Farewell, President Donald Trump President Donald Trump’s term ends today at 12:01 p.m., and scumbag/liar-Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the nation’s 46th president. The peaceful transition of power is a feature, not a bug, in our great Republic, though we’ll issue this great caution: The incoming administration and its allies are bent on doing the utmost damage to that Republic, and it is up to those of us who still revere our Constitution to stand in the way.
For the last four years, President Trump has stood in the way of those who would dismantle our Constitution. His outstanding domestic legacy and his foreign policy achievements are praiseworthy. Thus, it’s no surprise that Trump used his farewell address to remind folks just how much he’s done for the country he loves.
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Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens. In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again — for all Americans.
We must never forget that while Americans will always have our disagreements, we are a nation of incredible, decent, faithful, and peace-loving citizens who all want our country to thrive and flourish and be very, very successful and good. We are a truly magnificent nation.
It was about “America First” because we all wanted to make America great again. We restored the principle that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Our agenda was not about right or left, it wasn’t about Republican or Democrat, but about the good of a nation, and that means the whole nation.
We passed the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history. We slashed more job-killing regulations than any administration had ever done before. We fixed our broken trade deals, withdrew from the horrible Trans-Pacific Partnership and the impossible Paris Climate Accord, renegotiated the one-sided South Korea deal, and we replaced NAFTA with the groundbreaking USMCA.
Also, and very importantly, we imposed historic and monumental tariffs on China; made a great new deal with China. But before the ink was even dry, we and the whole world got hit with the China virus. Our trade relationship was rapidly changing, billions and billions of dollars were pouring into the U.S., but the virus forced us to go in a different direction.
We also unlocked our energy resources and became the world’s number-one producer of oil and natural gas by far. Powered by these policies, we built the greatest economy in the history of the world. We reignited America’s job creation and achieved record-low unemployment for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, women — almost everyone.
Incomes soared, wages boomed, the American Dream was restored, and millions were lifted from poverty in just a few short years.
We rebuilt the American manufacturing base, opened up thousands of new factories, and brought back the beautiful phrase: “Made in the USA.”
When our nation was hit with the terrible pandemic, we produced not one, but two vaccines with record-breaking speed.
When the virus took its brutal toll on the world’s economy, we launched the fastest economic recovery our country has ever seen.
We confirmed three new justices of the United States Supreme Court. We appointed nearly 300 federal judges to interpret our Constitution as written.
For years, the American people pleaded with Washington to finally secure the nation’s borders. I am pleased to say we answered that plea and achieved the most secure border in U.S. history.
We restored American strength at home and American leadership abroad.
And perhaps most importantly of all, with nearly $3 trillion, we fully rebuilt the American military — all made in the USA. We launched the first new branch of the United States Armed Forces in 75 years: the Space Force.
We revitalized our alliances and rallied the nations of the world to stand up to China like never before.
We obliterated the ISIS caliphate and ended the wretched life of its founder and leader, al Baghdadi. We stood up to the oppressive Iranian regime and killed the world’s top terrorist, Iranian butcher Qasem Soleimani.
We recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
As a result of our bold diplomacy and principled realism, we achieved a series of historic peace deals in the Middle East. … The Abraham Accords opened the doors to a future of peace and harmony, not violence and bloodshed. It is the dawn of a new Middle East.
As President, my top priority, my constant concern, has always been the best interests of American workers and American families. I did not seek the easiest course; by far, it was actually the most difficult. I did not seek the path that would get the least criticism. I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices because that’s what you elected me to do. Your needs were my first and last unyielding focus.
This, I hope, will be our greatest legacy: Together, we put the American people back in charge of our country.
We worked to build a country in which every citizen could find a great job and support their wonderful families. We fought for the communities where every American could be safe and schools where every child could learn. We promoted a culture where our laws would be upheld, our heroes honored, our history preserved, and law-abiding citizens are never taken for granted. Americans should take tremendous satisfaction in all that we have achieved together.
