Honoring Our Heroes
Today is Veterans Day. The day originally began as Armistice Day to mark the 11:00 AM ceasefire on November 11, 1918, that ended World War I. In 1954 Congress renamed Armistice Day as Veterans Day to honor the veterans of all our wars.
Sadly, we are living in an era of increasing hostility toward America. A false narrative has taken root on our college campuses. We are teaching our children not American history but anti-American history.
We are teaching that our nation is an evil, oppressive force, founded on slavery and genocide. No wonder growing numbers of young Americans do not describe themselves as patriotic.
Increasingly, the values that used to unite us now divide us. Monuments to our founding fathers are under attack. Even the Pledge of Allegiance is protested and denounced as "an instrument of white nationalism."
Of course, our veterans know better. They understand that America is a force for good in the world, that it is worth defending, that it is, as Abraham Lincoln once described it, "the last best hope of Earth."
Please find an opportunity today to talk to your children and grandchildren about what happened at Concord Bridge and Gettysburg, on the beaches of Normandy and, more recently, in the deserts of Iraq and in the mountains of Afghanistan.
There is a poem you have likely seen before, but I want to share it with you again, because it summarizes well what we owe our veterans.
It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given you freedom of religion.
It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given you freedom of the press.
It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given you freedom of speech.
It is the veteran, not the protester, who has given you freedom to assemble.
It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given you the right to a fair trial.
It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given you the right to vote.
It is the veteran, who salutes the Flag, who serves under the Flag, whose coffin is draped by the Flag.
To the millions who have always been there to stop the tyrant, protect the weak and preserve the peace -- we have not forgotten you. A grateful nation thanks God for giving us heroes like you.
The left and its media allies continue to demand that President Trump concede the election. Big tech is censoring credible allegations of voter fraud. And Joe Biden is calling Trump’s unwillingness to give up “an embarrassment.”
I was thinking about what would be happening right now if the shoe was on the other foot.
Imagine if, on election night, it was Joe Biden who had been winning in one battleground state after another. But imagine that, as the night grew longer, suddenly hundreds of thousands of votes started pouring in virtually unanimously for Trump.
Imagine if election officials in Republican strongholds in Pennsylvania and Michigan were attempting to count votes behind closed doors, denying access to Biden’s campaign's observers.
We all know what would be happening right now.
For one thing, we’d probably already be a week into massive rioting in major cities across the country from the same people currently demanding unity.
We also know that there is no way the Biden campaign would have conceded. We know this because a few weeks before the election, Hillary Clinton gave the Biden campaign her “orders.”
Hillary said, “Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances, because I think this is going to drag out. … We've got to have a massive legal operation.”
We know the left and the media are desperate to get rid of President Trump. But they don’t get to decide when the election is over.
States are still counting votes. There are likely multiple recounts ahead. I expect at least three or four significant court cases. North Carolina and Alaska were added to the Trump totals today. Arizona could still flip. Georgia Secretary of State today announced a full recount by hand. And Pennsylvania is a total mess.
The president has every right to challenge the election outcome as he is doing. We are with you Mr. President.