“In President Donald Trump… I sense a return now to those key virtues first extolled in that letter to a tyrant monarch in 1776. I sense a pride in our nation, and a voice to that pride that I have found lacking for the last eight years.”
After the debacle over the invite of alt-right pundit Milo Yiannopoulos and the cancellation which quickly followed, Sheriff David Clarke was asked to deliver the keynote speech for CPAC 2017. Sheriff Clarke, who had already delivered commentary earlier in the conference, proved to be up to the task as he came through with one of the most patriotic and fiery speeches in recent CPAC memory.
Delivering closing speech at CPAC around 3:30PM ET
I will not fail to deliver. pic.twitter.com/xUWf1UHlwH
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) February 25, 2017
Here’s a taste of the fire from his closing statement and “marching orders.” “Ladies and gentlemen, this is my challenge to you. These are your marching orders: Go forth to stand and fight,” Clarke urged his listeners.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 25, 2017
Partial Transcript Below:
“Blue Lives Matter in America!
“To what purpose did our Founding Fathers and the soldiers of our great Continental Army strive? Did they work to form the horrible mistake of what progressive Democrats call the Great Society – a place of cradle-to-grave reliance on the benevolent providence of government as the father, the mother, the breadwinner, and the teacher
I think not. You see, General Washington was rightly and firstly proud of the nation that he believed lay within the grasp of the colonists, as they struggled to tear it away from the corpulent arms of an overbearing King of England. George Washington wrote to Benjamin Franklin that no country upon Earth had it more in its power to attain these blessings than united America.”
“And once we have tasted it, we can never have enough to be sated.”
“A piece of freedom,” said the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “is no longer enough for human beings, nor for the nation…Unlike bread, a slice of liberty does not finish hunger. Freedom is like life. It cannot be had in installments. Freedom is indivisible – we have it all, or we are not free.”
“American law enforcement officers have always understood this simple truth. They spend their life’s work, as I have thus far, exemplifying my faith in, my belief in, and commitment to our American system of justice – a system renowned the world over for the provisions of individual due process as a right endowed in each of us by our Creator.”
“The rule of law doesn’t divide us. It binds us together in our great American life with shared behaviors, beliefs, and manners. I call it, as do many of you, ‘American exceptionalism.’ We are a nation of limited government in which everyone willfully, and as a matter of civic duty, must obey the law. And the value derived for the small price paid of observance of the common law is the greatest treasure known to mankind: freedom. Sweet freedom.”
“Freedom is why we get up in the morning and tend the fields. It is why we stay up late at night watching foreign markets. It sustains us. It feeds us. And once we have tasted it, we can never have enough to be satisfied.”
“As a conservative I believe with all my heart, that in furtherance of the common good, freedom means you decide your destiny. You, your family, your household, your neighborhood, your small town, your state – and yes, in those few matters of national scope, your nation. To cede as a matter of simple course of expediency, to cede those powers too quickly or injudiciously to Washington D.C. is just plain wrong, and it always has been.”
“So we have come to a time for choosing,” said President Reagan. “Either we accept the responsibility for our own destiny, or we abandon the American Revolution and confess that an intellectual belief in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”
“How refreshing is that simple concept, that we who run our lives know the course of our own destiny better than some Congressman from California, or Judge from Joplin, may know it, sitting in a mahogany-paneled office in Washington making the decisions that can undermine all of our best efforts?”
“How refreshing is that simple concept, that we who run our lives know the course of our own destiny better than some congresswoman from California, better than some judge from Joplin may know it sitting in a mahogany-paneled office in Washington, making the decisions that can undermine all of our great efforts. How refreshing to see a return to that respectful thought of the importance of self-determination, and to turn away from the conceit and arrogance that was its predecessor at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue before January 20th, 2017!
In President Donald Trump we have chosen a leader – a leader who I expect many of you in this room well know I both campaigned and vigorously supported for the highest office in this land. And he was a candidate that I’m certain many in this room also supported, and some may have at first opposed in some measure. That’s fine. That’s the great nature of this republic. We have choices, and we decide. However, in President Trump I sense a return now to those key virtues first extolled in that letter to a tyrant monarch in 1776. I sense a pride in our nation, and a voice to that pride that I have found lacking for the last eight years.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, today is our moment of truth, our point of no return. The choices we need make at this moment are opposed by entrenched interests. The ‘resistance’ looms. They attack our motives, they assail our beliefs, they decry our notion of justice, they proclaim the high ground of virtue, and they threaten upheaval if not given their way. What will history show we did with our moment of truth? Did we stand and fight, or did we cut and run?
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is my challenge to you. These are your marching orders: Go forth to stand and fight.”