What an American president is supposed to sound like.

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While the American left wing media is busy obsessing over President Trump’s tweets in which he is openly critical of their blatantly slanted coverage, and while they flatter themselves by imagining that such presidential criticism is so incendiary as to incite violence against them, the president is busy doing exactly what he said he would do.

The latest example is Mr. Trump’s speech before an enthusiastic crowd in Warsaw, Poland Thursday. It was a tour de force. The president clearly and unapologetically made the case for Western values, Western capitalism and Western defense of freedom and democracy. It was a stark departure from his predecessor.

It has become fashionable in progressive circles to dismiss and denigrate Western culture – particularly as that culture is manifest in the United States. Elites on both sides of the Atlantic take great delight in turning up their noses at Judeo-Christian values – values that gradually but inexorably led to economic and social success first in Europe and then later with a vengeance in the United States. For eight years, the American president was at the forefront of that denigration and from such belief and reasoning arose an attempt at moral equivalence between the admitted mistakes of the West’s past and the current atrocities of radical Islam’s present.

No longer.

President Trump’s speech in Poland was a ray of geopolitical sunshine after most of a decade of gloomy overcast. He vigorously made the case for an unbreakable bond born of shared Western values between Europe and a strong, capable and resolute United States. It was the kind of speech that Barack Obama could never, and would never give.

Say what you will about President Trump’s style, as the elite media never cease in doing, his substance is solid and long overdue. His speech was at pains to recognize that the democracies of Western Europe and the United States have served to elevate more of humankind out of poverty, bondage and hopelessness than ever before in all of history.

One line from the speech particularly stood out. Speaking of what those who came before us purchased with blood and sacrifice he said (listen here);

…what we’ve inherited from our ancestors has never existed to this extent before. And if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again. So we cannot fail.”

The president went on to say (listen here);

Our citizens did not win freedom together, did not survive horrors together, did not face down evil together, only to lose our freedom to a lack of pride and confidence in our values. We did not and we will not. We will never back down.”

Ronald Reagan himself had to be smiling down from heaven.

Thursday’s speech is exactly what the free world should want to hear from a United States president. Do I sometimes cringe at President Trump’s tweets? Yes I do. But if the man’s style is the price to be paid for the kind of substance we haven’t seen in far too long, I’m all in.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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7 Responses

  1. Richard Anderson says:

    Mr. Gleiser your analysis is spot on. Kudos sir!

    President Trump’s speech in Warsaw is indeed perhaps the most excellent address ever given by an American president abroad bar none. Myself, along with the vast majority of American citizens, have been wanting for a very, very long time, for such leadership. It has been GLARING absent for the previous eight years under the former president.

    To the speech specifically, Poland is such an ideal country to make such an address, as this is the home of Pope John Paul II who along with President Reagan worked to knockout Soviet communism along with all its evil ills forced upon millions of innocent people for so many decades in eastern Europe who yearned to breath free under God, not the whim of “the state.” And equally important, the now defunct old Soviet Union which actively sought to spread its grip over the entire world globally via communism* {aka socialism/marxism} is no more.

    The United States of America, “is” the anchor of the West with American Free Enterprise Capitalism espousing all that is good in this world for all people, and finally we have a Commander In Chief – President Trump who is going to proudly and strongly carry the torch of FREEDOM, putting his trust, as he has said, IN GOD, as did our Founders. Staying true to that course, our great country, is indeed, in the BEST OF HANDS.

  2. John Lester says:

    We are so VERY excited about the President’s speech! Reminds us of some of Reagan’s speeches. How refreshing after 8 years of anti-American language from the previous person in the White House. Trump hit on so many “touch stones” of Our Republic.

  3. Linda E Montrose says:

    We all have our eccentricities, some more than others, but we DO all have them. So what is the big deal about President Trump’s tweets? President Trump is a very gifted man, so why don’t people just step back and watch? They may just learn something. Such as him making a telephone call to a WWII veteran on July 4th. The last survivor of the Doolittle Raid on Japan. His name is Lt. Col. Dick Cole and he is 101 years old. In the eight years of obama, did you ever once hear of him calling a veteran such as this? And there wasn’t anything said by the mainstream media about this because it would show just how wrong they are about President Trump! Look, GET OVER IT…isn’t that what the media and lefties were saying when the illegal got into office? Well, take your own advice and GET OVER IT! Donald Trump is a legitimate President and so far as you will let him, a very good one!

  4. IF ONLY they could keep him on-script (and OFF Twitter) more often.

    • Richard Anderson says:

      President Trump is NOT going to let the leftist media define him falsely and I for one, am all for that.
      He is going to get the message of his administration out by going directly to We The People via Twitter, thus NOT allowing his message to be twisted thru the biased filter of “fake news” who seek to damage his positive pro U.S. agenda, the agenda we the American citizen voters chose on November 8, 2016.
      Go President Trump and Go U.S.A.!

  5. Paul, both you and President Trump are right on target. I listened to the President’s speech. I liked it a lot. We Americans need such speeches. So does Europe and the world. An American leader is finally saying what needs to be said, and in saying it he will make a difference, a vital difference. Would Jeb Bush have said anything like what President Trump said? No way. We now have a president who truly believes in what you and I cherish and believe in–the United States of America.

  6. Jerry says:

    I heard you take over for Mark this week, it was wonderful to hear you on many topics. Look forward to your next posts.

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