Who And What Is Tearing The US Apart?

14 09 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Pat Buchanan—an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and a former GOP presidential aspirant himself—has written a sobering article that asks this ominous question, as follows:  

In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, former President George W. Bush’s theme was national unity — and how it has been lost over these past 20 years.

“In the weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks,” said Bush, “I was proud to lead an amazing, resilient, united people. When it comes to the unity of America, those days seem distant from our own. A malign force seems at work in our common life that turns every disagreement into an argument, and every argument into a clash of cultures.”

Though he surely did not realize it, Bush had himself, moments before, given us an example of how that unity was destroyed when he drew a parallel between the terrorists of 9/11 and the Trump protesters of Jan 6. Said Bush:

“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit.”

What is Bush saying here?

That Ashli Babbitt, the Air Force veteran shot to death trying to enter the House chamber on Jan. 6, and Mohamed Atta, who drove an airliner into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in a massacre of close to 3,000 people, are “children of the same foul spirit.”

Query: Was not Bush himself here giving us an example of the “malign force” that “turns every disagreement … into a clash of cultures”?

Bush did not mention his own contribution to our national divide: his invasion of a country, Iraq, that did not threaten us, did not attack us, and did not want war with us — to disarm it of weapons it did not even have.

Which contributed more to the loss of America’s national unity?

The four hours of mob violence in the Capitol the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021, or the 18-year war in Iraq that Bush launched in 2003?

“In those fateful hours” after 9/11, said Bush, “Many Americans struggled to understand why an enemy would hate us with such zeal.”

Yet, well before 9/11, Osama bin Laden, in his declaration of war on us, listed his grievances. Our sanctions were starving the children of Iraq. Our military presence on the sacred soil of Saudi Arabia, home to Mecca, was a national insult and a blasphemous outrage to Islam.

After 9/11, Bush invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. President Barack Obama attacked Libya and plunged us into the Syrian and Yemeni civil wars.

Thus, over 20 years, we have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands — Afghans, Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis, soldiers and civilians alike — and driven hundreds of thousands more from their homes and their countries.

Are Americans really as oblivious, as Bush suggests, as to why it was that our enemies “hate us with such zeal”?

Many of these peoples want us out of their countries for the same reason that 18th- and 19th-century Americans wanted the French, British and Spanish out of our country and out of our hemisphere.

Yet, it is not only the Bush and Obama wars that have made us so many enemies abroad and so deeply divided us at home.

Our southern border is being overrun by illegal immigrants whose number, since President Joe Biden took office, has been running at close to 2 million a year, with 30,000 “get-aways” a month. These last are mostly males who never make contact with the Border Patrol as they move on to their chosen destinations. They are coming now not only from Mexico and the northern tier countries of Central America but also from some 100 countries around the world.

Americans fear they are losing their country to the uninvited and invading millions of the Global South coming to dispossess them of their patrimony. They never voted for this invasion and have wanted their chosen leaders to stop it.

Former President Donald Trump earned their trust because he tried and, to a great degree, succeeded.

Unlike previous generations, our 21st-century divisions are far broader — not just economic and political, but social, moral, cultural and racial.

Abortion, same-sex marriage and transgender rights divide us. Socialism and capitalism divide us. Affirmative action, Black Lives Matter, urban crime, gun violence and critical race theory divide us. Allegations of white privilege and white supremacy, and demands that equality of opportunity give way to equity of rewards, divide us. In the COVID-19 pandemic, the wearing of masks and vaccine mandates divide us.

Demands to tear down monuments and memorials to those who were, until lately, America’s greats — from Christopher Columbus to George Washington to Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, from Abraham Lincoln to Robert E. Lee to Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson — divide us.

We are even divided today on the most fundamental of questions:

Is America now, and has it always been, a good and great country, worthy of the loyalty and love of all its children, of all its citizens?

And are we Americans proceeding toward that “more perfect union” or heading for a reenactment of our previous violent disunion?[2]  

Everything that Pat Buchanan has said in this article is true.  I have written about these and similar issues, over and over again; and about the corruption of our organs of government, and the traitors within.[3]. What is our fate, and the fate of the great American experiment of which each of us is a part?  Is it inevitable that our nation will be torn asunder, and spin off like whirling dervishes into the great unknown? 

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone, with remembrances of that tragic day in our history and those who suffered so—and our heroes—taking place across our land and abroad.[4].  One thing is certain: we are all Americans, regardless of our skin colors, faiths or backgrounds.  Indeed, almost 12 years ago, I concluded:

I believe in this country, and I believe in Americans of all colors, faiths and backgrounds. The United States is the only true melting pot in the world, with its populace representing a United Nations of the world’s peoples. Yes, we fight and we even discriminate, but when times are tough—like after 9/11—we come together as one nation, which makes this country so great and special. Also, all of us or our ancestors came here from somewhere else. Even the American Indians are descended from those who crossed the Bering Strait—or the “Bering land bridge”—according to anthropologists.[5] 

I have not changed that conclusion.  

 

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams; and he can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com   

[2] See https://buchanan.org/blog/who-and-what-is-tearing-the-us-apart-158535 (“Who and What Is Tearing the US Apart?”)

[3] See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/30/the-taliban-are-victorious/ (“The Taliban Are Victorious”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/27/censorship-at-dia-no-wonder-we-lost-afghanistan/ (“Censorship At DIA, No Wonder We Lost Afghanistan”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/20/afghanistan-the-future-looks-grim-for-those-left-behind/ (“Afghanistan, The Future Looks Grim For Those Left Behind”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/15/the-tragedy-of-afghanistan/ (“The Tragedy Of Afghanistan”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/12/is-america-becoming-a-failed-state/ (“Is America Becoming a Failed State?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/26/will-the-coronavirus-mutations-cripple-america-when-it-is-becoming-clear-to-the-world-that-joe-biden-is-not-fit-to-serve-as-president/ (“Will The Coronavirus’ Mutations Cripple America When It Is Becoming Clear To The World That Joe Biden Is Not Fit To Serve As President?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/12/war-with-china/ (“War With China?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/13/the-day-america-died/ (“The Day America Died?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/12/22/2020-annus-horribilis/ (“2020 Annus Horribilis”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/biden-is-brain-dead/ (“Biden Is Brain Dead”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/04/chinas-goal-is-global-domination-and-it-must-suffer-the-soviet-unions-fate/ (“China’s Goal Is Global Domination, And It Must Suffer The Soviet Union’s Fate”) (see also the comments beneath each of these articles)

[4] See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/09/13/9-11-every-american-should-read-this/ (“9/11—Every American Should Read This”)

[5] See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/america-a-rich-tapestry-of-life/ (“America: A Rich Tapestry Of Life”); see also https://www.philstockworld.com/2009/10/11/greenspan%E2%80%99s-legacy-more-suffering-to-come/ (“Greenspan’s legacy: more suffering to come”—Interview with Timothy D. Naegele)





9/11—Every American Should Read This

13 09 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

What follows is the transcript of a recorded call on 9/11 between Todd Beamer, a passenger aboard United Airlines flight 93 between the Newark International Airport in New Jersey and the San Francisco International Airport in California; Lisa Jefferson, a telephone supervisor for GTE; and a FBI agent named Goodwin.  It should be read by every American to understand fully what happened on 9/11.[2]  

I had visited the “Windows on the World” restaurant on the top floors (106th and 107th) of the North Tower of the World Trade Center[3].  I had served as an Army Captain assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where across the hall from the door to our offices were massive windows that looked out on the garden at the center of the Pentagon.  And I was in California on that fateful day, and got up early to watch First Lady Laura Bush testify on Capitol Hill, where I had worked.  Then it happened; and it is a day that I will never forget.

