One thing in particular stuck out in my mind as President Trump delivered his pivotal Independence Day address at Mount Rushmore: this country was born not out of peace and reflection, but out of crisis and courage.
If we intend to preserve this nation in its current crisis — the onslaught of a radical fringe — it will take not reflection, but courage.
George Washington risked his life on the battlefields of the American Revolution and the frigid desolation of Valley Forge so that our nation could live. Thomas Jefferson committed our Founding creed to paper, knowing he risked execution as a traitor.
Abraham Lincoln defied public condemnation to wage all-out war to save the Union and free the slaves. Teddy Roosevelt put his own life on the line in Cuba and personified the American spirit of adventure and bravery.
Our great monument to those four American heroes stands athwart the round-the-clock news coverage of civil disorder, pandemic, hatred, and pandemonium.
It reminds us just how hard previous generations of Americans had to fight to preserve our culture and civilization from enemies foreign and domestic.
The thundering of fireworks in the night’s skies across the country ought to drown out the noise from our television sets, just as the thundering of the cannon that won our independence drowns out — even echoing down through the centuries — the shrieking of the mob that is currently trying to erase the Founding Fathers and American heroes from our memory.
However isolated things may seem under state and local lockdown protocols, our current isolation can’t compare to the blizzard-penned isolation of the soldiers at Valley Forge who won this country for us, nor with the cruel solitude of the settlers and pioneers who conquered the vast American interior.
The president’s speech was an exaltation to that American tradition of courage.
We must honor the legacy of our heros, not try to reason with the hypocrites from our own time who break quarantine to tear down the memorials to our history, then turn around and blame others for the spread of disease.
Our country’s enemies may have television airwaves, faculty lounges, corporate boardrooms, and human resources offices that decide what opinions you may hold allowing you to still keep your job.
In some places where local Democrats have found chaos and iconoclasm to work to their political advantage, they may even control the streets as well.
But we have America.
We have the spirit handed down to us by a group of patriots who — 244 years ago — gathered and risked their lives and everything they held dear to stand up for what they knew their people deserved: a country of their own, conceived in liberty and destined for unmatched greatness.
We have the millions of Americans who have struggled, sacrificed, and died to preserve and strengthen that heritage, which the radical fringe now seeks to destroy.
Try as they might, they can’t redefine America — not yet, anyhow.
There are still too many of us.
Our history and our national kinship runs too deep.
Our faith in our Creator and our reverence for the Founders and their vision of government by and for the people are too strong.
For at least one day, the forces tearing apart this country will have to contend with a usually-silent majority that will gather unbowed to honor our heroes, living and dead, as well as our "Star-Spangled Banner."
My hope is that, come November, the same silent ranks of Americans will stand up once again and ensure that the forces intent on tearing down our civilization do not inherit the White House. Make no mistake — Joe Biden is a Trojan horse intended to hand the radicals control over the one branch of government that is still resolutely defending American values.
If you feel isolated and besieged, then take hope in the optimistic message of President Trump’s speech: We have faced challenges worse than this before, and with the right leadership we will rise to the occasion once again.
Mike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas, a 2008 presidential candidate, and longtime conservative commentator on issues in culture and current events. An ordained Southern Baptist minister, Gov. Huckabee was host of the number-one rated weekend television show Huckabee on the Fox News Channel from 2008-2015, as well as host, from 2009-2015, of The Huckabee Report, which aired three times daily on nearly 600 radio stations across the nation. A New York Times best-selling author, he hosts the popular weekly talk show Huckabee, which airs on TBN. Read Mike Huckabee's Reorts — More Here.
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