tv Dick Armey Leader CSPAN June 30, 2022 7:10pm-8:09pm EDT
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republicans. it was more than a dream as a son of the reagan revolution that dick army would soon be the majority leader. that phil gramm's economic expertise along with leader armies at least for a narrow windy in americaol political history would be ascended in this town. and while we have to be careful as historians not to dwell in the past, we can as we are on the brink of a red wave. i mean that philosophically not as a partisan this year. note that b is not merely about party registration. about one party being in charge instead of another. about the ideas that define us as a people. namely freedom flourishing. this town this government spending a hell of a lot less money than it does. and so it is a great, great privilege to have dick army,
senator phil gramm one of my political mentors to a couple years later it was thinking about running for a different office. he was in louisiana and i said senator this is before there was a red wave in louisiana, would you adopt this? the third saturday said yes i'm just keep doing what you're doing. here we are many s years later good to see welcome back to heritage. but without further ado also ane equally great privilege to have steve moore back here at the heritage foundation to welcome him here is our distinguished fellow i'll turn this program over to him. [laughter] x thank you kevinin fornd the kd introduction. i'm loving this new era at heritage, it is fantastic. the leadership is been amazing. we are going to have some fun today, tonight welcome to the
c-span audience right now. his alleges when the few people in addition to phil gramm who actually came to this town to make government smaller not bigger so thank you to both of you. i just got this note from newt gingrich as you all know the speaker of the house and was the one who really engineered the republican revolution in 1994. if i mayhi i would love to read this comment from speaker gingrich. it is reallyas sweet. it's that dick army was invaluable as a creative, dynamic, energetic member but we were in the minority and as a key part of the contract of ramerica majority an extraordinary force for good ideas and real reforms and a leader who helped reelect the gop majority for the first time and 68 years and helped develop
the only fort balanced budgets and the lifetime for that's pretty amazing isn't it? his new book provides vivid and wise insights in the house as an institution gratitude newt gingrich. that's is tribute to this army. this is' the book if not gotten this book it is a great read. this book should be read every political science major in america should be reading thisd book. it is a great discussion of how washington really works and how things get done and don't get done in washington. wey are going to have some funo telling our stories. there's probably in this at least 15 or 20 people who worked for at one time or another. in addition to all of the great contributions you made one of the great contributions was
incredible number of successful people you mentor includingo myself. my little story is that i worked for dick on a joint economic committee in 1993 and 1994. and i remember that when i was on the committee and i decided o by the summer of 1994 i wasw going to leave the committee. i had had it. if you were working for a minority member of thehe house u might as well not have been there. the democrats are so arrogant at that time after 40 years of rule is like republicans were not even there. i remember i went to dick and said i love working for you but i cannot it's pulling my hair out were not having much of an impact here. i will never forget dick turned to me and said steve you cannot leave now. remember this you said don't leave now because to take the house in november of
1994. then a short part of that revolution as well. i said whatever you are smoking i want some of it. [laughter] it seems so incredible people and how many seats ejected pickup like 60 seats or something like that? it was obviously a tidal wave election. it is in no small part because of newt gingrich in the contract with american republicans there is a lesson here. when republicans stand for something they win. the lesser of two evils which is most of the time they lose. that was an incredible. and what you all did you comment newt, the whole team from 1995 through 2000 it is true. only for balanced budgets in the last 50 years.he welfare reform to capitol gains tax cut. all these incredible things for dick army for those of the younger people in this room, where the first inspiration for the flat tax idea.
he one of the first inspirations for medical savings accounts. you are never with me on the term limits idea. [laughter] i don't think you're with me too much on that. it's so fantastic to have yount here. i wanted to turn the podium over to senator phil gramm who actually i first met in this building back in 1984 -- 85 when phil gramm came up with a crazy idea called at the ruddiman bill. the graham rodman bill was basically automatic cet spending cuts we could not get the deficit down. all of washington had heart palpitations over the space of one time senator we cut spending under that bill. he has been a crusader for small government as well but also hills the great city of texas give a nice welcome to phil gramm of texas.
