Vice-President Makes False Statement During Korean Vets Ceremony
August 6, 2018
Our Vice-President is an honest man. I’m sure that when he made this statement he knew it was not true. But he made it hoping, as I do, that it would one day be true, as it was in our nation’s past. During the ceremony welcoming the remains of 55 American heroes back to American soil in Pearl Harbor this week, Vice-President Pence said…
“And to our honored dead, who gave the last full measure of devotion for their families, our freedom, our future, our country – to those whose memories we have cherished, though they fell so long ago – and to these great American heroes, who were lost, and now are found. Today, as a nation, we breathe a word of thanks for your service and your sacrifice, and we say to you, as one people, with one voice... Welcome home.”
Wouldn’t it be great if Americans, “as one people, with one voice” were thankful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans and service members? There was a time when almost everyone – including most Democrats – actually did honor our uniformed heroes. The last time that was the case was during World War II.
In 1956, not long after the end of WWI, Russian Communist Party leader Nikita Khrushchev said, “We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the U.S. We will destroy you from within.” Knowing that overt Communism would be rejected, Socialism was used to begin the destruction of America from within.
Long before both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama became disciples of the ultra-radical Saul Alinsky, Democrats fell under the influence of Socialists. One of their goals was to eradicate patriotism in the United States. It is no coincidence that every attack on the flag, the Pledge, patriotic statues and monuments, and on patriotic expression of any kind in our schools has originated in the Democrat Party.
This is not just opinion. Below is a link to a Gallup poll that shows patriotism in America is at an all-time low. For the first time since the poll began, less than half of Americans agree with the statement, “I am extremely proud to be an American.” In the poll, 47% of all Americans agreed, down from 70% in 2003. Patriotism among Republicans and Conservatives is at a five-year high of 74%; the number of Democrats and Liberals who agree has dropped almost in half, from 56% in 2013 to just 32% today.
The Communists and Socialists have also targeted Christianity and the family. Their stated goals include ridiculing the Bible, breaking down the family, promoting no-fault divorce, encouraging perversion (particularly homosexuality), and changing laws to allow abortion on demand. Again, Democrats and Liberals have led the efforts in all of these areas.
Their greatest success, though, has been in the area of promoting disrespect and even hatred toward our military men and women. From spitting upon and throwing blood on returning service members and calling them “baby-killers” to desecrating the graves of fallen heroes and sabotaging the health-care of veterans in VA facilities, Democrats and Liberals have been very effective at demoralizing both veterans and active duty personnel, and discouraging enlistment.
So while I sincerely wish that the Vice-President statement was correct and that Americans, “as one people, with one voice” were thankful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans and service members, I know it is not true. I want to emphasize that I believe that to be true of the majority of Americans, a shameful minority has taken control of the means of communication and true power in this country, and make it appear to be something it is not.
Democrats and Liberals are in control of the institutions that shape public opinion, and they wield an immense amount of power in relation to their numbers. Those institutions are:
The great majority of Americans love and appreciate our veterans, our military, our flag, our national anthem, and our Pledge of Allegiance. These are the real Americans, the real patriots. Others, with outsized influence compared to their numbers, despise everything true Americans stand for. These are led by ex-president Obama, who only placed an American flag on his suit when it became apparent that refusing to do so was hurting his presidential campaign. And we can never forget the public ceremonies in which he refused to place his hand over his heart when the flag was honored. Again, he was eventually shamed into pretending he was patriotic.
In my list of five institutions above that wield an inordinate amount of influence over the way Americans think, I did not include the political class. That is because they come and go. Obama, with his slick words, boyish good looks, and forked tongue had an outsized influence on American thinking. He ridiculed sacred American institutions and lifted up Socialist ideals.
Fortunately, there’s a new sheriff in town. And he doesn’t wait for formal speeches or press conferences to put his ideas out there – he’s the Twitter president. At first, to be frank with you, I didn’t like that. It seemed – well, unseemly. But now I understand his strategy. He will never get a fair hearing in the press. Most of them are the ones who lifted Obama into office, and they hate our new president.
So Trump just bypasses them. He speaks directly to the people – and they love it. Do we really need a bunch of blow-dried talking heads to spend two hours telling us what a politician said in his 30-minute speech? No! Let’s hear it form his own lips – or keyboard in this case.
I’ll tell you one thing for sure: You can’t point to any American president who was more patriotic or loved America more than President Trump. If Obama was in the middle of trying to avoid a nuclear showdown, would he have taken time to negotiate for the returns of the remains of our Korean War heroes? No way. And if North Korea had sent any remains back when he was in office, they would have been unceremoniously shipped to a warehouse to be identified. Because Obama never showed respect for our military.
What did Trump do? He sent the Vice President of the United States to personally welcome these brave men home. I think he wanted to come himself, but he gave the honor to Pence because his father was a Korean War combat veteran. He made sure that representatives of all the nations that fought with us against Communism were there. And he had Air Force Two make a special stop in California to take the children of two Korean War troops who were KIA.
Was all of this symbolic? Of course, it was. But we need symbols. We need ceremonies. And our servicemen and women need to know that our nation takes seriously its sacred pledge to leave no American behind.
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