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Friday, July 07, 2017

Trump speech shows why they hate us

Forgive me for imposing upon the president's magnificent speech in Warsaw my 24-hour rule on commenting on breaking news. This rule is generally placed only on crime stories, but I thought his words worthy of something more than a gee-whiz-that-was-a-great-speech post.

Upon further review I was correct, for the president answered a question that has puzzled the nation for many years:
Why do they hate us?


His answer began with his first words:
Thank you very much. That's so nice. The United States has many great diplomats, but there is truly no better ambassador for our country than our beautiful first lady, Melania.
Our adversaries are jealous of her. They have no one who can match her grace and beauty. They attacked her from the beginning because they have no woman who is as good a role model. She dons the headscarf only to respect her religion, not theirs.

President Trump's message to the Poles was that of our great nation, and really, all lovers of freedom -- which they hate.
America loves Poland and America loves the Polish people.
We should. In the American Revolution, they sent us Tadeusz Kościuszko (a hero every West Pointer admires), Casimir Pulaski (who saved Washington's life), and Haym Salomon (who financed the war, and never was completely re-paid).
We are pleased that former President Lech Walesa, so famous for leading the Solidarity movement, has joined us today
Obama snubbed Walesa, and later Walesa snubbed Obama.

Walesa is the Pole our adversaries hate most. He stood and ignited a peaceful revolution that liberated Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe from the yoke of communism.

The revolution liberated Russia, which dissolved the Soviet Union appropriately on Christmas. That act restored freedom of religion to a people denied it for 75 years.

But the main reason our adversaries hate us is we are the spine of Western Civilization.
TRUMP: And so, I am here today not just to visit an old ally, but to hold it up as an example for others who seek freedom and who wish to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization. The story of Poland is the story of a people who have never lost hope, who have never been broken and who have never, ever forgotten who they are.
AUDIENCE: Donald Trump! Donald Trump! Donald Trump!
TRUMP: Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you so much. Such a great honor.
He may have thought he was at a rally in Warsaw, Ohio.

Indeed, our president was at a rally, rallying the Western world to fight for its freedom against a people who seek to rule by denying us our freedom. He lit that fuse of our cannons, figuratively of course, in the Land of Freedom Fighters, Poland, becoming this generation's Lech Walesa.

We stand as his soldiers in this hopefully peaceful counter-revolution.

We love our country. We love our freedoms. This we will defend. We will not bow to anyone, and will oppose anyone who stands in our way.

Which is why so many in the press hate us.
We cannot accept those who reject our values and who use hatred to justify violence against the innocent.
Today, the West is also confronted by the powers that seek to test our will, undermine our confidence and challenge our interests.
To meet new forms of aggression, including propaganda, financial crimes and cyber warfare, we must adapt our alliance to compete effectively in new ways and on all new battlefields.
We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes, including Syria and Iran, and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization itself.
Finally, on both sides of the Atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger, one firmly within our control. This danger is invisible to some but familiar to the Poles: the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people.
The West became great, not because of paperwork and regulations, but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies.
Amen.





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44 comments:

  1. Spot on reporting and analysis, Don!

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  2. They hate the Trump family because Mrs. Trump is not another Mad Cow - Angus breed.

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  3. A truly fine speech and an amazing first lady.

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  4. The left HATES the idea of less government, and that some people in other countries seem to like our president. Just burns 'em up!

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  5. The highest mountain in Australia was named Mt. Kościuszko. It was named by the Polish explorer Pawel Edmund Strzelecki in 1840, in honour of the Polish national hero, General Tadeusz Kościuszko, because of its perceived resemblance to the Kościuszko Mound in Kraków. CDM

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  6. I have been puzzling as to what the symbol was on Melania's skirt but could not see it properly. However, from the photos you have shown, I believe it is a stylized angel... which is a fitting symbol. Melania sends strong symbolic messages in what she wears on official occasions. Remember her long evening dress at the inauguration which had an unusual curly fine red sash? Someone the other day commented that it was symbolic of the ribbon around the Declaration of Independence parchment. I wouldn't be surprised if it was. CDM.

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    1. Melania would look good in a gunny sack.