[applause] [applause] [applause] thank you steve. nobody said i was going to say anything. [laughter] two things, president reagan once put his arm around me and said he want you me in the eye. weinberger tells me your grant redmond is more dangerous than the soviet minute. would you assure me that is not the case and i said yes mr. president i will sure that is not the case. dick and i were destined to become friends. we are both economists we both came to washington we wanted
less government and more freedom there's not a lot of people who come to government with the idea of having list the very institutions they come to be a part of. the thing i always found was very interesting. i never lost my all of it. that was dick always had this view that he was like a spy in the soviet union that had become a leader of the central committee one of the people running. it was sort of like i was there as his american handler and he was telling me what i was doing inside the belly of the beast.
i saw in washington for quarter of a century. i dealt with a lot of people. but i can say without any fear of contradiction that of all the people that i ever served with dick army was less interested was less interested in giving credit for the things he did than anybody i have ever dealt with in washington. as farra as i could tell his aspiration other than saving america was owning a ford s1 50 king ranch version and he got it. in dick's story is a story about
america. dick is from can-do north dakota. i don't have any idea where it is. i went to north dakota campaigning at once i had to plug in the car to keep the tires from freezing. [laughter] but he h came from can-do north dakota. he became the first republicanab majority leader in 40 years. he was an indispensable leader in changing america and implementing the final stones the reagan revolution. then he retired and went back to just a plain citizen. to me that is a reassuring story about america.
i once had a guy in china who asked me where did sheno com from? we tried to look at leadership and america and we just cannot figure out where you came from.c i tried to explain in america the greatness of our country's leaders just come from nowhere. people are always saying never despair i know they are out there there waiting to be discovered. there waiting for the right moment the contract with america dick army wrote the contract of america he gave it the name contracts of america. i was the chairman of thehe republican senatorial committee, we tried to copy it by having
seven more and 94 we won more than seven seats by the way. now i am not taking anything away from newt gingrich. he grabbed it, he ran with that, he made it famous, he deserves all the credit he gets. he was the father of the contract with america. i do not want to overstay my welcome but let me just see a couple more things. from the beginning of the republic we had wasted money because of an inability to close government facilities especially military bases. and so it dictated and it new and totally original idea of his own creation was he came up with the idea of a commission in a
straight up or down vote in congress to approve the closing of military bases so it allowed a congress senator to go to the military base the bulldozer was pulling up to knock down the gate and lie down on the ground telling his staff trust at the last moment to rush in and drag me out. i'll be begging to die but pull me out. then it will be gone. and that is exactly what happened pretty close a lot of militaryry bases that never shod have been built to begin withd and were being operated draining the blood out of american citizens dick was very instrumental and welfare reform. the most successful reform of a government program in american history why we don't take that
reform program and apply it to every entitlement program the federal government i don't understand the average household in the bottom 20% of american income earners get over $45000 a year end benefits from the federal government. is there any wonder you cannot get people to work? and we were able to implement a program in an area in the most difficult area unmarried woman with children in a situation where sender warranted say it's impossible for it to work. but guess what, we reform the program we set time limits and within four years 50% had been
on the program were working it's amazing what incentives h do. i'm very happy to be here to one, give credit were not enough credit had been given. partly because he lacked the skill to blow his own horn. and secondly to say to dick it was a great privilege those years working with you. one of the highlights of my career was getting together with dick to get his report that he was actually running the system and came to washington to dramatically reform. so dick, congratulations. [applause] [applause] >> thank you center those were terrific comments, just one
thing with the contract with america i remember dick talking to you after the republicans won theou congress was apologetic aa dick i did not pay that much attention to the contract of america i never thought youan would win. you said steve people thought we would win they never would've signed the contract of america. that was a great, great. incidentally ranbir first 100 hours was the first 100 hours youea passed more good at legislation and probably previous 25 years that first 100 hours but it's an amazing revolution. see a lot of people come in. all of you in this room who at some point in your career work for dick army could you please standth up? that is amazing. thank you all for being here.
i'll say it again, dick legacy is the amazing people he has mentored over the years. i would say : kevin cramer, where he senator? we have another person the second most person most famous sperm's son dakota. kevin cramer is a senator from the state of north dakota. he is also i believe you're also from can-do? what are the odds two of the most famous people in washington would come from can-do, north dakota. thanks for coming. >> thank you. [applause] neither dick nor i are the famous field from can-do. peter davidson can attest one of dick's classmates all per running back foror the vikings s from can-do. he is from can-do. he and dick are classmates. thank you for including me and
my ten years in congress this is the highlight it really is. but a handful of you who read the whole book susan and i know did she proofread it many times. i read the whole book i might've been the first person in america to read the whole book. i was testing dick as i was reading it on the airplane i'm laughing so hard the people next to me are concerned. but to give you little context of you did not read the book my daddy and dick army lived across the alley from each other in kansas. in the book dick tells the story about richard kramer the elder richard there's a number of richards in the book that he references. was passed with teaching the younger richard how to climb poles when dick joined the royal cooperative as a lineman for summer job. now, i love the fact that dick had to go to union shop and work for a co-op.