Lots of Americans were born and raised after September 11, 2001; and like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in the Pacific, 9/11 is not personal to them, which is understandable.  Yet, it is personal to me; and I urge every American to read the following transcript.  

Todd: Hello… Operator…listen to me…I can’t speak very loud. – This is an emergency. I’m a passenger on a United flight to San Francisco..  We have a situation here….Our plane has been hijacked…..can you understand me?

Lisa: (exhaling a deep breath to herself) I understand… Can the hijackers see you talking on the phone?

Todd: No

Lisa: Can you tell me how many hijackers are on the plane?

Todd: There are three that we know of.

Lisa: Can you see any weapons? What kind of weapons do they have?

Todd: Yes…. they don’t have guns….they have knives – they took over the plane with knives.

Lisa: Do you mean…like steak knives?

Todd: No, these are razor knives…like box cutters.

Lisa: Can you tell what country these people are from?

Todd: No…..I don’t know. They sound like they’re from the mid-east.

Lisa: Have they said what they want?

Todd: Someone announced from the cockpit that there was a bomb on board.  He said he was the captain and to stay in our seats and stay quiet.  He said that they were meeting these men’s demands and returning to the airport… It was very broken English, and… I’m telling you…it sounded fake!

Lisa: Ok sir, please give me your name.

Todd: My name is Todd Beamer.

Lisa: Ok Todd….my name is Lisa…Do you know your flight number? If you can’t remember, it’s on your ticket.

Todd: It’s United Flight 93.

Lisa: Now Todd, can you try to tell me exactly what happened?

Todd: Two of the hijackers were sitting in first class near the cockpit.  A third one was sitting near the back of the coach section. The two up. front got into the cockpit somehow; there was shouting. The third hijacker said he had a bomb. It looks like a bomb. He’s got it tied to his waist with a red belt of some kind.

Lisa: So is the door to the cockpit open?

Todd: No, the hijackers shut it behind them.

Lisa: Has anyone been injured?

Todd: Yes, ..they…they killed one passenger sitting in first class. There’s been lots of shouting. We don’t know if the pilots are dead or alive. A flight attendant told me that the pilot and copilot had been forced from the cockpit and may have been wounded.

Lisa: Where is the 3rd hijacker now Todd?

Todd: He’s near the back of the plane. They forced most of the passengers into first class. There are fourteen of us here in the back. Five are flight attendants. He hasn’t noticed that I slipped into this pantry to get the phone. The guy with the bomb ordered us to sit on the floor in the rear of the plane……….oh Jesus.. Help!

Lisa: Todd….are you ok? Tell me what’s happening!

Todd: Hello…..We’re going down….I think we’re going to crash……Wait – wait a minute. No, we’re leveling off….we’re ok. I think we may be turning around…..That’s it – we changed directions.  Do you hear me….we’re flying east again.

Lisa: Ok Todd…. What’s going on with the other passengers?

Todd: Everyone is… really scared. A few passengers with cell phones have made calls to relatives. A guy, Jeremy, was talking to his wife just before the hijacking started. She told him that hijackers had crashed two planes into the World Trade Center……Lisa is that true??

Lisa: Todd…..I have to tell you the truth…..it’s very bad.  The World Trade Center is gone. Both of the towers have been destroyed.

Todd: Oh God —help us!

Lisa: A third plane was taken over by terrorists. It crashed into the Pentagon in Washington DC. Our country is under attack….and I’m afraid that your plane may be part of their plan.

Todd: Oh dear God. Dear God…….Lisa, will you do something for me?

Lisa: I’ll try….if I can….Yes.

Todd: I want you to call my wife and my kids for me and tell them what’s happened. Promise me you’ll call..

Lisa: I promise – I’ll call.

Todd: Our home number is 201 353-1073…….You have the same name as my wife…Lisa….We’ve been married for 10 years. She’s pregnant with our 3rd child. Tell her that I love her…….(choking up)..I’ll always love her..(clearing throat) We have two boys.. David, he’s 3 and Andrew, he’s 1…..Tell them……(choking) tell them that their daddy loves them and that he is so proud of them. (clearing throat again) Our baby is due January 12th…..I saw an ultra sound…..it was great….we still don’t know if it’s a girl or a boy………Lisa?

Lisa: (barely able to speak) I’ll tell them, I promise Todd.

Todd: I’m going back to the group—if I can get back I will…

Lisa: Todd, leave this line open…are you still there?……

Lisa: (dials the phone..) Hello, FBI, my name is Lisa Jefferson, I’m a telephone supervisor for GTE. I need to report a terrorist hijacking of a United Airlines Flight 93….Yes I’ll hold.

Goodwin: Hello, this is Agent Goodwin.. I understand you have a hijacking situation?

Lisa: Yes sir, I’ve been talking with a passenger, a Todd Beamer, on Flight 93 who managed to get to an air phone unnoticed.

Goodwin: Where did this flight originate, and what was its destination?

Lisa: The flight left Newark New Jersey at 8 A.M. departing for San Francisco. The hijackers took over the plane shortly after takeoff, and several minutes later the plane changed course – it is now flying east.

Goodwin: Ms. Jefferson…I need to talk to someone aboard that plane. Can you get me thru to the planes phone?

Lisa: I still have that line open sir, I can patch you through on a conference call…hold a mo…..

Todd: Hello Lisa, Lisa are you there?

Lisa: Yes, I’m here. Todd, I made a call to the FBI, Agent Goodwin is on the line and will be talking to you as well.

Todd: The others all know that this isn’t your normal hijacking. Jeremy called his wife again on his cell phone. She told him more about the World Trade Center and all.

Goodwin: Hello Todd. This is Agent Goodwin with the FBI. We have been monitoring your flight. Your plane is on a course for Washington, DC. These terrorists sent two planes into the World Trade Center and one plane into the Pentagon. Our best guess is that they plan to fly your plane into either the White House or the United States Capital Building.

Todd: I understand…hold on……I’ll…….I’ll be back..

Lisa: Mr. Goodwin, how much time do they have before they get to Washington?

Goodwin: Not long ma’am. They changed course over Cleveland; they’re approaching Pittsburgh now. Washington may be twenty minutes away.

Todd: (breathing a little heavier) The plane seems to be changing directions just a little. It’s getting pretty rough up here. The plane is flying real erratic….We’re not going to make it out of here. Listen to me….I want you to hear this….I have talked with the others….we have decided we would not be pawns in these hijackers suicidal plot.

Lisa: Todd, what are you going to do?

Todd: We’ve hatched a plan. Four of us are going to rush the hijacker with the bomb. After we take him out, we’ll break into the cockpit. A stewardess is getting some boiling water to throw on the hijackers at the controls. We’ll get them….and we’ll take them out. Lisa, …..will you do one last thing for me?

Lisa: Yes…What is it?

