A Presidential Bid Launched
America faces problems domestically
and internationally that must be tackled and solved. These include
immorality, a failing educational system, national debt and
tolerance of oppression in other countries. Pat calls for a
united front in facing all these problems and announces his
willingness to run for President of the United States.
Sept. 17, 1986
On September 17, 1787, just 199 years ago
today, 391 men meeting in solemn assembly at Independence Hall
in Philadelphia voted their approval of a document drafted on
behalf of the people of the United States to "form a more perfect
union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide
for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure
the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."
In 1788 the first
elections were held under this newly drafted Constitution, and
in 1789 our first president, George Washington, placed his
hand upon the Holy Bible and swore a solemn oath that to the
best of his ability he-would "preserve, protect, and defend
the Constitution of the United States."
Tonight we meet in
Constitution Hall and in 220 halls across our fifty states in
equally solemn assembly on this 199th Anniversary of the founding
document of our nation.
The Constitution adopted on this date moved a nation from the
brink of anarchy to the threshold of stability and prosperity.
A vision was born on this date of a nation united -a nation
whose official motto was E Pluribus Unum -- out of many one.
The vision born on September 17 was of one nation under God
with liberty and justice for all.
- These men knew
all too well that there was only one source of our liberty.
Tonight we do well to listen to their words:
Our First President who had presided over the Constitutional
Convention in his farewell address declared, "Reason and experience
forbid us to expect public morality in the absence of religious
- Our Second President,
John Adams, whose wisdom was key to the drafting of our Constitution
said, "We have not government armed with power capable of
contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
- And our Third
President, Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration
of Independence gave, us solemn warning, "And can the liberties
of a nation be thought secure, when we have removed their
only firm basis -- a conviction in the minds of the people
that these liberties are the gift of God? And they are not
to be violated but with His wrath."
Yet despite these warnings, we have permitted during the past
25 years an assault on our faith and values that would have
been unthinkable to past generations of Americans. We have taken
virtually all mention of God from our classrooms and textbooks.
Using public funds we have begun courses in so called "values
clarification" which tend to undermine our historic Judeo-Christian
faith. We have taken the Holy Bible from our young and replaced
it with the thoughts of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud,
and John Dewey. A small elite of lawyers, judges, and educators
have given us such a tortured view of the establishment of religion
clause of the First Amendment to our Constitution that it has
been called by one United States Senator "an intellectual scandal."
absolutes, our youth have been given situational ethics and
the life centered curriculum. Instead of a clear knowledge
of right-and wrong, they have been told "if it feels good do
it." Instead of self-restraint they are often taught self-gratification
Our motion pictures, our television, our radio, our youth concerts,
with a few outstanding exceptions, seem to have a single message
-- God is out, casual sex, infidelity and easy divorce, the
recreational use of drugs, and-radical lifestyles are in. have
sown the wind -- now we are reaping the whirlwind. Illegal drugs
are being sold to fourth grade school children. Half of our
high school children have tried marijuana. We are under assault
by a tidal wave of drugs estimated to have a value of $120 billion
- There are
1,000,000 illegitimate pregnancies to unwed teenagers every
year in our country. Of these, 400,000 babies are aborted
-- yet 600,000 babies are born each year to youngsters hardly
old enough to be away from their parents. In the black community,
according to aCBS report, 60 percent f all births are to women without a man in
- On the
darker side of society an estimated 1/4 of all our children
are sexually assaulted while they are growing up, and each
year between 1.2 and 1.5 million teenagers are either runaways
or throwaways. And to match our new sexual freedom this year
there will be an
estimated 8.6 million new cases of venereal disease in our
country, and the dread incurable killer AIDS may have already
infected 1,000,000 Americans.
- Our schools,
with what is called "progressive education", have become progressively
worse. We have in our society 27 million functional illiterates.
Each year we add 2.3 million to their number. Instead of being
the most literate nation on earth, we rank number 14 among
the developed nations in literacy and we are falling fast.
Liberal Elite Say
Now in 1986 the same liberal elite's that gave us the problem
deny the cause and tell us that this is a problem for government.
