President Trump goes into Election Day having signed one more executive order, Establishing the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission.
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to better enable a rising generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776, and, through this, form a more perfect Union, it is hereby ordered as follows:
The contrast here is not only with the 1619 Project, but the entire revisionist leftist anti-American body of history that preceded it.
Against this history, in recent years, a series of polemics grounded in poor scholarship has vilified our Founders and our founding. Despite the virtues and accomplishments of this Nation, many students are now taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but rather villains. This radicalized view of American history lacks perspective, obscures virtues, twists motives, ignores or distorts facts, and magnifies flaws, resulting in the truth being concealed and history disfigured. Failing to identify, challenge, and correct this distorted perspective could fray and ultimately erase the bonds that knit our country and culture together.
And in a way those are the election stakes. This can be defined as the 1619 vs 1776 election.
Will America be defined by 1776 or 1619, by its bold struggle for freedom or the accusations of racism? Will the country move forward to a new birth of freedom or an endless cycle of self-hatred?
Is America a great nation or an evil one? That question may be one of the more central ones of 2020 even if it doesn’t appear on the ballot. Both sides have chosen their history and their sense of mission in the 1776 vs. 1619 election.