President Trump had a unique opportunity today – to address the World. Like those before him, he gave a careful crafted speech. He also provided a full-throated pro-American speech – no apologies.
Here are my favorite lines from the speech:
- The American Example. George Washington said “I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations in examples of justice and liberality.” Trump channels that thought over two centuries later:
“In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch. This week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example. We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution — the oldest constitution still in use in the world today. This timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, human dignity, and the rule of law. The greatest in the United States Constitution is its first three beautiful words. They are: “We the people.”
- What We Expect of the World.
“We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government. But we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.”
- What we Expect, Part 2.
“Strong, sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny. And strong, sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of the life intended by God.”
- What We Have Done for the World.
“The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.”
- What We Have Done Part 2
“The Marshall Plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free.”
- Edmund Burke Revisited.
“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.
- What the World Must Not Allow
“Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances that prevented conflict and tilted the world toward freedom since World War II.”
- What We Must Not Allow, part 2
“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”
- What We Will do.
“We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation, and indeed to tear up the entire world.”
- Realism on Refugees.
“For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region. Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach.”