President Trump Monday took a deeply philosophical approach to securing the nation, calling for a reaffirmation of unabashed pride in our country as the foundation for protecting and preserving it.
Rejecting the equivocation about America that marked the Obama years and that continues to plague the Democratic Party, Trump asserted that the country must stand tall and have confidence in itself in order to summon the will to defend itself.
From today’s speech, given at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington:
I am proud to report that the entire world has heard the news and has already seen the signs. America is coming back, and America is coming back strong.
A nation without borders is not a nation.
A nation that does not protect prosperity at home cannot protect its interests abroad.
A nation that is not prepared to win a war is a nation not capable of preventing a war.
A nation that is not proud of its history cannot be confident in its future.
And a nation that is not certain of its values cannot summon the will to defend them.
We know that American success is not a forgone conclusion. It must be earned and it must be won. Our rivals are tough, they’re tenacious, and committed to the long term. But so are we.
With the strategy I am announcing today, we are declaring that America is in the game and America is going to win.
Echoing Ronald Reagan’s policy of “peace through strength,” Trump said: “We recognize that weakness is the surest path to conflict, and unrivaled power is the most certain means of defense.”
Trump enunciated four specific steps: We will secure our borders; we will strengthen security by strengthening the economy; we will rebuild the military; and we will lead and champion our values, but we will not force others to adopt our values as we seek common goals.
But they were almost incidental to his core message of restoring America’s character.
With this strategy, we are calling for a great reawakening of America, a resurgence of confidence, and a rebirth of patriotism, prosperity, and pride . . . As long as we are proud – and very proud – of who we are, how we got here, and what we are fighting for to preserve, we will not fail.