not have died in vain, and that this nation under god will have a new birth of freedom. and that government of the people, by the people, by you, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. nearly, in fact just slightly over 100 years later, in his
1964 speech at the republican national convention, another great american, another great american servant. subsequently president of the united states, ronald reagan. he redefined the essence of why the fight by americans against tyranny and injustice will never end, must never end. reagan said quote, "freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. we didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. it must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." this time, our time, our america, the urgency to act is at the doorstep of our democracy. the future of this country depends on each one of you in this room tonight.
and many, many others that you represent around this great country. this turning point is about the heart and soul of the states of cash united -- of the united states of america. you cannot and must not be silent or take for granted that our great nation, that our great nation will not fall to the many threats that we face around the world. and some right here at home. it is time, it is absolutely time, time tonight, time this weekend, never a better time, it is time to buckle down and listen up and stand ready to fight for our way of life and our traditions. for those who oppose our fundamental principles could take us down in the snap of a finger. in my book, i stated -- it's on
page 111 for anyone who wants to look, if you have the book -- [laughter] mr. martin: i stated that we should not fear the judeo-christian principles that our nation was founded upon. we should not be in fear of that. we should cherish that. we should be proud of that. i will always believe that. to those in the room who have served in the military, or served as first responders, you represent our warriors around the world. and across the country. you all know what your respective battlefields look like. there are not pretty. they are not perfect.
we fight or serve america not because we hate our enemies. it is because we love america. we absolutely love the freedoms we cherish. when we talk about why we fight, white as a soldier or marine, why do they do what they do on the battlefield, it is about the buddy next to him. the person on your left or right. deep down inside, it is about the way we want to live. the way we must continue to fight to live for. our fight will not be pretty nor perfect. we will be measured harshly. trust me, we will be measured harshly and our enemies will try to destroy us. but we cannot fail. there are moments in history that are seminal. there are others that are monumental.
major general jack singlaub was present at all of these. he was present at all these during most of the last century. he is 97 years old. i would not want to meet him in a bar fight tonight. he is this pretty incredible human being. thank god our country has people like him. he always always responded to the call to serve. the call to duty. in his way, his gifts, his intellect and courage, and his believe system, he served our country and continues to serve our country. i am standing here as reflection of jack singlaub. because of his service. jack served our country with distinction, with honor, integrity, and dedication to
liberty and freedom. above all, he dedicated his life to god, he dedicated his life to his family, and he dedicated his life to our country the united states of america. on behalf of jack singlaub and all of his tremendous years of service and his service to america, i humbly accept this award. i commit to general singlaub that i will never stop fighting, and i will never stop believing. our nation and its very existence are always at risk to tyranny. especially tyranny around the world. my pledge of allegiance and my solemn vow is to this beautiful country, this flag, and that pledge will never waver. i know all of you feel the same. every so often, it is good to be reminded. to all of you, thank you so much. thank you for this honor. i hope you enjoyed this great weekend and god bless america.
when they said, are you ready to surrender, he said, i have not yet begun to fight. general, we have not yet begun to fight. thank you so much. [applause] >> democrats meet wednesday for a closed-door vote for speaker of the house and other leadership positions. nancy pelosi is expected to win the vote which requires a simple majority in the contest. c-span will have live