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It is more than the unjust persecution of an innocent man, and even more than an incumbent President’s unconstitutional attempt to jail his opponent before an election. For us, Biden’s June 8 indictment of President Trump was a flash of lightning that revealed the threat to the existence of our Republic.
Now no one can ignore the gangrene which is devouring the republic from within. It reaches into every American family and every personal and work relationship. As the Athenian lawgiver Solon wrote more than 2,500 years ago, if you run home to try to escape it, it will jump over your garden hedge and follow you even into the inmost room of your house.
Deaths of despair, suicide, and addiction; couples not marrying, illegitimacy, abortion—why are these happening?—why are they multiplying? Ask yourself whether the republic your parents knew, will still be here for the next generation. There is your answer. Or enter into the minds of the young couple deciding whether to get married. Enter the mind of the young potential mother as she looks out at the conditions around her and everything else she knows—and tries to imagine what her unborn child’s life might be like in the future.
What do they see? Mass illegal immigration is pauperizing our people and drowning the nation in a pit of crime and fentanyl. Our good, productive jobs have been outsourced overseas, leaving fast-food jobs and gig jobs which are little better than slavery. The Green New Deal is choking off the cheap, plentiful energy which used to be the basis for American manufacturing and the American way of life. Those Americans who can still afford to have a family, can no longer afford to own a home—and soon, even a car.
Sometimes in history the future of the republic is embodied in one single individual—no matter how much some try to deny this. So it was with Charles de Gaulle on June 18, 1940. France, which many considered the strongest country in Europe, had collapsed shamefully before German armies in less than six weeks. Its craven government rushed to a humiliating surrender. No public figure raised his voice against it except one. Rather than surrender, Gen. Charles de Gaulle insisted that the government should move to French Algeria, in North Africa, to continue the fight against Hitler with the allies.
After a perilous flight to London, he addressed his countrymen by radio and told them, “France has lost a battle. France has not lost the war.” Join yourself with me, Frenchmen and Frenchwomen, wherever you are. We will reconstitute the French nation in battle. Never will our flag fall into the mud—we will carry forward fourteen centuries of French sovereignty into a proud future once more.
De Gaulle stood alone. His own government sentenced him to death in absentia—but, ultimately, he succeeded. On August 26, 1944, he led the French Army in triumph up the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
That was another time in another country, but the same principle holds true.
President Trump’s deep love for the American people, and the American people’s love for him, are not just a state of mind. They are no illusion, no fantasy. They reflect the simple fact that this man, who puts his life at risk for us every day without complaining, who refuses to back down before tyranny, embodies in himself the future of this great Republic—and with it, all the hopes it has held out for mankind for almost 250 years.
Thus, we pledge our faith and our loyalty to the Republic and to President Trump who represents it, in the spirit of our forebears of the Revolution and the Civil War. Day in and day out, we will never stop evangelizing for this great cause, in order, as Lincoln said, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”