As reported by The Washington Post, Donald Trump delivered the first commencement speech of his life this past Saturday at Liberty University in Virginia, and, with it, a message of great hope and inspiration for this year’s graduates, as well as strong statement of faith and respect for traditional values.
There was nothing subdued or self-conscious about the enthusiasm Trump conveyed in his address, wowing the assembled with words like these:
“Ask yourself, with all of those blessings and all of the blessings that you have been given, what will you give back to this country and indeed to the world, what imprint will you leave in the sands of history? What will future Americans say we did in our brief time right here on earth. Did we take risks? Did we dare to defy expectations? Did we challenge accepted wisdom and take on established systems? I think I did, but we all did and we’re all doing it. Or did we just go along with convention, swim downstream, so easily with the current and just give in because it was the easy way, it was the traditional way or it was the accepted way? Remember this: nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy. Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those that lack the same courage to do what is right and they know what is right but they don’t have the same courage or guts or stamina to take it and to do it. It’s called the road less traveled.”
At one point, Trump spoke what turned out to be the sound bite of the speech when he said, to rousing applause:
“In America, we don’t worship government; we worship God.”
How about that?
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large