In his commencement speech at Liberty University on Saturday, President Donald Trump urged the graduates to take “the road less traveled” — a reference to the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken — and stressed that America was founded by “true believers,” people of faith, and added that “in America we don’t worship government, we worship God.”
“Remember this, nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy,” said Trump. “Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those who lack the same courage to do what is right — and they know what is right, but they don’t have the courage or the guts or the stamina to take it and to do it. It’s called the road less traveled.”
Further on in the speech, he said, “America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers.”
“When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth, they prayed,” said Trump. “When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they invoked our Creator four times, because in America we don’t worship government, we worship God.”
Trump continued, “That is why our elected officials put their hands on the Bible and say, ‘So help me God,’ as they take the oath of office. It is why our currency proudly declares, ‘In God we trust.’ And it’s why we proudly proclaim that we are one nation under God every time we say the pledge of allegiance.”
Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., was founded by Pastor Jerry Falwell in 1971. Today, it is a fully accredited liberal arts school and, with its online program, is the largest Christian university in the world.
The university’s current president is Jerry Falwell Jr. Falwell was one of Donald Trump’s early supporters in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Michael W. Chapman