Pres. Trump Marks 400th Anniversary Virginia General Assembly CSPAN July 31, 2019 6:43pm-7:11pm EDT
also balanced-budget a moment to the constitution. i hope my colleagues will consider that. thank you. >> c-span, "washington journal" live every day with news and policy issues that impact you, coming up thursday morning, getting your reaction of the second night of the presidential candidate debate from detroit. during the conversation all money with your phone calls, facebook comments and tweets. be sure to watch "washington journal" live at seven eastern thursday morning. join the discussion. >> yesterday president trump traveled to jamestown to mark the 400 anniversary of the first session of the virginia general assemble. the president's remarks were interrupted by protester a democratic lawmaker from the virginia house of delegates. in addition a state lawmaker boycotted the president's visit. this is about 25 minutes.
♪ ♪ ♪ [applause] [cheering] >> thank you very much. please make yourself comfortable. i want to thank you speaker, it's a true privilege to be back in the great commonwealth of virginia. [cheering] and it's a tremendous honor to stand on this historic ground as the first president to address a joint session of the oldest lawmaking body in all of the
western hemisphere, the virginia general assembly, congratulations. [applause] on this day, 400 years ago, here on the shores of the james river, who first representatives, legislative assembly in the new world convene. by the devotion of generations of patriots the destroyers throughout the ages, and now that proud tradition continues with all of you. to every virginian and every legislator with us today, congratulations on four incredible centuries of history, heritage and commitment to the righteous cause of american self-government. this is truly a moment occasion.
[applause] i want to think the governor of virginia for inviting me too speak at this very important event. and with us this morning our many distinguished guests and officials from across the commonwealth including lieutenant governor justin fairfax. [applause] speaker kirk cox. thank you kirk. [applause] senate majority leader tommy norm it. [applause] and members of the host and federal state, local and tribal leaders all with us today. thank you very much. [applause]
we are also very fitful as well to have with the secretary ben carson. ben thank you very much. thank you bitten and acting director person that you know very well, acting director can. [applause] we spent a lot of time with these folks and have a lot of respect for you. in the national park service is, i want to thank you all for being here with us. a great honor. i also want to recognize everyone as american revolution in the jamestown settlement, the james town, yorktown foundation, the jamestown rediscovery project and preservation of virginia. thank you very much, what a great job you do.
[applause] the fact is that each of you has helped protect and preserve treasures here jamestown and it's a great debt. we owe you a great, great debt. what a job. on this day 1619, just a mile south of where we are together now, 22 newly elected members of the house of burgesses, assembled in a small wooden church, they were adventurers and explorers, bombers and painters, soldiers, scholars and purging men. all had struggled, all had suffered in all had sacrificed in pursuit of one wild and very improbable dream. they called that dream virginia. [applause]
it had been only 13 years since three small ships, the susan, godspeed and the discovery set sail across a vast ocean. they carried 104 sailors on the edge of this uncharted continent. they came from god and country, they came in search of opportunity and fortune. and they journeyed in to the unknown with only meager supplies, and the power of the christian faith. upon reaching cape henry, at the mouth of the chesapeake bay, in 1607, a long time ago, the first men of the virginia company erected a crossed upon sure, they gave thanks to god and asked his blessing for their
great undertaking. in the months and years ahead, they would dearly need it. the dangers were apparel. the jamestown settlers arrived in america admitted one of the worst drought in over seven centuries. of 104 original colonists, 66 guide by the years end. during the third winter, known as the starving time, a population of up to 500 settlers was reduced to 60. by spring, those who remained were in search of whatever they could get to survive and they were in dire trouble. they left jamestown deserted, they just sailed away. never to come back but they had not gone far down the james
river when they encountered the answer to their prayers, with a years worth of supplies and more than 300 new settlers. as we can see today on this great anniversary, it would not be the last time that god looked out for virginia, together the settlers with what would become the time of the american character. they worked hard, they encourage in abundance and a wealth of self-reliance. they strived to turn a profit, they experimented with producing silk, corn, tobacco in the very first virginia wines. at a prior settlement, there had been no survivors. none at all.
