Skousen: Trump’s Farewell Speech — Rhetoric without Substance

World Affairs Brief, January 22, 2021 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

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Trump’s Farewell Speech

I was extremely disappointed that Trump was talked out of pardoning Julian Assange and Edward Snowden for exposing Deep State secrets. That was a serious failure and cements my feeling that we need another champion in the conservative movement going forward. Trump has the rhetoric but not the substance.

In his professionally written farewell speech, Trump said the movement we have started is just beginning. Actually, it is probably at its maturity and will decline and fracture if a large percentage of Trump supporters continue to be led astray by disinformation claims and false hope. Trump is even pondering starting a new political party, but that will only split off from Republicans and ensure that we never gain majority status again.

I think also, in light of the power of the Deep State and the corrupt election machinery still in place, predicting political growth or winning elections is way too optimistic.

“We are—and must always be—a land of hope, of light, and of glory to all the world. This week we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous.

Sadly, the world no longer has hope in the US after its history of unlawful interference in other country’s elections and affairs, and after creating the phony war on terror to justify it. Even though Americans are still liked in most places, our government has a very bad reputation. And, more importantly, you can’t pray for an evil administration to do the right thing. To say you should pray for an incoming administration has become a politically correct thing for churches to say, but there is no faith in that proposition—at least not with this administration.

The Lord himself will not even try to inspire evil to do good. Allowing evil to exercise its will on earth has its testing purposes which He must maintain, and when the Democrats are in power they will never lead us to safety or prosperity. As always, Trump bragged about his accomplishments, most of which were not successes at all.

“We did what we came here to do—and so much more. Above all, we have reasserted the sacred idea that in America, the government answers to the people… We restored the idea that in America, no one is forgotten—because everyone matters and everyone has a voice. I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices—because that’s what you elected me to do. 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.”

Fancy words meant to placate everyone, but claiming neither Right nor Left, is an admission of compromise, which he almost always did. Actually, he accomplished MUCH LESS than what he promised, but most of that was not his fault–except in his lack of preparation and ability to argue for his causes against globalist advisors.

“We revitalized our alliances and rallied the nations of the world to stand up to China like never before,” he said. “As a result of our bold diplomacy and principled realism, we achieved a series of historic peace deals in the Middle East. It is the dawn of a new Middle East and we are bringing our soldiers home. I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has started no new wars.”

Trump doesn’t know this but the Western alliances now are all globalist controlled, so it was no favor to liberty to strengthen them, even if that were true, which it isn’t. Neither did Trump slow down Chinese militarization nor that of North Korea—not by one whit. His peace deals in the Middle East were token acknowledgments by a few Deep State controlled Arab nations of Israel, and will not lead to any lasting peace.

Above all, he set the stage for a new upcoming war with Iran, by sending two aircraft carrier groups to the Persian Gulf in preparation for that war, and he bombed Syria twice and refused to give it back its oil. In his greatest error, listening to false intelligence, he authorized the killing of General Soleimani of Iran who was the primary leader organizing the Iraqi militias in their successful fight against US-backed terror in Iraq and Syria. Soleimani and the Iraqi militias defeated ISIS, not the US. Trump killed him and will pay for that some day at the judgment bar.

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