that's the last time he did either of those things. [laughter] but more important than that t even, charlie army, dick's brother along with phil gramm are really the two stars the book i would say. they get more ink than anybody else combined. and so dick's older brother anda my daddy were best man at each other's weddings they both married well, they both stayed married to the same person their entire life. just to give you a little of that. my dad did teach dick dick didn't but thise part in the bk he put the part about climbing poles in his book. he didn't put this. my dad, dick tells me gave him one of his first economics lessons. dick and dad after work when date dick said let's go does at gordy's burnham downtown maybe he didn't. [laughter] but richard kramer said dick you know for the price of a drink at the bar downtown we can go to
the liquor store and get a sixpack. and my dad retired a lineman dick wrote the book on price theory, literally wrote theoo bk on price third the best book dickck is ever written his memos are spectacular. and i encourage everyone to read it and we celebrate that forha sure. because not only is a great document of the historical moment it is a great documentation of a significant historical moment here. but it has countless lessons to all of us on how to govern and better yet how to behave. to go hand in hand i laughed son hard people are concerned with me but the campaign. couple lessons i learned, first of all parts i really laugh the hardest when the faculty wives
accosted you because he as a professor had written this piece the newspaper picked up that proved stay-at-home wives were overpaid. while it may be not exactly something like that. in fact there paid for the consumption as well as for theat productivity. he is doing alled this wonky stf but here's what it reminded me of. shortly after dick went to congress his alma mater where he got his masters degree university of north dakota at the time known as the fighting sioux until the ncaa said it was hostile and abusive because of scarcity after that happened dick said he'd run over hockey jersey before they're all gone they were smart enough to get a whole bunch of them. or he was at that event the mc was the president of the a alumi
association the republican majority leader is a wonderful speech not only teaches her children but their children's children that is pretty important so the good news ended tand he pivoted to the problems faculty governance. he gives this house ruining the university system university of north dakota and he gets up and says just one quick announcement. the dessert reception in honor of congressman army that was going to be hosted by the faculty has been canceled due to recent lack of interest. [laughter] one thing about north dakota dick's beloved home state i was just in cando a week or two ago. and saw some of them.
his preference for free markets really supersedes the popular zip up north dakota he would have a hard time getting elected there let's just say it. i think today you have a much better chance. often campaign for me in the '90s when i was c a young chairman he was the guy that would come and give the lincoln date speeches we had no celebrities of north dakota. we did not inhabit living republican that had been in congress at that time. we always had get assurances he would not talk about the farm bill or the farm programs. he would certainly not give his opinion about ethanol. until until he came to cut the ribbon on the ronald reagan center in bismarck. it just so happened that day the governor at the time now my drcolleague in the senate was ge the keynote address he got sick. they called, scrambled in the morning dick did you get dick
army to possibly fill in questioner kissimmee i think i can answer in the parking lot of the radisson in said this is your chance to say whatever you want about ethanol and north dakota i will never forget he gets up in front of all these oilmen said i could say anything about ethanol such a damn dumb idea the russians didn't even try it. [laughter] you got a standing ovation. he did not at the say another word. [laughter] [applause] t i did at one time the farm bill. you've got to met free markets don't work in every situation. agriculture's heavily subsidized by all of our competitors. with which she said without
contemplating, worrying about my feelings i've never met an american who decide to come a farmer because some but he put a gun to their head. he said okay it will talk about something else. anyway i know there ishe a 39 pe index on dick's book. i bet i have twice that many paces i have written of notes. i will always be able to go back to the things that really matter. because dick took army's actions and turn them into armies parables. again historical as it is it taught us a lot of things. it should be required reading sure.ery freshman for every freshman it comes in congress for short. one thing newt gingrich said to me the first time i ever met him and he told them you in my dad grew up together. he said dick army is a pity me about one man can do in congress. ladies and gentlemen whenas he passed he was a junior member of the minority party that should
be encouragement for everybody proved regular order works regular order works for been in congress ten years of your book proves that regular order works when you respect every member. when you power every committee. and you honor the chairman. i would like to see that return pretty think to get back to a lot of those principles if we took care of those pay perhaps the greatest economics lesson god's grace in high supply and it still free. [applause] one of the most important lessons i take from dick's book i was going to hurt some people.