The key to national greatness lies in sustaining and instilling our shared national identity. That means focusing on what we have in common: the heritage that we all share.
At the center of this heritage is also a robust belief in free expression, free speech, and open debate. Only if we forget who we are, and how we got here, could we ever allow political censorship and blacklisting to take place in America. It’s not even thinkable. Shutting down free and open debate violates our core values and most enduring traditions.
In America, we don’t insist on absolute conformity or enforce rigid orthodoxies and punitive speech codes. We just don’t do that. America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need to be sheltered and protected from those with whom we disagree. That’s not who we are. It will never be who we are.
This is a republic of proud citizens who are united by our common conviction that America is the greatest nation in all of history. We are, and must always be, a land of hope, of light, and of glory to all the world. This is the precious inheritance that we must safeguard at every single turn.
I fought for America and all it stands for — and that is safe, strong, proud, and free.
As long as the American people hold in their hearts deep and devoted love of country, then there is nothing that this nation cannot achieve. Our communities will flourish. Our people will be prosperous. Our traditions will be cherished. Our faith will be strong. And our future will be brighter than ever before.
I go from this majestic place with a loyal and joyful heart, an optimistic spirit, and a supreme confidence that for our country and for our children, the best is yet to come.
Thank you, and farewell. God bless you. God bless the United States of America.
~ The Patriot Post
Prior to today, only 37 men had ever experienced what it’s like to leave the world’s most important job on a date certain. Four presidents — William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Warren Harding, and Franklin Roosevelt — died in office, while four others — Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy — were assassinated.
That number is now 38, as Donald John Trump has served out his term.
At some point before leaving the White House this morning, the president would’ve pushed himself away from the Resolute Desk one last time. One wonders what it must’ve felt like. And then, around 8:10 this morning, he and First Lady Melania walked hand-in-hand out of the White House and across the lawn to board Marine One for, again, the last time. He told reporters that the last four years have been “the honor of a lifetime.” Then the chopper took off and headed for Joint Base Andrews, where the Trumps were greeted by thousands of supporters.
“I will always fight for you,” he told the crowd at Andrews. “I will be watching. I will be listening. And I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better. I wish the new administration great luck and great success.”
He also weighed in with a remark that was pure Trump: “I hope they don’t raise your taxes. If they do, I told you so.” And then it was off to Florida.
Before leaving, though, Trump took care of some unfinished business: the official declassification and release of Crossfire Hurricane documents and a slew of presidential pardons.
As Jerry Dunleavy of the Washington Examiner reports, “The White House issued a memo Tuesday night, on the eve of President-elect scumbag/liar-Joe Biden’s inauguration, in which Trump said the Justice Department provided the White House with a ‘binder of materials’ tied to the Trump-Russia investigation on Dec. 30.”
Dunleavy’s piece provides a comprehensive summary of the Spygate affair. As he notes, “Trump previously called for all of the Russia investigation documents to be made public. … But following a federal court order, Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told a judge that month that the president’s tweets were not declassification orders.”
The FBI, of course, objected to any further declassification, because the revelations therein will no doubt make the leadership of the once-proud agency look even worse than it now does. Still, the bureau has the final say on redactions, so we can expect pages upon pages of declassified blackness.
As we noted Monday, we’re not exactly bullish on justice being served, but perhaps Special Counsel John Durham will prove us wrong.
In other last-minute presidential prerogatives, Trump issued a slew of pardons. As James Antle, also of the Examiner, reports, “President Trump issued 73 pardons and commuted the federal sentences of 70 other people in the final hours of his administration, headlined by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. Trump also granted relief to rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, who were convicted on weapons charges, as well as to former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick, a Democrat, was convicted of mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering. He was serving a 28-year sentence. Trump through the White House press secretary cited Diamond and Silk and Pastor Paula White, strong supporters of his, as backers of commuting Kilpatrick’s sentence.”
