Herman Cain Speech at the Values Voter Summit Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. 10/07/11 FULL VIDEO and TEXT TRANSCRIPT.
Remarks by Herman Cain. Location: The Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. Time: 4:31 p.m. EDT. Date: Friday, October 7, 2011.
HERMAN CAIN: Thank you. Thank you very much. Now as I was backstage and I heard Ted finishing up his remarks, did I hear you all saying: Yes, we CAIN? (Laughter, cheers.) Was I hearing things?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: (Off mic.)
MR. CAIN: I want to thank Tony Perkins and his organization for inviting me, but more importantly, I want to thank you for being here, because that means that you get it. You know how important this upcoming election in 2012 is, and you're not going to let the liberals take this country down. (Cheers, applause.)
One of my heroes, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, used to remind the young men of Morehouse when he said: "Let it be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals. The tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach for. It's not a tragedy to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity to have no dreams." (Applause.)
The American dream is under attack. The American dream is under attack because we have become a nation of crises. And that shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan talked about has started to slide down to the side of the hill because of all of these crises.
We have an economic crisis. We have an entitlement spending crisis. We have an energy crisis. We have an illegal immigration crisis. We have a foggy foreign policy crisis. We have a moral crisis. (Cheers, applause.) And we have a severe deficiency of leadership crisis in this country. (Cheers, applause.)
You know, I may not have ever held a high political office, but I know what leaders do. Leaders make sure that they're working on the right problems, that they'll find the right priorities, that they surround themselves with the right people in order to put together the right plans, in order to fix stuff instead of to continue to talk about stuff. That's what leaders do. (Applause.)
And I happen to believe -- I happen to believe that even though the American dream is under attack, the Founding Fathers got it right. Those same principles, those same values that they had when they envisioned this great nation with the Declaration of Independence, when they envisioned our laws with the Constitution, they got it right when they said we are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
They said certain unalienable rights, that among these. I happen to believe they were talking about some others in addition to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. (Applause.) I kind to believe that they had in mind that one of these other unalienable rights was the right to protect yourself, protect your family and to protect you property. We call it the Second Amendment. (Cheers, applause.) Unalienable rights. (Cheers, applause.) Herman Cain Speech at the Values Voter Summit FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT in PDF FORMAT
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