Tony Blankley

"And, by the way, since Churchill's war started there seems to be a lot of Jews in London. Hitler's got the Jews on the run in Germany. Why can't we do the same thing over here? Oh, dear. Uh, uh. I seem to have digressed from my prepared remarks. That is neither here nor there. Well, actually, let the record reflect that I am not an anti-Semite. I'm just against the new Jewish arrivals -- the, oh, how shall I say, er -- neojews.

"But, to return to Churchill's political speech, consider his cynical, political closing remarks:

'What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."'

"Now that's just fear-mongering, plain and simple. He's trying to scare the British public into supporting his failed policies. Oh, there may be a few men around Hitler who are a little rough. But sinking into the abyss of a new Dark Age? Winston needs a new speechwriter. And while he's about it, he can just drop that Christian civilization business. There is no excuse to insult the several non-Christians in England. That's just Churchill politically playing to his rural, religious base. And, by the way, the last time I saw Winston on his knees, he wasn't praying. He was looking for a dropped corkscrew.

"Well, that about sums it up. At this solemn hour, I just felt that Churchill's brazen political stunt of a speech needed a dignified response. I think I'm finished now."

Tony Blankley

Tony Blankley, a conservative author and commentator who served as press secretary to Newt Gingrich during the 1990s, when Republicans took control of Congress, died Sunday January 8, 2012. He was 63.

Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.

In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.

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