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Love of Freedom – Trump Critics Need to Learn American History

freedomWhat a festive July 4th we just saw – and most of us enjoyed, worries notwithstanding! From Maine to South Dakota, a quick survey suggests we saw more fireworks, and had more passion than in many years.  Americans love freedom and celebrated! Rightly so.  Our freedoms are hard-won and precious.

Still, every rose has its thorns.  Critics scratch at confidence, sniff at love of country, demean hope, and deride our president.  These days, if not toppling history – leaders like Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Francis Scott Key, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson – they populate our media.

They might as well be dubbed anti-patriots. They tend to be historically uninformed, deconstructionist, unapologetically anti-American, and big on socialism.  With much of the Democratic Party, they disparage America’s past and trumpet socialism.  No coincidentally, they hate the President.

On July 4th, President Trump pulled out all stops. He delivered a rousing, patriotic speech, asking Americans to remember, appreciate, and defend hard-won liberties.  His speech was punctuated by the Blue Angels and delivered at Mount Rushmore.  As Americans smiled, national media spit vinegar.

The Washington Post said Trump’s concern for socialism, leftist ideology, and radical violence “exploits social divisions,” a “dark speech.”  One wonders where that newspaper was when dozens of cities were torn apart, hundreds of minority businesses destroyed, historic churches burned, and more than 700 police injured in putatively “peaceful protests.” That would seem a “dark” moment.  See: https://nypost.com/2020/06/08/more-than-700-officers-injured-in-george-floyd-protests-across-us/.

Already in 2020, 116 police officers have died “in the line of duty” – a 41 percent jump from last year.  If one wants to speak of “new divisions,” statistical changes that reflect a need to restore “rule of law” and avoid “dark” events – that might be a better place to begin.

Lest anyone suggest Trump triggered socialism with increased police killings, history is clear – the exact opposite.  As police deaths have mounted, the number of deaths attributed to police – during an average 60 million encounters annually – has fallen from highs under Obama to lows under Trump.

Deaths attributed to police under Obama were 608 in 2012, 344 in 2013, 634 in 2014, and 848 in 2015, with 201 in 2016.  Under Trump, they fell to 139, 403, and 246 in three years, 327 this dystopian year.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_killings_by_law_enforcement_officers_in_the_United_States.

To make sense of those numbers, think of it this way.  Annual fatalities from police under Obama averaged 527, under Trump 279.  Rule of law has been more peaceably enforced under Trump than under Obama.  That new darkness – rise of violent socialism – was not from Trump’s policing policies.

What else did the media have to say about the President’s patriotic speech?  CNN called his backdrop, Mount Rushmore, a “monument to two slaveowners” put on property “wrestled away from Native Americans.”  No doubt, they were thinking of Elizabeth Warren’s distant relatives.

One can imagine CNN cheering destruction of Mount Rushmore, the way Taliban terrorists cheered destruction of Buddhas carved into Afghan mountains.  Britain’s Guardian decried that as, “erasing all traces of a rich pre-Islamic past.”  How soon we forget revulsion with those who destroy history.

Another media trick is to conflate facts or blur lines – like calling Americans “anti-immigrant” who distinguish legal from illegal.  After Trump’s speech defending liberty, warning against violence, the Associated Press said he railed against “protestors who have pushed for racial justice.”  He did not.

The fault is triple.  They accuse Trump of opposing peaceful protests, which he did not.  They fail to validate what bothers many Americans – a rise of radical socialist violence.  And they fail to report penetration of the former by the latter, confirmed by law enforcement.  In short, they accuse Trump of racism, while ignoring anti-American socialist and anarchist violence.

Meantime, “activist reporters” at the New York Times – who forced out an editor for publishing Senator Cotton’s defense of law enforcement and legal use of the military –reported: “Trump Uses Mount Rushmore to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message.”  Where does one begin?  Perhaps history.

Mount Rushmore celebrates unifying Americans – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.  Pointing out opposition to radical socialism is not divisive – in a free republic, premised on peaceful dispute resolution.

Finally, Trump did not author cultural divisions.  He inherited them.  He aims to restore free speech on campuses and Internet, free exercise of religion and conscience in community, business, school, military, and the public square. He supports historic rights to assemble, keep and bear arms, avoid unreasonable searches and seizures.  As Democrats push to federalize everything, he honors 10th Amendment rights “reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”  And he inherited the travesty of justice called the Obama Justice Department.

In the end, we have much to celebrate – freedoms to hold dear, with those who gave them.  The irony is the modern media’s blindness.  They do not see that the freedom they enjoy comes from people they dismiss, disparage, defame, and want to destroy.

Here is my bet:   Not one reporter in 100 could name any of the 50,000 American casualties from the Revolutionary War, Bunker Hill to Yorktown.  Nor any of 20,000 in The War of 1812, about which Theodore Roosevelt wrote a definitive naval history.

Those who dismiss us as rubes could not tell you 655,000 fell in the Civil War, including 49,000 Blacks in the Union Army.  They could not tell you what Joshua Chamberlain did at Gettysburg (held line by bayonet at Little Roundtop, saving the Union), or about Lincoln’s famous letter to Lydia Bixby (who lost five sons), or where Grant split the confederacy (Vicksburg, 1863).

Two-to-one, they could not name three WWI battlefields, or recall US casualties in that war (320,000).  They are unlikely to recall that 16 million Americans defended freedom in WWII – or that America saved the world again, defeating fascism with one million US casualties, 405,000 dead.

Nor could they detail the Berlin blockade, Korean or Vietnam Wars, first Gulf War, conflicts in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, or elsewhere.  Most barely know Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War, brought the Soviet killing machine to its knees, and in the process freed 400,000,000 human souls.