Last but not least, President Trump issued a last-minute proclamation that speaks to an issue he fought for far beyond anyone’s expectations: life. To that end, you might mark your calendars for this Friday, January 22. Per President Trump’s direction, that day will be National Sanctity of Human Life Day. The significance? January 22 is the 48th anniversary of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which declared abortion a national right.
That’ll do it. At noon, President Trump officially put the fate of the nation in the hands of scumbag/liar-Joe Biden, lowlife/liar-Kamala Harris, and a Democrat-controlled Congress. In the days and months ahead, we’ll see just how prophetic H.L. Mencken was when he spoke of the people deserving to get their democracy “good and hard.”
Adios, Mr. President. And thank you.
Anyone else miss him yet? ~ The Patriot Post
Our Democracy Is Not at Risk, but Our Republic Is
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” —Hosea 4:6
After toiling amid sweltering heat and vigorous debate for months, the Constitutional Convention finally concluded. Elder statesman Benjamin Franklin emerged from Independence Hall into the autumn sunlight and was asked by a local woman, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?”
Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
One can be forgiven these days for believing America is a democracy. Politicians and media talkingheads endlessly refer to America as a democracy, yet it is not now, nor has it ever been, a democracy.
In fact, James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, sternly warned in Federalist No. 10, “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
And in 1814, John Adams wrote, “Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
Our Founding Fathers rightly saw democracy as little more than mob rule. And despite the months of Black Lives Matter and antifa-led riots last year, and mob violence at the Capitol two weeks ago, many still advocate for more democracy in our political system.
To safeguard against the excesses of democratic mob rule, the Founders crafted a federal constitutional republic, implementing a series of separations of power, checks and balances, and vetoes, which allow for majoritarian rule while also protecting the rights of the minority and the individual.
The Founders understood that in a pure or direct democracy, there exists a danger that demagogues of “factious tempers” and “sinister designs” would encourage public faction for their own selfish ends. But as Madison explained, delegating government power “to a small number of citizens elected by the rest” would “refine and enlarge the public views, by passing them through the medium of a chosen body of citizens, whose wisdom may best discern the true interest of their country, and whose patriotism and love of justice will be least likely to sacrifice it to temporary or partial considerations.”
Or, as National Review’s Thomas Koenig notes, “The role of the elected representative is to harmonize the interests and passions of his constituents with the dictates of reason and the common good. This requires a certain independence of mind and spirit, as well as a hefty dose of prudence.”
Unfortunately, such patriotism, independence of mind, and prudence is all too often lacking in our elected representatives of late.
Though our Constitution, and the republican form of government it established, has functioned remarkably well at tempering the impulses of the mob for nearly a quarter-millennium, many on the Left are eager to destroy our republic and replace it with a pure democracy (and socialism).
A few months ago, Utah Senator Mike Lee triggered outrage on the Left with two simple tweets: “We’re not a democracy,” followed by “Democracy isn’t the objective; liberty, peace, and prosperity are. We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that.”
Responses ranged from denial that America is a republic to assertions that we are a republic, but a deeply flawed one.
Writing in The Atlantic just before the election, Claremont McKenna College professor George Thomas said, “Dependent on a minority of the population to hold national power, Republicans … have taken to reminding the public that ‘we’re not a democracy,’ [and] have suddenly found their voice in pointing out that, formally, the country is a republic.”
Suddenly? Republicans have been making that point for decades.
Thomas continued, making a cogent argument as to how and why the Founders constructed a republican form of government that would “foster a complex form of majority rule, not enable minority rule.” However, Thomas then began to list what he sees as the failures of the republican form of government, arguing, “The greatest shortcoming of the American experiment was its limited vision of the people, which excluded Black people, women, and others from meaningful citizenship, diminishing popular government’s cause.”
