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We’ll Miss Trump’s “Cheerleading” Patriotism This July 4

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Independence Day

After more than a year of life turned upside down, this Independence Day millions of Americans are looking forward to the first holiday since New Year’s 2020 that feels largely normal. But as Americans once again brave the inevitable traffic jams, lines at the grocery store, and blazing heat, one thing we won’t see this year is a sight that, over the past few years under President Donald Trump, had come to embody with the spirit of the holiday: the leader of the free world staging a huge, nationally televised extravaganza celebrating everything that makes America great.

As a candidate in 2016, Donald Trump promised to be a “cheerleader” for America. He sought to revitalize a sense of national pride that once unified Americans across racial, religious, and political lines. Perhaps more than any president before him, Trump genuinely strived to deliver on that promise, never passing up an opportunity to make Americans proud to be American.

And when it comes to positive, unifying, patriotic moments for the country, nothing in modern history quite compares to Donald Trump’s Fourth of July events—which were giant, flashy performances of the kind only Trump can deliver.

In 2019, President Trump’s “Salute to America” featured Trump standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, speaking to a humungous crowd on the National Mall. In an event that included numerous military flyovers mid-speech, and a large military band, Trump delivered rhetorical odes to America’s founders, America’s greatness, and each branch of the U.S. military.

“Together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told,” Trump said before the packed crowd. “It is the epic tale of a great nation whose people have risked everything for what they know is right, and what they know is true. It is the chronicle of brave citizens who never give up on the dream of a better and brighter future.”

Trump then went on to recount the founding story of the United States, tracing common threads of bravery, sacrifice, and a yearning for freedom that have defined Americans in every era. Just as a “righteous American spirit” drove the first patriots to fight for independence, he said that same spirit “forged our glorious Constitution… led the legendary explorers Lewis and Clark on their perilous expedition… led American patriots to abolish the evil of slavery, secure civil rights, and expand the blessings of liberty to all Americans… and keeps our nation thriving today.”

One year later, the country was facing the dual crises of the pandemic and rampant lawlessness in major cities. President Trump, ever the master of timing and pageantry, evidently recognized that the country desperately needed a rhetorical defense. Ignoring cries from the media to cancel the event over concerns about virus protocols, Trump traveled to South Dakota on July 3 and delivered one of the best speeches of his presidency before a brilliantly lit Mount Rushmore.

Trump offered a full-throated defense of American exceptionalism, and indeed an apologia for American history. “We gather tonight to herald the most important day in the history of nations” he said.

At a time when the left was launching a full-scale assault on American institutions, Trump asserted that “no nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America, and no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation.” In what may have been his patriotic masterstroke, President Trump responded to the mobs tearing down statues by announcing a new “National Garden of American Heroes,” which was to be a massive sculpture garden featuring statues of the greatest Americans, figures such as George Washington, Clara Barton, Martin Luther King, Jr., Whitney Houston, and Vince Lombardi.

The following day, July 4, 2020, Trump revisited these themes speaking to a large audience on the South Lawn of the White House at the second “Salute to America” event. This time, the celebration featured cannon salutes, parachutists from the Army Golden Knights unveiling a giant, free-falling American flag during the national anthem, and dozens of military flyovers of aircraft from conflicts throughout American history—V-22 Ospreys, F-35 fighters, and even a thundering B2 bomber. It all culminated in what must have been one of the most breathtaking fireworks displays ever seen on the National Mall, directly over the Washington Monument.

Rather than give in to the woke mob and their radical push to remake the country, throughout his presidency Trump used the occasion of the Fourth of July as an opportunity to double down on defending traditional values and reaffirming American identity. At a time when many ordinary Americans felt silenced or ignored by the mainstream media narrative, Trump’s Fourth of July events were a breath of fresh air.

Unfortunately, Joe Biden rescinded Trump’s Executive Order establishing the National Garden of American Heroes soon after taking office, and has shown no indication that he will continue Trump’s patriotic tradition of grandly celebrating America on the day of the nation’s founding. While Biden will be traveling to Michigan for an event on the Fourth of July, don’t expect any of the fireworks (literally or metaphorically) that characterized the holiday under Trump.

For now, we will just have to be grateful President Trump gave us all an example of what a truly American Independence Day celebration looks like.

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JOHN
2 months ago

This author appears to have thrown in the towel. But, is that not the new normal?
Words… Words… Words… Talk… Talk.. Talk…

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago

Thanks AMAC… A very nice story about a true Patriot… I think President Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore was perhaps his best speech ever & the following day back at the Washington monument was a day never to forget…Been a year already, how time flies…
Happy 4th of July!
Bill on the Hill… :~) 7/4/21

Ron Heinbockel
2 months ago

If Tom Brady is theG.O.A.T.The Joe Biden is theF.U.O.A.T.

Dawn Pebley
2 months ago

I loved President Donald J Trump and his amazing wife Melania. His patriotism was phenomenal. He is missed every single day

Lorraine Reid
2 months ago

This President loves America and is not afraid to tell the world about the greatest country in the world. He inspires me to to a very proud American. Hope we can keep America great

Barb
2 months ago

Thank you AMAC for giving us the above to read and enjoy for this 4th of July as it may be the only celebration my husband and I have as we stay home since we are in the heat of Arizona and as seniors we feel it necessary to stay put. Thank you ever so much for this newsletter and refreshing words God Bless America.

