This was Lamborn’s third visit to Liberty First over as many years. Lamborn knew he wasn’t necessarily speaking to a group of Conservatives or even staunch supporters. He was speaking to a diverse group of Republicans, Independents, Democrats and Libertarians, who cherish their unalienable rights to liberty as granted by our creator. Rep Doug Lamborn had entered the lion’s den.
One thing that must be made clear is that all speakers at Liberty First enjoy knowing that we do not screen questions. No prior meetings or agreements on subject matter and such are made. We simply ask that everyone be respectful and that our guests can respectfully decline to answer any questions. Liberty First gatherings are as organic and free as when our nation’s founders met in the taverns in Boston and elsewhere; Tavern style politics in the tradition of our founders.
With that said, I defend Congressman Lamborn’s right to speak freely and exercise his 1st Amendment right to do so. His comments were his own, and I respect him for speaking clearly and from his heart. He said nothing wrong in regards to the one hot point comment on generals resigning for the right reasons and going out in a blaze of glory.
Colorado Springs Council woman Jill Gaebler’s inflamed comment towards Lamborn was dead wrong. I must remind Gaebler, that unlike her, Lamborn has never sworn an oath to the Commander in Chief; only an oath to our Constitution. We do not live in a Military Dictatorship. Lamborn is a civilian representative who was elected by the people of his district to represent us in the Republic of these united States. Gaebler should apologize to Lamborn for her misunderstanding and disrespect of Lamborn and his comments.
Our nation’s military leaders have sworn an oath to our Commander in Chief. This oath does not include following orders that go against the Constitution or the people they’re sworn to protect. Therefore, our military generals have every right to speak out against any and all egregious acts or orders directed to them by the President.
Sadly, political correctness at all levels of government and the press have destroyed the people’s right and opportunity to participate and enjoy open discourse. The truth shall set you free; is that not what we all want to know and to hear? We as a nation must cease the softening of speech by our government and the media, especially when all of our lives are at risk.
I’m honored to have given Rep Doug Lamborn the opportunity to speak freely and will defend his right to do so even if, or when, I disagree with him.
David L. Kelly
President - Liberty First
This post was sent to the Colorado Springs Gazette and elsewhere in response to the media's initial reporting.