A few days from now the people of the United States will be celebrating a very special holiday. It's Thanksgiving and it's the day that we as a nation and as a people in a free country gather around the table and thank God for the wonderful things that we have.
In my household I teach my children that when we pray, we thank God for abundance of food that we have and the abundance of caring and love that we have in our family, which we experience as a family.
But we also teach them how you can show to God that you really are grateful and this is not just words around a table. Words around a table don't mean anything to God and it doesn't mean anything to anybody.
It's what you feel in your heart that counts. It's what you follow through with in your heart that counts. We can have as many words as we want but it will make no difference unless we act upon it. When I ask my children "how could we show God that we are grateful for those many blessings that we have?"
They have over the years learned the answer and that is to make sure to help those who are less fortunate. God understands that. He may not hear words that are just words. When we are out trying to help those people who suffer throughout the world, especially those who are suffering tyranny and injustice, God knows then we are grateful for the liberty and the justice we have here in the United States of America.
It is you folks who come from other countries. Many of you are people who came from another country, to be here, to be Americans, it is up to you to remind us of that injustice around the world.
To remind us that if we truly are grateful for our freedom that we will help those, whether they are in Iran or whether they are in Iraq or where ever that is throughout the world, we will help those who are struggling for freedom against tyranny and injustice.
How did we show our gratitude to God and show our gratitude to each other about how we so value freedom when we allowed a head of a country to visit our country just recently and ignore the fact that his troops have committed murder against unarmed refugees at Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty?
How could we have possibly let that gone by? I'd say all of us who really value our freedom have to make demands of our government and one of the demands is not to treat the mullah regime in Iran nor the regime under Mr. Maliki as a democratic government. That they should be treated for the gangsters that they are.
These poor souls, as we share our abundance on Thanksgiving, we need to remember those folks, those people who are suffering at this moment and in jeopardy at Camp Liberty. 350 of these brave souls while we gorge ourselves on the abundance that God has given us here, 350 of those souls are on hunger strike.
Let us just say that at least on Thanksgiving day that we will remember those 350 and we will remember those who have been butchered by the mullahs and butchered by the Maliki regime trying to hold the line against radical Islam that threatens not only there people but threatens the people of United States. They are the front line of defense for the free people of the world against radical Islam. We should never take them for granted and we should always let them know that we care for them.
And finally let us not shift blame to others all the time for what happens. And I don't say that I'm without fault. We are all at fault because there are people in that are in harm's way at this time. Many of them could lose their lives. I'm very happy that when I went to Iraq last time and I confronted Maliki with this he kicked me out of the country so I wear that of course as a badge of honor.
We need to make sure that on this Thanksgiving we must play a role, as I say God knows that when we do things that we mean what we say when we are saying our prayers and saying thank you. So what should we do? What do we have to do to prove that we are sincere in our concern for these people whose lives are at stake? This has been going on for years now. What we have to do is finally admit that one of the reasons why the folks at Camp Liberty and before when they were in Camp Ashraf were in great jeopardy is because the United States has not kept its word.
We need to now move to make sure the United States keeps its word and the best we could do that is a piece of legislation that I am offering as a Senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee that will grant refugee status to those people in Camp Liberty and will welcome them to the United States.
I'm sure that those brave people with their courage, their integrity, their love of liberty, justice and their insistence on the truth, I'm sure they will take and become good Americans.
We will be proud to have them. Let's welcome those people here and give them refuge.
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