Ladies and gentlemen, what we are facing is not a governmental
problem, it is a moral problem.
human selfishness, alcoholism, drug addiction, and sexual promiscuity
will always bring poverty and the disintegration of society.
The answer for us does not lie in institutionalizing aberrant
behavior -- whether that behavior is substance abuse or sexual
perversion. And certainly the answer does not lie in once again
penalizing the productive sector of our society with high taxes
and wasteful spending.
A New Vision
Ladies and gentlemen, the answer lies in a new rise of faith
and freedom that will give to every American a vision of hope
-- a vision of opportunity -- a vision that will take us past
these troubled days and show us the promise that lies ahead
for each of us.
Even as the
framers of our Constitution gave our forefathers a vision of
a new land blessed with liberty, I would like for all of us
on this special day to hold out a new vision for America -- a new vision of hope for ourselves and our posterity.
and our grandchildren are our greatest treasure. First of all
we owe them a secure and loving family environment. We owe them
strong homes and a mother and father who care for them, spend
time with them, and truly love them. We owe to them the excitement
and future potential offered by education and job training that
is second to none in the world.
To accomplish this goal we must guarantee:
- New tougher
discipline in drug and alcohol free schools. For our children
and grandchildren we will eliminate once and for all from
our land the mob supported drugs and pornography which is
destroying and debasing their dream of the future.
- We will
insure to them a return to a basic broad based phonics approach
to reading. Our children must learn basic language and basic
math. They must know the facts of history, the facts of geography
, the facts of science. The "progressive education" advocated
by John Dewey and his followers is a colossal failure and must
- For our
children's and grandchildren's sake we must insure that control
of education is returned to their parents and caring teachers
in local communities, and taken away from a powerful union
with leftist tendencies.
- There can
be no education without morality, and there can be no lasting
morality without religion. For the sake of our children, we
must bring God back to the classrooms of America.
Of course some would say, wouldn't that upset the atheists in
our midst? Studies done for us by George Gallup show that 94
percent of all Americans believe in God. Only 6 percent are
atheists. Ladies and gentlemen, I passionately believe that
the atheists among us should have every right of citizenship
-- the right to print, to broadcast, to speak, to persuade,
to own businesses, to organize politically, to run for office, but I do not believe that the 94 percent of us who believe
in God have any duty whatsoever to dismantle our entire public
affirmation of faith in God just to please a tiny minority who
don't believe in anything.
and gentlemen, as we struggle to see a new birth of faith and
freedom in our nation, we pledge ourselves without reservation
to maintain religious liberty for all people. Speaking for myself,
and I am sure for all of you, we affirm that we will preserve,
protect, and defend with all our strength the First Amendment
to the Constitution of the United States as it was given us
by the founders of our nation.
ago my lovely daughter-in-law gave birth to a redheaded, blue-eyed
baby boy. My first grandson. As I looked down at that little
fellow, I knew we had placed on his tiny shoulders a share of
a $2.3 trillion national debt. As I thought more about it, I
realized that before he began kindergarten he would owe a share
of $3 trillion.
Why So Much Debt?
Why have we done this to him? Was our nation at war? Not recently.
Were we in the throws of a great depression? Hardly. Was there
some natural calamity to justify such extraordinary spending?
None that I am aware of. In times of extraordinary prosperity
we have become the first generation ever to plunder the patrimony
of its children and grandchildren. We have robbed them to pay
for our wasteful excesses.
Why then did we do
it? We did it because Federal spending is out of control. We
did it because we have a Congress controlled by politicians
who lack the will to say no to the clamor of special interest
groups. We did it because we have as a people forgotten the
words of John Kennedy who said, "Ask not what your country can
do for you, but rather ask what you can do for your country."
We must have a new
vision of lean, efficient government -freed from the bloated
excesses of the past -- providing for the people those things
they cannot do for themselves. Gone will be wasteful procurement;
gone will be unnecessary departments and agencies; gone will
be the frenzy to spend budget allocations before the next appropriation
comes due; gone will be tax paid subsidies to the rich; and
gone will be the hordes of favor seekers who have come for their
piece of what Donald Lambro calls "Fat City."
