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#TFH on #VLR 5/28: #Hiroshima & #MemorialDay

UPDATE: Replay Added!! Their Finest Hour will be live on Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight (Saturday, May 28th) at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific! Please join the program in VLR’s chatroom with show player! You can also listen using the other players on the site, direct on Spreaker, or using a Spreaker mobile app!

Tonight, I’m going to unpack the speech that President Barack Obama gave at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial on Friday, May 27, 2016. This is a subject I’ve written about, and it’s time for some truth telling. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in historical education mode on the program, and this is a great opportunity. Hopefully this program segment will serve parents and educators alike.

And as it’s Memorial Day weekend, I’ll have a tribute to our nation’s fallen and missing!

Here’s the show replay; please enjoy! (MP3 Download)

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TFH Live, September 29: Ed Morrissey, Katrina Jørgensen!

UPDATE: REPLAY ADDED!! I’m returning live to Vigilant Liberty Radio at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific on Monday, September 29th for another great edition of Their Finest Hour! I’ve got a great program planned with two fantastic guests for an evening of talk on both domestic and foreign news and policy items!

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Their Finest Hour, June 16: Iraq and Ukraine w/Richard Grenell & Mary Chastain

vlrtwitterfinal300xAllan Bourdius may be taking care of Cub Scout camp, but that’s not stopping Their Finest Hour from going on Monday Night at Vigilant Liberty Radio with special guest host Taylor Millard from Saturday Night Cigar Lounge.

It’s a double shot of awesomeness with Richard Grenell from Fox News AND Mary Chastain from Breitbart scheduled to join Taylor to talk the ever changing situations in Iraq and Ukraine. In Iraq, the government is turning to longtime enemy Iran for help against ISIS and the U.S. is evacuating its embassy. The Ukrainian government failed to reach a gas agreement with Russia and EU and there may be evidence of Russia trying to keep the region unstable.

As always, thank you for your support and listenership, and please keep the Facebook “likes” coming for both VLR and TFH, and the follows for @VigilantLiberty and @TFHBlogAndShow on Twitter!

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Private First Class Salvador J. Lara, USA (May 27-28, 1944)

Salvador J. Lara was born during 1920 in Riverside, California. His enlistment record indicates that he was a farm hand who left high school after three years and was drafted into the United States Army on July 7, 1942 for World War II service.

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The UN Speech I’d Give

Today, President Barack Obama will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Frankly, I really don’t care what he has to say there, because based on his track record, I’m sure it will be another iteration of his “blame America first” ideology, tinged with additional apologetics for the dubious view that it’s a YouTube video that produced the recent increase in Middle East turmoil.

Another thing I can pretty much guarantee is that he’s going to speak too long. That’s a common problem with politicians, which is particularly on my mind as I was just in Gettysburg this past weekend. President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is masterful because of both its subject and its brevity.

So, were I the President of the United States, trying to keep it as pithy and inspiring as possible, here’s what I’d say to the United Nations, if it was me standing there today. I think I’d probably set an all-time record for UN walkouts.

Mr. General Secretary, assembled heads of state or government, ambassadors, and distinguished guests:

I stand before you here today, ever grateful that I am here as the President of the United States solely by the consent of the governed, rather than by heredity, force of arms, or corruption. Today, the United Nations assembled here stands not for what brings us together as humans, but what sets us in conflict diplomatically, economically, or militarily.

I look now around this assembly, and I can list off nation after nation that oppresses their people, stifles their development, and whose leaders assume or seize power for power’s sake. The United Nations, born out of a six-year world war to end tyranny and oppression, has instead become tyranny and oppression’s legitimizer. The United Nations places representatives of governments who deny women equal rights on its human rights council. The United Nations gives equal time to governments who would happily see their neighbors erased from humanity – or who deny the very history that led to the formation of this body.

The United States is an imperfect society. The Framers of our Constitution two hundred and twenty-five years ago knew that perfection was unattainable, as they noted their intent “to form a more perfect union”, rather than embrace utopianism. We will continue to be imperfect, but never forget this: the United States will always remain on the side of liberty and freedom.

The United States will prefer free trade over cartels and tariffs.

The United States will embrace those who wish to govern and be governed, rather than those who would subjugate their people.

And where the United Nations fails to uphold its own resolutions upon those who violate the same, expect the United States to enforce them as necessary, if necessary unilaterally, as we have done in the past.

Many of our fellow nations assembled here are envious of the United States’ success, of our prosperity, of our riches. They say we have stolen what isn’t ours. This is a damnable lie. If you envy the United States, seek not to limit or destroy us, but instead to join in how we have gained our success. We’ve even given you the blueprint.

Declare and accept that the people have unalienable rights, most importantly that of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Do not force your people to accept a particular religious belief, nor persecute those who do not believe the same or at all.

Do not control or limit the speech of your people, the press, or their ability to assemble peaceably and protest their government.

Be brave enough to allow your people to defend themselves against those who would oppress or do them harm, including if necessary, from your own rule and tyranny.

Do not rule over your people by placing your armies or police among them, nor violate their homes and safety without just cause.

Apply laws and punishments equitably and fairly to all your people, and reject the tyrant’s whim to dictate guilt or innocence rather than rely on citizens and juries to secure justice for all.

Remember that ultimately it is not you, the leaders, who empower and bestow rights upon the people, but the people who retain all rights except those which they explicitly grant to the governors.

Those are the basics, and you can probably figure out where to look for the rest. Have the courage to empower your people, let them be free, and your nations will succeed.

In closing, I will speak to those around the world who seek greater freedom and liberty. The United States is with you. If you choose to pursue your liberty by coming to the United States, all we ask is that you respect and obey our laws, both as you come and after you arrive. If your hope is rather to bring the prosperity and freedom of America to your homes and homelands, please be assured that the United States is still prepared to “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

May God continue to bless the freedom-loving people of the world, and by His grace, may you all truly be free.

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