On Monday, Fox News host Shepard Smith took a stand against denying refugees entrance to the United States, an idea that is swelling with popularity in the conservative ranks. Smith calls for Americans to remain sober in the face of adversity and attack, to not give way to fear and the hatred of the enemy.

It seems to me, we the People have a responsibility to protect that which we hold dear. In the face of terror, will we panic or be calm and deliberative in approach? Confronted with those who want to change our way of life, will we abandon our freedoms and the rights granted to us by the Creator or will we welcome huddled masses yearning to breathe free? Will we take extreme measures to fundamentaly alter who and what we are?

Our shining city on a hill is vulnerable. We’ve always known that. If we change it to accomodate the savages, have they won? And what then would be left to protect?

We profess to stand as an example for all the world, our unique experiement in freedom, tolerance, openess, and equality is our gift to societies and peoples everywhere: Come, join us. Enjoy a chance at the American dream.

Today we mourn but we cannot allow ourselves to become like those who want to destroy us. We cannot resort to the tactics of the barbarians. We must fight for what we believe in and who we are. Guard our freedoms faithfully for the generations to follow. And we must not let the rhetoric of potential and political extremists among lead us to self destruction.

When there’s panic, we show resolve. When there’s call for extremism, we resist. We are America, we must lead.