The following is a transcript of a short speech delivered by Luis Miguel in front of the Civil War Veterans Monument at the Plaza de la Constitucion in St. Augustine, FL on June 26, 2020.
My friends, we didn’t start this fight. But we intend to finish it.
Contrary to what the media would have people believe, we’re not here to start trouble. We’re here to stop those who want to start trouble.
Last month, Reverend Ron Rawls stood right here and threatened to burn St. Augustine to the ground.
We’re here as peacekeepers. Nothing more, nothing less. There are those who claim to be on our side who shun us for doing this, who say we should be diplomatic, civil, respectful.
I answer that we have been, for far longer than most reasonable men would bear. But everything has its limit.
You can’t be diplomatic when when you have Molotov cocktails thrown at you. You can’t be civil when when you have sharpened PVC pipe being stabbed at you.
And if you’re still worried about being respectful while your business is being set on fire, there’s definitely something wrong with you.
The “peace and love” crowd refuses to recognize we’re at war. But whether they recognize it or not doesn’t matter. It may take two to tango, but it only takes one to wage war.
Our enemy has declared war on us. We face an enemy who cannot build or create, and thus seeks only to destroy.
An enemy so bereft of love, they’re driven only by hate. It’s why they want to destroy everything we love.
Look, everybody deserves to be proud of his or her history and culture. There’s good and bad in everyone’s family tree. But I refuse to accept the idea that my southern brothers and sisters shouldn’t be allowed to honor their sacred dead.
That’s why we’re in this fight now. It’s a fight for what matters most.
It’s a fight of history versus revisionism.
Of republicanism versus mob rule.
Of civilization versus barbarism.
Of the King of Heaven versus the Prince of this World.
And it’s the only true God and his son, Jesus Christ, on whose side we’re on. In His name, we’ll go on to victory.
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