but it is true. you inspired me too be a senator as well and you know that. you know that. the way he did it don't worry it won't be as blunt as you put it was because i asked him in 1993 senatoruc graham if such a celebrity from texas as he is would ever run for the open seat vacated by roy benton to which he said i am not a big enough to be a senator but you have the potential. [laughter] [applause] really, philip graham and you have always had great aspirations for me. [laughter] dick army and my father learned a really valuable lesson together. if you work long hours you get time and a half. and then professor army became congressman army and leader army. he ande his entire team many of them you've seen tonight many
others. prove if you worktr long hours working there job you don't make an extra penny just like my dad .who earn time and have benefitd his family dick and his team and dtheir hard work have benefited all of our families. you can live with that assurance you are a manbo to quote your on book i met a part quote it back to with the man of great statue swells a man of great status for their two men in my life whom i would never be a united states senator. the bothre named richard they ae both from cando and i love you both. [applause] thank you. [applause] [applause] >> thank you for so much center
ii forgot to mention most important person in this room. susan army thank you. [applause] i asked a few people which like say something about your husband? [laughter] i cannot wait to hear what you have toes say. [applause] >> is not sure if i'm supposed to come up or not. but here i am. let me think about this. my husband and i have been married for almost 42 years. [applause] and i've got to say it has never been boring. [laughter] i remember when he first came to me we'd only been married about two and half years and he said, you know honey i've been thinking about i think i could do a lot of good if iran for congress.
and i said what? i am cooking dinner, we have children here, what you talking about? i very quickly i read a few articles on the political families and how tough their lives were and i said if you do this honey i'll have to think seriously about a divorce. and so i laughed and he said really? i said i don't know talk about it so we w did. he had deep felt feelings he had a plan and he knew who he was pretty was an economist. and he had been s watching c-spn he would talk to me about this good things many that we could do i really didn't want them to do it but he did. what he is dreamless he ran against all odds he won.rs and then he said you know i'll never be in leadership, those guys have to work all the time i'm just going to be a regular
member do my work. i said oh good that's great because we can get back to normal life. before i know it he's running for leadership and he wins. and of course he was right he wasn't home for eight years. but i look back now that we are out of it it's so much better i can look back he did so much hes and his team had the best team in d.c. they did wonderful work together i've looked back it's been 20 years since he is been out of congress. i am amazed as i've gotten oldet i'm amazed at my husband and his teamam did. it was worth it. it was worth it. [applause] >> before we hear from dick army
there is one person in this room that played a huge huge role in dick army becoming a member of congress the majority leader was with dick for many, many years literally from the start. can you come up and say a few words and had dick really rolled the dice and thank you for everything you did to make dick army the success he was. f [applause] >> i will try perm or trying to figure out susan actually voted for dick. [laughter] we heard tonight from others about how much of aal difference he made. it is true it is a phenomenal difference in hisri career. i have tried to figure out what made him different. and so i thought of a few
things. one is he truly is fearless. he chose to run for congress when everybody said it's cool to try his know we're going to win against a guy who was incumbent as thehe mayor of arlington for6 years who had millions of dollars but he did it anyway i'm going to win my own waking up in 10,000 doors he made thousands of phone calls he scratched his way, he got it done he was honest with me when he interviewed me in susan interviewed me too g be his campaign manager i didn't know two things i don't have any money i don't know anybody who does. he was correct on the. [laughter] took on all the fights when she got up to d.c. the basic closing bill whose literally junior member in his second term not on the armed services committee.