Todd: Would you pray with me?

They pray: Our father which art in Heaven

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive our trespassers,

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

Forever…..Amen

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…

He makes me to lie down in green pastures

He leads me beside the still waters

He restores my soul

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

I will fear no evil, for thou art with me…..

Todd: (softer) God help me…Jesus help me….(clears throat and louder)

Are you guys ready?……..
Let’s Roll……………………

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 recedes into the memories of many or most Americans, each of us should read and reread this transcript periodically to appreciate the heroism of our fellow citizens on that fateful day. 

If anyone believes that such a day cannot occur again—here in the United States, or affecting our allies—they are naive.  The collapse of Afghanistan, and the humiliation of the United States, underscored this in spades.[4]

This is a disturbing realization for all of us, certainly in the midst of so many American deaths and so much suffering from China’s Coronavirus and its mutations—physically, psychologically and economically—with more to come.

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams; and he can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com   

[2] See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks (“September 11 attacks”) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Airlines_Flight_93 (“United Airlines Flight 93”) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Beamer (“Todd Beamer”)

[3] See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_on_the_World (“Windows on the World”)

[4] See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/30/the-taliban-are-victorious/ (“The Taliban Are Victorious”)





The Taliban Are Victorious

30 08 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Victor Davis Hanson—a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution—has written a sobering and lengthy article that discusses this obvious and ominous conclusion and its ramifications for all of us, as follows:  

Joe Biden’s scripted or no-questions press conferences, and the clean-up afterward by Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, and Jen Psaki, have been some of the most misleading episodes in modern presidential history—mostly in what was not said rather than was exaggerated, warped, and misrepresented.  

Biden as Commander-in-Chief

The more Joe Biden mutters “The buck stops here” or “I take full responsibility,” the more we know he will not—and not just because of his now reduced mental state, but because 1) he repeats the same opportunist messaging that he has for the last 50 years of his political career, and 2) the only true thing he could say was “I ordered a withdrawal in the most reckless manner in U.S. military history.”

When Biden then blames Donald Trump, it raises the immediate questions:

1) If the Afghanistan deal was so flawed, why did Biden stick with it, given his other radical departures from what he inherited on the border, on fossil fuels, on the Middle East—on just about everything before January 20, 2021?

2) So, was it good or bad to withdraw all U.S. troops? Was Trump wrong to have bequeathed him a policy of graduated withdrawal, but Biden was right to have continued it for a while—only to have accelerated it into surrender and flight?

3) Why did the violence erupt on Biden’s rather than on Trump’s watch? And was his order for a hasty flight in the dead of night from Bagram Air Base also the inherited Trump departure plan?

When Joe Biden now threatens al-Qaeda, ISIS-K, and others with revenge, he sounds, unfortunately, more like the ridiculous Joe of “Corn Pop” braggadocio with his weaponized chain, or Joe taking Trump behind the gym to womp on him, or young Joe Biden slamming the mouthy kid’s head on the lunch counter. Speaking softly with a club is preferable to being loud with a twig.

We have all heard, ad nauseam, too many of Biden’s He-Man stories. The latest rhetoric does not hide the fact that Biden had opposed the Osama bin Laden raid, criticized the termination of Qasem Soleimani, left Afghanistan in the most shameful retreat in U.S. history, and is now begging the Saudis to pump more oil after cutting back on our ample supplies and trashing Riyadh as part of his return to the Obama pivot to Iran. 

Biden loves appeasement lists. He provided the Taliban with a list of whom we wished to evacuate. (When the Taliban soon knock on the door of an American in Kabul who thinks their message will be, “We’re here to escort you to your flight”?) In the same manner, Biden provided Putin with a helpful list of institutions he wanted Putin’s satellite cyber-criminals to exempt from hacking. 

The blame for this sordid mess is threefold: 

1) The media that knew Biden was debilitated and so covered up that fact to carry the candidate across the finish line in November. 

2) The Democratic apparat that envisioned Biden lasting just long enough (the country be damned) to provide the needed cover of a sharply left-wing agenda. 

3) The Pentagon’s top brass, active and retired, who for years leaked about and obstructed Trump, sought to toady up to the press in its “wokeness,” and posed as speaking truth to power, but have now gone strangely silent when we need public voices to oppose the present Afghanistan nihilism of the administration.

Partnering With the Taliban

The Taliban are to al-Qaeda and ISIS as the Nazis in World War II were to fellow fascists of the Spanish Blue Division, the Hungarian Arrow Cross, and the Romanian Iron Guard—ethnic and ideological variants of the same radical nihilist cause. No act of terror goes on in Afghanistan without someone in the Taliban ordering or allowing it. Their “ring” around the airport is only an obstruction for whom they choose: Americans and their allies. 

The Taliban may for a moment seek plausible deniability of suicide bombings to hasten the U.S. departure in shame, temporarily disavowing credit for slaughtering Americans as they leave. But as soon as U.S. soldiers are gone, the Taliban will give free rein to its hounds al-Qaeda and ISIS, brag that they drove out the United States, and then resume their accustomed murdering and raping of civilians. We should expect lots of silent, under-the-table Bowe Bergdahl-type swaps, trades, and humiliations for the next year or so. We will likely sell out our former friends in the Northern Alliance, pay cash under the table per hostage head, and lie about a “new” Taliban. 

So, should we laugh or cry when General Kenneth McKenzie assures us that the Taliban and the U.S. military have the same agenda: Americans exiting Afghanistan as soon as possible? 

Yes, their agenda is the Pentagon exiting Afghanistan as soon as possible—but with the greatest global humiliation, loss of life, and general sense of defeat. In contrast, our agenda is to leave Afghanistan soberly and methodically, even if that means regaining Bagram for as long as necessary to achieve our own strategic goals.

The Abandoned Arsenal

The administration never mentions the vast horde of U.S. weaponry that was simply abandoned to the Taliban. Why? Is it to be “$80 billion here, thousands of machine guns there—no big deal”?

Estimates of the trove’s value range from $70 billion to $90 billion. The stockpile likely includes 80,000 vehicles, including 4,700 late-model Humvees, 600,000 weapons of various sorts, 162,643 pieces of communications equipment, more than 200 aircraft, and 16,000 pieces of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment, including late-model drones. Especially worrisome are the loss of night-vision equipment, 20,000-plus grenades, and 1,400 grenade launchers, as well as more than 7,000 machine guns—the perfect equipment for jihadist terror operations and asymmetrical street fighting. 

We can look at this disaster in a number of depressing ways. One would be to compare this giveaway to military aid given to Israel over the last 70 years, which more or less has amounted to about an aggregate $100 billion. In other words, in one fell swoop, the Pentagon deposited into Taliban hands about 80 percent of all the military aid that we’ve ever given to Israelsince the founding of the Jewish state. In terms of tactical and operational capability, the Taliban may now be the best-equipped terrorist force in Asia and the Middle East.

Assume that for the next quarter-century, Afghanistan will become not just the world’s training haven for Islamic terrorists, but an international, no-questions-asked, cash-on-the-barrel arms market for anti-Western terrorist cliques. 

Or we can assess the damage psychologically. For the immediate future (possibly over the next few days or weeks), American soldiers could face the prospect of being attacked or killed by those who are outfitted in their own mirror image, and they might be blown up by their own former weapons. 

