I must admit this is one I have never heard of before. Captive nations? To my surprise, this proclamation is not a new one. It dates back to the Eisenhower era.
The Congress, by Joint Resolution approved July 17, 1959 (73 Stat. 212), has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating the third week of July of each year as “Captive Nations Week.”
“Captive Nations” refers to people living in authoritarian regimes around the world.
President Eisenhower first proclaimed Captive Nations Week during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, promising that America would stand with those people in captive nations who seek “freedom and national independence.” The Soviet Union collapsed more than a quarter of a century ago, but hundreds of millions of people around the world still live under the tyranny of authoritarian regimes. Authoritarianism and its many injustices have wrought misery and held captive the dreams of generations, while nations that value liberty have prospered and empowered their citizens to pursue their God-given potential to the fullest.
It is interesting to me that, to my recollection, I have never run across any media reports of this annual proclamation, even though it has been issued by a dozen different presidents. Was I not paying attention? And, so far, I have not encountered any report of this proclamation from today’s media.
I wonder just how many who notice this proclamation will see the irony. This POTUS and the current GOP have more than minimal authoritarian tendencies.
Official Title and Link: President Donald J. Trump Proclaims July 16 through July 22, 2017, as Captive Nations Week
Proclamation date 7-14-17