Pursuit of Happiness
Government will guarantee to every citizen the right to pursue
happiness. No longer will it try to guarantee happiness for
will be our servant not our master. The Federal Budget will
be balanced and we will lay the foundation for a new era of
gentlemen, in 1978 I was shocked when America's trade deficit
hit what was then an alarming $33 billion. Now, eight years later, that trade deficit is projected this
year to reach a staggering $168 billion. We cannot sit idly
by and watch the industrial might of America overcome by foreign
men and women who have labored all their lives to produce our
steel, our automobiles, our television sets, our petroleum, are now out of work.
Key to Well-being
We are told not to worry because we are moving from an industrial
to a service and information economy. But I do worry, because
I know and you know, that in order-to survive, an economy must
produce tangible goods. No economy can survive which buys its
goods from other countries and sells services and information
on computer screens to itself.
Our new vision
of America must include a partnership between the government,
American business, and the American working men and women. We
can no longer count each other as adversaries, but allies in
a worldwide struggle. We are all Americans and working together
with our great reservoir of ingenuity, hard work, and the entrepreneurial
spirit we will make "made in America" synonymous with "the best
in the world."
in free trade and open markets. We are against protective walls
to shield outmoded or monopolistic industries.
But we also believe in fair trade, and we serve due notice
on the Japanese and our other trading partners ....
us free and fair access to your markets, or we will shut down
America's markets to you.
One year ago
this Spring I visited a refugee camp in Honduras near the Nicaraguan
border. I took my camera crew inside a dark tent-with a dirt
floor. Sitting on a rough cot was a Nicaraguan woman less than
five feet tall.
She told a
tale of horror at the hands of the Sandinistas. Her husband
had been a bus driver. The Sandinistas accused him of being
sympathetic to the Contras. Without a trial they seized him,
and before her eyes they dismembered his body. Then they raped
her and lowered her into a well half-dead with shock and fear.
She regained consciousness, struggled out of her confinement,
and made her way across the border to freedom.
As I think
about this little woman, I realize that she is just one victim
of the communist tyranny that since 1917 has claimed through
war, starvation; murder, and torture an estimated 250 million
President Abraham Lincoln wrote these unforgettable words, "Familiarize
yourself with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own
limbs to wear them."
Can we craft
a new vision for our own society while ignoring the chains of
bondage of one billion of our fellow human beings?
Can we allow
armed aggression from outside or armed aggression from within
a country to extinguish freedom for its people? Can we turn
a deaf ear to the cries for material help from those brave freedom
fighters in Angola, in Afghanistan, in Mozambique, in Nicaragua,
who would take to the field of battle at the risk of their own
lives to bring freedom and democracy to their people?
Communism Must Fall
We must be strong enough to resist any further spread of communist
tyranny. We must hold forth the dream that one day this terrible
blight on the world will fall through its own corruption and
violation of human nature. And while we wait we must make it
our goal that no longer will communist tyranny be financed by
loans and credits from bankers and industrialists in the free
we share a dream ...A new vision for America. A vision of a
great nation. A shining city on a hill. The undisputed leader
of the free world. And together as we join our hands, our hearts,
and our voices as one -- we will once again see this great land
truly one nation under God!
Now a Personal
For the past three years, people have come to me and said, "Your
vision for America is our vision, will you be our champion and
stand tall for the values millions of us share. Will you run
for the presidency of the United States?"
as a trickle has become a torrent. Tens of thousands of wonderful
people on their feet saying "Go for it."
across America who know me know that this is not enough. The
question for me on this or for that matter on any major decision
is simple.. "What is God's will for me in this?"
Let me assure
you that deep in my heart I know God's will for me in this crucial
decision and I have-His further assurance that He will care
for, continue, and enlarge the ministry of CBN which is so dear
to my heart.
So now to
all of you assembled on this 17th of September, I give you my
If by September
17, 1987, one year from today, three million registered voters
have signed petitions telling me that they will pray -- that
they will work -- that they will give toward my election, then
I will run as a candidate for the nomination of the Republican
Party for the office of President of the United States of America.