Yet the media never asked for, nor did the Pentagon volunteer, any explanation of why such stocks were simply abandoned, or at least not destroyed before fleeing, or not later bombed. Since nothing makes sense, we must strain the imagination: was the $80 billion in arms given as de facto bribe money to get our own out? 

In addition, the beefed-up U.S. embassy in Kabul reportedly cost nearly $1 billion, comparable to America’s most expensive embassy in London. It will now become a Taliban stronghold. Bagram Air Base—originally built with U.S. help and money during the Eisenhower Administration—has been updated with hundreds of millions of dollars of American investment in the last 20 years, in buildings, a new runway, personnel accommodations, detention facilities, and infrastructure. 

Although it had been the target of several Taliban attacks, Bagram was largely considered defensible. It allowed coalition and Afghan forces to enjoy 100 percent air superiority over the entire country. Biden talks endlessly of the “over the horizon” capability of distant bases and ships, while omitting that he destroyed “right over the target” current capability. Why these vital American investments were simply surrendered in the dead of night to looters first, and Taliban second, will be an object of controversy and investigation for decades to come. To think of anything similar, imagine the British surrender of Singapore in 1942 or a combination of Fort Sumter, the burning of Washington in 1814, and Wake Island, December 1941.

The End of American Stature

Regional countries will no longer wish to join the United States in any war on terror because they know they are always just one election from a radical flip-flop in American foreign policy. There is no such thing anymore as bipartisan foreign affairs, since policy is seen as an extension of the revolutionary agendas here at home. Our allies are concluding that the United States is not a bastion of sobriety and careful deliberation that takes its leadership of the free world seriously, but a mercurial, radical leftist country that in a second may self-immolate, as we did in the woke summer of 2020. 

Donald Trump reportedly offended NATO members and weakened the alliance by his bombast. Perhaps, but the record shows a funny type of allied enervation, because his jawboning resulted in a much larger NATO budget, marked gains in military expenditures on the part of NATO members, and a dramatic increase in those nations finally meeting or nearly meeting their two percent of GDP military investment promises. 

And during the Trump Administration, NATO nations could claim that they destroyed ISIS in Syria under U.S. leadership, kept Afghanistan safe while reducing troops, frightened Iran, and taught Russians in Syria not to assault U.S. garrisons. For all the graduated withdrawals of the United States from Afghanistan in 2010-2020, not a single U.S. soldier had died in the 12 months prior to the inauguration of Joe Biden.  

But now? Most of the major NATO nations have condemned the U.S. skedaddle from Afghanistan. They are angry that they were not consulted, and not synchronized in the complex airlift and withdrawal. And they resent the “every man for himself” unilateralism on the part of the United States.

We cannot expect the European NATO members to stand with the United States in trying to check Chinese aggression. The alliance will no longer badger Germany to cease its new de facto economic alliance with Russia or to stand firm against Russian bullying of frontline NATO states, or to present a unified skeptical front about reentering the flawed Iran deal. Differing views about assistance to Israel will only acerbate. NATO members, rightly or wrongly, feel they were bullied into Afghanistan by the United States, and 20 years later outnumbered the U.S. contingent by nearly fourfold—only to be left stunned as their supposed spiritual and military leader fled first for the exits, after itself surrendering the country to NATO enemies. 

The Future

In an ideal world, Biden would order a nocturnal retaking of Bagram, shift all U.S. evacuation efforts there, and provide air cover for incoming and outcoming flights as well as retaliatory strikes on terrorist enclaves as necessary. He would tell the Taliban that $80 billion of free military stuff was enough of bribes and that any more obstructive efforts will be met with bombs, not more cash and weapons.  

Joe Biden thinks August 31, 2021, is the “end” of Afghanistan. In fact, it is a new beginning of yet another chapter in the much despised “war on terror.” But this time around, the Taliban are victorious. They have been reinvented as the best-equipped jihadist nation in the world, basking in the prestige of humiliating the world’s superpower, and will take ownership of hundreds of billions of dollars of Western investment in infrastructure in Afghanistan’s major cities. 

This disaster can be attributed to Biden’s apparent desire for a 9/11 “no more Afghanistan” anniversary parade—itself to be staged to hide his multifaceted border, economy, energy, and foreign policy failures.

The Chinese are debating now whether to ramp up the assault rhetoric against Taiwan, as more Chinese voices conclude that Biden would support the Taiwanese in meager fashion, as he did U.S. contractors and Afghan interpreters. The Russians are pondering which exposed NATO country or which former Soviet republic might be probed and dissected—in expectation of a tough-guy Biden Corn-Pop lecture but not much else. Kim Jong-un is considering replaying his old role of rocket man, as he calibrates the Biden responses to more missiles launched in Japanese air or water space.

Watch Iran especially. The theocracy believes this is the most opportune time in 20 years to announce that it is or will soon be nuclear, to unleash Hezbollah, and to step up global terrorist operations on the assumption that Biden will bow his head and declare “We do not forgive; we do not forget” and then retire for an early nap.[2]  

This article echoes what I have written here:

(1) [O]ur trillion-dollar project to plant Western democracy in a Muslim nation has failed dramatically; (2) our final departure from Kabul may become, like JFK’s Bay of Pigs, a synonym for American failure; (3) NATO may collapse, for all intents and purposes; (4) a few mortar shells landing on the tarmac of the lone runway in Kabul, and no plane can fly in or out . . . ; (5) our Afghan allies face murderous reprisals and retribution; (6) the Americans left in Kabul and other cities may become hostages to the Taliban; (7) the future looks grim for those left behind; (8) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin [should] be sacked; (9) our intelligence agencies have failed us; [(10) the world is watching with horror or glee, depending on whether one is a friend or foe; (11) China may move on Taiwan, while Russia moves on Ukraine; (12) the possibilities of 9/11-like attacks on the American mainland are not beyond the pale of reason; and (13) we have Brain Dead Joe Biden in the White House, with Willie Brown’s ho Kamala Harris standing in the wings to succede him.][3]

These are disturbing conclusions for all of us, certainly in the midst of so many American deaths and so much suffering from China’s Coronavirus and its mutations, physically, psychologically and economically—with more to come.[4]

 

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams; and he can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com   

[2] See https://amgreatness.com/2021/08/29/our-afghan-nightmare-tanks-for-nothing/

[3] See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/20/afghanistan-the-future-looks-grim-for-those-left-behind/ 

[4] See https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/last-plane-carrying-americans-afghanistan-departs-nation-s-longest-war-n1278012 (“Last plane carrying Americans from Afghanistan departs as longest U.S. war concludes”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9941147/Pentagon-says-troops-left-Afghanistan-just-midnight-Kabul.html (“Pentagon confirms the LAST US troops and evacuation flights have left Afghanistan just after midnight in Kabul: Taliban ‘takes control of airport and celebrates with gunfire’ as 20-year war ends”) 





Censorship At DIA, No Wonder We Lost Afghanistan

27 08 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

I spent two years working in the Pentagon, where I served as an Army officer assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).  When I finished my service there—as a Captain—I received the distinguished Joint Service Commendation Medal, before going to work in the U.S. Senate.[2]

Like many organizations, DIA has an alumni group, which ostensibly posts comments about timely issues.  None is more important today than the collapse of our great nation’s presence in Afghanistan, and the loss of American, allied and Afghan lives.  It is front and center globally.  Yet, a former DIA employee, James Beirne—who presumably was a civilian when he worked there—has decided to ban my comments, which constitutes gross and unconscionable censorship.  Americans have fought and died for our freedoms; and they are dying in Afghanistan today, to preserve them.[3]

No wonder Afghanistan constitutes a colossal defeat for the United States, which may surpass the fall of Saigon and Vietnam, and the Bay of Pigs fiasco, in terms of its national gravity.  Presumably Beirne is part of the reckless “cancel culture,” which has no place in America today.  He is a stain on the DIA where I worked before him, with outstanding co-workers who contributed greatly to our national security.

