“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in “The Declaration of Independence” on July 4th, 1776. Thirteen years later, the Founding Fathers clarified what liberty meant for them with the First Amendment, which guaranteed religious freedom.
President Trump is standing up for these founding principles. In a speech at the Celebrate Freedom concert, which celebrates the men at women who served in the armed forces, on July 1st, the president gave an impassioned speech about America’s Christian nature and the origin of our rights.
“Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that Liberty comes from our Creator,” said the president.
And those rights, he said, can never be taken away by any earthly force. As a look at history proves, many have tried to deny humanity their natural rights, but each time those civilizations have regained their rights through God’s help, whether one is looking at the Israelite struggle in the Old Testament or looking at America’s Revolutionary War.
Once again, those rights—and the intended nature of American government—are under attack. President Trump declared, “For too long, politicians have tried, oh have they tried, to centralize the authority among the hands of a small few. In our nation’s capital.” Instead, he wants to return that power back to the people.
He continued, “Bureaucrats think they can run over your lives, overrule your values, meddle in your faith, and tell you how to live, what to say, and where to pray.”
He’s certainly right; in recent years, there has been a disturbing trend where the Left imposes their values—or lack thereof—upon Christians in the name of political correctness. From forcing Christian bakers to make wedding cakes for same-sex marriage to forcing nuns to pay for birth control, the Left is pushing for the United States to not be a Christian country.
President Trump says he rejects this and the push for a bureaucracy to run lives. “We know that parents, not bureaucrats, know best how to raise children and create a thriving society,” he said. This could be a reference to the Charlie Gard case—where a hospital board has decided that the English 10-month-old must die even though his parents have the money to take him to America to experimental treatment. Early Monday morning, President Trump tweeted the family, offering his help.
He continued, “And we know that families and churches, not government officials, know best how to create a strong and loving community.” In other words, President Trump is pointing out the importance of religious freedom.
Finally, he adamantly said, “And above all else, we know this: in America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.”
The president also honored America's veterans, celebrating how they have also defended the values that he is fighting for. “Not only has God bestowed on us the gift of freedom; He’s also given us the gift of heroes willing to give their lives to defend that freedom,” he said.
President Trump's message hits home for the Conservative voters who took him all the way to the presidency. They were looking for someone who would fight for their traditional values and their right to practice their faith without intervention or persecution. Trump’s speech reminds us that he will do his best to safeguard these things for Americans.
Watch the full speech below: