President Trump delivered a rousing speech to the gathered United Nations and parts of it were startlingly direct.
Particularly this section of his speech on socialism:
“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. (Applause)
“From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, and has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenants of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. America stands with every person living under a brutal regime.
“Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action. All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests and their well-being, including their prosperity.”
Or this section on North Korea:
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
While these two segments may be of great interest for us, the U.N. seemed to appreciate Trump’s commitment to renewing the ties that bind our Western culture and the nations of the UN.
Here’s the speech:
We are renewing our commitment to the first duty of every government: The duty of our citizens.
This bond is the source of America’s strength, and that of every responsible nation represented here today.
If this organization is to have any hope of successfully confronting the challenges before us, it will depend, as President Truman said some 70 years ago, on the independent strength of its members.
If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substantive for strong, sovereign and independent nations, nations that are rooted in the histories and invested in their destinies. Nations that seek allies to befriend, not enemies to conquer. Most important of all, nations that are home to patriots: Men and women who are willing to sacrifice for their countries, their fellow citizens and for all that is best in the human spirit.
In remembering the great victory that led to this body’s founding, we must never forget that those heroes who fought against evil also fought for the nations that they loved.
Patriotism led the Poles to die to save Poland, the French to fight for a free France, and the Brits to stand strong for Britain.
Today, if we do not invest ourselves, our hearts, and our minds in our nations, if we will not build strong families, safe communities, and healthy societies for ourselves, no one can do it for us.
We cannot wait for someone else, for faraway countries or far off bureaucracies. We cannot do it. We must solve our problems to build our prosperity, to secure our future, or we will build vulnerable to decay, domination, and defeat.
The true question for the United Nations today — for people all over the world who hope for a better life for themselves and their children — is a basic one: Are we still patriots?
Do we love our nations enough to protect their sovereignty and take ownership of their futures?
Do we revere them enough to defend their interests, preserve their cultures and ensure a peaceful world for their citizens?
One of the greatest American patriots, John Adams, wrote that the American revolution was effected before the war commenced. The revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people. That was the moment when America awoke, when we looked around and understood that we were a nation.
We realized who were, what we valued, and what we would give our lives to defend.
From its very first moments, the American story is the story of what is possible when people take ownership of their future. The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security and prosperity for all.
Now, we are calling for a great reawakening of nations.
For the revival of their spirits, their pride, their people and their patriotism.
History is asking us whether we are up to the task. Our answer will be a renewal of will, a rediscovery of resolve and a rebirth of devotion. We need to defeat the enemies of humanity and unlock the potential of life itself. Our hope is a word — and world — of proud, independent nations that embrace their duties, seek friendship, respect others, and make common cause in the greatest shared interest of all: a future of shared dignity and peace for the people of this wonderful Earth.
This is the true vision of the United Nations, the ancient wish of every people, and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul.
So let this be our mission, and let this be our message to the world: we will fight together, sacrifice together, and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty God who made us all.
Thank you, God bless you, God bless the nations of the world, and God bless the United States of America.