one timein senator graham came back sure the idea with you that can't be done that's impossible i tried it one timeo dick said i should try that much more. with ryan gunderson and others on the team after three or four years of getting it done continued for many, many rounds and save billions and billions of dollars. he took on school choice backward in the first bush administration was opposed to it. i thinkic our first goal was to get a majority of republicans to vote for. and out partyim orthodox but it was not for a long time for acpublic housing reform with jak kintz, and all of the others in those days. egg subsidies you heard aboutld people thought you could never touch. protecting homeschoolers probably shut down congress more than any other project i have ever seen. had remarkable success across a of issues was trying to think of other house members or
senators who left a legacy left behind a big body of work. ted kennedy on the other side maybe phil gramm. it's a very, very short list i think you could be left what you left behind. and other difference he truly did not give a hoot what anyone thought about him. that gave them remarkable freedom he did what he thought his conscience told him to do and he could not be bent. his donors and district could not bend them and he lost several of them because they tried and he refused. he told constituents what hent believed. one famous encounter at a town hall meeting a guy kept badgering him over something over and over again he said i've had enough of you meet me outside after this and i'll kick your butt. [laughter] he may not have said but. othat is who he was. he is not just a fighter he is a
thinker. that's another thing i think sets him apart he really does spend time actually thinking pretty think thought time today is a pretty rare commodity. my kids i try to get them you got empty time think talk on your phone look at something. dick would be in the shower, go for a run and he would just think i've been thinking and i knew something was up at that point could have some idea even back at the university he came up the invisible foot of government and visible hand at the market. look it up it's very well done. he would come up with an idea and congress will analyze for days, turn into some project and many of them would change america. he would take the time to think. today we are just reacting tome staff see in the news people are
pushing others on a power pole in north dakota think about whether you should affect the college thing that the flat tax he also analyzed people he could unlock people because he would study them and understand them. and to this day newt gingrich is ae great guy, love the guy spent thousands of hours in meetings with him and the rest of the leadership. i think dick probably analyze newt better than anyone else was written or talked to about what you read the book to see his analysis of newton but i think it is spot on. he read widely and he remembered what he read from all of the classic economists adam smith george gilder was a great friend to him, some the classics he chose heat study them and remembered them and learn how to apply them in h different
situation town hall meeting explain it better in the leadership leaves a big big battle about something he would launch into soliloquy bringing in shut the whole thing down i can't argue with that. when he became a believer in christ years into his career he learned to live out his faith in everything heac did. that gave him tremendous peace particular towards the end he had to go through a lot and get slings and arrows he did it with a peaceful heart. not many of us could've walk through the way he did he also developed true friendship with people you would not expect.
he and dick wereer great buddie. did not agree on anything they wrwere great friends jim right they became greatat friends. they became friends when they became chuck schumer attacked farm subsidies work with chuck schumer in the dayja project brooks we got he could joke with him and get away with the print even barney frank people didn't believe that his good nature allowed him to say things most people could not get away with. as he was going through maxine waters happened to show up. she was with some of her colleagues those of you who don't maxine waters might appreciate this. it's annexing so good to see you. dick?es whyth now we can call off the witchhunts.
[laughter] she just laughed. and it collects it maxine you can't take that she said come on that's pretty funny. jet a good sense of humor about it too. often said he was good at being his seat but people didn't always like a 20 pissed on them. [laughter] i've recently come back to hell after 20 year absence. and at that look at the hill today it's a very, very firm place. today's political entrepreneurs today passes as a campaign is to make it a comet or perhaps tweet something that is outrageous break on their favorite tv network yell at someone on the floor make a spectacle then go send out millions of e-mails and texan tries to raise money on it go back and do the same thing the next day. that is pretty much what a large part of our movement has turned
into. which is unfortunate. we desperately need buildable to approach their job like dick ve did. it's hard to find an entrepreneur d congressman probably because i shut the rules don't and members do not have an opportunity to be effective or offer and limits on the floor like he did for so long. i hope republicans when they take the majority they can be servicer going forward. we needd that substance to be made. one understand how congresswo wk during army andad grahams era is a classic book people can learn from part i agree members only freshmen that come in and it would be well worth their time to read it. they need to learn how to replicate it we need more
leaders change america the way he did. it's right around a pickup truck in the 1984 campaign so want to go to washington and save america and he did. the people to do it every generation we need a whole new crop that can do what he did. i am terribly proud to have known you. proud to have worked with you and to get tove know susan had l the other members of the team tonight that it's a wonderful group. thank you for letting me be a part of it. [applause] one other quick dick army story are they the book is leader fight richard k it is a wonderful read. just one fun story kerri reminded me of a tear in the front row and worked diligently
and helping put together the flat tax id of the army flat altax. you may remember the story but we had called in front of really prominent economists to have a conversation with dick about that plan. we brought in art laugher and i think steve forbes and i think jack kemp was there the three were huddled on this couch and army'sin office and we are sittg across from dick army's first statement is said gentlemen. there's not been as much brainpower on that couch since i slept there alone. [laughter] classic dick army. now we are going to hear from dickck army by the greatest majority leaders in the history of the house of representatives, dick army.
