On 7 November 2018, Americans dug through election results, slung and deflected stones, and fretted over the future of our country, or not. Almost all of us, including the White House press scrum, failed to note the day’s solemn and deadly significance. But, President Trump did not forget, and he had something to say, worth our reading.
Presidential Message on the National Day for the Victims of Communism
Issued on: November 7, 2018
On the National Day for the Victims of Communism, we honor the memory of the more than 100 million people who have been killed and persecuted by communist totalitarian regimes. We also reaffirm our steadfast support for those who strive for peace, prosperity, and freedom around the world.
Since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, we have witnessed the effects of the tyrannical communist ideology—anguish, repression, and death. Communism subordinates inherent human rights to the purported well-being of all, resulting in the extermination of religious freedom, private property, free speech, and, far too often, life. These horrors have included Ukrainians deliberately starved in the Holodomor, Russians purged in the Great Terror, Cambodians murdered in the killing fields, and Berliners shot as they tried to escape to freedom. The victims of these and many other atrocities bear silent testimony to the undeniable fact that communism, and the pursuit of it, will forever be destructive to the human spirit and to the prosperity of mankind.
Today, we remember all who have been denied the great blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness under oppressive communist regimes. Together, we mourn the unbearable losses so many have endured under communism, and we renew our pledge to continue advancing the cause of freedom and opportunity for all.
Last year, President Trump solemnly marked 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia. His words stood in marked contrast to the whitewashing and thick gauzy portraits, to outright fond remembrances offered in too many quarters of a supposedly civilized world. Some even ran the leftist lie that counting communism’s mountain of skulls, on a day of remembrance for the victims of communism, was “white nationalist.” Note that the Trump-Russia hoax is once again given the lie in this year’s proclamation, as President Trump punches Putin in the face with the Holodomor. This weekend, our President will join other world leaders in France to mark the end of the Great War, in which America saved Europe, for the first time.