President Barak Obama
January 13, 2016
Our troops are the finest fighting force in the history of the world. (Applause.) No nation attacks us directly, or our allies, because they know that’s the path to ruin. Surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office, and when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead -- they call us. (Applause.)
That was then. What about now? How can one say that liberty is defended? Something else is going on. “…[Q]uasi líberi, et non quasi velámen habéntes malítiæ libertátem ….” “As free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice ….” Excerpt Epistle 1 Pet. 2.
Sir, with regard to America’s position in the world and defending freedom, your party wears a cloak for malice. Your party is far and away from pugilism for freedom’s sake, and malice takes the shape of censorship and deplatforming.