The Great President Trump gives speech at Mount Rushmore 4 July event

Donald Trump announced – ‘Salute to America’ to be held on July 4

White House spokesman Judd Deere said that as The Great President Trump stated that this year would be Independence Day celebrations and that special attention would be paid to 2019 to ensure the health and safety of the participants.  US President Donald Trump has announced the ‘Salute to America’ event. 

This program will be held on 4 July.  Let us know that ‘Salute to America’ program is organized in America every year.  Despite the concerns of some MPs about the crowd gathering at this event, Trump is moving forward to celebrate the event in the country.  Significantly, Independence Day celebrations have been organized in Washington for decades.  The event features concerts on the Capitol lawn and fireworks in the evening near the Washington Monument.

In a statement issued by the White House, President and first lady Melania Trump will host the event from South Lawn and Alexa of the White House this year.

President Donald Trump on Friday made an impassioned appeal to his base while in the shadow of Mount Rushmore instead of striking a unifying tone, railing against what he called a “merciless campaign” by his political foes to erase history by removing monuments some say are symbols of racial oppression.

“As we meet here tonight there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for,” Trump warned.

He added, “Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”

It was the kind of dark message the President has turned to often in recent weeks to incite his most loyal supporters as he attempts to ignore a pandemic in the face of skyrocketing coronavirus cases. While a more traditional president may have used an event at a national landmark to bring the country together, Trump once again looked to divide the nation in an attempt to fire up his most loyal supporters.

The official White House event bore all the hallmarks of a Trump campaign rally, with the added displays of American military might as the South Dakota Army and Air National Guards joined the US Air Force in conducting flyovers — the kind of highly produced stagecraft befitting a former reality television star. The 40-minute speech saw the President name drop many American heroes — and almost as many perceived political foes, including the schools in the nation’s cities, which he claimed without evidence teach students “to hate their own country.”

He lambasted “far-left fascism” in media and schools and “cancel culture,” which he called the “very definition of totalitarianism,” and vowed to protect the monument under which he stood.

“Those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity, so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny,” the President said, adding, “They would tear down the beliefs, culture and identity that have made America the most vibrant and tolerant society in the history of the Earth.”

“Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers, and to our freedom,” he vowed as he stood at its base.

Much of the speech centered on remembering the country’s past and casting it in a glorious light, and Trump repeatedly decried attempts to examine the faults in that past. In that vein, near the end of his speech the President announced that he would create a national monument dedicated to figures from the past.

After ticking off a list of pop culture icons, Trump announced he would be signing an executive order to establish “a new monument to the giants of our past,” which he said would be an outdoor park called the “National Garden of American Heroes.”

No details on where that monument would be located were immediately announced.

A celebration in a pandemic-

There was no social distancing at the event despite the record-high new coronavirus cases in the United States. And the event took place amid environmental concerns over the use of fireworks in the dry land and as the country engages in a reckoning over its monuments and racist history. And the pandemic once again made its way into the President’s inner circle when news broke that Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and top campaign official Kimberly Guilfoyle had tested positive for coronavirus upon arriving in South Dakota.

“We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we’ll be giving out free face masks if they choose to wear one. But we won’t be social distancing,” Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said during a Monday appearance on Fox News.

Attendees clustered together in stadium seating in front of a patriotic-themed stage for hours before Trump arrived, and attendees at the top of the amphitheater sat in rows of folding chairs that were tied together with zip ties — preventing any social distancing. The President mentioned the virus just once, at the very top of his remarks, thanking those working to fight it.

A public safety official involved with the event told CNN the zip ties were part of fire code. In case of an emergency, like a fire or a storm or anything that would cause people to quickly move out, the zip ties would ensure that the chairs would not be easily knocked over or fly into egress paths — moving a full row of chairs, rather than one or two.

Information about the event online said there could be health screening for ticketed guests in some areas, though attendees seated in the zip-tied chairs told CNN they had not undergone any such screening.

The 7,500 tickets for Friday’s event are lower than the typical visitor flow during the busy summer season. On normal days, 28,000 to 32,000 visitors come to Mount Rushmore during a 10-hour period. Amid the pandemic, the park never closed but visitation has been down to around 20,000 people, said Maureen McGee-Ballinger, Mount Rushmore’s chief of interpretation and education.

Coronavirus cases in South Dakota currently remain stable, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with 6,978 confirmed cases and 97 deaths as of late Friday — but it’s unclear how many attendees had traveled from other states.

“If you look to your left, if you look to your right, you’re going to see that people aren’t just from South Dakota, they’re from all over this nation,” said Noem, a Republican, who spoke before Trump took the stage.

Thirty-six states are currently experiencing a rise in new cases.

Culture war

Native tribal leaders are calling for the removal of Mount Rushmore

The dark history of Mount Rushmore’s sculpture itself took center stage with Trump’s visit. The President, who has stoked racial animus since he first entered the political arena, has moved to defend racist monuments in the face of nationwide protests over the treatment of Black Americans. Friday’s event, however, was planned before the nationwide unrest.

Construction on Mount Rushmore, carved in the Black Hills of South Dakota, began during the Coolidge administration in the summer of 1927 and was completed on October 31, 1941. The iconic sculpture features the 60-foot-tall faces of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

The Black Hills are a deeply sacred place of spiritual and cultural significance to the native peoples of the area, nearly 60 tribes. The 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty established the Black Hills as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, according to the National Archives, but the lands were systematically taken by the US government after gold was discovered in the area in the 1870s.

Almost 50 years later, the likenesses of four American presidents were carved into one of its mountains. And in 1980, the Supreme Court ruled that the Sioux Nation had not received just compensation for the land.

Some tribal nations approved symbolic bans on Trump visiting their lands ahead of the visit, amplifying calls to return Mount Rushmore to native people that come as communities across the country remove other symbols of the nation’s racist past, including many Confederate memorials.

Generations of Indigenous Lakota people have been opposed to Mount Rushmore since its construction, said Nick Tilsen, a citizen of Oglala Lakota nation and founder, CEO and president of the NDN Collective, a nonprofit organization supporting Indigenous people.

“Indigenous people and my ancestors fought and died, and gave their lives to protect the sacred land, and to blow up a mountain and put the faces of four White men who were colonizers who committed genocide against Indigenous people — the fact that we don’t, as Americans, think of that as an absolute outrage is ridiculous,” he told CNN in an interview Wednesday.

Trump’s approach to the presidency: Ignore the challenges and embrace the easy

In today’s political climate, Tilsen said, there is an opportunity to question the monument’s history and purpose.

“What Indigenous people have been saying for generations, there’s an appetite to have a conversation about symbols of White supremacy, structural racism, and now we have to tear down these systems if we want to tear down White supremacy and structural racism in this country,” he said, calling for the monument to be closed and the lands to be returned to Indigenous people, who can then decide how to move forward.

Protesters, many holding signs demanding the land be returned to native people, blocked the entrance to the park prior to the event. They were eventually cleared from the area by the National Guard.

Presidential historian and Mount Rushmore Society board member Tom Griffith said getting rid of the nation’s monuments isn’t the right approach.

“We can easily erase all of the symbols of our past, but we can’t ignore the history. It will remain no matter what sculptures, what are torn down around the country. And that continues today. It’s of great concern to historians who believe that it’s not just the symbol, it’s the history that you’re trying to erase. And we can’t rewrite — we can’t be revisionist,” he told CNN on Thursday at Mount Rushmore.

The President has latched on to the issue of protecting monuments as he seeks to rile support from his political base. Last week, he signed an executive order that “directs that those who incite violence and illegal activity are prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law.”

Activists point to other reasons to question Mount Rushmore’s place in history: Gutzon Borglum, who created the sculpture, was aligned with the Ku Klux Klan.

“Before Mount Rushmore was even considered, Borglum was working on Stone Mountain, Georgia, a Confederate memorial. I think more than the ideology, but more practically, he was affiliated with the Klan to raise money for this Confederate memorial,” Griffith told CNN.

The Trumps visited Borglum’s studio while on site.

Two of the four presidents carved into the mountain in South Dakota, Washington and Jefferson, were slave owners. And though Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Tilsen notes that his legacy, for Native Americans, is a dark one. He approved the executions of 38 Dakota natives in Mankato, Minnesota (though he commuted the sentences of hundreds of others in the same incident).

Lincoln, Tilsen said, “was a mass murderer, a colonizer — ordered the biggest mass hanging in the history of the nation. So he was not one of our heroes. He’s not somebody — he was an enemy of our people, of Indigenous people, and it’s important that we have a reckoning with the true history of this nation.”

McGee-Ballinger, the park educator, said in an interview that local tribes had been consulted ahead of Friday’s event.

The official account of the Democratic National Committee took aim at Trump’s trip in a tweet earlier this week that has since been removed.

“Trump has disrespected Native communities time and again. He’s attempted to limit their voting rights and blocked critical pandemic relief. Now he’s holding a rally glorifying white supremacy at Mount Rushmore — a region once sacred to tribal communities,” the now-deleted tweet said.

The President’s reelection campaign sent an email to supporters on the tweet Wednesday evening, claiming that Democrats “HATE America.”

Donald Trump Jr., the President’s eldest son and outspoken advocate, lambasted reports questioning the decision to visit.

“OMG the woke police are going all in on Mount Rushmore. They’re really doing it. These people are insane,” he tweeted Wednesday.

Environmental risk
Mount Rushmore hasn’t had fireworks for more than a decade because it’s very dangerous. Here’s why

Friday’s festivities also came with an environmental risk. There were July Fourth fireworks at Mount Rushmore for several years, but they were discontinued in 2009 over environmental concerns, including increased risk of fires.

Pine beetle infestations in nearby forests were the cause of concern when the fireworks were discontinued. These infestations can kill trees, which increases their flammability risk and, in turn, poses a potential wildfire hazard. Fireworks increased the risk that a fire would ignite.

“We’re getting them at the great monument. We’re getting them. I got fireworks. For 20 years or something it hasn’t been allowed for environmental reasons. You believe that one? It’s all stone. So I’m trying to say where’s the environmental reason? Anyway, I got it approved, so I’m going to go there on July 3rd, and they’re going to have the big fireworks,” Trump said during a May appearance on the Dan Bongino podcast.

Bill Gabbert, former fire management officer for Mount Rushmore and six other national parks in the region, warned against fireworks given abnormally dry conditions in the region in an interview with the Rapid City Journal.

“Shooting fireworks over a ponderosa pine forest, or any flammable vegetation, is ill-advised and should not be done. Period,” Gabbert told the publication.

But the National Park Service prepared an environmental assessment ahead of the event and concluded the fireworks would have “no significant impact.”

Noem has said advancements in pyrotechnics and a strengthened forest led to the decision to have the fireworks return to the site.

“We’re very confident that we have been quite careful in analyzing the situation on how to have a safe and responsible event,” McGee-Ballinger said, citing the environmental assessment.

According to the National Park Service, the agency worked with the state of South Dakota, local communities, South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the fireworks contractor and staff to develop a wildland fire response plan and a Unified Command incident management team.

Important facts related to the American freedom struggle-

The American independence struggle lasted from 1765 to 1783.  During this period, the United States of America was established by 13 American colonies, breaking the chains of slavery of the British Empire.

The Declaration of Independence is a political document based on which 13 North-American colonies of England declared themselves independent of England on 4 July 1776 AD.  Since then, the US has a national holiday on 7 July.

The struggle started by the residents of America in the year 1775 in order to get rid of the British government’s rights and their hardships culminated in the freedom struggle in the second year.  The hope of a compromise with the republican policy of the then British ruler George III ended and soon a complete dissolution.  The militant young man Tomas Penn from England ignited the spirit of freedom by his booklet “Commonsense”.  On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed at the Peninsula Congress that the colonies had the right to be independent.

After debating this proposal, a committee was formed on 11 June to prepare a “Declaration of Independence”, which entrusted this task to Thomas Jefferson.  In the manifesto drafted by Jefferson, Adams and Franklin made some amendments to the Peninsula Congress on June 28, and on July 2 it passed without opposition.

Jefferson prepared this manifesto, not taking into account the difficulties and needs of the people of the colonies, but keeping in mind the philosophical principles of the natural rights of man, whose following words are immortal:

“We consider these principles to be axiomatic that all human beings are born equal and have got some unrestricted rights through their creator. These rights are the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Governments were established in society to achieve these rights.  Who took their justified power with the approval of the governed. Whenever a government falters on these objectives, the people have the right to change it or abolish it and establish a new government which is based on such principles and whose power  The organization should be done in such a way that the public feels that their safety and happiness are certain. ”

In this manifesto some principles of importance were laid which brought revolutionary changes in the political ideology of the world.  The right to equality, the right of the people to form a government and the right to change or replace the inept government and to establish a new government, etc. were such principles that can be successfully implemented, in which the American public was also skeptical at that time, but they  Happily accepted and successfully turned it into action.  Jefferson also accepted the British philosopher John Locke’s theory of the “right to life, liberty and property” with little modification.  He tried to save the American public from objectivity by not seeking property as a means of happiness and demanding the right to “search for happiness” at the place.

The President of the United States of America is said to be the political leader and other personalities who signed the American Declaration of Independence in the American Revolution, contributed to the drafting of the American Constitution or played some other important role.

The names of these Presidents are also told differently in different sources.  American historian Richard Morris, in his 1973 book “The Seven Who Made Our Fortunes: The Revolutionary Form of Presidents”, has given a small group of seven individuals the status of the real presidents of America –

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) – politician, scientist, inventor, ambassador

George Washington (1732–1799) – First President of the US, supreme commander of the American Revolutionary Army

John Adams (1735–1826) – Politician, Ambassador, Second President of America

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) – lead author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of America, philosopher, politician

John J (1745–1829) – America’s first Chief Justice, politician, ambassador, anti-slavery

James Madison (1751–1836) – the main father of the US Constitution (“Ambedkar of America”), author of “List of Rights” (Bill of Rights), fourth US president

Alexander Hamilton (1755–1804) – First Secretary of the American Treasury (Finance Secretary), Economist, Politician

It was a bad time when America was also a colony of the British Empire.  The American War of Independence lasted from 1765 to 1783, during which 13 American colonies broke the chains of slavery of the British Empire and established the United States of America.

Important facts related to American freedom struggle –

(1) The foundation of British colonial empire in America was laid during the reign of James I.

(2) Red Indians are native to America.

(3) America’s fight for independence ended in 1783 AD (according to the Treaty of Paris).

(4) America got complete independence on 4 July 1776.

(5) The hero of America’s freedom struggle was George Washington, who later became the President of America.

(6) Boston’s Tea Party is known for its immediate reasons for the American freedom struggle.

(7) The hero of Boston’s Tea Party was Samuel Adams.

(8) The foundation of democracy was first laid in America.

(9) America is called the mother of modern republic.

(10) The secular state was first established in America.

(11) During the independence of America, the slogan of Americans was ‘No representation, no tax’.

(12) The first written constitution in the world came into force in the United States in 1789 AD.

(13) The United States was the first country in the world to declare the equality of human beings and its fundamental rights.

(14) Import of slaves into America was declared illegal in 1808 AD.

(15) Abraham Lincoln became the President of America in 1860 AD.

(16) Civil war between the South and the Northern states of America began on 12 April 1861.

(17) On 1 January 1863 AD, Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery.

(18) Democracy is the rule of the people, by the people and for the people, this statement was of Abraham Lincoln.

(19) On March 4, 1865, John Wilkies Booth killed Abraham Lincoln.

(20) The American Civil War ended on 26 May 1865.

(21) The foundation of the American Fellowsophile Society was laid by Benjamin Franklin.

(22) In 1781 AD, the commander of Britain surrendered before the colonial army was Lord Cornwallis.

(23) Import of slaves into America was declared illegal in 1808 AD.

(24) American Civil War started in the state of South Carolina.  This war resulted in the end of slavery.

Today we are flowing into the future and we can clearly say that – How subordination is converted to freedom, today America has shown the world as the world’s superpower.  Today the citizen of America is truly the most independent.  America’s economy, development and global relations have strengthened ever since Donald Trump became president.  We can say that President Trump has proved to be a golden milestone for America, which is serious and hopeful for the future of every American.  We are proud of the President’s public welfare decisions.

Prof.Dr.Jasbir Singh 
Member- Presidential Advisory Board.
The United States of America 🇺🇸

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