(Editor’s note: The following is the text of a speech given by Pat Boone to a Nov. 19 Reclaim America Now rally in Washington across from the White House.)
Fellow Americans, fellow citizens, brothers and sisters:
I salute you today. I honor and thank you for your willingness to suspend your normal activities and to convene in our nation’s capital, in front of our nation’s house – to declare our mutual displeasure with the misdirection of this administration, our profound lack of support for its decisions, unconstitutional programs and directives, and what seems to be the escalating corruption of our very republic and its economy.
Our current president promised, on the eve of his election, that he was going to “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” and in the last five years, has proceeded to do just that. But we here assembled protest that we don’t like the ongoing “transformation” to something we have never endorsed. In fact, we prefer the America we have known and cherished all our lives!
We are here, as We the People, to address our grievances and to remind our elected servants that they serve at our pleasure, not we at theirs! They were elected to do our bidding, not the other way around!
We, the majority of the people, never endorsed the 2,000-page “Affordable Care Act.” We never read it, nor did the men and women we elected to represent us! To this day, most of them still haven’t; it was foisted and forced on them and us by steamroller tactics and wicked pressure from the leadership of the Senate and the president himself, in particular.
Now that we know better what that act contains, we like it even less. We were promised by the president-elect the “most transparent administration.” Instead we are saddled with the most purposely secretive president in our history! Never before has a president sealed off his early birth, passport, school and travel records, intending that they forever be kept secret from the people who elected him! This what a free, democratic citizenry cannot accept! We demand that hidden things be revealed; the longer they are kept secret, the more suspicious they become!
What, Sir, are you hiding from the American people? And why?
We assembled are demanding a renewed allegiance to the Constitution, the very framework of our free society, and a renewed commitment to our Declaration of Independence. And to the God who breathed that Declaration through Thomas Jefferson, who stated:
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions …”
And he concluded that document with these words:
“[W]ith a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Friends, this is our DNA. This is how we came to be America, and we don’t want it “radically transformed” by this president, or any other!
We too appeal to the Supreme Judge of the World for the rightness of our intentions, rely on His protection, and pledge our lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the renewal, the restoration – not the “transformation” – of America!