“I think the public would like to see America’s tradition and heroes and history defended.”
I understand what he said, but without specifics, what are those “traditions, heroes and history” and why do we need to defend them.
Understand them, learn from them, and try not to repeat the bad.
It might be plausible to defend the industrial style slavery as part of the times, although that’s a stretch.
One could even defend the secession if one believed as the South did and is reiterated in the Mississippi Articles of Secession:
“Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery– the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.”
“A blow at…civilization.” Flowery, but the point was made.
Yet, defending Jim Crow and restrictive covenants for a century after abolition is hard to fathom except as a statement of white supremacy at all costs. That is pure racism.
Defending Confederate colors on state houses? Defending glorious monuments that were erected mostly to intimidate descendants of slaves. And these statues were politicians and generals fighting to preserve the ideals in the above Article of Secession
These are not heroes to most Americans.
No, defend is not the right word. Preserving the history, though, is important. Our history has a lot of positives, and that is important to recognize.
The movement now has shined a spotlight on issues we have ignored or wish we could ignore. Replacing the Mississippi flag would not have been possible just a few years back. Things are different now. So that symbol will be relegated to the history books and museums.
Trump is into labeling “enemies”. Just like Pol Pot, Mao, Stalin and other brutal dictators have done. According to the president, 60% of the nation are enemies. The media is an enemy. Democrats are enemies. The House is an enemy.
Coming from a man who dared not confront our enemies as a young man, he now uses the autocrats playbook like a veteran.
His speech was clothed in divisiveness. We have a crippling pandemic, a teetering economy, a trade war, Kim is going ahead with his nukes, a low wage economy, unaffordable healthcare. He has no mention of what we as a united nation can and will do to move forward and inspire us.
Instead it is all about the imaginary “cancel culture”. Sow hatred, push conspiracies and inject fear of minorities and immigrants is the president’s message.
Violence is not the answer. Out of the million or so who have protested, a few hundred, maybe a thousand, a tenth of a percent at most, have hijacked some early demonstrations. So painting the left has some kind of “anarcho-fascist” movement is classic pandering to populist fears. For that matter, few, if any, Antifa have been seen or arrested. At last count, the feds about 75 in custody, none from the left bogeymen.
Long post. I am waiting for a recall repair to my car.
But it is all my humble opinion. Good or bad.