Beirne should resign in disgrace.  Our nation is not well served by the likes of him.  Indeed, the association’s motto is “Still Serving in Defense of the Nation.”  Clearly, Beirne is not doing this, especially in crucial times like this when China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin—and our other adversaries globally—are watching every move that we make, and gauging their responses accordingly.[4] 

America does not need traitors at this critical juncture in our history. 

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6, https://naegeleblog.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/timothy-d.-naegele-resume-21-8-6.pdf

He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).

Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams; and he can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com   

[2] See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6, https://naegeleblog.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/timothy-d.-naegele-resume-21-8-6.pdf

[3] See, e.g., https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9931085/Joe-Biden-tense-forth-interesting-guy-Steve-Doocy-Fox-News.html (“Nowhere to hide, Joe: President adopts fetal position pose as he crumbles under questioning from Fox News reporter Peter Doocy and tries to blame Trump for the catastrophe in Afghanistan”)

On August 26, 2021, Beirne posted the following notice:

“You can’t post or comment in this group.
“The admin has temporarily turned off your ability to post or comment in the group until September 23, 2021, 2:07 PM.”

Needless to say, by late September, the world will know in meticulous detail what an unmitigated disaster Afghanistan has become for the United States, our friends in Afghanistan, and our allies globally.

See also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/26/the-biden-harris-presidency-has-ended/ (“The Biden-Harris Presidency Has Ended”)

[4]  See, e.g., https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9905015/China-vows-crush-troops-Taiwan-force-Biden-abandoned-Afghanistan.html (“China vows to ‘crush’ any US troops on Taiwan ‘by force’ and conducts live fire naval exercises in South China Sea after Biden abandoned Afghanistan”)





The Biden-Harris Presidency Has Ended

26 08 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Yes, it hasn’t come to an end officially, yet.  But for all intents and purposes, it is done.  Lyndon Johnson’s presidency was finished after the fall of Saigon and Vietnam.  He was hated, and could not run for reelection.[2]

The tragedy of epic proportions that is emerging in Afghanistan and the fall of its capital Kabul, and America’s humiliation at the hands of the Taliban, has trumpeted the end of the Biden-Harris presidency to the world—to friends and foes alike.[3]

Is Joe Biden “Brain Dead”?  All indications are that this is true.[4]  But in a sense, it is irrelevant.  The world has watched the only true superpower disgraced like perhaps never before.[5]  And the ripple effects will spread far and wide.[6]

The rise of Coronavirus hospitalizations in the United States adds an exclamation point to this.[7]  Needless to say, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin are watching these developments closely.  As “chess masters,” they will be calibrating their moves accordingly; and they are observing America mired down, like Gulliver and the Lilliputians.[8]

 

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams; and he can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com   

[2] See, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon_B._Johnson#1968_presidential_election

[3] See, e.g., https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/08/25/world/asia/afghanistan-evacuations-estimates.html (“At Least 250,000 Afghans Who Worked With U.S. Haven’t Been Evacuated, Estimates Say”)

[4] See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/biden-is-brain-dead/ (“Biden Is Brain Dead”) 

[5]  See, e.g., https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9905015/China-vows-crush-troops-Taiwan-force-Biden-abandoned-Afghanistan.html (“China vows to ‘crush’ any US troops on Taiwan ‘by force’ and conducts live fire naval exercises in South China Sea after Biden abandoned Afghanistan”) 

[6]  See, e.g., https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/08/28/after-afghanistan-where-next-for-global-jihad (“After Afghanistan, where next for global jihad?”)

[7]  See, e.g., https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9929493/More-100-000-Americans-hospitalized-COVID-19-time-January.html (“More than 100,000 Americans are hospitalized with COVID-19 for the first time since January: Doctors say they’ve had to turn away patients as virus cases rise 138% over the last month”)

[8] See, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulliver%27s_Travels





Afghanistan, The Future Looks Grim For Those Left Behind

20 08 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Pat Buchanan—an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and a former GOP presidential aspirant himself—has written a sobering article that discusses this obvious and ominous conclusion and its ramifications for all of us, as follows:

In Afghanistan, the mission failure appears complete.

The trillion-dollar project to plant Western democracy in a Muslim nation historically fabled for driving out imperial intruders has crashed and burned after 20 years, and the Taliban are suddenly back in power.

After investing scores of billions in training and arming a force of 350,000 Afghani troops, the U.S. could not stand up an army and a government that could survive our departure.

And the final U.S. departure from Hamid Karzai International Airport may become, like JFK’s Bay of Pigs, a synonym for American debacle.

Nor is the failure ours alone. Many of our principal allies were heavily invested. The British are now attempting to bring their people out of Kabul under the same conditions as ours.

The leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party and possibly the next chancellor of Germany, Armin Laschet, calls the withdrawal “the biggest debacle that NATO has suffered since its founding.”

Three decades ago, after the breakup of the USSR and the end of the Cold War, Republican Sen. Richard Lugar said that NATO, having lost the rationale for its existence — containment of the Soviet Union — would now have “to go out of area or go out of business.”

Cynics might say that, in Afghanistan, NATO did both.

After 9/11, “the most successful alliance in history” invoked Article 5 and backed the U.S. war to oust the Taliban and annihilate the Al Qaeda terrorists who had carried out 9/11. Many sent troops.

But there could be worse to come.

While there are about 4,000 U.S. troops at the Kabul airport, U.S. control does not extend beyond the airport perimeter.

When asked if U.S. troops could enter Kabul and extract American citizens, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin replied, “I don’t have the capability to go out and extend operations currently into Kabul.” Americans in Kabul and other cities must make their own way to the Kabul airport.

The U.S. thus depends today upon the sufferance of the Taliban to let the Americans through the gridlocked highway. Many Afghan allies are being impeded and turned back. Having aided our troops during the war, these Afghan allies face murderous reprisals and retribution.

There are other present perils.

A few mortar shells landing on the tarmac of the lone runway at HKIA, and no plane can fly in or out until the runway is repaired. The arrival of troops and supplies, and any daily departure of 5,000 to 9,000 people, would be halted.

If fighting is renewed, the Americans left in Kabul and other cities become hostages to the Taliban. And there are many more out there than the 52 Americans held by Iran in the hostage crisis that ended the presidency of Jimmy Carter.

The U.S. does, however, retain leverage. U.S. airpower can still do damage to the Taliban, and the U.S. can veto any International Monetary Fund money and cut the Taliban’s access to Afghanistan’s financial reserves in U.S. banks.

