Today marks the 400th celebration of representative government in the New World. On this day in 1619, the House of Burgesses—which morphed into the present-day Virginia General Assembly—was housed in Jamestown, Virginia.
This significant event propelled the formation of the representative government federally and elsewhere across the U.S.
President Donald Trump was the keynote speaker at the historic event, despite being snubbed by Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA), members of the Virginia Black Caucus, and other prominent Virginia Democrat lawmakers.
Embattled Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D-VA) was present, along with Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) who represents much of Loudoun County.
Some hundreds of protestors, unsurprisingly, protested his remarks at the private event hosted by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation:
Trump’s speech was laser-focused, succinct, and measured. It was sensitive to Virginia’s complicated history, but highlighted the Commonwealth’s importance in laying the groundwork for our constitutional republic.
He made a bold declaration that slavery stained and harmed this country, noting:
“It was the beginning of a barbaric trade of human lives,” he said. “Today in honor, we remember every sacred soul who suffered the horrors of slavery and the anguish of bondage.”
It was one of his best speeches to date, in my opinion.