On Friday night, President Trump delivered his brilliant and history-making speech at Mount Rushmore in defense of Western Civilization.
Among the many memorable lines were these:
“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children. 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 …”
It didn’t take long to prove that last sentence frighteningly true.
Two days later, on July 5, vandals attacked and destroyed a statue of Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York. Yes, that Frederick Douglass — the freed slave and noted abolitionist who spent his entire life fighting for the rights of black people.
Whether by design or mere stupidity, the vandals destroyed the statue of Douglass on the anniversary of the orator’s most famous speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” which he delivered in Rochester in 1852 to explain that independence from Britain meant nothing to black Americans who were forced to live in slavery.
“Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn,” Douglass said.
Yet Douglass found solace in the spirit of independence and in the words of the Founders:
“Now, take the Constitution according to its plain reading, and I defy the presentation of a single pro-slavery clause in it. On the other hand it will be found to contain principles and purposes, entirely hostile to the existence of slavery,” Douglass wrote.
What kind of people could destroy a monument to such a man? But more to the point, why do we seek to destroy any monuments that are but markers of the progress of mankind as we make our way toward truth?
Clearly, the radicals who would rip out our past cannot be entrusted with our future. That is why President Trump’s words are so important:
“Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress. To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage. …
“My fellow Americans, it is time to speak up loudly and strongly and powerfully and defend the integrity of our country.
“It is time for our politicians to summon the bravery and determination of our American ancestors. It is time. It is time to plant our flag and protect the greatest of this nation, for citizens of every race, in every city, and every part of this glorious land. For the sake of our honor, for the sake of our children, for the sake of our union, we must protect and preserve our history, our heritage, and our great heroes. ”
Let us hope that the president’s words inspire millions of Americans to come to the aid of their country. It’s now or never.
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