All this matters, because it offers the real backdrop, bigger even than Mount Rushmore.  Freedom is not free, nor easy to secure.  It never has been.  That is why we celebrate Independence Day, and those who made it possible.  That is why the President reminded us to be vigilant, recommit ourselves to freedom.  What we have is hard-won and precious.  May we never forget it.

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Silence Dogood
4 months ago

Now we see why the communists and socialists push diversity so much. Diversity divides. A divided nation is easier to destroy by pitting the various factions against one another. They want to destroy our nation and rebuild it from the ashes into a communist dictatorship with them at the top. Communism and socialism are just new terms for tyranny and despotism.

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Arizona Don
4 months ago

There is little doubt President Trump will go down in history as far and away the best president we have ever had. Which is fitting since he follows a president who history will show as the WORST president America ever had, Obama! Every “real” American that loves this country knows both of those facts already. Ronald Reagan was extremely good for America and got her back on track after Carters missteps and failures. The difference between Carter and Obama was/is Carter loved America and was/is a very nice person (and still does) but was way over his head and unqualified for the presidency. We… Read more »

4 months ago

What a great weekend to salute the USA by The President
The article was great – How can we promote this real news to all , especially the children thru age 40
Again limited coverage by the FAKE not-even-news outlets, what a kick in the rear to America by them

Brenda Blunt
4 months ago

May the REAL Americans rise up and take back our beloved USA! the fake ones can leave!!

4 months ago

Im really surprised President Trump wasn’t criticized for defending the 2nd Amendment. I watched the speech in its entirety and was very moved by President Trump’s conviction and love for our country and citizens. It must be their hatred of having a President that does what he says and says what he does and doesn’t hide out at night signing Executive Orders to give our country and our liberties away.
Maybe this post won’t get censored away.

Paul W
4 months ago

Excellent article. When the media isn’t intentionally, outright lying to further the leftist agenda, they’re opining out of sheer ignorance. What little U.S. history that is taught today in K thru 12, as well as at colleges and universities, is complete revisionist trash. The marxists chickens that began infiltrating education, media and politics in the 60s have come home to roost. The sad state of mandated, purposefully induced historical ignorance.

Dean Brittain
4 months ago

Great article. I saw both speeches in their entirety. Loved both. Not one improper statement in either one

4 months ago

Great Article. My heart pounds with joy that I AM AN AMERICAN!

Patrick Bauer
4 months ago

Excellent. Well said.

4 months ago

No, freedom is not free! … Just ask Cubans or Venezuelans? … in Socialism/Communism, the people are in servitude to the ruling politicians and are forever to do so. And I’m getting awful tired of “white” people being accused of being “racist” because you justifiably criticize any African American. The so-called Democratic Party has gone nuts with the help of colluding media. We MUST ELECT President Trump for another term or I feel We the People will become We the Slaves!!!

4 months ago

His best speech ever. Too bad that NBC ran a silly game show instead of showing the President of the United States?

4 months ago

Time for the Americans, the contributors to the Country and Freedom to make it loud and clear we will not tolerate this thuggery. If you cannot engage in discussion to resolve problem, then damaging people and place will get you a new home. Jail!

Bill Brown
4 months ago

Decide to be free!  Take our Country BACK: RED – Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

4 months ago

President Trump did a terrific job at Mount Rushmore in conveying the stark difference between the values that helped build and shape this country into the bastion of personal liberty that it is and those whose only motivating factor is to tear it all down and build a global Marxist Utopia. It’s essentially a contest between fighting to maintain our hard won freedoms and liberties or sitting back and surrendering it all to the Marxist led mob.   This contest is NOT just playing out here in the United States, but all across Europe, Canada, Asia and South America. Look… Read more »

Press ONE for English
4 months ago

Most simply put, the problem with the left is this. They see us living relatively happily, safely and peacefully while they are living in conditions that for one reason or another make them miserable. Instead of emulating us and trying to join in the benefits we are enjoying, it is their goal to make us as miserable as they are. Instead of finding common, unifying elements they seek out and inflate even the tiniest of differences between the peoples of this nation, and blow those differences up into major points of contention. They for the most part have no inkling… Read more »

David Spade
4 months ago

Revisionist history should have not part in public education. Seeing the entire picture will assure the American public that we will not repeat the same mistakes. It is wonderful to see the thoughtful approach by the President to the American future by reminding us of the past…and in an unfiltered manner. The fake news folks just don’t get it….they look at the glass as half empty, then they lie to their viewers day-after-day about how bad life is in the country. They have not, as the article says, do not understand history. All the people in the fake news media… Read more »

4 months ago

Well said. Coming from a military family the price of freedom is high and many do not know that. God bless our military, our President and the USA.

4 months ago

We cannot know the future. However, it is possible that extremes the rioters are displaying will bring more understanding of what would happen if they can take over. Fully understood, I think this revolution will be rejected by the majority of voters.

Bill Brown
4 months ago

Stand up for America!!  The NFL has decided to play the “Black Anthem” (whatever that means) and to allow people to insult our Country by kneeling for our National Anthem!!  Get the NFL’s ATTENTION!!  Refuse to watch all NFL Games until they play and Stand-For our National Anthem!!!  We can live without the NFL!  We will not live without PRIDE IN OUR COUNTRY!!! 

Scott Davis
4 months ago

We are Americans, or we are something else. When people add a name in front of American, and it doesn’t matter what they put in front of it, they put that ahead of what we are. Sure, I’m a Christian man. Skin color should not matter. My history has no bearing on my origin. The division that has grown in our country has grown from the past, that quite frankly, we have nothing to do with. It’s a manufactured division for political power. Our historic warning to all future generations of Americans from our 1st POTUS during his Farewell Address… Read more »

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