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    2. The idea that it was symbolid of the ribbon around the Declaration of Independence is nice. I thought it looked like a calla lily, but I like your idea.

      Calla lily

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  7. Class vs crass, So glad we made the right choice.

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  8. Trump won't make any friends in DC by criticizing paperwork and regulations. They are the lifeblood of the hyper-regulatory state.

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  9. Juice Vox:

    Trump’s speech in Poland sounded like an alt-right manifesto

    This morning in Warsaw, Poland, President Donald Trump issued a battle cry — for “family, for freedom, for country, and for God" — in a speech that often resorted to rhetorical conceits typically used by the European and American alt-right. It sounded, at times, not just like the populists of the present but the populists of the past.

    Drafted by Steve Miller, the architect of the travel ban, Trump’s speech used the type of dire, last-chance wording often utilized by the far right on both sides of the Atlantic: "The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.”

    “Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?” Trump asked. “Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”

    Trump arrived in Warsaw Wednesday night for a 16-hour visit in the runup to the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Poland was a less-than-obvious choice for Trump’s first major public European speech. Typically, American presidents land in London, Paris, or Berlin before Eastern Europe. But Trump has been at odds with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over everything from climate change to migrant policy, and French President Emmanuel Macron has also positioned himself as a counterweight to the conservative American administration. The Polish leadership, on the other hand, seems to have more in common with Trump’s vision.

    In his address, Trump cast the West, including the United States and Europe, on the side of “civilization.” With an undercurrent of bellicosity, he spoke of protecting borders, casting himself as a defender not just of territory but of Western “values.” And, using the phrase he had avoided on his trip to Saudi Arabia, he insisted that in the fight against “radical Islamic terrorism,” the West “will prevail.”

    Again and again, Trump held up Poland as an example, saying their history reminds the world that “the defense of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of the people to prevail.” He recalled the story of the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis in 1944: “The West,” he said, “was saved with the blood of patriots.”

    That battle, the president seemed to say, is ongoing. He called on a new generation to rise up, saying “every last inch of civilization is worth defending with your life.”

    “Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken,” Trump said. “Our values will prevail, our people will thrive, and our civilization will triumph.”



    Apparently Democrats are opposed to family, freedom, country, and God.

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    1. The Polish leadership, on the other hand, seems to have more in common with Trump’s vision.

      Because they still remember living under the anththesis to that vision.

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    2. Yes, Marxist Communist democrats and RINO's are opposed to family, freedom, country, and God our creator.
      They keep their voter base in bondage to government handouts for their very livelihood - their existence. This is the agenda of the Marxist Communists in America, its government bureaucracy of traitors to America.

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    3. For the evil Left, government is their God.

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  10. Linked by Instapundit at 11:36PM

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  11. I've been wanting to know for quite awhile whether we currently have better friends than the Polish. God bless them all.

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  12. Thank you for this. I didn't know about Tadeusz Kościuszko, Casimir Pulaski or Haym Salomon. Great history lesson right there.

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    1. Going north on I-87 from Albany, NY, the roadway crosses the Mohawk River on the Kosciuszko Bridge. It's been decades since 7th grade, but Tad figured prominently in New York State history.

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  13. "The revolution liberated Russia, which dissolved the Soviet Union appropriately on Christmas."

    Russian Christmas is on January 7th.

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  14. Well written, Don. Thank you.

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  15. Trump is brusque and Reaganesque...

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    1. And he adept at the barbeque of the Left and MSM...

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  16. Don sort of ashame that you missed one of the most powerful parts of the speech.

    And when the day came on June 2nd, 1979, and one million Poles gathered around Victory Square for their very first mass with their Polish Pope, that day, every communist in Warsaw must have known that their oppressive system would soon come crashing down. (Applause.) They must have known it at the exact moment during Pope John Paul II’s sermon when a million Polish men, women, and children suddenly raised their voices in a single prayer. A million Polish people did not ask for wealth. They did not ask for privilege. Instead, one million Poles sang three simple words: “We Want God.” (Applause.)

    In those words, the Polish people recalled the promise of a better future. They found new courage to face down their oppressors, and they found the words to declare that Poland would be Poland once again.

