Last week, I spoke in Times Square in New York City at the Stop Iran Rally in front of about 12,000 people. Since then, the video of my speech on Facebook as been viewed 26 million times. I guess it struck a nerve.
But I left a few things out.
The reason why I make such a dogged and determined stand for America is because of what this country has done for me.
When I consider the incredible opportunities this great nation has afforded me over my entire life, it just makes my chest swell with pride — and unlike First Lady Michelle Obama, this isn’t the first time I’ve felt this way.
A little over a year ago, I travelled to Old Saybrook, Connecticut where I did the audio recording for my book Guardian of the Republic. I stayed at the Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed and Breakfast in the lovely antique Library Room. In 1746 when this home was constructed, no one could have ever imagined that 268 years later I would be sitting here documenting my personal experience. Yet, there I was, the kid from the Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta chilling out at Deacon Pratt’s place.
This, ladies and gentlemen is the true America. The exceptional America. Not the contrived “social justice” and “equality of outcomes” America into which Barack Obama seeks to transform our Republic. This is the America that says there are no limits on what you can do or what you can become as an individual.
This is the America Buck and Snooks West told me about as a child and made me believe that anything and everything is achievable, if only you dedicate yourself to working hard. This is the America that my wife Angela and I now tell our daughters Aubrey and Austen about, and prepare them for. This is the America that Dr. King spoke of because it is character that matters, not skin color.
This is the America that our Founding Fathers just somehow knew was possible. This is also the America we are challenged to preserve and defend. We must continue to talk about this America and the legacy of liberty and why it must be passed on to subsequent generations.
We must tell the stories of the sacrifices of previous generations that have enabled us to enjoy these blessings. We cannot begin to believe that all we can ever be are just subservient drones to a tyrannical government that does not believe in our individual indomitable American spirit. And we must once again restore the brilliance of that beacon of freedom of conscience and will that has drawn so many to our beautiful shores and graced those of us fortunate enough to be born here.
Say what you will progressive socialists and others, with your incessant personal attacks. This America shall triumph, as liberty and freedom always have. This America will see a recommitment to its fundamental constitutional principles. This America will once again be that special place that holds respect, regard, and honor in the world.
(Liberals will be furious if my book pops up on the best seller list. Want to wind them up? Get a copy).