Monday, October 15, 2018

Do you want a government bureaucrat making your healthcare decisions??...

after taking three months to finally get my drivers license renewed, I sure don't.

Why the wait?

Because some government bureaucrat decided that Idaho needed a whole new spiffy computer program to speed up the process.  Problem is, no one tested the program and both Montana and Idaho experienced computers that were down way more then up for about the past year.

How about a paper back up system?  Well, golly gee, that would mean some overpaid, under-worked government employee would actually have to do something - you know, like work.

Thousands of people who had CDL (commercial drivers licence)  were out of work.  Just last week when I tried again to renew a guy was there who had been out of work for over three weeks.

Make an appointment with their app?  Not if you don't have a "smart phone."  No provision was made for doing that from your desk top/lap top computer.  So last week I arrived early to find the waiting room already packed.  I signed in on the computer in the waiting room and the scrolling screen on the wall said my wait would be 4 1/2 hours.  I decided to pop over a few blocks to a coffee shop for a few of those 4 hours.  Upon returning, I discovered that my name had come up and since I wasn't there, I was bumped forever from the schedule.

So this morning I was up at 4:30 am and got to the office at 7:00 am for the opening time of 7:30.  The line was blessedly short and I was number two standing out in the cold.  Not complaining since one time I was there for over 5 hours only to have the computers crash and the office closed.

Now you want these people making your health care decisions?  Only a fool would want that, and it's clear that we have lots of  lazy foolish snowflakes living in this country. 



Monday

My favorite day of the week.  New beginnings - every single week.  How cool is that?

Let me pass on yesterday's sermon on Hope.

Here are four things to do when things seem hopeless:

  1. Pray for a love of spiritual things
  2. Meditate on the divine goodness (what God has done for us)
  3. Memorize a short scripture passage on Hope and focus on it during your day
  4. Realize that God is a God of joy
One other thing he recommended was to step back from the news for a time. Do we really need to know about Kanye West, angry finger pointer Fauxcahontas Warren, or mobs fighting in Portland, OR? 

With that in mind, I'm heading out to see Gosnell.  It slithered into the top ten movies this past weekend.  

To get you started:

Issiah 40:31
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.




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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Mark Levin interviews Jon Voight: "We've been attacked by an evil force"...

a beautiful interview for Sunday.

Mark Levin interviews Jon Voight about Jon's migration from Hollywood progressivism to conservatism.


Jon Voight (Part 2) Donald Trump, God, and the Pursuit of Happiness.



Epistle for the Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
Douay-Rheims Bible

 [10] Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power. [11] Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. [12] For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. [13] Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. [14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, [15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:[16] In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. [17] And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God).

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Identity Politics and In Your Face Racism from the Commie/Marxist/Libtards...

CNN house Negroes trash Kanye West.

"Kanye West is what happens when negroes don't read"  CNN commentator Bakari Sellers.

Kanye West is "an attention whore like the president":  CNN commentator Tara Setmayer

who also said:

"Black folks are about to trade Kanye West in the racial draft"
and "Kanye is the token Negro of the Trump administration."

She also said Kanye had mental problems:

“And no one should be taking Kanye West seriously. He clearly has issues. He’s already been hospitalized. You know, not to trivialize mental health issues, but obviously Kanye has taken a turn in a very strange way.”

The CNN house negroes plunked a token white guy on the panel to show they're not racist. 




Now - I don't give a rip what Kanye West or Miss Auto-Tune Taylor Swift has to say about anything.  But, while trolling about looking for a video I ran into this fellow, Brandon Tatum, who has 170K followers on Youtube.  Just listen to the first five minutes if your time is short, but the whole segment is well worth a listen.

A Righteous Rant

They hate Donald Trump so much that they're willing to hate their own people."  





His website: Motivational Speaker Brandon Tatum



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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

President Trump/Nikki Haley Press Conference...

"I look forward to supporting the president in 2020."




