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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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Stephen I. Mayo
1 year ago

Thank you Mr. Charles. Great reminder that our American patriotism is full-bodied and real; not a formulaic mantra but a whole fabric of history founded in the blood of our dutiful and often brave American ancestors. Said as a son of a liberator of the Philippines and a son-in-law of a liberator of nothing less than the entire continent of Europe.

Mytake
1 year ago

I think reporters ignore their history lessons, if they are taught any, in favor of stirring up fear,violence and hatred. Too many are intent on being self important and influencing someone else. Power corrupts and we certainly have an overabundance of that at present. We need more reporters with integrity, intelligence and moral and ethical fortitude. The attitude of disrespect toward leaders and others is disgusting and needs to change. Cannot watch when they start with their rude yelling over each other and absolute childish behavior.

Sharon Harrigan
1 year ago

Daniel 2:28 “But there is a God in heaven….” He has blessed this country beyond measure. Keep praying for a great revival and awakening to sweep America, and make her a Godly nation once again.

Bill Brown
1 year 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!!! 

joe p
1 year ago

Excellent article. We last saw this level of “peaceful” violence during the leftist campaign to end the Vietnam war against a Communist/Totalitarian Statist regime in North Vietnam. They won then, and now these same “peacefully” violent people are powerful bureaucrats in government and teaching our kids the same promises and lies in Universities. Their politics have not changed. They have sharpened their knives and perfected their methods to change the world from freedom, to dependence on them in a Socialist, or Communist government; actually a “dictatorship of the proletariat” (nothing new, we have seen that before). This guarantees (so they think) their endless power and wealth at the expense of the masses of mindless workers.
Trump has awaken those masses, half of which still have a mind intact. Trumps re-election and Democrat Party defeat is the fulcrum of the teetering state of our democracy and Constitutional Republic form of government. Come November 3rd, we will know which way the balance has shifted. I pray our citizens will make the right choice.

Scott Davis
1 year 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 is lost with the addition of names like African, Senior, Conservative, Christian, or Anything else before the what must be held as 1st, AMERICAN.
God help us to bridge the division of darkness created by evils within our nation and elsewhere.

John P Latimer
1 year ago

Day after day, my heart breaks a little more for the USA as I read and watch the news and what is happening in our great country! The anti American forces have been working overtime to destroy everything we have stood for since our founding. My hope is, and I pray God will grant us another chance to turn back these tides of destruction before it is too late! The constant beating of the drums by the Left’s demonstrations, rioting and endless attacks on President Trump and shouts of racism are wearing thin on people that still have patriotism, love of God and love of our country in their hearts. I believe they have awakened a sleeping giant, the silent majority, and that we will prevail in November! I also believe the Left is going to do everything possible to steal the election and we will have to be super vigilant to assure that does not happen!

Frank Cicero
1 year ago

I applaud President Trump for his skill at business & economics; but, he could learn a little from Benjamin Franklin. 
A ‘wordsmith’ by trade Benjamin Franklin left us a wealth of quotes to guide us in managing our Republic. 
I offer just a few:
 
“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the End of Our Republic!”
 
“Any society that will give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose BOTH!”
 
“Make yourselves SHEEP and the WOLVES will EAT YOU!” 
 
“As to Jesus of Nazareth… I think the system of Morals & His Religion… the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.”

gene lewis
1 year ago

What a wonderful article??? Thought provoking, as well as Patriotic & challenging ?✝️???

Barbara
1 year ago

JFK would be turning over in his grave to see the way the media has handled the “news”! He was not and never would be a Socialist! I believe that if he was alive today, he would be a Republican! The media reminds me of the “Mean Girls” of the movie with the same name! Of course, the ability to inflict damage is much greater, given the platform and coverage they wield! Give them as much rope as they need, and they will eventually hang themselves! Such a disgrace to the USA!

