Gov. Perry calls on vets, other Americans to restore country
“We don’t have to accept this thing because we’re Americans, and we have the power to change it,” Perry said, calling for the support of veterans and their families.
Saturday’s event at the fairgrounds had a good turnout, according to Roger Wilkins of the Concerned Veterans for America, Live Free or Die Chapter, which organized the event.
“It’s good to be informed,” Nick Bates said.
Jadis said, “He’s here for the veterans and it was nice for him to mention the Foley family.”
Perry began by expressing sympathies for the Foley family, who live in the city, after their son James — a freelance journalist who was held for more than two years in Syria, was beheaded by Muslim extremists in the group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS.
“We are all collectively mourning his death,” Perry said.
Perry said it’s imperative for the nation to decide what terms it wants to meet “the cancer of ISIS” as world-wide threat. He added it’s a choice between decisive action and devastating inaction.
“Peace in this world is not a product of American withdrawal. It is a product of American strength,” Perry said.
“If history has taught us anything, it is that evil must be confronted,” Perry said. “The longer we wait, the greater the cost.”
“I’m not waiting for Washington,” Perry said, adding the adversaries of freedom are on the rise due to the “tepid actions at best” from President Barack Obama.
“It’s a disgrace that those who gave the most are treated the worst by Veterans Affairs,” Perry said, adding the failures in the VA prove federally mandated health care will not work.
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