Video of the Senator’s address is available here.
69 years ago tomorrow, America suffered the most deadly attack our nation had ever seen. The horrific attack on Pearl Harbor killed more than 2,000 U.S. troops and civilians.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt said that December 7 is “a date which will live in infamy… No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.”
And we did… In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, America succeed not only militarily, we succeed morally as well. Our nation bonded together with a newfound resolve to sacrifice for our nation and take care of our fellow citizens.
It did not take nine years to get it done.
Congress acted bravely and swiftly, without partisanship and without gridlock… With a clear moral compass and a clear determination that we as a nation had an undeniable moral obligation to help the people that were harmed in Pearl Harbor.
You must remember the days after 9/11. This country would have done anything to help those who had suffered so much in New York and across this country. This was the most deadly terrorist attack in the history of America, and now, nine years later, this body cannot come together to do what's right?
This is the clearest example of right versus wrong that I have seen in this body in my two short years.
We must recognize the undeniable obligation that we have, a moral obligation to protect these men and women and their families because they did the right thing.
It is now time for this body to do the very same.