Pence goes to the university Jefferson founded to argue that freedom is the “antidote to America’s awakening.”

Former Vice President Mike Pence visited the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Tuesday to argue for the importance of free speech and against the wake cancel culture.

Pence was the keynote speaker at an event hosted by the Young America’s Foundation UVA student chapter.

He thanked the UVA President and Faculty members for not bowing to those among the students who wanted him disinvited, including the editors of the school newspaper The Cavalier Daily Newspaper.

“I heard there was a bit of controversy prior to my visit,” the former Trump Administration No. 2 said, laughing.

He went on to argue that “the antidote to culture is liberty” and “the antidote to waking America up is liberty.”


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During his almost 40-minute speech, he repeatedly referred to the UVA students present as part of the “generation of freedom”.

Pence also quoted Thomas Jefferson – founder of UVA and author of the Declaration of Independence – in his speech.

“As long as we think how we want and speak how we think, the condition of man will improve,” he said, quoting the nation’s third president.

Pence asserted, “Freedom of speech is every American’s God-given birthright, and we can never allow the awakened left to take it away.”

He also addressed how much the nation has changed since the departure of former President Donald Trump.

“Under the Biden administration, wokeism is running amok in our public schools and universities,” Pence said.

“Patriotic education was replaced by political indoctrination. They abolished our commission of 1776 and authorized the teaching of so-called critical racial theory in our public schools.”


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Pence paraphrased that of former President Ronald Reagan monitoring that “liberty is never more than a generation away from extinction”.

It needs to be taught and advocated, noted the former Indiana governor.

“Turn your thoughts and hearts around the founding documents of this country,” Pence admonished the audience.

“The truth is the hoos [a nickname for UVA students and alumni] have a special connection to the Declaration of Independence,” he said.

“It means you have a special connection to one of the greatest documents in human history. This is your inheritance. And it is yours to cherish, protect and uphold.”

Pence argued that the far left routinely belittles the nation’s founding and seeks to rewrite the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

“Just remember that at the core of the American experiment is a timeless belief that we don’t get our rights from sovereigns,” he said.

“We don’t even get our rights from charters or governments, but as Mr. Jefferson wrote, ‘We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.'”

A version of this article originally appeared on Patriot project. Pence goes to the university Jefferson founded to argue that freedom is the “antidote to America’s awakening.”

John Verrall

John Verrall is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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