President Trump delivered the commencement address to graduates at Liberty University in Virginia on Saturday, where he emphasized the need for the school’s young Christian adults to go out into the world and forge their own paths to success. In the speech, Trump said that he’d already figured out the problem inside the federal government – too many people who refused to give up the powerful groupthink that had led the country into ruin.
“In my short time in Washington, I’ve seen firsthand how the system is broken,” the president said. “A small group of failed voices, who think they know everything, want to tell everybody else how to live.
“But you aren’t going to let other people tell you what to believe, especially when you know that you’re right,” he continued. “We don’t need a lecture from Washington on how to lead our lives.”
Trump warned the graduating class that they would face an endless series of tough challenges in their lives, especially if they dared to deviate from the norm.
“Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy,” Trump said. “Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those who lack the same courage to do what is right. And they know what is right, but they don’t have the courage or the guts or the stamina to take it and to do it.”
What an extraordinarily different message than the one these kids might have gotten from the previous president (had the Christian college ever invited him). But it speaks to the exact reason why so many Americans felt themselves drawn to Donald Trump as a candidate, despite whatever reservations they may have had about his brash manner or his personal, tabloid-heavy life.
In Trump, the American people saw a man who simply refused to be ashamed of his own success. Braggarts are a dime a dozen – that wasn’t what made Trump special. It was his self-confidence and the way he brought out that same confidence in his supporters. Unlike the many Democrats and Republicans that had come before him, Trump was akin to a Ronald Reagan – a man who knew the power hidden within the soul of a man. A man who knew that critics and government forces could never add anything to that power; they could only take it away through constant meddling.
If America is to truly be made great again, it will occur when tomorrow’s leaders realize that THEY can be great without waiting for it to happen. When enough people get that message…there won’t be much left for the elitists in Washington to do.
And that’s exactly as it should be.