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Some offer shame and division, Trump offers heroes and unity

Posted By Jo Nova On July 8, 2020 @ 2:20 am In Global Warming | Comments Disabled

Some can inspire others to do great things. Others inspire people to wreck statues.

The NY Times called his speech an effort to “sow division” to “exploit race”.The Washington Post said it’s dark and divisive. The National Review said the reaction was unhinged.  A guy called Roger Kimball argues the Mt Rushmore Speech was the moment Donald Trump won reelection.

So, if you haven’t already, read it yourself, extracts below, or watch it.

President Trump at the 2020 Salute to America

July 4th 2020

“We want free and open debate, not speech codes or cancel culture”— Donald Trump

 Greatest nation on Earth:

Two hundred and forty-four years ago in Philadelphia, the 56 signers of our Declaration of Independence pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to boldly proclaim this eternal truth: that we are all made equal by God.  (Applause.)

Thanks to the courage of those patriots of July 4th, 1776, the American Republic stands today as the greatest, most exceptional, and most virtuous nation in the history of the world.

Our workers, our factories have revolutionized industries and lifted millions into prosperity.  Our artists, architects, and engineers have inspired the globe with transcendent works of beauty.  American heroes defeated the Nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved American values, upheld American principles, and chased down the terrorists to the very ends of the Earth.  We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who, in many instances, have absolutely no clue what they are doing.  (Applause.)

“The radical ideology attacking our country advances under the banner of Social Justice,” he said. “But in truth, it would demolish both justice and society. It would transform justice into an instrument of division and vengeance, and it would turn our free and inclusive society into a place of repression, domination, and exclusion.” That is as good as anything Friedrich Hayek said about that portmanteau instrument of intimidation and meritless virtue signaling.

We will not allow anyone to divide our citizens by race or color:

Never forget: We are one family and one nation.  This rich heritage belongs to every citizen, young and old, first-generation American and tenth-generation American.  …

This great heritage belongs to citizens of every background and of every walk of life.  No matter our race, color, religion, or creed, we are one America, and we put America first.  (Applause.)  We will not allow anyone to divide our citizens by race or background.  We will not allow them to foment hate, discord, and distrust.  We will hold fast and true to the sacred loyalties that link us all as neighbors, as Americans, and as patriots.

 Our past is not a burden to be cast away:

In every age, there have always been those who seek to lie about the past in order to gain power in the present.  Those that are lying about our history, those who want us to be ashamed of who we are, are not interested in justice or in healing.  Their goal is demolition.  Our goal is not to destroy the greatest structure on Earth, what we have built: The United States of America.  (Applause.)  To build a future — (applause) — where every family is safe, where every child is surrounded by love, where every community has equal opportunity, and every citizen enjoys great and everlasting dignity.

Our past is not a burden to be cast away, it is not a miraculous foundation that will lift us to the next great summit of human endeavor.

 To those that slander the heroes:

Those who would sever those bonds would cut us off from the wisdom, the courage, the love, and the devotion that gave us everything we are today and everything we strive for tomorrow.  We cannot let that happen.  We will not throw away our heroes.  We will honor them, and we will prove worthy of their sacrifice.  (Applause.)  These are great heroes.

Let me also say a word to those in the media who falsely and consistently label their opponents as racists, who condemn patriotic citizens who offer a clear and truthful defense of American unity.  That’s what our people are doing.  We want a clear and faithful defense of American history and we want unity.

When you level these false charges, you not only slander me, you not only slander the American people, but you slander generations of heroes who gave their lives for America.  (Applause.)  You slander people much braver and much more principled than you.  You are slandering the young men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima, and those who perished fighting for freedom in the Civil War.  You slander them.  You are dishonoring their great legacy and their memory by insisting that they fought for racism and they fought for oppression.  They didn’t fight for those things; they fought for the exact opposite.  We will not let the legacy of these heroes be tarnished by you.

The more you lie, the more you slander, the more you try to demean and divide, the more we will work hard to tell the truth.  And we will win.

 If they destroy a statue, he will build two statues:

To celebrate America’s majestic inheritance, yesterday I signed an executive order to create a brand-new monument to our most beloved icons.  The National Garden of American Heroes will be a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans who have ever lived.  We will honor extraordinary citizens from every community and from every place and from every part of our nation.  Great men and great women, people that we can look up to forever.

 The whole speech

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