Elena Tellez
2 months ago

Biden is a wet fart… no substance and lots of stink. He might read patriotic words from a Teleprompter, but his credibility and trustworthyness are near zero. Bye Bye, Old Uncle Joe. We’re not going to watch / listen to you.

Karen
2 months ago

Have a safe and Happy 4th. I refuse to give up loving the USA. I believe it will be in our hands soon.

Deborah
2 months ago
Reply to  Karen

We patriots will take back our Country we have to be patient the military is in full control the military has all the proof it just takes time.WWG1WGA God Bless America.

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  Deborah

What part of the military “is in full control”? Is it the part that is being ‘loyalty to the Biden administration’ tested every day and fed a steady diet of hatred for our Nation and outright racism through mandatory CRT training or is it the ‘patriotic American’ part who pledge their allegiance to our flag, our country and the oath they swore to the Constitution (NOT whatever leader or Party is in charge at any given time)?
The Biden administration has been systematically purging the military of patriotic, loyal Americans since the day they were sworn into office. They are brainwashing them with CRT and demanding they refute Trump and all he stood for or they will be demoted, denied further advancement through the ranks or removed from the service altogether. Many are leaving of their own volition as they will NOT serve under an illegitimate and/or incompetent Commander in Chief who does not have their backs or their best interests at heart.
Our military is being gutted and it will endanger all who remain in it and the rest of us by extension. China, Russia, No. Korea and Iran are laughing themselves silly at the dismantling and destruction of our once proud and powerful military and country. You can’t imagine even one of them doing this to themselves. China is sabre rattling daily on Taiwan and daring us to make a move to stop them.
Who, when and how is our military going to ride in and ‘save us’? Don’t get your hopes up. The ‘cavalry’ is not coming. Our only salvation will be that enough true Americans wake up and turn the tide before it is too late, ‘a well regulated militia’ of Patriots can muster with enough volume to have any effect or God Himself shows us mercy and steps in to save our Nation from the scourge of these evil, Godless communists. I’m hopeful but not optimistic.

D.P.
2 months ago

As a private citizen, perhaps Trump could have mustered up a patriotic celebration of his own making.
He has the where-with-all…….and you can bet thousands would attend….just pick a place, rent a ranch, whatever it takes……why do he have to depend on our current “political ” leaders to take on the task.
I had a friend who, by his own expense, would put on a fireworks display every 4th that rivaled the local cities……everybody came, ooh and aaahd….enjoyed volunteer bands, heard patriotic readings, and sang songs……partook of picnic foods, cold brews and the like. If he could do it, whose to stop any one of us……do it on private property…..get the permits if needed…..hire a licensed “shooter” and
celebrate.

Valerie
2 months ago

My farther was a WWl and WWll veteran. If he were alive today I know he would be outraged that the Biden/Harris/Obama administration has made their agenda for America a disgrace to all of the brave men and women who have fallen defending our and their freedoms. Judgement day is coming and I am hoping that our current administration is the first to be cast into the fires of hell!! I know my Dad will be watching from above!! Happy Independence Day to all!!!

Carol
2 months ago

It was great coming to work this morning! US flags all along the street to my office! I have a flag flying on my home and lots of little flags around my flower pot in between my garage doors! Love my country and proud to fly the US flag!!! Happy Independence day to all!

John Weltmer
2 months ago

I think Mount Rushmore is in South Dakota. In fact, I am sure since I have been there.

Sheila
2 months ago
Reply to  John Weltmer

Yes. it is in South Dakota.

Sonja Moreau
2 months ago

President Trump will hold a rally tomorrow night in Sarasota, Florida. It will be a 4th of July celebration with fireworks. It’s at the fairgrounds. Doors open early, but actually starts 8 pm. Broadcasting live on RSBN or Newsmax.

Old Silk
2 months ago
Reply to  Sonja Moreau

Sarasota, FL is a magical kind of a place.

James Kelly
2 months ago

We will miss a hell of a lot more.

:(

The Freezing Senior
2 months ago

BIDEN WAS IN THREE STATES TODAY !
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Confusion
Unconsciousness
Disorientation
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Have a safe 4th !

Gunny Joe
2 months ago

If he was not in he White House, I would not fear the state he is in. Now I have fear not jut for our Nation and what he is doing to it and our people. I just can not see any Nation’S leaders respecting him or this administration, that is not a good thing for the short or long term!

Diana Erbio
2 months ago

Each one of us will have to take it upon ourselves to be the “cheerleaders” for American exceptionalism!

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Absolutely correct! People have to stop being fearful of the left in this country and be willing to stand up for this country’s values. If that offends the “woke”, then that is their problem not ours. Enjoy the 4th of July and fly the American flag proudly.

Claudette Kendig
2 months ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Yes! It is past time that we all stand up for God and Country!! Not too late though!

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