- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 8, 2017

President Donald Trump, from Poland, put to words what courses in spirit across America, and drives her greatness: the never-ending quest for freedom, not as a government grant, but as a God-given right.

This is why his remarks resonated with the right and were hated by the left.

The left wants it believed that individuals, families, communities and nations cannot survive or thrive without government control and intervention.

And the ideological right?

It’s the power of the people — the drive, motivation and determination of the little guy — all the way, as infused by God.

“Our two countries share a special bond forged by unique histories and national characters,” Trump said. “It’s a fellowship that exists only among people who have fought and bled and died for freedom.”

Not bureaucrats — but patriots.

Another line: “As I stand here today before this incredible crowd, this faithful nation, we can still hear those voices that echo through history. Their message is as true today as ever. The people of Poland, the people of America and the people of Europe still cry out, ‘We want God.’”

Not government — God.

Another: “We can have the largest economies and the most lethal weapons anywhere on Earth, but if we do not have strong families and strong values, then we will be weak and we will not survive.”

Not money, not wealth, but something worth more than gold — a virtuous populace.

And one more: “Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield. It begins with our minds, our wills and our souls.”

Values. Virtues. Principles. Morals. This was the founding of America. This is her Judeo-Christian DNA. 

“Thank you,” Trump finished. “So, together, let us all fight like the Poles — for family, for freedom, for country and for God.”

These are the motivations behind America’s founding — the pursuit of religious freedom, the search for a place of self-rule, the demand for the right to self-govern.

“Above all, we value the dignity of every human life,” he said, “and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom.”

His words are a salve for an America long starved for a reminder of our spiritual strength — for a recognition of the backbone of our national greatness — for a redress of eight years of apologies on the international stage. We are Americans.

“We write symphonies. We pursue innovation,” as Trump said. “We reward brilliance. We strive for excellence and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God.”

We don’t quit. We don’t give in. We don’t cede important grounds. And we never, ever abandon the dream.

“The West,” Trump said, “became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies.”

Their God-given destinies.

And that’s led to the exceptionalism that still marks America today.

It’s been eight long years — maybe even longer. But thankfully, we finally have a president who speaks the American language once again.

Sign up for Daily Opinion Newsletter

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide