Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
Irie Dinner and John S. Digital Remarks on the MCIN Freedom Awards Awards
October 13, 2020
Good night, IRI.
Dr. Twining, Senator Sullivan, thanks for these introductions. And because of the IRI board and workers for this honor. I’m actually humbled. I am sorry that we won’t bodily be collectively tonight.
Right here is the award with me. I sit up for displaying it to my fellow Kansan, Bob Dole, in honor of 1998. I am positive they are saying that the requirements of the IRI needs to be slipping.
Earlier than I’m going on, I want to acknowledge Roberta McCain, the mom of the person named for this award. We ship our honest condolences to John’s household, together with his beloved spouse, Cindy, who died yesterday at Pompeios.
Roberta McCain has left a major, 108-year legacy for this nation – a real American patriot.
After I labored with Senator McCain in Congress, I got here to know a part of McCain’s custom of service.
John did a lot for this nice nation he beloved and for freedom overseas. That work is free from his work and IRI, by way of his household, in a corporation that bears his title and in numerous locations around the globe.
Organizations just like the IRI have been a dream in 1982 when President Reagan introduced his intention to “construct democratic infrastructure” in Westminster.
IRI began simply over a 12 months later. Since then, you’ve got superior the reason for democracy on each continent.
Residence of women and men who uphold the very best beliefs of American public service, the management of the late, nice Lorne Kraner helped to construct this establishment and we mourned his passing earlier this 12 months.
I’m proud that my workforce within the state has a lot of IRI alums, together with Deputy Secretary Begun and Ambassador Curie.
Senator McCain is proud that in the present day’s award is shared with heroes on the forefront of freedom:
The professional-democracy motion in Hong Kong and the pro-democracy motion in Belarus.
Your help for them embodies your LodeStar precept: no human being desires to dwell their life with a dictatorial jackboot on their throats.
And these brave folks present that Ronald Reagan’s “instinctive need for freedom and self-determination surfaces time and again” is appropriate.
We see it in Belarus, Venezuela, Lebanon, Iran and numerous locations, massive and small. We’re witness to the common human need for freedom.
We additionally see it on 12 Courageous Hong Kongers on August twenty thirdrdClimb on the quick boat, attempting to flee to freedom.
Their vacation spot was democratic Taiwan, 400 miles away. It was reported that they have been made solely 26 miles exterior Hong Kong’s territorial waters earlier than Communist China’s safety providers may snatch them.
As we communicate, CCP officers have been inadequately working Hong Kong 12 on the mainland. They’ve been denied counsel.
However Hong Kong 12 has dedicated no crime. They merely imagine that they’re entitled to freedom and are rights that can not be obtained by each particular person.
They don’t seem to be alone in that perception. America stands with them. The Worldwide Republican Group stands with him.
That is why the CCP granted IRI and Daybreak Twining two months in the past final December. These restrictions are a badge of honor.
Tonight and day by day, we honor those that need their very own freedom. As a result of if America doesn’t stand for independence, nobody will.
This can be a fundamental perception of America’s first patriots who perceive America’s particular place and duty.
We’re distinctive due to the knowledge of our founders, who made mankind transfer past the previous oppression into the brand new world.
Our nation is rooted within the braveness to declare and combat the reality, “All males are created equal. They’ve sure invincible rights from their Creator, together with the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.”
Our goal is constructed on the concept that each human being is made within the picture of God – even those that don’t carry His grace of their hearts. The folks listed here are sovereigns, and their rights come earlier than the state.
A 12 months in the past, I created the State Division Fee on Unattainable Rights. The Fee launched an argument – it’s a vigorous democracy at work.
However its purpose was easy: one of many first ideas of our nation was to assist rediscover American overseas coverage.
The Fee finds that the rights that can not be obtained are inseparable from the humanity of all folks.
It discovered that the American angle was based mostly on basic dignity, the rule of regulation and pure equality.
To overlook the ability of that founding reality is to overlook the goodness and energy of America.
I’ve seen this in my profession as a tank officer in West Germany.
Most individuals affiliate the wall with Berlin, however I served in a small city known as Mudlaroot, which additionally has a wall.
Two weeks earlier than it landed, I used to be reassigned to a different put up. I nonetheless known as my buddies there and requested them to clarify what it was.
He mentioned, “Individuals go away most of their belongings and are solely taking what they’ll carry. Foot visitors is excessive and quick and shifting in just one route – towards freedom. ”
I returned to Mudlrooth final 12 months. Components of the barrier three a long time in the past have been left with viewing towers and barbed wire.
They’re reminders of the harmful form of evil that denies us the freedoms that make us human.
We see folks descending in all places behind the deserts of Xinjiang and the plains and peaks of Tibet, town streets of Hong Kong and the Nice Firewall.
Which leads me to Communist China. I spent quite a lot of time speaking concerning the Chinese language Communist Occasion predators in opposition to the Chinese language folks, their neighbors and the world.
The CCP has positioned greater than one million harmless folks in detention camps, the place they’re slave labor. It has waged a relentless struggle on religion, even forcing abortions and sterilizations.
That is the artwork of the century, which tells us the true nature of governance.
Allow us to not overlook that in every of the locations between Hong Kong and Xinjiang on the coast, about 1.4 billion folks have been denied freedom of speech, meeting, affiliation, the press and all different methods during which human beings select their future.
US rising to China problem.
- We’ve given permission to CCP officers to commit these abuses.
- We’ve supplied recommendation to American companies to assist them perceive the dangers of working with Chinese language state-owned enterprises and opaque provide chains.
- We’re strengthening our navy significance and strengthening our free and open Indo-Pacific with our buddies and allies.
I used to be in Japan a number of weeks in the past with our regional companions, and I used to be within the Vatican for some time earlier than discussing the pressing want for ethical proof of the Church.
The early years of the rise of the CCP and Mao, Stalin as soon as dismissed the ability of religion, “What number of divisions does the Pope have?”
Pope John Paul the Second replied as he went to Warsaw, taking a whole lot of 1000’s of poles throughout the road. No divisions may cease them.
The obscenity of communism shouldn’t be materialism and oppression, the angle of free folks is everlasting and common.
With the ethical readability and management of the Westerners, the Soviet Union collapsed with the invincible braveness of these behind the Iron Curtain.
China now has 100 million or so Christians searching for spiritual freedom, in addition to hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong devotees, Muslims, Buddhists and different faiths.
They’re on the lookout for extra sources than Xi Jinping Thought or Mao’s Little Pink Ebook to information their lives.
They want the identical ethical testimony from spiritual leaders, governments, and civil society teams that dominated freedom previously.
They want organizations just like the IRI to face up for many who should not but open and develop democratic establishments and infrastructure wherever doable.
As previous and current honors present, actions should observe phrases.
Meaning working with our European allies and calling without spending a dime and honest elections that honor the needs of the Belarusian folks.
Meaning supporting the Iranian folks and making use of the utmost stress marketing campaign to disclaim first-state sponsors of oppressive terrorism assets.
This implies serving to the Venezuelan folks with humanitarian assist and recognizing that Juan Guido is a authentic president – not Maduro and his associates.
This implies making the Center East extra peaceable by way of the Abrahamic Covenant and dealing with all our regional companions, particularly our democratic ally Israel.
Which means that strengthening NATO by telling laborious truths to our allies has to tackle the obligations of freedom around the globe.
And which means uniting different nations to face the most important menace to freedom and democracy in the present day: the Chinese language Communist Occasion.
The founding ideas of America, the character of our authorities, and the spirit of our independence match us completely with the work of each technology to safe liberty.
We should do that wherever man’s innate need for the floor of freedom lies.
As we speak we’re examined once more to see if our nice nation nonetheless measures our greatest traditions and lofty beliefs. We’re assured that we are going to.
There’s rather more to debate, however I am going to go away it there to get a dialog with Dan.
Thanks, once more, to IRI. And congrats to my co-honors tonight.
Sustain the combat.