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Monday, October 8, 2018

Kavanaugh protests have nothing to do with abortion...

except to the ignorant useful idiots who are being duped.

Does anyone really think that a bunch of old white guys in Congress really care if women do or don't kill their babies?  The "deep state" criminals have merely riled up the peons to aggressively protest Kavanaugh to protect themselves from prosecution.

What is going on has nothing to do with abortion, but with the ability for Trump to have a semblance of backing as he continues to drain the swamp. 

I expect the protests to become more and more violent, and if the dems don't take the majority in November, my advice if you live in a crazy place is to be locked and loaded.

Bill Wilson at the Daily Jot: (h/t lgstarr)
[...]What is this all about? Folks, we have to discern. It was not about abortion, race, religion, or LGBTQ rights. Those were only the fear issues that the puppeteers used to cobble together a coalition of useful pawns that could be whipped up into a frenzy or paid to act out on cue. The real issue here is the communist revolution to overthrow the Constitutional Republic of the United States. It had progressed quite well over the years with only a road bump during the Reagan years. Before that, and afterwards, it’s been an easy and gradual slide into socialism. Socialists have embedded in all aspects of the government awaiting their complete takeover, which was supposed to be crowned with Hillary Clinton’s coronation. read the rest
The commie/marxist/libtards are so stupid that they will even jeopardize their very own careers like Taylor Swift has done.  Swift is a talent-less pop star who has now decided she can no longer remain silent and has declared herself a dem in opposition to two Republicans running in Tennessee.  Well - good for you, Taylor - hope your auto-tuner doesn't break.

Not to be outdone, Jordan Peterson, the new hero of the right who throws out hours of meaningless word salad, has declared that Kavanaugh should step down.  Not happening, Jordan.

Look at this comment from the Facecrap Women's March page by a women who is old enough to know better, but doesn't:
Lynn Lucke-Simpson I think this man needs to never feel comfortable again. A little itching powder on his robes,poison ivy rubbed into his chair,smoke bombs whenever he arrives anywhere.Drones with just a small camera to record his every move. Sewage back ups,garbage not collected,slow downs to his power grid,whatever will cause that temper of his to flare. We need to get creative.
Does that like a rational adult person?


*                *               *

President Trump: Now they’re talking about impeaching a brilliant jurist, a man that did nothing wrong, a man that was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats, using the Democrats lawyers… I think it’s an insult to the American public. And I think you’re going to see a lot of things happen on November 6th that you would not have seen happen before… The American public has seen this charade. Has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats… It was all made up… I mean the last one, take a look at the last one, the things they said about him.  I don’t think he even heard of the words.  It was all made up it was fabricated.




 South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham Challenges Chuck Schumer 



More:

Nox and Friends:  Trump: “Angry Mob” of Radical Democrats “Too Extreme, Too Dangerous To Govern”

Blazing Cat Fur:   Antifa Directing Traffic In Portland Oregon

Jack Cashill at American Thinker:  The Left’s Dark Turn

Fox News:   Some anti-Kavanaugh protesters were paid to help make 'viral moments,' Vice News editor says

Peace or Freedom:  It's things like this that make me go to the range more often

Splendid Isolation:  Raging Back At The Enemy

PJ Media:  Hysterical 'Kavanope' Harpies Set Women Back 100 Years


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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Justice Brett Kavanaugh: The Aftermath...

and the toll it takes on us personally.

No matter how hard a person tries to remain "above it all", the constant barrage of commie/marxist/libtard hate has a way of wearing us down.

The overall number of crazy protesters was actually quite small and their demonic screaming and gnashing of teeth was of no real consequence - other than to annoy the heck out of us militant normals. 

And yet, we are left exhausted.   

