AIPAC Remarks

AIPAC Remarks
December 2, 2012


The world has become an infinitely more dangerous place in the four years since you first invited me to this annual luncheon. 

• Iran is on the verge of a nuclear capability.
• Egypt and Libya are growing ever more strident in their embrace of Islamic fascism.
• Turkey grows increasing cold and hostile. 
• Syria, which has been stable, hostile and passive is no longer stable and may in the future no longer be passive. 
• Meanwhile, the bitter fruits sown by the Gaza accord are now being harvested.  (To those who say we need a Palestinian state, I answer that we already have one – in Gaza – and the last thing we need is another).

Slowly emerging from this turmoil is the vague but unmistakable outline of a fascist-Islamic caliphate that could challenge the existence of Israel, and ultimately the peace and security of the entire world.

 At this critical moment, the United States is being consumed by fiscal policies that could, if allowed to continue, reduce or destroy its ability to finance the measures that it may be called upon to take if world events continue to deteriorate. 

 In many ways, events in this nation and abroad begin to feel ominously reminiscent of the world in 1936 – an American nation increasingly besieged by its economic problems while fascism arises from poisonous conditions abroad.  

 But unlike 1936, we have the lessons of that era, which, if heeded, can change the course of events.  Churchill said that World War II could have been prevented if the western Democracies had only shown the resolve necessary to resist the advance of fascist regimes early on. 

 “Is this a call to war?” He asked.  “Does anyone pretend that preparation for resistance to aggression is unleashing war? I declare it to be the sole guarantee of peace.” 

AIPAC has done an extraordinary job of fostering an understanding among our fellow Americans – from all political points of view -- of the importance of Israel to the security of the United States and to the upward progress of human civilization. 

But this work will all be for naught if America’s resources are squandered to the point of insolvency, or if its martial focus is dissipated in secondary and tertiary distractions around the world.  Ben Franklin reminded us that our enemies tell us our faults, and Ahmadinejad was right when he boasted that America cannot lead the world if America is broke.

So today, I rise to express the sentiment that American support of Israel depends not only on the good will of the American people, but upon the fiscal solvency of the American government – something that is now drifting into grave question.  And part of that necessity is to re-focus our military commitments on those that truly matter.

If we can meet these two necessities: a strong economy and a focused defense policy, I believe time is our ally. 

But if we fail in either of these imperatives, time will quickly turn on us and become an enemy. And the hour, as you know, is already late.


# # #

Tele-townhall banner 

Latest News

Legislation to Name Peak in Yosemite in Honor of Jessie Benton Fremont

Legislation by Congressman McClintock (H.R. 1192) to rename Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park in honor of Jessie Benton Fremont was approved by the House of Representatives on July 14, 2014 by a voice vote.

Freezing Unauthorized Spending

Ever since 1835, the Rules of the House have forbidden spending money for purposes unauthorized by current law. Yet last year, the eleven appropriations bills reported out of the House Appropriations Committee contained over $350 billion for spending on unauthorized programs.

Ending Energy Subsidies

Requiring energy companies of all kinds to fund their own research and development programs rather than continuing to require taxpayers to subsidize their activity to the tune of $3.1 billion.

View more »

Search

Connect with Tom

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • News Feed

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings
 
Congressman McClintock will be hosting the following town hall meetings.  Hope to see you there!
 
Loomis, Tuesday, August 5th at 6:00 PM. The town hall meeting will be held at the Train Depot, 5775 Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis
 
Roseville, Wednesday, August 6th at 6:00 PM. The town hall meeting will be held at Sun City Roseville, Timber Creek Lodge, 7050 Del Webb Blvd. in Roseville
 
Copperopolis, Thursday, August 7th at 6:00 PM. The town hall meeting will be held at the Copperopolis Armory, 695 Main Street in Copperopolis

Satellite Office Hours

Office staff members are available to assist constituents with problems or concerns at satellite office locations held throughout the district.  Anyone wishing to discuss an issue of federal concern is invited to attend one of these satellite office sessions and speak with a member of staff.  For more information, or to reach staff, please call the district office at 916-786-5560.
  
Upcoming July Office Hours:
 
Amador County
 
Jackson 
Friday, July 18th
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Conference Room D
County Administration Center
810 Court Street
 
Calaveras County
 
San Andreas 
Friday, July 18th
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Calaveras County Water Agency Conference Room
120 Toma Court
 
El Dorado County
 
Placerville
Thursday, July 10th
9:30 am - 11:30 am
El Dorado County Government Center
330 Fair Lane
 
El Dorado Hills 
Thursday, July 10th
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce
2085 Vine Street, #105
 
South Lake Tahoe 
Thursday, July 17th
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District
1275 Meadow Crest Drive
 
Fresno County
 
Auberry 
Wednesday, July 23rd
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Auberry Library
33049 Auburn Rd
 
Madera County
 
Oakhurst 
Tuesday, July 22nd
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Yosemite Visitor Bureau Conference Room
40637 Highway 41
 
Coarsegold 
Wednesday, July 9th
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse
30250 Yosemite Springs Parkway
 
Mariposa County
 
Mariposa 
Tuesday, July 22nd
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Library Conference Room
4978 10th Street
 
Nevada County
 
Truckee 
Thursday, July 24th
10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Town Of Truckee
10183 Truckee Airport Rd
 
Placer County
 
Auburn 
Tuesday, July 15th
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Placer County Government Center 
CEO 3 Meeting Room
175 Fulweiler Avenue
 
Lincoln
Tuesday, July 15th
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lincoln City Hall
600 6th Street
 
Rocklin 
Tuesday, July 22nd
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rocklin City Hall
3980 Rocklin Rd
 
Tuolumne County
 
Sonora 
Monday, July 14th
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Small Business Center Conference Room
99 N. Washington St
 
 
For further information on satellite office hours, please call 916-786-5560.