but where others had typically perished, the virginians were determined to succeed. they endured by the sweat of their labor, the aide of the indians and the leadership of captain john smith. as the years pass, ships buried supplies and settlers from england brought a culture in the way of life that would defined the new world, it all began here. in time doesn't of brave strong women made the journey and joined the colony and in 1618, the great charter, another reforms established a system based on english common law, for the first time virginia allowed private land ownership, it created a basic judicial system. finally, it gave the colonists a say in their own future, the
right to elect representatives by popular vote. with us today in tribute to the english legal inheritance is a former clerk of the british house of commons, sir david [applause] thank you, sir. david we are through to have you with us. thank you very much for being here. thank you very much. at the first american assembly in 1619, the weather was so hot that when legislator actually died, mercifully the session was cut very short. but before adjourning the assembly passed laws on taxation, agriculture and trade for the indians, with true american optimism, the assembly even endorsed the plan to build a world-class university in the
still rugged wilderness. it was a vision that would one day be fulfilled just miles from here at one of america's earliest educational institutions, college of william and mary. great place. [applause] great place. as we mark the first representative legislature, jamestown, our nation also reflects upon an anniversary from that same summer for centuries ago. in august 1619, the first enslaved africans in the english colonies arrived in virginia. it was the beginning of a barbaric trade in human lives. today in honor, we remember
every sacred soul who suffers the horrors of slavery in the anguish of bondage, more than 150 years later, i'd america's founding, our declaration of independence recognized the immortal truth that all men are created equal. [applause] [cheering] yet it was ultimately taken civil war, 85 years after the document was signed to abolish the evil of slavery. it would take more than another's country for a nation, in the words of reverend martin luther king jr. to live out the true meaning of its grief and extend the blessings of freedom to all americans. [applause]
in the face of gray's oppression and grave injustice, african-americans have strengthened and inspired, uplifted, protected, our nation from its very earliest days. last year i was privileged to sign the law establishing the commission to commemorate the first africans to the english colonies in the 400 years of african-american history that have followed. that was an incredible day, an incredible event. today we are grateful to be joined by the commission chairman, doctor joseph greene. thank you doctor green. [applause] thank you.
thank you very much doctor green. in the decade to follow, that first legislative assembly, the democratic established and lay deep roots all across virginia. it spread out and down the atlantic coast, one was quickly established for old times. in america, we are not ruled from afar, americans govern ourselves and so help us god, we always will. [applause] right here in virginia your predecessors. [inaudible] [crowd boos]
[inaudible] [shouting] >> thank you. thank you. right here in virginia your predecessors came to williamsburg from places you all know very well. there were names such as george washington from fairfax county, thomas jefferson, james mattis from orange county, james munro, patrick henry from louisa county, george mason from fairfax county, george with, a
great name, from williamsburg, and richard henry lee from westmoreland county, incredible names. [applause] self-government in virginia did not just give us a state we love, and a very true sense it gave us the country we love, the united states of america. so true. thank you very much. [applause] when madison drafted the first amendment to our constitution, he grew inspiration from virginia's statute for religious freedom. as john adams wrote in philadelphia just before the adoption of the declaration of independence, we all look up to virginia for example. that is great.
[applause] and when doctor henry spoke his famous words, at st. john's church, give me liberty or give me death. he spoke in defense of a tradition that began more than 150 years before i jamestown right here. [applause] it was a heritage those patriots would fight a long war of independence to defend and it is a heritage the countless americans have fought and died for to secure and all of the century sense, in our time we must vigorously defend those cherished democratic traditions that have made our beloved republic the envy of the entire world, and it still is as much as ever before in may be more,
are one culture of self government must be nourished, protected and constantly preserved, that is why we must become strongly against anyone who would take power away from citizens, individuals and state governments such as yours. [applause] in america, the people will forever rule, the people will forever rain and the people will forever be sovereign. [applause] from the first legislative assembly down to today, america has been citizen to take ownership of their future and their control of their destiny,
that is what self-rule is all about, every day americans coming together to take action, to create, build to seize opportunities, to pursue the common good and you never stop striving for greatness. [applause] for centuries ago, one earlier voyages of jamestown captured the spirit and during that is always powered her great experiment in self-government. he wrote, we hope to plant a nation where none before have stood. that was something. and that hope, the men and women of jamestown achieve success beyond anything they could possibly have imagined. they started the nation that settled the wilderness, one our independence, paved the wild
west, ended slavery, secured civil rights, invented the airplane, vanquished the nazis, brought communism to its knees and placed our great american flag on the face of the moon. [applause] and in a program that just started, someday very soon american astronaut will plant our beautiful stars & stripes on the surface of mars. [applause] but among all of america's towering achievements, none exceed the triumph that we are here to celebrate today, our nations priceless culture of freedom, independence, equality, justice and self-determination under god. [applause]
that culture is a source of who we are, it is our prize inheritance, our proudest legacy, it is among the greatest human accomplishments in the history of the world, what you have done is the greatest couples meant in the history of the world and i congratulate you. it started right here. [applause] now we must go bravely into the future just as those bold explorers first ventured into this majestic land. we must call upon the same scale of imagination, the same thirst for knowledge, the same love of adventure, the same unrelenting courage, and the same total determination to prevail, above
all we must be proud of our heritage, united in our purpose, and tilled with confidence in our shared great, great great american destiny. [applause] in america no challenges to good, no journey is too tough, no task is too large, no dream is beyond our reach. when we set our sights on the summit, nothing can stand in our way, america always gets the job done, america always wins. [applause] that is why after 400 years of glorious american democracy, we have returned here to this place
to declare to all the world that the united states of america and the great commonwealth of virginia are just getting started. our future is bigger, bolder, better and brighter than ever before. it has been a great honor for me too be with you this morning, i would like to thank you, god bless you, god bless virginia and god bless america. thank you very much everybody. [cheering] commac[applause] ♪
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