Dennis Prager in his article of a few days ago Here’s Why Leftists Feel Entitled To Ignore All Common Rules of Decency says it well:
[...]Today, we watch leftist mobs scream profanities at professors and deans, and shut down conservative and pro-Israel speakers at colleges. We routinely witness left-wing protesters block highways and bridges, scream in front of the homes of conservative business and political leaders, and surround conservatives’ tables at restaurants while shouting and chanting at them.
Conservatives don’t do these things. They don’t close highways, yell obscenities at left-wing politicians, work to ban left-wing speakers at colleges, smash the windows of businesses, etc. 
Why do leftists feel entitled to do all these things? Because they have thoroughly rejected middle-class, bourgeois, and Judeo-Christian religious values. 
Leftists are the only source of their values. Leftists not only believe they know what is right — conservatives, too, believe they are right — but they also believe they are morally superior to all others. Leftists are Ubermenschen — people on such a high moral plane that they do not consider themselves bound by the normal conventions of civics and decency. Leftists don’t need such guidelines; only the non-left—the “deplorables” –need them.  read it all
If you read J.Christian Adams description of the protesters Kavanaugh Foes Fill Senate Gallery With Sounds of the Insane you will be further convinced that we are dealing with some form of mass hysteria and the very real possibility of demonic possession

Today is a day of rest and a day to thank God for all our blessings, so...

Without further ado:

Epistle for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Ephesians 5: 15-21

See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise, [16] But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil. [17] Wherefore become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God. [18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury; but be ye filled with the holy Spirit, [19] Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord; [20] Giving thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God and the Father:

I'll leave you with this from Trump's Kansas rally:

“You don’t hand matches to an arsonist and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob” Donald J. Trump

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Welcome to the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh...






LIVE: SCOTUS Vote...


Demonic Howling Banshees™ gather in DC to protest Kavanaugh vote...

because the good Lord knows if they can't kill their babies life will never be the same - except for the babies.

Listen up, Banshees - even if Roe v Wade was overturned based on it being bad law, it would simply return to the states where it belongs. The states would approve abortion and you can continue to kill your babies - because you're too stupid and irresponsible to prevent a pregnancy while enjoying unrestricted sex with numerous men.

 Now, I'm going to head out and run some errands so I can be sure and watch the vote on C-Span.  If you're a beer drinker, be sure to lift one for Kavanaugh.



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Friday, October 5, 2018

Friday Night Viewing: Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) speech today...

yeah - I get it.  It's long, but it is vitally important that you listen to her. 

It's a brilliant speech.  Sean Hannity has said it is probably the most important and best speech he's ever heard on the senate floor.

Pour yourself a cocktail or grab a cup of coffee and have a listen.  If you have children, gather them up for a wonderful civics lesson.



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Live: Senate cloture vote on Kavanaugh...w/update


Update:

On to the vote!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The left's obsession with sex...

is puzzling.

Didn't all these feminist women back in the 60's who spawned the current crop of feminists want to "have it all."  I seem to recall that birth control was going to make having sex, often with a rat pack of different partners, all nice and safe.

And then they got the right to abort their unwanted "product of conception."  Woohoo!  Life just kept getting better for them.

Now suddenly they've all become victims of sexual assault.  Not real sexual assault.  Not rape. Just an annoying teenage boy acting like a fool.

What the heck happened to "I am woman, hear me roar?"

When did women turn into such whimpering whiny man hating wimps?  Now they're all "oppressed" by the patriarchy.
Feminist in training


Later today the pink vagina hat wearing "ladies who march™" will be screeching in protest about Kavanaugh.  It's always so edifying to watch women acting like pigs (no insult to pigs intended.)

I often wonder if it was a good idea to let women vote.

Frankly - I'm tired of it all.


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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

From Deplorable to Dregs: Now We're MILITANT NORMALS!!...

thank you Kurt Schlichter.

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Donald Trump is only the beginning of a mighty disruption in American politics and culture, thanks to the rise of the militant Normals in America.
They built this country, they make it run, and when called on, they fight for it. They are the heart and soul of the United States of America, They are the Normals, the regular Americans of all races, creeds, preferences, and both sexes who just want to raise their families and live their lives in peace. And they are getting angry...
 
