Trump Addresses Liberty
Trump spoke to the graduating class at Liberty University this week and although some of my Democratic friends think he’s crazy – I think he sounds just like my favorite modern Democratic President, John F. Kennedy. I’ll let you judge for yourself, here is the meat of his speech.
To the Class of 2017:
Today you end one chapter, but you are about to begin the greatest adventure of your life. Just think for a moment of how blessed you are to be here today at this great, great university, living in this amazing country, surrounded by people who you love and care about so much. Then ask yourself, with all of those blessings, and all of the blessings that you’ve been given, what will you give back to this country and, indeed, to the world?
What imprint will you leave in the sands of history? What will future Americans say we did in our brief time right here on Earth? Did we take risks? Did we dare to defy expectations? Did we challenge accepted wisdom and take on established systems? I think I did, but we all did and we’re all doing it.
Or did we just go along with convention, swim downstream, so easily with the current and just give in because it was the easy way, it was the traditional way or it was the accepted way?
Remember this, nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy. Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those who lack the same courage to do what is right — and they know what is right, but they don’t have the courage or the guts or the stamina to take it and to do it.
It’s called the road less traveled.
I know that each of you will be a warrior for the truth, will be a warrior for our country, and for your family.
I know that each of you will do what is right, not what is the easy way, and that you will be true to yourself, and your country, and your beliefs.
In my short time in Washington I’ve seen firsthand how the system is broken. A small group of failed voices who — think they know everything and understand everyone — want to tell everybody else how to live, and what to do, and how to think.
But YOU aren’t going to let other people tell you what you believe, especially when you know that you’re right. And those of you graduating here today, who have given half a million hours of charity last year alone — an unbelievable amount of work and charity — and few universities or colleges can claim anything even close; we don’t need a lecture from Washington on how to lead our lives.
I’m standing here looking at the next generation of American leaders. There may very well be a president or two in our midst.
Anybody think they’re going to be president, raise your hand.
In your hearts are inscribed the values of service, sacrifice and devotion. Now you must go forth into the world and turn your hopes and dreams into action. America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers.
When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth they prayed. When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they invoked our creator four times, because in America we don’t worship government we worship God. That is why our elected officials put their hands on the Bible and say, ‘So help me God,’ as they take the oath of office. It is why our currency proudly declares, ‘In God we trust,’ and it’s why we proudly proclaim that we are one nation under God every time we say the pledge of allegiance.
The story of America is the story of an adventure that began with deep faith, big dreams and humble beginnings.