Ivey and I spent time in Arlington National Cemetery, and if you have never stood there and looked around, it is something, as an American, you must do.
You read the names of the famous and the names of those from West Virginia, New York, New Mexico, and other places who served with distinction to protect our God-given inalienable rights. We still enjoy those rights they fought for, but they are threatened more than ever.
We stood at the eternal flame burning at the tomb of John F. Kennedy, and I reflected on who we were as a nation in 1963—and who we are today.
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When JFK delivered his inaugural address, we were staring down the barrel of the Soviet Union’s growing nuclear arsenal. Cuba was hostile and antagonistic just 90 miles south of Florida, the Berlin Wall divided Germany’s capital, and half the world was under the iron fist of Nikita Khrushchev and the communists.
Democrats didn’t call America names and accuse her people of being victims and oppressors. We knew exactly who we were no matter which side of the aisle we stood on. We were all proud Americans willing to fight and die for this nation. It didn’t matter if you were black or white, rich or poor; people from all backgrounds and all walks of life believed it.
JFK pointed out how few in human history had the God-given opportunity to fight for the freedom of all men—and all women—and the honor of doing so was quite special.
Remembering his message is incredible, considering that I can barely remember a time when the Democrats weren’t villainizing someone or some group of people while screaming racism or some other cheap smear job.
There was a time when they could still tell the difference between men and women—and, more importantly, when they could still tell the difference between right and wrong.
Sadly today, those on the left have turned victimhood into an industry to harvest votes and hundreds of millions of dollars.
It’s all about power, control, and the destruction of freedom. The freedom of speech, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to think whatever you want, and the right to worship freely are now in jeopardy.
That is not the world JFK saw as he addressed the crowd on January 20, 1961. He was looking at the tremendous responsibility that he and all Americans had been given by those who came before us. Many of them were then and are now interred in Arlington National Cemetery. The 35th President could not conceive that he would join them in our nation’s most sacred ground less than three years later.
Once again, America is facing a hostile communist nation. But this time, regardless of what we are fed each day, our most dangerous enemy is not Russia. It is, without a doubt, the Chicoms in Beijing. However, this challenge is not unique today—nor was it in 1961. The players may change, but the game remains very much the same.
At Arlington National Cemetery, just a few steps from the eternal flame that burns over the grave of JFK and his family, are inscriptions from his inaugural address. But none that seem so profound today as the following from the end of his speech:
“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it–and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
So, I ask you, Democrats, where is that Democrat Party today? Have you gotten so lost in pronouns, political correctness, and being woke that you have forgotten or, worse, ignored the truth about American exceptionalism?
Today’s Democrats don’t ask what they can do for their country. Instead, they demand fealty to their religions of climate change and racism. They don’t ask but, rather, demand that they be paid for the color of their skin or for their college education. They demand that we kneel at the foot of their beliefs and abandon our own—they demand that we renounce America as an awful, unfair, and cruel place when nothing could be further from the truth.
So, I ask my fellow Americans that call themselves Democrats, where have you gone—but more importantly, why?
What would John Fitzgerald Kennedy say to you today if he saw what has become of his once proud party—and how they speak about his beloved country?
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