For decades they have seen their cherished beliefs and beloved traditions under attack. They have been told they are racist, sexist, and hateful, but it was all a lie. Their ability to provide for their families has been undermined by globalization with no consideration of the effects on Americans who did not go to Harvard, and who live in that vast forgotten space between New York and Santa Monica. 
A smug, condescending elite spanning both established parties has gripped the throat of the nation. Convinced of their own exquisite merit while refusing to be held accountable for their myriad failures, these elitists managed to suppress the first rumblings of discontent when they arose in the form of the Tea Party. But they were stunned when the Normals did not simply scurry back to their flyover homes. Instead, the Normals came out in force and elected Donald Trump. 
Now, as the ruling caste throws everything it can into the fight to depose Donald Trump and reestablish unchallenged control, the Normals face a choice. They can either surrender their country and their sovereignty, or they can become even more militant...


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Feeling a rant coming on...

until I read the Epistle for today.

It is my habit on Sunday to study the readings for today's Mass before attending.  We have all experienced a most horrific week in the history of our great country.  We are understandably angry and at the same time sad.

To witness grown men and women act in such a despicable manner was shocking to many of us.  Forcing a man of integrity to discuss his virginity and explain jokes about flatulence from his high school years was a moment of sheer lunacy.

As my anger was bubbling toward the boiling point I read today's epistle and decided tomorrow was soon enough for a rant.

 Our epistle for today is taken from the letters of Paul to the Ephesians, Chapter 4, verses 23 through 28. I have included some verses that come before and after since I think they add to the understanding of what Paul is trying to convey.

Renewal in Christ. 

17 So I declare and testify in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; 
18 darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance, because of their hardness of heart,
19 they have become callous and have handed themselves over to licentiousness for the practice of every kind of impurity to excess. 
20 That is not how you learned Christ, 
21 assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus, 
22 that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, 
23 Brethren, be renewed in the spirit of your minds,   
24 and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.  
25 Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 
 26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger,  
27 and do not leave room for the devil.  
28 The thief must no longer steal, but rather labor, doing honest work with his [own] hands, so that he may have something to share with one in need. 
29 No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear. 
30 And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. 
31 All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice.
32 [And] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

 I'm always amazed when I hear people refer to themselves  as "recovering Catholics."  Their number one complaint is usually being saddled with Catholic "guilt."  Really?  Guilt is good.  When you do something wrong you should feel guilty and that guilt should make you ashamed and push you toward repentance. May I remind you "recovering Catholics" that psychopaths don't feel guilt or shame.

So, for additional Sunday reading check out Brian Joondeph's article at American Thinker Healthy Shame Woefully Absent in Washington, DC. 

More:

Mrs. Brett (Ashley) Kavanaugh has asked her Christian brothers and sisters to pray Psalm 40 over her husband, their family, and the nation. 

Psalm 40

Powerful!


A Personal Request

Our retired pastor and next door neighbor, Father Bill, is in hospice care after suffering a major stroke last Saturday.  In your charity please include him in your prayers.  Thank you




Thursday, September 27, 2018

Lindsey Graham speaks for me: Kavanaugh/Ford Hearings...w/update

this "hearing" was the most shamefully vile disgrace I have ever witnessed.

I watched every painful moment.

Any decent person should be outraged at that circus our elected leaders called a "hearing."

It was a mob hit on Brett Kavanaugh instigated by the commie/marxist/libtards who sit on the left side of the aisle.

It is time for conservatives to wise up to the people we are dealing with.  These are not simply "misguided" people.  These are people who have no compunction about destroying a man's life, family, and career to get what they want.  I call that evil.

I am really too upset right now to say more, so I'll let Lindsey Graham (who would have thought?) speak for me.





Update:


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Project Veritas: #DeepStateUnmasked: IRS Officials "You Should Give Increased Scrutiny" to Conservatives

the bearded wonder needs to cut back on his soy consumption, like, you know - stat.




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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

WATCH: President Donald Trump's full address to the United Nations General Assembly...

Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Newt Gingrich called it his best speech to date.  They said it was outstanding!

Here are headlines from some of the lying venomous hate mongering MSM.
NBC: Trump addresses U.N., brags about his accomplishments, draws derisive laughter
CNN:  Donald Trump bragged about himself to the United Nations. The UN laughed.
ABC:  Trump 'didn't expect' to get laughed at while speaking at the UN
MSNBC:  U.N. audience laughs at Trump's remarks praising his administration
Huff and Puff:  Donald Trump’s Boastful Comments Draw Laughter At United Nations General Assembly
Filthy bastards!

And if you Google "Donald Trump speech UN" in images all that comes up are ugly distorted images. 

Listen to his speech and make up your own mind.

I have.  



Transcript:

THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates:
One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this grand hall. I addressed the threats facing our world, and I presented a vision to achieve a brighter future for all of humanity.
Today, I stand before the United Nations General Assembly to share the extraordinary progress we’ve made.
In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.
America’s — so true. (Laughter.) Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay. (Laughter and applause.)
America’s economy is booming like never before. Since my election, we’ve added $10 trillion in wealth. The stock market is at an all-time high in history, and jobless claims are at a 50-year low. African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American unemployment have all achieved their lowest levels ever recorded. We’ve added more than 4 million new jobs, including half a million manufacturing jobs.
We have passed the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history. We’ve started the construction of a major border wall, and we have greatly strengthened border security.
We have secured record funding for our military — $700 billion this year, and $716 billion next year. Our military will soon be more powerful than it has ever been before.
In other words, the United States is stronger, safer, and a richer country than it was when I assumed office less than two years ago.
We are standing up for America and for the American people. And we are also standing up for the world.
This is great news for our citizens and for peace-loving people everywhere. We believe that when nations respect the rights of their neighbors, and defend the interests of their people, they can better work together to secure the blessings of safety, prosperity, and peace.
Each of us here today is the emissary of a distinct culture, a rich history, and a people bound together by ties of memory, tradition, and the values that make our homelands like nowhere else on Earth.
That is why America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control, and domination.
I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship.
We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.
From Warsaw to Brussels, to Tokyo to Singapore, it has been my highest honor to represent the United States abroad. I have forged close relationships and friendships and strong partnerships with the leaders of many nations in this room, and our approach has already yielded incredible change.
With support from many countries here today, we have engaged with North Korea to replace the specter of conflict with a bold and new push for peace.
In June, I traveled to Singapore to meet face to face with North Korea’s leader, Chairman Kim Jong Un.
We had highly productive conversations and meetings, and we agreed that it was in both countries’ interest to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Since that meeting, we have already seen a number of encouraging measures that few could have imagined only a short time ago.
The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction. Nuclear testing has stopped. Some military facilities are already being dismantled. Our hostages have been released. And as promised, the remains of our fallen heroes are being returned home to lay at rest in American soil.
I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done. The sanctions will stay in place until denuclearization occurs.
I also want to thank the many member states who helped us reach this moment — a moment that is actually far greater than people would understand; far greater — but for also their support and the critical support that we will all need going forward.
A special thanks to President Moon of South Korea, Prime Minister Abe of Japan, and President Xi of China.
In the Middle East, our new approach is also yielding great strides and very historic change.
Following my trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Gulf countries opened a new center to target terrorist financing. They are enforcing new sanctions, working with us to identify and track terrorist networks, and taking more responsibility for fighting terrorism and extremism in their own region.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have pledged billions of dollars to aid the people of Syria and Yemen. And they are pursuing multiple avenues to ending Yemen’s horrible, horrific civil war.
Ultimately, it is up to the nations of the region to decide what kind of future they want for themselves and their children.
For that reason, the United States is working with the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan, and Egypt to establish a regional strategic alliance so that Middle Eastern nations can advance prosperity, stability, and security across their home region.
Thanks to the United States military and our partnership with many of your nations, I am pleased to report that the bloodthirsty killers known as ISIS have been driven out from the territory they once held in Iraq and Syria. We will continue to work with friends and allies to deny radical Islamic terrorists any funding, territory or support, or any means of infiltrating our borders.
The ongoing tragedy in Syria is heartbreaking. Our shared goals must be the de-escalation of military conflict, along with a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people. In this vein, we urge the United Nations-led peace process be reinvigorated. But, rest assured, the United States will respond if chemical weapons are deployed by the Assad regime.
I commend the people of Jordan and other neighboring countries for hosting refugees from this very brutal civil war.
As we see in Jordan, the most compassionate policy is to place refugees as close to their homes as possible to ease their eventual return to be part of the rebuilding process. This approach also stretches finite resources to help far more people, increasing the impact of every dollar spent.
Every solution to the humanitarian crisis in Syria must also include a strategy to address the brutal regime that has fueled and financed it: the corrupt dictatorship in Iran.
Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death, and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders, or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.
The Iranian people are rightly outraged that their leaders have embezzled billions of dollars from Iran’s treasury, seized valuable portions of the economy, and looted the people’s religious endowments, all to line their own pockets and send their proxies to wage war. Not good.
Iran’s neighbors have paid a heavy toll for the region’s [regime’s] agenda of aggression and expansion. That is why so many countries in the Middle East strongly supported my decision to withdraw the United States from the horrible 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and re-impose nuclear sanctions.
The Iran deal was a windfall for Iran’s leaders. In the years since the deal was reached, Iran’s military budget grew nearly 40 percent. The dictatorship used the funds to build nuclear-capable missiles, increase internal repression, finance terrorism, and fund havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen.
The United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda. Last month, we began re-imposing hard-hitting nuclear sanctions that had been lifted under the Iran deal. Additional sanctions will resume November 5th, and more will follow. And we’re working with countries that import Iranian crude oil to cut their purchases substantially.
We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons. We cannot allow a regime that chants “Death to America,” and that threatens Israel with annihilation, to possess the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on Earth. Just can’t do it.
We ask all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues. And we ask all nations to support Iran’s people as they struggle to reclaim their religious and righteous destiny.
This year, we also took another significant step forward in the Middle East. In recognition of every sovereign state to determine its own capital, I moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
The United States is committed to a future of peace and stability in the region, including peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. That aim is advanced, not harmed, by acknowledging the obvious facts.
America’s policy of principled realism means we will not be held hostage to old dogmas, discredited ideologies, and so-called experts who have been proven wrong over the years, time and time again. This is true not only in matters of peace, but in matters of prosperity.
We believe that trade must be fair and reciprocal. The United States will not be taken advantage of any longer.
For decades, the United States opened its economy — the largest, by far, on Earth — with few conditions. We allowed foreign goods from all over the world to flow freely across our borders.
Yet, other countries did not grant us fair and reciprocal access to their markets in return. Even worse, some countries abused their openness to dump their products, subsidize their goods, target our industries, and manipulate their currencies to gain unfair advantage over our country. As a result, our trade deficit ballooned to nearly $800 billion a year.
For this reason, we are systematically renegotiating broken and bad trade deals.
Last month, we announced a groundbreaking U.S.-Mexico trade agreement. And just yesterday, I stood with President Moon to announce the successful completion of the brand new U.S.-Korea trade deal. And this is just the beginning.
Many nations in this hall will agree that the world trading system is in dire need of change. For example, countries were admitted to the World Trade Organization that violate every single principle on which the organization is based. While the United States and many other nations play by the rules, these countries use government-run industrial planning and state-owned enterprises to rig the system in their favor. They engage in relentless product dumping, forced technology transfer, and the theft of intellectual property.
The United States lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs, nearly a quarter of all steel jobs, and 60,000 factories after China joined the WTO. And we have racked up $13 trillion in trade deficits over the last two decades.
But those days are over. We will no longer tolerate such abuse. We will not allow our workers to be victimized, our companies to be cheated, and our wealth to be plundered and transferred. America will never apologize for protecting its citizens.
The United States has just announced tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese-made goods for a total, so far, of $250 billion. I have great respect and affection for my friend, President Xi, but I have made clear our trade imbalance is just not acceptable. China’s market distortions and the way they deal cannot be tolerated.
As my administration has demonstrated, America will always act in our national interest.
I spoke before this body last year and warned that the U.N. Human Rights Council had become a grave embarrassment to this institution, shielding egregious human rights abusers while bashing America and its many friends.
Our Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, laid out a clear agenda for reform, but despite reported and repeated warnings, no action at all was taken.
So the United States took the only responsible course: We withdrew from the Human Rights Council, and we will not return until real reform is enacted.
For similar reasons, the United States will provide no support in recognition to the International Criminal Court. As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority. The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process. We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy.
America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.
Around the world, responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty not just from global governance, but also from other, new forms of coercion and domination.
In America, we believe strongly in energy security for ourselves and for our allies. We have become the largest energy producer anywhere on the face of the Earth.
The United States stands ready to export our abundant, affordable supply of oil, clean coal, and natural gas.
OPEC and OPEC nations, are, as usual, ripping off the rest of the world, and I don’t like it. Nobody should like it. We defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices. Not good.
We want them to stop raising prices, we want them to start lowering prices, and they must contribute substantially to military protection from now on. We are not going to put up with it — these horrible prices — much longer.
Reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable to extortion and intimidation. That is why we congratulate European states, such as Poland, for leading the construction of a Baltic pipeline so that nations are not dependent on Russia to meet their energy needs. Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately change course.
Here in the Western Hemisphere, we are committed to maintaining our independence from the encroachment of expansionist foreign powers.
It has been the formal policy of our country since President Monroe that we reject the interference of foreign nations in this hemisphere and in our own affairs. The United States has recently strengthened our laws to better screen foreign investments in our country for national security threats, and we welcome cooperation with countries in this region and around the world that wish to do the same. You need to do it for your own protection.
The United States is also working with partners in Latin America to confront threats to sovereignty from uncontrolled migration. Tolerance for human struggling and human smuggling and trafficking is not humane. It’s a horrible thing that’s going on, at levels that nobody has ever seen before. It’s very, very cruel.
Illegal immigration funds criminal networks, ruthless gangs, and the flow of deadly drugs. Illegal immigration exploits vulnerable populations, hurts hardworking citizens, and has produced a vicious cycle of crime, violence, and poverty. Only by upholding national borders, destroying criminal gangs, can we break this cycle and establish a real foundation for prosperity.
We recognize the right of every nation in this room to set its own immigration policy in accordance with its national interests, just as we ask other countries to respect our own right to do the same — which we are doing. That is one reason the United States will not participate in the new Global Compact on Migration. Migration should not be governed by an international body unaccountable to our own citizens.
Ultimately, the only long-term solution to the migration crisis is to help people build more hopeful futures in their home countries. Make their countries great again.
Currently, we are witnessing a human tragedy, as an example, in Venezuela. More than 2 million people have fled the anguish inflicted by the socialist Maduro regime and its Cuban sponsors.
Not long ago, Venezuela was one of the richest countries on Earth. Today, socialism has bankrupted the oil-rich nation and driven its people into abject poverty.
Virtually everywhere socialism or communism has been tried, it has produced suffering, corruption, and decay. Socialism’s thirst for power leads to expansion, incursion, and oppression. All nations of the world should resist socialism and the misery that it brings to everyone.
In that spirit, we ask the nations gathered here to join us in calling for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. Today, we are announcing additional sanctions against the repressive regime, targeting Maduro’s inner circle and close advisors.
We are grateful for all the work the United Nations does around the world to help people build better lives for themselves and their families.
The United States is the world’s largest giver in the world, by far, of foreign aid. But few give anything to us. That is why we are taking a hard look at U.S. foreign assistance. That will be headed up by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. We will examine what is working, what is not working, and whether the countries who receive our dollars and our protection also have our interests at heart.
Moving forward, we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and, frankly, are our friends. And we expect other countries to pay their fair share for the cost of their defense.
The United States is committed to making the United Nations more effective and accountable. I have said many times that the United Nations has unlimited potential. As part of our reform effort, I have told our negotiators that the United States will not pay more than 25 percent of the U.N. peacekeeping budget. This will encourage other countries to step up, get involved, and also share in this very large burden.
And we are working to shift more of our funding from assessed contributions to voluntary so that we can target American resources to the programs with the best record of success.
Only when each of us does our part and contributes our share can we realize the U.N.’s highest aspirations. We must pursue peace without fear, hope without despair, and security without apology.
Looking around this hall where so much history has transpired, we think of the many before us who have come here to address the challenges of their nations and of their times. And our thoughts turn to the same question that ran through all their speeches and resolutions, through every word and every hope. It is the question of what kind of world will we leave for our children and what kind of nations they will inherit.
The dreams that fill this hall today are as diverse as the people who have stood at this podium, and as varied as the countries represented right here in this body are. It really is something. It really is great, great history.
There is India, a free society over a billion people, successfully lifting countless millions out of poverty and into the middle class.
There is Saudi Arabia, where King Salman and the Crown Prince are pursuing bold new reforms.
There is Israel, proudly celebrating its 70th anniversary as a thriving democracy in the Holy Land.
In Poland, a great people are standing up for their independence, their security, and their sovereignty.
Many countries are pursuing their own unique visions, building their own hopeful futures, and chasing their own wonderful dreams of destiny, of legacy, and of a home.
The whole world is richer, humanity is better, because of this beautiful constellation of nations, each very special, each very unique, and each shining brightly in its part of the world.
In each one, we see awesome promise of a people bound together by a shared past and working toward a common future.
As for Americans, we know what kind of future we want for ourselves. We know what kind of a nation America must always be.
In America, we believe in the majesty of freedom and the dignity of the individual. We believe in self-government and the rule of law. And we prize the culture that sustains our liberty -– a culture built on strong families, deep faith, and fierce independence. We celebrate our heroes, we treasure our traditions, and above all, we love our country.
Inside everyone in this great chamber today, and everyone listening all around the globe, there is the heart of a patriot that feels the same powerful love for your nation, the same intense loyalty to your homeland.
The passion that burns in the hearts of patriots and the souls of nations has inspired reform and revolution, sacrifice and selflessness, scientific breakthroughs, and magnificent works of art.
Our task is not to erase it, but to embrace it. To build with it. To draw on its ancient wisdom. And to find within it the will to make our nations greater, our regions safer, and the world better.
To unleash this incredible potential in our people, we must defend the foundations that make it all possible. Sovereign and independent nations are the only vehicle where freedom has ever survived, democracy has ever endured, or peace has ever prospered. And so we must protect our sovereignty and our cherished independence above all.
When we do, we will find new avenues for cooperation unfolding before us. We will find new passion for peacemaking rising within us. We will find new purpose, new resolve, and new spirit flourishing all around us, and making this a more beautiful world in which to live.
So together, let us choose a future of patriotism, prosperity, and pride. Let us choose peace and freedom over domination and defeat. And let us come here to this place to stand for our people and their nations, forever strong, forever sovereign, forever just, and forever thankful for the grace and the goodness and the glory of God.
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the nations of the world.
Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)