Without cash, the Taliban will have a hellish time providing for the necessities the country needs to stay viable.

Right now, the Americans and the Taliban need each other. The Taliban need time to consider their control, and the Americans need time to get their people and their Afghan allies out.

Thus, the Taliban are putting on a moderate face at the top level.

Yet, given the character of the Taliban, as revealed in its previous tenure, and the desire for revenge against those who have been killing Taliban comrades, the future looks grim for those left behind.

When Saigon fell in 1975, its armed forces went into re-education camps — concentration camps. Hundreds of thousands of civilians fled on rafts, many to their deaths in the South China Sea. The Cambodians who backed us underwent a genocide, with a fraction of the entire population annihilated by the Khmer Rouge of Pol Pot.

As for the damage done to Joe Biden’s presidency, it is significant and permanent. The collapse of the regime, and the botched withdrawal of U.S. troops, U.S. citizens and Afghan friends and allies, have tarnished any reputation for competence Biden had.

As for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and Austin, it is hard to see either surviving long in their positions after learning they did not see coming the imminent and worst foreign policy debacle since the fall of Saigon.

Did the U.S. intelligence agencies see it coming? Did they fail to inform the Pentagon or White House?

After the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, former CIA Director Allen Dulles, who had a role in the failed invasion, was, after a decent interval of six months, cashiered.

One imagines that senior Biden officials’ heads will roll well before that date in the Biden administration. For in this disaster, it seems, no one saw it coming so soon, or becoming so sweeping.[2]

What Pat Buchanan is saying emphatically is that (1) our trillion-dollar project to plant Western democracy in a Muslim nation has failed dramatically; (2) our final departure from Kabul may become, like JFK’s Bay of Pigs, a synonym for American failure; (3) NATO may collapse, for all intents and purposes; (4) a few mortar shells landing on the tarmac of the lone runway in Kabul, and no plane can fly in or out, and the arrival of troops and supplies and any daily departure of American citizens and others would be halted; (5) our Afghan allies face murderous reprisals and retribution; (6) the Americans left in Kabul and other cities may become hostages to the Taliban; (7) the future looks grim for those left behind; (8) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will be sacked; and (9) our intelligence agencies have failed us.

Obviously, the world is watching with horror or glee, depending on whether one is a friend or foe.  China may move on Taiwan, while Russia moves on Ukraine.  And the possibilities of 9/11-like attacks on the American mainland are not beyond the pale of reason, while Americans remain traumatized by the Coronavirus’ effects, physically, psychologically and economically—which China launched, and whether the vaccines are really effective.  Meanwhile, we have Brain Dead Joe Biden in the White House, with Willie Brown’s ho Kamala Harris standing in the wings to succede him.[3]

 

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams; and he can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com   

[2] See https://buchanan.org/blog/aftermath-of-an-afghanistan-debacle-149926%22

[3] See also https://www.gingrich360.com/2021/08/18/with-the-talibans-victory-a-caliphate-rises-from-the-ashes/ (“With the Taliban’s Victory, a Caliphate Rises from the Ashes”) (“[A]fter President Biden announced his decision in April to withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan, the U.S. pulled its air support and intelligence for the Afghan military. As a result, the Afghans couldn’t operate. . . . The Biden administration even refused to allow private contractors from entering Afghanistan to service Afghan aircraft. . . . America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is about to unleash hell on the Afghan people. That’s undeniable. Whether the withdrawal leads to disaster elsewhere in the world remains to be seen”)





Is America Becoming a Failed State?

12 08 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Pat Buchanan—an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and a former GOP presidential aspirant himself—has written a sobering article that asks this ominous question, as follows:

Suddenly, Sunday, a riveting report came over cable news:

The U.S. embassy was urging all Americans to “leave Afghanistan as soon as possible.” Message: Get out while you can.

Adding urgency was news that three northern provincial capitals, including Kunduz city, had fallen to the Taliban, making it five provincial capitals overrun since Friday.

The huge investment in blood and treasure by the United States over two decades to remake Afghanistan appears about to be wiped out, whole and entire, and we appear about to sustain our worst diplomatic and political defeat since the fall of Saigon.

Not once in this century has the U.S. decisively won one of the wars it launched — in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or Libya. And the sole superpower status we enjoyed as the 21st century began is gone with the wind.

Yet America’s hawks are urging us to give a new war guarantee to Taiwan, should Beijing exercise its claim, though former President Richard Nixon and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger assented in 1972 that Taiwan is “a part of China.”

Before we issue any war guarantee to Taipei, we might consider the Pentagon’s evaluation of the results of a recent war game in which the U.S. confronted China over Taiwan.

How did it go? Says vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten, “Without overstating the issue, it failed miserably.

“An aggressive red team that had been studying the United States for the last 20 years just ran rings around us. … They knew exactly what we were going to do before we did it, and they took advantage of it.”

Are we Americans prepared, in any way, for an air-sea-and-missile war in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific over islands they claim as their historic national territory but we have never claimed as ours?

Here at home, the COVID-19 pandemic, now in a fourth wave, is infecting 100,000 Americans every day, with hospitalizations rising commensurately. For that third of a nation still unvaccinated, the delta variant is a potential death sentence.

Despite this medical crisis that is common to us all, our political divide is manifesting itself in savage battles over vaccinations, masks and mandates.

And while COVID-19 continues to infect, hospitalize and kill, scores of thousands of Americans are being annually lost to drug overdoses and opioids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 93,000 overdose deaths occurred across the country in 2020, and 3 in 4 fatal overdoses can be attributed to opioids.

More Americans are dying yearly from overdoses and opioids than all the Americans dead during the war in Vietnam.

The U.S. trade deficit numbers just came in for June, where the deficit in goods alone increased to $91 billion for the month. This translates into $1 trillion a year.

The largest component of that trade deficit is with China — an extraordinary level of U.S. dependency on a foreign nation for the vital necessities of its national life, let alone on an adversary like China.

On our southern border, an invasion of our country is taking place.

Every month President Joe Biden has been in office, illegal border crossings have increased. In June, Border Patrol recorded 178,000 border arrests — a 571% jump from June 2020. Border arrests have already reached their highest since 2000 and are on track to reach 1.8 million this year.

Biden is failing in his first constitutional duty — to defend the United States from foreign invasion. We Americans no longer decide who comes into our national home and whom we shall adopt as new citizens. Others decide, others determine our future, for us.

We defend the borders of scores of nations; we cannot, or Biden will not, defend our own. And, as former President Ronald Reagan reminded us, a country that can’t or won’t defend its borders isn’t really a country anymore.

In our great cities, public shootings and killings have begun to exceed those of previous years. Police, under attack and abuse from the elites and people they protect, are resigning and retiring in record numbers.

Consider.

America is unable to win the wars she chooses to fight. She cannot or will not control and defend her borders from a mass migrant invasion. She cannot halt an outbreak of criminality and killing in her great cities. She has not run a trade surplus in four decades. Her dependency upon foreign producers is unprecedented. And her budget deficits continue to break records every year — as does her soaring national debt.

Is that not the description of a failed or failing state?

Asked by a despondent young friend if the defeat at Saratoga and potential loss of the American colonies meant the ruin of Britain, Adam Smith assured him, “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.”

Britain would go on from the loss of her 13 colonies to create the greatest empire since Rome.

Yet if there is “a great deal of ruin in a nation,” we Americans certainly appear to be testing those limits.[2]

Add in the fact that Joe Biden is considered to be “brain dead,” or advancing toward that sad result[3]—which the world is watching with horror or glee, depending on whether one is a friend or foe—and Willie Brown’s former ho Kamala Harris stands in the wings ready to become our President, the United States may be poised at the edge of a precipice.  Needless to say, this was predictable even before Biden and Harris assumed their offices.[4]

 

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams; and he can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com   

[2] See https://buchanan.org/blog/is-america-becoming-a-failed-state-149897

[3] See, e.g., https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9885569/Biden-confuses-Gov-Gretchen-Whitmer-Energy-Secretary-Jennifer-Granholm.html (“President Biden has yet ANOTHER ‘senior moment’ by confusing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm a day after he ignored Secret Service agent directing him into the White House”)

[4] See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/13/the-day-america-died/ (“The Day America Died?”)

 





California Is A Mess, And Its State Bar Remains The Most Odious Trade Association In America

12 08 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Many Americans hate California with a passion, and would not be saddened if it broke off from the Union and drifted out to sea.[2]  There is a recall movement to get rid of its Governor Gavin Newsom, who is related to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.[3]  The state’s two principal cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco, are awash in crime.[4]  And who can forget the killing of Kate Steinle at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf by an illegal alien, who had been released from incarceration multiple times.[5]

I grew up in the suburbs of LA, a mile or so west of the UCLA campus in Westwood; and I have fond memories of those days, and of the public schools that I attended.  Some of my classmates were scions of famous Hollywood and industrial families, or became famous on their own.[6]  Others came from humble beginnings.  Yet, we were all friends.  I was repulsed by the elitism of private schools and private clubs that discriminate.  Today, I have been told that the quality of public school education has deteriorated—even before the Coronavirus pandemic lockdowns[7]—which is sad.

After law school at Berkeley and before relocating to Washington, D.C.—to serve as an Army officer at the Pentagon, and work in the U.S. Senate[8]—I took and passed the arduous California Bar examination on the first try.  I was very proud of that fact.  Yet, for too long to remember, I have been ashamed to be a member of what is surely the most odious trade association of its kind in the United States.[9]  Like so much of California’s body politics, the State Bar of California has been infected from top to bottom, and must be eliminated completely.  It does not serve the best interests of Californians, much less the state’s minorities.[10]

Even more critically, some of its tactics and actions are heavy-handed, vicious, duplicitous and fascist; and the moral equivalents of authoritarian regimes—or Stasi “police state” in their nature, which destroyed countless lives and crushed the human spirit.  In his prescient “Animal Farm,” George Orwell wrote about how all of the animals were equal until the Pigs reigned supreme and subjugated the other animals.[11]

Having been effectively put out of business when Pete Wilson was California’s Governor, the State Bar has come roaring back with a vengeance.[12]  It is worse than ever, trying to suppress legitimate criticism, and free speech and expression.  Each of us must be true to ourselves; and if necessary, fight against such injustices, oppression, and ravenous and rabid abuse—and the “gotcha” or “cancel” culture that is vindictive and engages in “witch hunts” and harassment, to intimidate, silence and destroy Americans.[13]

 

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams; and he can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See, e.g., https://kmph.com/news/offbeat/california-is-3rd-most-hated-state-in-us-according-to-survey (“California is 3rd most hated state in U.S., according to survey”) and https://medium.californiasun.co/why-people-hate-california-79a52606d781 (“Why do so many people seem to hate California?”)

[3]  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gavin_Newsom#2021_recall and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gavin_Newsom#Early_life

[4]  See, e.g., https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9812207/Moment-victim-shoots-attackers-legs-brazen-Los-Angeles-robbery.html (“Moment victim pulls a gun on his would-be attackers and shoots them in the legs during brazen Los Angeles robbery”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9811753/Two-thieves-brazenly-rob-TJ-Maxx-rash-California-shoplifting-continues.html (“License to shoplift: Two thieves brazenly stroll out of TJ Maxx with armfuls of clothes and LAPD cop says ‘criminals are winning’ because new law classes theft under $950 as a misdemeanor”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9760789/Horde-shoplifters-fled-San-Franciscos-Neiman-Marcus-undeterred-carrying-stolen-designer-goods.html (“‘Crime is basically legal in San Francisco’: Furious shopper posts video of horde of shoplifters fleeing Neiman Marcus – totally unchecked – with armfuls of designer bags”) and https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/22/us/california-water-thieves-drought/index.html (“Thieves in California are stealing scarce water amid extreme drought, ‘devastating’ some communities”); see also https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-california-dream-is-dying/ar-AAMoqBq (“The California Dream Is Dying”) 

Compare https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9849951/LA-Mayor-Eric-Garcetti-signs-order-criminalizing-homelessness-possible-fines-1-000.html (“Good luck getting your money! LA Mayor Eric Garcetti signs order criminalizing homelessness, with violators facing possible fines of up to $1,000”) with https://naegeleblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/timothy-d.-naegele.pdf (Timothy D. Naegele, “Homelessness In America”)

[5]  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Kate_Steinle (“Shooting of Kate Steinle”)

[6]  For example, the son of MGM studio chief Dore Schary; Jan Berry of the Jan and Dean singing group; Frank Sinatra’s daughter Nancy; Craig Bruderlin who became actor James Brolin, the father of actor Josh Brolin and husband of singer Barbra Streisand; the original “Gidget,” whose father wrote the book that spawned movies and TV shows; Robert Mitchum’s Jim; and the granddaughter of aircraft pioneer, Donald W. Douglas Sr.

Two high school friends of the author were killed during the Vietnam War.

[7]  See https://naegeleblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/timothy-d.-naegele.pdf (“The Coronavirus and Similar Global Issues: How to Address Them”); see also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/23/if-coronavirus-mutations-come-roaring-back-will-americans-listen-much-less-survive/ (“If Coronavirus Mutations Come Roaring Back, Will Americans Listen—Much Less Survive?”) and https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/03/well/live/covid-delta-variant-vaccine-symptoms.html (“Covid Delta Variant Safety: Your Questions Answered”) and https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/moderna-says-its-covid-19-shot-remains-93-effective-4-6-months-after-second-dose-2021-08-05/ (“Moderna says its COVID-19 shot 93% effective six months after second dose”) and https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/fauci-says-fears-covid-variant-191712505.html (“Fauci fears a COVID variant worse than Delta could be coming”) and https://variety.com/2021/film/news/los-angeles-vaccine-mandate-city-council-1235039380/ (“Los Angeles Moves Ahead on Indoor Vaccine Mandate”)

[8]  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6

[9]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/the-state-bar-of-california-is-lawless-and-a-travesty-and-should-be-abolished/ (“The State Bar Of California Is Lawless And A Travesty, And Should Be Abolished”); see also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/the-american-legal-system-is-broken-can-it-be-fixed/ (“The American Legal System Is Broken: Can It Be Fixed?”)

