Today at the American cemetery in Normandy, France, President Trump may have reached the rhetorical peak of his presidency. He connected with the deep roots of America and Western Civilization in much the same way he did during his excellent address in Warsaw, Poland.
There have been many speeches by world leaders at Normandy. Most of them are forgettable. On rare occasions, their rhetoric rises to the level of remarkable and inspiring.
Ronald Reagan did it on the 40th anniversary of D-Day when he famously celebrated "the boys of Pointe Du Hoc." Donald Trump did it today with remarks like these:
"We are gathered here on Freedom's Altar. On these shores, on these bluffs, on this day 75 years ago, 10,000 men shed their blood, and thousands sacrificed their lives, for their brothers, for their countries, and for the survival of liberty. . .
"To more than 170 veterans of the Second World War who join us today: You are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live. You're the pride of our nation. You are the glory of our republic. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. . .
"These men ran through the fires of hell moved by a force no weapon could destroy: the fierce patriotism of a free, proud, and sovereign people. They battled not for control and domination, but for liberty, democracy, and self-rule. . .
"They were sustained by the confidence that America can do anything because we are a noble nation, with a virtuous people, praying to a righteous God. The exceptional might came from a truly exceptional spirit. The abundance of courage came from an abundance of faith. . .
"Seven decades ago, the warriors of D-Day fought a sinister enemy who spoke of a thousand-year empire. In defeating that evil, they left a legacy that will last not only for a thousand years, but for all time. . .
"The blood that they spilled, the tears that they shed, the lives that they gave, the sacrifice that they made, did not just win a battle. It did not just win a war.
"Those who fought here won a future for our nation. They won the survival of our civilization. And they showed us the way to love, cherish, and defend our way of life for many centuries to come."
If you missed the president's remarks this morning, I urge you take a few moments right now to watch his address. Please share this report with friends and family.
And here's a sign of just how remarkable Trump's speech was: He earned grudging praise from the leftist commentators at MSNBC!
Could We Do It Again?
On Fox & Friends this morning, co-host Ainsley Earhardt commented on the courage and sacrifice of the 19 and 20-year-olds of the "Greatest Generation" who stormed the beaches of Normandy. And then she asked whether America has as many patriots among today's youth if we had to do it again.
She's not alone in asking that question. It's one I have heard numerous commentators ask in recent days, and something I suspect millions of Americans have asked themselves.
I certainly hope and pray that future generations are never called upon to make such sacrifices, but history suggests we should be prepared to do so. Certainly no one predicted two world wars would occur in the span of just 20 years. And while war might not be our choice, the enemy often does not give you a vote.
As President Trump mentioned today, the struggle between good and evil is eternal and ferocious. The issue is not whether future generations will be called upon to make heroic sacrifices but when.
While there are many brave young men and women serving in our military today, I do know that there was one fundamental reason why the "Greatest Generation" was able to muster the courage to defend our country and why it is difficult to imagine a similar response today.
Seventy-five years ago, everything that a child in America heard -- at the dinner table, from neighbors, in school -- was that America was a special place, the greatest country in the world.
They were not corrupted by moral equivalency and the politically correct mush that says all cultures are equal. They knew our civilization was better than what Adolf Hitler and the Japanese warlords were imposing on their countries. They knew America had to win if freedom was going to survive.
Sadly, children today are not hearing such messages. In far too many cases, they are hearing the exact opposite. They are being told that America is an evil nation founded on genocide and slavery. They are being told that we are the problem in the world today. Who would be willing to risk their life for that?
Unless our leaders step up and make the case for American exceptionalism, they are simply rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. A society consumed with self-doubt and self-loathing cannot be expected to make the selfless sacrifices necessary to defend itself and necessary to achieve greatness.
Donald Trump understands this. His whole campaign is centered on the theme of making America great again, so America can remain great. He is the epitome of a patriot.
Yet if you wear a MAGA hat in public today, you risk being attacked by a leftist who hates you for loving America. The Antifa crowd may like to fight, but it is not fighting for genuine tolerance, your freedom or to make America great.
Progressive bullies who pick pointless fights over climate change, gender and safe spaces could never have defeated Nazi Germany or Soviet communism.
If we want to ensure that we can produce patriots willing to defend Western Civilization, let's start by telling our children to stop hating their own country.
Let's teach them why America is great, why so many are so eager to come here and what this country has done for the cause of liberty and freedom around the world.