Last week, I predicted that the reason Mt. Rushmore was being targeted by social justice warriors so fiercely was because President Donald Trump was slated to be part of an Independence Day celebration at the historic monument. I theorized that it was because agitators wanted to disrupted the event.

It appears I was correct; however, the numbers and drama were limited:

About 15 protesters were arrested Friday after they blocked an access road to Mount Rushmore hours before President Trump was scheduled to give remarks to kick off Independence Day weekend.

According to the Associated Press, the protest group was mostly made up of Native Americans protesting that South Dakota’s Black Hills were taken from the Lakota people against treaty agreements.

One group parked three vans across the road and removed the tires from two of the vehicles to make it more difficult to remove them. Several demonstrators climbed on top of the vans chanting “Land back!”

The sheriff’s office said attendees had been told to arrive early and should have been past the roadblock by the time the standoff began. However, the Rapid City Journal reported that some motorists who had tickets for Friday evening’s fireworks show were unable to get through the protests and were standing by their cars watching the standoff.

In total, there were approximately 100 demonstrators:

The agitators clearly had little impact on the Independence Day celebration. The thousands of Americans who were attending or watching via television or streaming were treated to gripping speeches highlighting the best aspects of this nation.

While the entire evening was spectacular, the addresses by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Trump were memorable and touched upon the agenda of those who want to diminish this nation’s culture and history.

Noem summarized the civil unrest occurring in various American cities.

“Over the past several weeks, we have been witnessing a very troubling situation unfold. In real time, we are watching an organized, coordinated campaign to remove and eliminate all references to our nation’s founding, and many other points in our history.

“Rather than looking to the past to help improve our future, some are trying to wipe away the lessons of history. Lessons that we should be teaching to our children, and to our grandchildren. This approach focuses exclusively on our forefathers’ flaws. But it fails to capitalize on the opportunity to learn from their virtues.”

The governor added that statues were being deliberately removed to “discredit America’s founding principals” so the country could be remade. “To attempt to cancel the founding generation is to attempt to cancel our own freedoms,” she said.

She was so effective that many felt that her next office should be on a national level.

However, the highlight of the evening (besides the fireworks) was Trump’s stemwinder, which included real history lessons on Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln that mentioned key information America-bashers ignore. He also honored the best aspects of this country.

We will state the truth in full without apology. We declare that the United States of America is the most just and exceptional nation ever to exist on earth. We are proud of the fact that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and we understand that these values have dramatically advanced the cause of peace and justice throughout the world.

We know that the American family is the bedrock of American life. We recognize the solemn right and moral duty of every nation to secure its borders and we are building the wall. We remember that governments exist to protect the safety and happiness of their own people. A nation must care for its own citizens first. We must take care of America first. It’s time. We believe in equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion and creed. Every child of every color, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of God.

We want free and open debate, not speech codes and cancel culture. We embrace tolerance, not prejudice. We support the courageous men and women of law enforcement. We will never abolish our police or our great Second Amendment which gives us the right to keep and bear arms. We believe that our children should be taught to love their country, honor their history, and respect our great American flag. We stand tall, we stand proud, and we only kneel to Almighty God.

This is who we are. This is what we believe and these are the values that will guide us as we strive to build an even better and greater future. Those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny. In toppling the heroes of 1776, they seek to dissolve the bonds of love and loyalty that we feel for our country and that we feel for each other. Their goal is not a better America, their goal is to end America.

How effective was Trump? A glimpse of the headlines, declaring the speech to be “controversial” or “divisive” and indicating the President’s sole concern was Confederate statuary is proof that the remarks were historic. Clearly, the event was so good that the media was forced to go on a gaslighting spree.


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