Fox News host Shepard Smith on Monday discouraged Americans from turning to "extreme measures" that would "fundamentally alter who and what we are" to protect the U.S. after the deadly terror attacks in Paris.
The commentary from Smith, one of Fox News' most recognizable personalities, came as Republican governors from around the country announced efforts to prevent Syrian refugees from entering their states.
"In the face of terror, will we panic or be calm and deliberative in approach?" Smith asked in a 90-second monologue. "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 fundamentally alter who and what we are?"
"Our shining city on a hill is vulnerable," he continued. "We've always known that. If we change it to accommodate 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 experiment in freedom, tolerance, openness, and equality, is our gift to societies and peoples everywhere. Come, join us. Enjoy a chance at the American dream."
He concluded, "Today we mourn but we cannot allow ourselves to become like those who want to destroy us. We cannot resort to 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 us lead us to self-destruction. When there's panic, we show resolve. When there's calm for extremism, we resist. We are America. We must lead."