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Standing up for Freedom: Highlights from Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer’s Speech Last Night in LA

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Posted on August 17 2010 6:00 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here

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Last night Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer spoke about their new book The Post-American Presidency at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Stacy McCain of The Other McCain, Brandon Rogers of Capitalism is Freedom and Donald Douglas of American Power were both in attendance. I got a chance to meet and talk with Donald and Brandon but didn’t realize Stacy was there. D’oh!

NRB and Big Hollywood blogger Mark Tapson was present as well — he and I sat together. (We’d also met for lunch earlier yesterday along with NRB Concession Stand editor Chris Yogerst who was visiting.)

Some of the highlights of Pamela and Robert’s speeches and question and answers session:

Pamela:

“Israel is a bulwark. If Israel wasn’t there you have no idea how much evil would be unleashed on the world.”

A perfect encapsulation of one of the key reasons why we need to support Israel. It’s the country on the front lines, bearing the brunt of Islamist agression.

Pamela:

“America is Helen Keller and someone moved the furniture. This book is the light switch.”

I couldn’t help but feel a sense of tragedy at the metaphor. A light switch being turned on would do little to help Helen Keller — just as The Post-American Presidency is likely to be ignored and dismissed by most Americans who will remain blind to the evil we’re facing today.

But not to embrace defeatism, in answer to a question about reaching college students Pamela replied quite frankly that many and most of them are hopeless; but this is nothing to be upset about: “We don’t need everybody. We need one third.” Then, speaking a variation of the the classic “Save one life, save the whole world” she spoke a truism which everyone should take to heart: “Change one mind, change the whole world.” This is truly the means by which we must seek to heal the world. Just try and reach one person. When I wrote my review of David Horowitz’s A Cracking of the Heart I articulated this as the key lesson from the life of his deceased daughter Sarah.

Pamela addressing trivial leftists who refuse to support the war against Islamic Nazism because of a disagreement with social conservatives:

“What good is an abortion if  you don’t have a head?”

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