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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Congressman Ratcliffe: America Must Lead

February 11, 2015

"Hi Friends, This week the President has continually attempted to downplay his foreign policy failures. But the fact is that we continue to live in a dangerous world where our enemies actively attempt to kill Americans and our allies and threaten our way of life.

The actions of ISIS prove that a world without a strong America is a very dangerous world. In addition, the tragic death of Kayla Mueller, an American held by ISIS - underscores the need for America to lead again.

We cannot be a nation of ideals while sitting idly on our hands and pretending these threats do not exist. America must lead against the aggression of violent Islamic extremists (VIE).  

The President described the recent atrocities perpetrated by ISIS upon innocent civilians as “random” - these aren’t random, these are barbaric acts by a serious enemy that must be stopped.

We must act to ensure the safety of Americans both at home and abroad.

Providing for the common defense is a duty expressly charged to the federal government in the Constitution. I am incredibly saddened by the death of Kayla. I hope this tragedy strengthens our resolve to fight for liberty and freedom where it is most vulnerable.

-God Bless Kayla, and all those who have lost their lives in the defense of these sacred values."