To overcome the perils of the present and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past. Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity, and peace for themselves and for the world.

We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government. But we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation. This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is foundation for cooperation and success.

Strong, sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect.

Strong, sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny. And strong, sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of the life intended by God.

In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch. This week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example. We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution — the oldest constitution still in use in the world today.

This timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, human dignity, and the rule of law.

Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 19, 2017

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Very interesting conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Uncommon Knowledge

 

Update: Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been labeled an “extremist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  You can read her response to this ridiculous charge here:  https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/08/25/ayaan-hirsi-ali-on-being-labeled-an-extremist-by-the-southern-poverty-law-center-n2373135

 

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A call to “Resistance.”  A call for violence against police.  College protests physically threatening speakers and destroying property.  Public performers simulating the murder of the President.  Congressional members threatened in public forums. A parade cancelled because of threats against GOP participants.  Masked ANTIFA members throwing bricks and burning cars.  Freeways blocked.   Death threats to President Trump’s family.  College teachers calling for the execution of Trump supporters.  A GOP headquarters bombed.  Police officers assassinated.  And now a Bernie Sanders supporter attempts to assassinate GOP Congressional leaders and their staff.   The “Resistance” is a violent movement against democracy, law and social order.  It is un-American and dangerous.

We know President Trump met with high level Russian officials.  We know he talked with them about on-going actions taken against ISIS, as well as proposed security measures for air traffic.  However, we do not know if he revealed classified information.

The Washington Post has accused the President of breaching protocol with the Russians, based on anonymous sources.  You can read details here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-revealed-highly-classified-information-to-russian-foreign-minister-and-ambassador/2017/05/15/530c172a-3960-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html?utm_term=.eba9ac24c3d5

National Security Adviser Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster said Monday:

There’s nothing that the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people. The story that came out tonight as reported is false. The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation. At no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the President did not discuss any military operations that were not already publicly known. Two other senior officials who were present, including the secretary of state, remember the meeting the same way and have said so. Their on-the-record accounts should outweigh anonymous sources. And I was in the room, it didn’t happen.

Of course, there will be an investigation.  If the Post’s accusations are accurate, then the Trump administration will need to take serious steps to assure this does not happen again, and lessen the damage done by a major security leak by the President.  If the Post’s accusations are false, then the media must take responsibility for smearing the reputation of the President.  Either way, the public will have lost faith in an important institution, either the White House or the Fourth Estate.

 

It is always better to be safe and ridiculed than vulnerable and praised. – Victor Hanson Davis

The scholar provides a quick overview of what history has taught us about global war.  You can read his short essay here:  http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/06/ancient_laws_modern_wars_133524.html