The quoted text below are excerpts, in order, from President Trump’s Independence Day celebration speech delivered July 3, 2020. The italicized text is from the Poetic Justice Warrior Society Manifesto published by the Center for Individualism on February 20, 2019.
“This monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defamed, their legacy will never ever be destroyed, their achievements will never be forgotten. Our founders launched not only a revolution in government, but a revolution in the pursuit of justice, equality, liberty, and prosperity. No nation has done more to advance the human condition. 1776 represented the culmination of thousands of years of Western civilization and the triumph of not only spirit, but of wisdom, philosophy, and reason.”
The threat of collectivism includes government currency, compulsory education, global climate, equality activism, and Keynesian economic policy scams. Crisis after crisis, all for the sake of more centralized political power and unearned enrichment.
“In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us.”
“This left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress.”
“The violent mayhem we have seen in the streets and cities that are run by liberal Democrats in every case is the predictable result of years of extreme indoctrination and bias in education, journalism, and other cultural institutions. Our children are taught in school to hate their own country and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes but that were villains.”
If you believe that your capacity for reason is your only tool for survival; and if you believe that rational ideas, purposeful behavior, and confidence in your abilities are essential for thriving, then you have an active mind. If you believe that everyone owns their own life, not some tribe; and if you believe that your success and happiness are the result of your vision, attitude, and determination, not the favors of others, then you are an individualist.
“When defeat seemed absolutely certain, (General Washington) took what remained of his forces on a daring nighttime crossing of the Delaware River. They marched through nine miles of frigid darkness, many without boots on their feet, leaving a trail of blood in the snow” . . . “After forcing the surrender of the most powerful empire on the planet at Yorktown, General Washington did not claim power but simply returned to Mount Vernon as a private citizen.”
“When he stepped down after two terms, his former adversary, King George called him the greatest man of the age.”
“We will state the truth in full without apology. We declare that the United States of America is the most just and exceptional nation ever to exist on earth. This is what we believe and these are the values that will guide us as we strive to build an even better and greater future. It is time to speak up loudly and strongly and powerfully and defend the integrity of our country.”
If you believe that the proper role of government is to protect its residents from the threat of violence and fraud; and if you believe that the greatest threat to the natural rights of man is government itself, then you are an American. It doesn’t matter what country issued the passport you carry.
“The radical ideology attacking our country advances under the banner of social justice. But in truth, it would demolish both justice and society. It would transform justice into an instrument of division and vengeance, and it would turn our free and inclusive society into a place of repression, domination and exclusion. They want to silence us, but we will not be silenced.”
“We are proud of the fact that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and we understand that these values have dramatically advanced the cause of peace and justice throughout the world. 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.”
If you believe that the unifying force for human flourishing is trust, which comes from commonly shared values and beliefs; and if you believe that reason, individualism, and equal justice under law are the integrated system of values that maximizes trust, then you are a civilized human being.
“We will proclaim the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and we will never surrender the spirit and the courage and the cause of July 4, 1776. We must demand that our children are taught once again to see America as did Reverend Martin Luther King when he said that the founders had signed a promissory note to every future generation.”
“Dr. King saw that the mission of justice required us to fully embrace our founding ideals.”
“Above all, our children from every community must be taught that to be American is to inherit the spirit of the most adventurous and confident people ever to walk the face of the Earth. In the face of lies meant to divide us, demoralize us and diminish us, we will show that the story of America unites us.”
An eclectic group of men and women have been spotlighted as Poetic Justice Warriors because of their enduring contributions to personal liberty and the unimaginable prosperity enjoyed everywhere there is capitalism. All of them have overcome obstacles thrown in their path by the established hierarchies of monarchy, religion, education, politics, and socioeconomic class traditions.
“We are the nation that gave rise to the Wright brothers, the Tuskegee airmen, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, George Patton, the great Louis Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, and Muhammad Ali. Only America could have produced them all. No other place. Americans harnessed electricity, split the atom, and gave the world the telephone and the internet.”
“We gave the world the poetry of Walt Whitman, the stories of Mark Twain, the songs of Irving Berlin, the voice of Ella Fitzgerald, the style of Frank Sinatra, the comedy of Bob Hope, the power of the Saturn V rocket, the toughness of the Ford F150. Americans must never lose sight of this miraculous story. Nobody has ever done it like we have done it.”
We propose to formalize a Poetic Justice Warrior Society, one that has existed in ethereal form since the dawn of man, in ideological form since the time of Aristotle, and in gradually tangible form since the late Middle Ages.
“So today, under the authority vested in me as President of the United States, I am announcing the creation of a new monument to the giants of our past.”