From other editors: Trump speech reaffirmed the greatness of the United States
President must avoid trivial issues in nation’s time of need
Amidst the Independence Day celebrations, tucked between news stories of illegal fireworks in the streets and statue topplings in public squares, there was another notable weekend event.
President Trump spoke at South Dakota’s 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration, delivering perhaps his best speech to date. His words drew a sharp contrast to the cultural unraveling in which progressive activists and their media allies look to tear down history and engage in a full assault against our institutions and values.
“No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America,” declared Trump. “And no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation.”
Then the president addressed the shocking images Americans are seeing in the streets almost nightly.
“Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they are doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing.”
Indeed, at this point no connection between the tragic killing of George Floyd and the actions of the mob can be made. Hyper-progressives have hijacked the original protest and fueled a movement based on destroying all symbols of history — whether they be abolitionists or pro-slavery or even monuments paid for by freed slaves themselves.
In Boston, the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial was damaged by protesters. The monument recognizes the first all-volunteer black regiment of the Union Army. Over two million soldiers fought on the Union side during the Civil War. Their Commander in Chief was President Abraham Lincoln, also a target in the revisionist revolution of 2020.
At Mount Rushmore, President Trump re-established the truth about America’s 16th president.
“Abraham Lincoln, the savior of our union, was a self-taught country lawyer who grew up in a log cabin on the American frontier. The first Republican President, he rose to high office from obscurity, based on a force and clarity of his anti-slavery convictions … and he led the country through the darkest hours of American history, giving every ounce of strength that he had to ensure that government of the people, by the people and for the people did not perish from this Earth.”
As the president addressed those gathered in South Dakota, he reduced the threat to its core:
“The radical ideology attacking our country advances under the banner of social justice. But in truth, it would demolish both justice and society.”
Trump acknowledged that our education system bears some culpability in creating a culture in which young people are taught that America is a force for evil, from front to back.
“We must demand that our children are taught once again to see America as did Rev. Martin Luther King,” Trump declared. “When he said that the Founders had signed ‘a promissory note’ to every future generation. Dr. King saw that the mission of justice required us to fully embrace our founding ideals.”
Predictably, the activist media declared the speech to be “dark” and “ominous,” but it was anything but. It was a promise to good people that their government supports them and a reaffirmation that we are a great country and will forever strive to be greater.
Now, it is up to President Trump to rise to a great cause and resist the temptation to mire himself in trivial matters while the country needs him. We hope this is his moment. We shall see.
The Boston Herald