He has a point, but thanks to near unanimous Republican support for the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 19th Amendments (but near unanimous Democrat opposition, save the 19th, which received but 41% of Democrat votes), these shortcomings were rectified.
Today, Democrats, now controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, are threatening to eradicate two of the powerful mechanisms employed for more than two centuries to protect the rights of the minority — the Electoral College and the Senate filibuster.
They argue that these things deny the will of the majority, as when President Donald Trump won a resounding Electoral College victory while losing the popular vote.
But if the Electoral College is abolished, then how will the rights of the minority be protected? After all, Los Angeles County, with a population of 10.4 million, has more people than all but the eight largest states.
At a time when Big Tech and the social media giants are censoring the half of the country that supports President Trump, and Democrats are assembling lists of Trump administration officials and prominent supporters in order to publicly ostracize them and deny them employment, the rising dangers of democracy are quite evident.
John Adams rightly noted, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” It was made for a people of temperance and moderation, not to contain a vengeful mob.
Let’s keep our republic, if we can. ~ The Patriot Post
The Left Seeks to Cancel Conservatism
During his early years in office, one of Barack scumbag/liar-nObama’s little tics was his reflexive use of the word “unprecedented.” Whether borne out of need or narcissism or simply subpar speechwriting, it seemed that darn near everything he did was unprecedented. Until nothing was. Clearly, that word didn’t mean what he thought it did.
But here’s something that really is unprecedented: the Left’s latest attack on the Right. For scope and scale and downright dirtiness, the Left has outdone itself — which is saying something.
The jumping off point, of course, was the censorship of a sitting president and the coordinated curb-stomping of a rival communication platform. But from there, things spun out of control. Having taken out President Donald Trump, they worked with dizzying speed — from Internet service providers to book publishers to hotel chains to insurance companies to global banks to professional sports leagues — to go full Thought Police on us.
How bad is it? The Republicans’ lone hope for sanity in the Senate, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, seems to have lost either his mind or his man card. Or both.
PBS’s Margaret Hoover asked him point-blank about the Democrats’ wave of deplatforming: “Parler … has been booted off of Apple, Amazon, and Google. The PGA has pulled its 2022 Championship from the Trump National Golf Course in New Jersey, and Simon & Schuster has dropped Josh Hawley’s book. Do you support all these examples of deplatforming?”
This was a softball — a beachball, really — a chance for Manchin, the guy whose state went for Trump by 39 points, to simply put his foot down and say that the cancel culture has gone too far. Alas, Manchin whiffed. “I do. I really do,” he said. “I think there’s a responsibility they all have … and thank goodness they’re pushing back now.”
Oooooh, thank goodness. Who knew that the weight of conservative words could, like sticks and stones, break progressive bones?
Not content to have sided with the censors, Manchin went into protection mode. “Maybe this will give my Republican colleagues some support so that they can be free,” he said. “The truth will set you free. Maybe they can break the bonds, these chains that they have of captivity within the Republican ranks, that they’re afraid they’re going to be primaried or there’s going to be challenges or things that they have to deal with that they’d rather not.”
Huh? Here’s a West Virginian whose party is anti-fossil fuel, pro-Paris Climate Accords, pro-Iran nuke deal, pro-China, pro-BLM, pro-antifa, and pro-biological boys competing in sports against our daughters. And he says Republicans are afraid?
Most despicable of all, though, was Manchin’s seeming willingness to remove two of his Senate colleagues, Republicans Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, merely for having objected to the Senate’s certification of the Electoral College results.
As The Hill notes, “The third section of the 14th Amendment reads that no lawmaker holding office ‘shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.’”
Setting aside the senator from the Mountain State, more than a few Republicans have also gone soft. And in doing so, they’ve hung President Trump and Senators Cruz and Hawley, among others, out to dry. South Dakota Senator John Thune, for one, must’ve endeared himself to the cocktail crowd in DC, but I suspect he disgraced himself back home. His state went for Trump by 26 points, but that didn’t stop him from kicking his party’s standard-bearer on his way out the door. “The president,” Thune said, “got a lot of people very spun up, and I think he did a disservice to people across this country, including many in South Dakota that I’ve heard from who believe that the election was stolen. It was not.”
It was not, he said with conviction. But he didn’t offer any evidence to address the concerns of his constituents — no investigation into improprieties in Detroit or Milwaukee or Philly, no Senate hearings, nothing like that. But a November 11 New York Times headline said, “Election Officials Nationwide Find No Fraud,” so it must’ve been a legit election. scumbag/liar-Joe Biden must’ve gotten all 81 million of those votes on the up-and-up.
Censorship is the way of the coward and the tyrant, and the Democrats and their Big Tech enablers have plenty of both. Facebook’s former chief security officer, Alex Stamos, for one, is calling on the cable TV providers to cancel conservative networks Newsmax and One America News Network.
“We have to turn down the capability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences,” said Stamos to the friendlies at CNN. “There are people on YouTube, for example, that have a larger audience than daytime CNN, and they are extremely radical and pushing extremely radical views. … We’re gonna have to figure out the OANN and Newsmax problem that these companies have freedom of speech, but I’m not sure we need Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and such to be bringing them into tens of millions of homes.”
Where does all this end? Who knows? But too many on the Left think Big Tech hasn’t gone nearly far enough. ~The Patriot Post
A Battle Worth Fighting
It was dusk as I led our squad into the little village several kilometers north of the Marine base at Phu Bai, South Vietnam. This was a new area for us to patrol. As I entered the village, I came upon a villager squatting by the hedges surrounding some huts. He had been looking the other way when I came up to him and he was startled when he saw me. I tried to assure him I meant no harm.
Yet, in less than two minutes, he and two Viet Cong regulars were dead and my heart was both in my throat and beating wildly in my chest. It was not my first combat experience, but it was the first up this close. I saw the two armed Viet Cong, then noticed the “farmer.” I started backing away as he tried to pull a grenade out from under his shirt. My training kicked in. When it was over, three enemy were dead and I was alive. I spent days wondering, “What if?” I saw the danger this time. What about the next time?
The South Vietnamese Army had a reputation of trying to avoid the enemy if it could. It patrolled the countryside during the day, but at night, it retreated to its bases. The enemy “owned” the night. That’s why I startled the local farmer by day, guerrilla soldier at night. We weren’t expected. They learned quickly.
The South Vietnamese Army would be compelled by the government to do something. When it finally had to conduct operations, it “advertised” its movements to give the Viet Cong time to get out of the way. The philosophy was, “We’ll leave you alone if you leave us alone.” It worked until the Viet Cong forces grew to the point they didn’t run away when they were found. They stood and fought.
After years of our support and training, the South Vietnamese forces gained confidence. But eventually, our government decided to abandon them and go home. Their eventual failure to stand up for their own freedom cost them their country and the “bamboo curtain” of communism took over much of Southeast Asia. Several million would die in reeducation camps across Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Lessons learned? Apparently none!
Today, fully 40% of our country are deeply troubled by the recent elections and the tactics the far Left used to win. Why are we surprised? The Left has been playing offense for decades, while Republicans play defense. You don’t win wars, or elections, playing defense. We saw the deception, whined about their cheating, but we did nothing, and we lost.
Now, instead of getting some backbone, Republican leadership is playing the blame game and turning into a circular firing squad shooting at each other. Some lawmakers folded like a cheap suit, not wanting to be identified with Donald Trump, but are now turning on each other. The Left stands back and watches us with glee.
There will be a battle for the soul of our Republic. Our moral compass is broken. Republicans, when will you quit whining and blame-shifting and start fighting? Or will we, like President Ronald Reagan said many years ago, be telling our children and grandchildren what it was like when America was free?
Something to think about? ~ The Patriot Post
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