When Nikki Haley was honored with an award for her outstanding work, her thoughts were not for herself, but for the American people, and her defense of President Trump placed her in good standing as a true warrior.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was honored at the annual gala dinner of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Oct. 29, where she received the prestigious Irving Kristol Award for 2019.

The Irving Kristol Award is “the highest honor conferred by the American Enterprise Institute” for “exceptional intellectual and practical contributions to improve government policy, social welfare, or political understanding,” according to AEI’s website.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a security council meeting about the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia at United Nations headquarters.(Seth Wenig/AP Photo, File)

Haley was critical of her former co-workers in the Trump administration, “who believed that the best thing to do for America was to undermine and obstruct the president.”

“The president was the choice of the people, in accordance with our founding charter. No policy disagreement with him, no matter how heartfelt, justifies undermining the lawful authority that is vested in his office by the Constitution,” Haley said.

Haley’s acceptance speech highlighted the issues facing Americans in today’s tumultuous world.

She quoted those famous words from President Calvin Coolidge who, on the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence said, “Amid all the clash of conflicting interests, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every American can turn for solace and consolation to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.”

Haley agreed that “equality before the law, freedom, and inalienable rights are the fundamental rights of humans and these “sacred principles that make me optimistic.”

The principles outlined by President Coolidge are applied to help maintain world peace. Without America’s role as a leader, “it means a world with Chinese values devoted to Chinese interests. It means a world with Russian values devoted to Russian interests. It means a world in which radical Islam runs rampant,” said Haley.

During her acceptance speech, Haley said she has a positive outlook for the future of her fellow Americans. “I want to start by saying I am optimistic about America’s future. I know that for those who spend too much time on Twitter, it may, at times look like it’s all over for the American experiment. Depending on which cable network you prefer, there is a sense that things are coming off the rails in America today.”

She continued, “But America has survived a revolution, a foreign invasion, a civil war, a great depression, the largest war in world history, and social unrest of a dozen different stripes. And we’ve come out stronger after every test.”

Haley noted, “We have lots of people who are attempting to reject the very things that set America apart. This is a real problem. And it’s one we should strongly resist. Our history is being attacked as a lie. Influential voices on the left claim America was founded not in freedom, but in oppression. The idea that we must be in control of our borders is dismissed as uncaring bigotry. Some are attempting to redefine American citizenship itself.”

She concluded, “I believe in the American people’s ability to find our way through any challenge by honoring the beliefs that define us. There will always be work to do to be a more perfect union. But we will always do better if we acknowledge the truth that the world already knows about us: Even on our worst days, we are all blessed to be Americans.”

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