John A. Fallon
1 year ago

I am a Vietnam veteran and proud, we served our country despite the strong opposition from the socialist/dems, who sided with the enemy because they want to bring that form of government here, I can relate to how hard PRESIDENT TRUMP has to work to keep AMERICA GREAT, We won all the battles but “lost”the war because the political party that controlled our country at the time(DEMOCRATS) worked against us and the enemy could drag it out because they did not CARE how many people died, we need to win in NOVEMBER for all the AMERICANS THAT SERVED AND SACRIFICED FOR OUR FREEDOM, TO DO OTHERWISE WOULD DISRESPECT THIER HONORABLE SACRIFICES. GOD BIESS AMERICA AND PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!!!!
VOTE!!

Rosemary Freskos
1 year ago

How helpless we feel knowing that the legacy media has lost the power it once had to tell the truth to the public without partisan lies. What will it take for those who used to be journalists to rise from their swamp of ignorance? Lets hope our Universities and Schools of Higher Learning will be able to recruit teachers who have not been indoctrinated with Socialist, Liberal ideologies that have affected education for the past 60 or so years.
One more thing… How about bringing back the Military Draft program requiring all youths, including gang members and their ilk to learn moral and social values?

Kathy
1 year ago

The message of President Trump on July 3rd was one that uplifts our nation and shares the victories and heroes that made our country great and powerful. I feel he is doing a great job in spite of the opposition by the Democratic party and the push of Antifa and other far left groups as BLM. In this country of over 330 million people, there is a small fraction of protesters and anarchists who are trying to overrun our nation with their threats and violence. May we be strong and support our President and re-elect him to rebuild the confidence of our country.

Deacon William Cunningham
1 year ago

When I attended the Million Dollar Round Table convention over a quarter century ago, the Table hosted (I think I remember) a “Newsweek Panel” of reporters from that left-leaning publication. They talked about economy, politics, etc. When the meeting was over I told my partner, “these guys are anarchists. They make their money by inciting people to stir up trouble. They don’t care who wins an election; they are working against the country.” I haven’t seen any reason to change my opinion since then. The media has gotten worse.

Jacqueleen
1 year ago

The entire event at Mount Rushmore was what we citizens needed to end a wonderful celebration of our nation. The presence of the President and his lovely wife, his speech and the outstanding fireworks made me feel so proud to be an American.
 
If the dissent that is displayed in this country at present was displayed at work..at a company…the dissenter would be shown the door…Well, we should show all of the dissenters especially the rioters, THE DOOR. God bless America, a nation under God!

Steve Krueger
1 year ago

The Free Press will hound him forever . The “Woke”Americans I have a simple plan GET OUT !! They will be welcomed with open arms by their comrades in gulags and wet markets . Happy Independence Day America!!

Silence Dogood
1 year 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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Bonnie Jean
1 year ago

It was a good article. An important reminder of all that we have to lose with this next election. The vast majority of media is poorly educated and being fed a steady diet of the lies of the left. Our education system is, in my opinion, no longer education. It is 100% indoctrination from K-12 and even more so on college campuses. Some of us saw it begin, perhaps the first warning was when they removed prayer from schools. Following that, our society began to erode, not just from that one thing… but from everything that seemed to have its start during the 60’s. We reap what we sow. We have allowed things that we once thought unimaginable. Sexual immorality, no moral values in our education, no debate in schools or the public, abortion even of the babies already born (which like it or not is infanticide)… all of these things and many more have eroded away all that made America, America. Soon, if we do not stop it with radical, non-violent changes… we will no longer be free. And this is the time. Now, not tomorrow. We must speak out. We must share the truth. Not with violence, but in calm tones and simple things that anyone can understand. Or America will cease to exist.

John
1 year ago

Never forget !!!

Bob L.
1 year ago

Clueless – that’s what a bunch of college age people were in a segment on One America News this morning when asked when the U.S. gained independence. The answers ranged from “I don’t know” to 1979 to some time in the 1700’s with other answers scattered all over in between.
 
What students are being instructed in these days appears to be social justice, White privilege/racism, and the merits of socialism. There needs to be an immediate purge of socialist/globalist idealism from classrooms, entertainment, media, and political offices. The forces of evil have gained decades of a head start and freedom is all but lost at his point in time.

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