    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.” (Applause.)

    Together, with Pope John Paul II, the Poles reasserted their identity as a nation devoted to God. And with that powerful declaration of who you are, you came to understand what to do and how to live. You stood in solidarity against oppression, against a lawless secret police, against a cruel and wicked system that impoverished your cities and your souls. And you won. Poland prevailed. Poland will always prevail. (Applause.)

    AUDIENCE: Donald Trump! Donald Trump! Donald Trump!

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    1. Thank you. Writing often is about what we leave out. The delete key is the most important key on the keyboard.
      Your point is well taken.

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  17. "They attacked her from the beginning because they have no woman who is as good a role model."

    This may in fact be true of the Democrats. What they are offering is worse.

    But I am not comfortable with the idea of a woman who posed nude for an adult magazine as a role model for my daughter.

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    1. Remember that Linda Susan Boreman, aka "Linda Lovelace", of Deep Throat "fame", eventually became a Christian and a spokeswoman for the anti-pornography movement.

      Similarly, Norma Leah McCorvey, "Jane Roe" of Roe v Wade, became a Roman Catholic activist in the pro-life movement.

      God uses the tools he has at hand to bring about his will.

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    2. So we know what she once looked like in the buff. That was then, this is now. These days it's hard to find a professional model or celebrity that hasn't posed nude online. Find a different role model for your daughter if you're offended.

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    3. Remember what Jesus said to the woman that he rescued from death by stoning, "Go and sin no more."

      I think that it is a bit presumptuous to think that we should be more severe in our judgement.

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  18. I'm sure it helps Mr. Trump in that part of the world that Melania is formerly Slovakian. But she's also very elegant, beautiful, and mysterious on her own. She's very befitting the position of First Lady. This whole trip has been wonderful for American ties to Poland.

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    1. Slovenian not Slovakian.

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    2. Thank you, I stand corrected.

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  19. Worth just pointing out that here was in fact some booing from the Polish crowd when Lech Wałęsa's name was mentioned. Don't ask. Polish politics!

    http://charlescrawford.biz/2017/07/08/president-trump-in-poland/

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  20. Maybe a Clash of Civilizations is really happening even though President Trump says there is?

    http://charlescrawford.biz/2017/07/08/that-trump-speech-in-poland/

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  21. Excuse moi, Proggies, but name for me one speech that the Black Jesus ever gave overseas that had the stirring, unapologetically American oratory of this one. He and his followers are ashamed of this country, its wealth, its power, its restless and relentless innovation, its plenty; and its benevolence, its faith, its acknowledgement of and love for God. The Poland Speech will be studied and talked about a hundred years from now, and that's why the Libs are bawling like babies.

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  22. We have memorials to Thadeus and Pulaski here in Philadelphia. We have a Pulaski Day parade. There are monument to both in Valley Forge Park, along with von Steuben (who was Prussian, but from modern day Poland)

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  23. "Walesa is the Pole our adversaries hate most. He stood and ignited a peaceful revolution that liberated Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe from the yoke of communism."


    What I remember is that Walesa's "revolution" was a failed rebellion crushed by a Pole to prevent Soviet tanks from coming in and crushing it themselves.

    The yoke was lifted by a Soviet leader: Gorbachev.

    Still, Welesa is a courageous and admirable leader.

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  24. Gorby's move was forced by Walesa, along with Saint John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher, and Ronald Reagan. Trump is building a coalition even stronger, in which the West means the Pacific "tigers" and any other nation that chooses to bear the torch of liberty.

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  25. All through the article I wondered who "they" were--the Left, the media, the Islamists? Then I realized, what's the difference?

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    1. :) You do not know how much I appreeciate your comment. You made my day -- and it is a top down day!

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  26. If there were no liberals, what would Aesop have written instead of Sour Grapes?

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  27. And when the hero Walesa came to Chicago a few years back to campaign for a Republican, the press would not cover it.

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  28. "The West became great, not because of paperwork and regulations, but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies."

    It would be more accurate to say people were not prevented from chasing their dreams and pursuing their destinies. "Allowed" implies government control.
    Free people don't wait to be "allowed".

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