[applause] [applause] >> thank you. thank you all i really want to make two points in the first is the house of representatives. i came to know, and understand this is the most unique institution in the history of the world. i was so privileged to be part of it i learned to love the institution i learned to love the institution you love the institution when the people with present recurs in my book and i what a few people i serve whose approval i coveted centerburg firm. such a strange choice. i love thunderbird for the way
he loved the institution. i wanted him to remember me. he did honor to the institution. i've like to believe i succeeded when i came there institution was run by regular order. they ran a good ship. and as a young entrepreneur member of congress it could innovate legislation i know with the were thanks largely to david hobbs who taught me the ropes. if you know the institutional structure and the protocols and if you dare to believe they will be counted on you can exceed an individual initiative.
you can't in a world that does not have that structure. i look at congress today and i feel bad. i member the people i served. i'm up at the who were in charge of everything. served this nation. they need the sacrifice of that service. anderson the liberty that they paid for. they treated liberty with a very, very gentle and loving touch. they deserve to be respected and they were. i watch the house fall into a different direction. i've seen republicans speakers who followed by the wayside.
it's for one simple reason only they left the structure behind. they got ahead of the body. they fail to respect each and every member and a right to participate seen or worked on by members at large and try to bowling it into passage. i believe the states of this country preserve their integrity as granted in the constitution to administer their elections at their elections are fairly and honestly will regain majority of the house. i believe they do an extraordinary good job the
republicans will gain a majority in the senate. i have a wish and a prayer for these new majorities. run the organization andto compliance with the rules and protocols wonderful traditions. but doing what they do so well is historical knowledge that should be respected. and if you do that mr. new speaker you will retain your speakership unless happy and productive institution it will be to your credit.
we don't do things like that in our body, we do think in an all inclusive and respectful fashion together. we are in institution. and by the way of all of the things i admired about newt gingrich the one think i admired the most he understood congress was a separate and equal body of this government. at its prerogatives and its obligations need to be protected and they need to be administered. and thank you knew for that we serve the nation to do so to gather. inclusive fashion that is respectful of all our members.
all our members but even those nitwits on the other side of your aisle should be respected. remember joe cap could not throw a perfect spiral. i am a starting quarterback in the nfl. i apologize to no one. i was elected by my citizen friends back home. and i apologize to no one in on their behalf i demand to be respected. net let me just tell you about that person. i wrote this book. it's not about me especially those years in congress. it is about us. we did it together. i was never able to talk about my staff. we were team, we were together, we stuck up for each other be stuck by each other.
i composed i found myself typing these words. we loved each other for what we love together. a safe andwe a prosperous and a happy america. we did that and we did it so well and with such success of loyalty and loving affection through a cross system with respectful division of labor. we became known as army guys. and i love that. i thought it was fitting. [laughter] you could have called them kerri not guys. you could've called them the less bees but we were army guys. michelle davis was the first to enlighten us guys that the term army guys is a gender neutral term.
[laughter] we are all army guys. and we discovered, do we not before rail broke up, there were people that were not of our staff but not in our shop. there were other members of congress. there were even a handful of particularly enlightened senators who called themselves army guys. so if you are an army guys because you love one another what you love together yummy and prosperous american bread that is why we work. this is the price by which we toil. so may i ask you if you are an army guy? will you stand and give yourself a hand? [applause]
[applause] it is fantastic to be back in washington. i think this one here first trips back. it's amazing you were able to come here. truly this is a great read about how washington works and when it doesn't work. senator phil gramm thank you so much coming from texas it was really fantastic having you. we'll have drinks after words, all of the army guys and gals are going to be having dinner after words but it's a dick army thank you for all you did for our country you are a great, great patriot. [applause] >> if you are senate for our newsletter to receive a schedule for upcoming book festivals and
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