Pictured: Marc Cox, host of the Marc Cox radio show, Christopher Arps, co-founder of Move-On-up.org, Tim Jones, former speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives.
Good morning Patriots!!!!!! Is this a great day the Lord has provided us to celebrate the Spirit of America or what? I’ve got two questions for all of you before I begin my remarks.
One, how many of you are being paid to be here this morning? Two, how many of you received an email from a Republican or conservative “AstroTurf” organization telling you what time to be here; suggestions on what to chant and talking points to give if you’re interviewed by the media after this event?
And what I mean by AstroTurf is the fake grassroots activism we saw during the Obamacare debate where Democratic operatives and groups tried to give the impression there was wide spread support for socialized medicine. That support was AstroTurf as we have seen because Obamacare has never been popular in the polls and eight years after its passage its still not popular.)
Some of you know that I was not a supporter of Donald Trump during the primary election season. I was a supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz and was a staffer on his campaigns in Iowa, South Carolina and here in Missouri. Even after Mr. Trump secured the nomination I still was not wildly supportive of him but I put my country first over my feelings and voted for Mr. Trump for president.
Does my voting for Mr. Trump mean I support the late night twitter storms and some of the, what I deem, unnecessary distractions he brings upon himself and his administration? Of course not but when I see a fake media and the so called loyal opposition trying to destroy a presidency within the first weeks of an infant presidency, then it brings out a natural defensiveness from someone who loves their country and wants to see fundamental fairness.
You see, this rally, and those happening all around the country today are bigger than one man, bigger than any political party, bigger than even the institution of the presidency. This is a rally about the spirit of America and preserving that spirit for our generation and for the generations to come. Radio and TV host Mark Levin said, “What the Founding Fathers created in the Constitution is the most magnificent government on the face of the Earth, and the reason is this: because it was intended to preserve the American society and the American spirit, not to transform it or destroy it.”
Founding Father Patrick Henry said “When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object.” Almost 250 years later, the American spirit in my opinion is still in its youth because liberty and freedom never gets old.
Our friends on the other side have learned that lesson all too painfully electorally with the loss of the presidency and a 1,000 legislative seats across the country since the election of former President Obama. Most Americans reject the heavy hand of the government intruding in their lives and they’ve let the jack ass party know resoundingly by going to the ballot box and letting their voices be heard.
Our friends on the other side somehow believe by letting their voices be heard by rioting, looting, disrupting congressional town halls, or by wearing special hats with derogatory names, that it will be just as successful as the tea party movement.
President Calvin Coolidge came to the presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. In his first address to Congress the new president said: “Free government has no greater menace than disrespect for authority and continual violation of law. It is the duty of a citizen not only to observe the law but to let it be known that he is opposed to its violation.”
These rallies around the nation today are a part of our duty as citizens to observe the law and we’re letting it be known we are opposed to it’s violation in particularly when it comes to illegal immigration. No decent American is opposed to immigration because we are all immigrants to this land.
What we are opposed to of course is illegal immigration and the guilt trip that is tried to be placed on us for wanting the law followed. President Coolidge also talked about immigration and his words are just as relevant today as it when he first uttered them:
“American institutions rest solely on good citizenship. They were created by people who had a background of self-government. New arrivals should be limited to our capacity to absorb them into the ranks of good citizenship. America must be kept American.
For this I purpose, it is necessary to continue a policy of restricted immigration. It would be well to make such immigration of a selective nature with some inspection at the source, and based either on a prior census or upon the record of naturalization.
Either method would insure the admission of those with the largest capacity and best intention of becoming citizens. I am convinced that our present economic and social conditions warrant a limitation of those to be admitted. We should find additional safety in a law requiring the immediate registration of all aliens. Those’ who do not want to be partakers of the American spirit ought not to settle in America.”
That last sentence sounds harsh but sometime the truth hurts. It’s not xenophobic or hatred to expect guests in our country to love our country as much as we do and to respect our laws. There are thousands of people who have paid thousands of dollars and who have been in line for years to immigrate legally to this country who have the utmost respect and admiration for the ideals of America.
These are the people who understand why we’re gathered here today and these are the people this nation needs regardless of race, color, creed, religion or nationality. God bless you and thank you for coming out. And God bless the president and our leaders and may God continue to bless the United States of America!
Christopher Arps is a managing partner with NLB Enterprises LLC, a digital media and political consulting firm based in St. Louis, Missouri. NLB Enterprises has gained extensive expertise in utilizing the blogosphere and the new media to gain influence and favorable earned media for their diverse array of clients.
Mr. Arps' political experience includes St. Louis Field Representative for U.S. Senator Jim Talent of Missouri. Campaign manager for the 2006 Sherman Parker for Congress Campaign, and an appointed aide to both the St. Louis County Council and the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners.