“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 to protect the greatest of this nation for citizens of every race in every city in 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. Here tonight before the eyes of our forefathers, Americans declare again, as we did 244 years ago, that we will not be tyrannized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people. It will not happen.”
President Donald J Trump, speaking at Mt. Rushmore last night, and aggressively defending the United States of America, its Founders, its history and culture.
Last night’s speech, a ringing assertion of American greatness and a defiant condemnation of those who would topple it, despite the inevitable Trump flourishes of exaggeration, hyperbole, and deliberate provocation, was exactly what was needed, called for, and had to be said. It was inspiring, or should have been: I wonder about anyone who could read the transcript and not be stirred. I would ask, “What happened to you?” We also now know why it was appropriate to give that speech by Mt. Rushmore. The President extolled and defended our heroes, and devoted a section of the speech to each of the Presidents on the mountain, including, as CNN said last night to its damnation, “two slaveholders.”
There are about ten passages in the speech that I could have highlighted. I picked that one because it reminded me of this speech by a fictional President in a movie I detest, “Independence Day.” I would not be surprised to learn the speechwriter had that model in mind:
“President Whitmore” is talking about space aliens trying to destroys us. The mobs of America-haters who are attacking our core values and culture remind me of the aliens in “Invasion of the Body-Snatchers,” taking over the minds and bodies of one rational citizens, and terrorizing those who won’t submit to their “conversion.”
Trump’s speech last night had to be made, and had to be made by him. The President of the United States was obligated to stand up for the nation he was elected to lead. This was made necessary by the weak, craven response of so many leaders in the private sector and others who have prostrated themselves at the feet of anti-white racists, rioters and revolutionaries.
Ann Althouse, who gets up much earlier than I do, beat me to a section by section analysis, but as usual, she did an excellent job, and I agree with her commentary completely. She also beat me to commentary about the revolting news media reaction, which should scare people to death on this Independence Day.
I woke up to a New York Times headline that said, “With US in Grip of Virus, Trump Puts On Show.” To be crude, but crudeness is mandates here, this is signature significance: no paper not run by partisan, unethical, hateful assholes would allow such a headline. Presidents have given speeches on or around Independence Day for much of our history, during wars, depressions, recessions and other national crises. It is not “putting on a show.” It is called “being President of the United States.” I know the Times, like the rest of the “resistance,” is invested in refusing to acknowledge that Donald Trump is a legitimate President, and continues to work to make it as difficult as possible for him to do his job, but this charges over the decency line. As Althouse demonstrated in her next post today, the Times had more to say in falsely framing the speech, and it was not alone:
The front page of the Washington Post has “Ahead of July 4, Trump exploits racial, social divisions/In a dark speech at the foot of Mount Rushmore’s monument, President Trump focused on what he described as a ‘left-wing cultural revolution’ that aims to rewrite U.S. history and erase its heritage” — reworded at the article page as “At Mount Rushmore, Trump exploits social divisions, warns of ‘left-wing cultural revolution’ in dark speech ahead of Independence Day.”
Oh, it’s a “dark speech.” It was full of optimism and painted the beautiful version of American history, but what the Washington Post saw is darkness. But it certainly did attack the left — for its dark vision. …
The New York Times has “Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message/Down in the polls and failing to control a raging pandemic, the president cast himself as waging battle against a ‘new far-left fascism’ that imperils American values and seeks to erase history.” The speech is full of material that can be used to make the argument that Trump was pulling Americans together, but he was calling on us to reject the destructive message that he ascribed to the far left. The left is very conspicuously “waging battle” against American values, so it’s not as though Trump is starting it. He’s fighting back. Whether he’s fighting for America — as he says — or because he’s “down in the polls and failing to control a raging pandemic” is a matter of opinion.
…The CNN headline is “Trump tries to drag America backward on a very different July 4th.” He’s “stirring fear of cultural change.” The highlighted quote is “merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”
NPR has “Trump Flouts Virus Rules, Warns Of ‘New Far-Left Fascism’ In Speech Ahead Of July 4th.” One way to spin the speech is to downplay the text and stress the disease risk in holding an event at all. Like CNN, NPR highlights “merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”
Politico has “Trump seeks to claim the mantle of history in fiery Mount Rushmore address/The president’s speech, part of a July 4 weekend celebration, comes after weeks of protests against racism and police brutality that have forced broader discussions over America’s monuments.” What’s most interesting about that is that it’s not a big headline on the front page. In fact, it’s squirreled away under the much larger headline, “Yes, Biden is thrashing Trump. But he could still blow it/Biden’s polling lead over Trump is significant, though not unprecedented.” I’m going to interpret this to mean that Political saw an effective speech and is afraid and seeing an immediate need to boost Biden….
Read it all, and a “Brava!” to Althouse.
Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias…