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Trey Gowdy opened Sunday Night in America and analyzed the role of a benevolent America on the world stage, especially given the growing instability in domestic politics.
Gowdy referred to global instability such as the protests in Cuba against the communist dictatorship. Gowdy noted the irony that countries like Cuba are full of people proudly showing the US flag while protesters in America proudly burn it.
“We have seen pictures from Haiti, Cuba and Afghanistan, pictures of people in other countries carrying our American flag while they are fighting to secure their own fundamental freedoms. We see images from our own country where our flag is burned or shunned to send calls to the US to send our police and soldiers to help them, even if here – from our own politicians – calls are made to denigrate the same institutions . We are urged to keep the peace in parts of the world that some of us can’t even find on a map, even as some police officers struggle to keep the peace on their own streets, “Gowdy said.
Gowdy continued to note America’s unique position as a world power, which allows its citizens the freedom to criticize their freedoms.
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“America is one of those rare nations where you are free to burn your own flag. You are free to turn your back on your own flag. Even as you struggle to compete under the same flag on the world stage,” explained Gowdy. “America is a country where you are not only free to demand the deleveraging of the police and the military, but you are also protected by the police and the military while you demand the deleveraging of them. America is a rare experiment in freedom, where you can Criticize the very country that gave you the freedom to criticize in the first place. “
Gowdy recalled his own experiences when visiting a new country gave him a new perspective on America and its freedoms.
“I’ve been to Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South America, Central America. When you travel, you sometimes see things differently, you gain a new perspective, you experience the beauty of other countries and their cultures and you experience almost universal friendliness. The people give you, you have a sense of history, that duel feeling for how small you are and how connected the world is, but most of all you learn to appreciate America more, “he said.” There are people who risk their lives to to come here, they would give everything they have and have to live here, there are people who would say goodbye to their own children or parents to live in America, we won the lottery by being here . ”
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In conclusion, he emphasized once again the blessings that American citizens have when they can criticize and hate their country of birth. More importantly, he urged those US citizens who criticize America to simply appreciate what “those who would give all they have” are supposed to accomplish.
“So yes, if you are American, you can turn your back on the flag. You can burn them, pretend disobeying them, and wear them on your uniform at sporting events and demand that the police be deprived of their money even if the police protect you, your home and your place of business. You are free to ask for the military to be disempowered, even as the military serves and sacrifices and sometimes dies to defend your rights. You are free to do so. You’re just wrong for doing it, “said Gowdy.