[10]  See supra n.9

[11]  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Farm (“Animal Farm”)

[12]  See supra n.9

[13]  The author is very proud of his distinguished career, and his impressive and tangible accomplishments.  For example, he has helped millions of Americans (see, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6).  This may have fueled jealousies at the State Bar.  None of its employees have accomplished anything of significance.  They are a group of pygmies (or Pigs), or insufferable wastrels, all of whom should be fired summarily.  See supra notes 9 & 11.

The fact that these governmental losers and failed civil servants would waste their time contacting the author, when the Coronavirus’ “Delta variant” mutation is surging and attacking Los Angeles in particular (see, e.g., supra n.7), speaks volumes about them and the need to justify their existences (and salaries) as State Bar employees in the midst of the pandemic.  How brazen and cowardly, at the very least—pathetic but predictable; heavy-handed thugs who are the moral equivalents of Jimmy Hoffa’s Teamsters, trying to deprive people of their liberties, and carrying out a vendetta against the author for having the gall or chutzpah to ever challenge them.

Contrariwise, the author has never been accused of malpractice; and he has always done his very best.  In retrospect, he might not have represented and tried to help Californians in an Internet fraud lawsuit against Guthy-Renker.  Even though he proved fraud, a now-retired and incompetent U.S. District Judge (who is attempting to find work as an arbitrator) decided against his clients in 2002, almost 20 years ago; and they came after him.

First, they did so criminally by persuading the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. to bring an 11-count federal indictment against him.  Because he had done nothing wrong, he was vindicated completely in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  See Case 1:05-cr-00151-PLF; PACER Docket Sheet entry 301 (“It is hereby ORDERED that the defendant, Timothy D. Naegele, is acquitted, discharged, and any bond exonerated”); see also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/the-united-states-department-of-injustice/ (“The United States Department of Injustice”)

Not satisfied, his former clients sought recourse civilly in California.  Indeed, California arbitrators and its courts were only too happy to oblige, inter alia, ignoring binding law nationally in the process.  Next, the former clients sought his disbarment in California, essentially for having lost their civil lawsuit against Guthy-Renker.  This sends a chilling message loud and clear to every California lawyer or would-be lawyer that the loss of one lawsuit can destroy or tarnish an otherwise-successful legal career.

Given the arduous path that must be taken to become a lawyer, clearly the profession is not worth the risks for a myriad of reasons, at least in California.  Many of these issues are discussed in greater depth and detail in the author’s previous article about the State Bar, which has been read by more than 10,000.  See supra n.9; see also https://news.bloomberglaw.com/business-and-practice/devastating-anxiety-as-remote-bar-exam-tech-crashes-again (“‘Devastating’ Anxiety as Remote Bar Exam Tech Crashes Again”) and https://www.wsj.com/articles/law-school-student-debt-low-salaries-university-miami-11627991855 (“Law School Loses Luster as Debts Mount and Salaries Stagnate”) and https://www.abajournal.com/web/article/technical-problems-again-plague-remote-bar-examinees-who-blame-software-provider (“Technical problems again plague remote bar examinees, who blame software provider”) 

Since being admitted to the State Bar in 1966, the author handled very few matters in California, and less than a handful for individual clients.  He is not practicing law in California, nor holding himself out as doing so, but he is attacked and threatened anyway.

Lastly, it appears that the State Bar contacted the author on behalf of:

(1) a disgraced lawyer who had been disbarred by the State Bar because, inter alia, “the State Bar Court noted that she was charged with ’26 counts of professional misconduct for her involvement in a scheme to defraud distressed homeowners, including at least 13 of her clients’—and with ‘pocketing about $177,000 between August 2009 and November 2010 without having to provide any legal services'”; 

(2) her California lawyer who suborned perjury with respect to testimony before the State Bar, and his troubled history with the State Bar began before his admission to the Bar (see supra n.9 [note 4 therein & https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1990-07-25-vw-1012-story.html]), but he has never been disbarred or prosecuted, or held accountable for his abuses;

or (3) their surrogate(s) or agent(s). 

Despite repeated requests, the State Bar has refused to disclose and/or confirm such information to the author.  At the very least, this underscores the lawlessness of its employees, who are tantamount to jackals in pursuit of their prey to stay alive . . . and stay employed, while operating from remote locations  (“telecommuting”), “[d]ue to the Covid-19 pandemic.”  They want the author to deny his accomplishments.  It will not happen.





War With China?

12 03 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Pat Buchanan—an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and a former GOP presidential aspirant himself—has written an article entitled “Is a Cold War II with China Inevitable?” as follows:

Today, the four premier leaders of The Quad — the U.S., Australia, India and Japan — conduct their first summit, by teleconference.

The Quad, or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is an informal strategy forum of the major Indo-Pacific democracies that some wish to see evolve into an Asian NATO to contain China, as NATO contained the Soviet Union for 40 years of Cold War.

Next week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan meet their Chinese counterparts midway between Beijing and Washington — in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Chinese are said to have sought out the two-day meeting since before the inauguration of Biden.

And understandably so. For while the Chinese are hoping for a reset of relations after a troubled last year with the Trump administration, leaders of both U.S. parties — to compensate for decades of congressional indulgence of Beijing —suddenly seem to be on their muscle.

Consider. During the transition, the Biden foreign policy team gave a war guarantee to Manila to fight alongside the Philippines in any clash with the Chinese over disputed rocks and reefs in the South China Sea.

Tokyo was informed that its mutual security treaty with the United States that dates to the 1950s covers the uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. But Beijing also claims these islands as her own.

On the eve of his taking office, Blinken said he agreed with Mike Pompeo’s view that China’s brutal repression of the Uighurs in Xinjiang constitutes “genocide” and crimes against humanity. That latter charge is what the Nazis were hanged for at Nuremberg.

How can the United States send athletes to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, if the Chinese are still crushing Hong Kong and committing crimes against humanity in western China that compare to the worst Nazi crimes of World War II?

Testifying before Congress this week, four-star Admiral Phil Davidson, retiring commander of the Indo-Pacific, called for new defensive missiles to protect Guam against Chinese DF-21 and DF-26 missiles. China calls these missiles “Guam killers.”

The admiral also called for the U.S. to develop intermediate-range missiles that can be fired from Guam and allied territory closer to China. Describing the need for offensive missiles to hit Chinese targets, Davidson said, “If I can’t score some runs, I can’t win the game.”

Addressing Taiwan, Davidson said:

“Over the past year, Beijing has pursued a coordinated campaign of diplomatic, information, economic, and — increasingly — military tools to isolate Taipei from the international community and if necessary compel unification with the (Peoples Republic of China.)”

Chinese warplanes have lately flown in formation toward the island of 25 million, which Beijing claims as its national territory — a claim President Nixon seemed to concede in the Shanghai Communique after his Peking summit of 1972.

“Our commitment to Taiwan is rock-solid,” was how the Biden State Department answered China’s aggressive moves.

If we don’t establish rules of the road for U.S. and Chinese ships and planes in the East and South China Sea and Taiwan strait, how do we indefinitely avoid the kind of collision that could turn into a shooting war?

In this widening and deepening confrontation, China is not backing down. She makes no apologies for the crackdown in Hong Kong or the concentration camps of the Uighurs. She continues to stonewall about how the coronavirus escaped from Wuhan to kill 500,000 Americans and many times that number worldwide.

Meanwhile, Chinese bombers, fighters, warships and patrol boats approach closer and closer to planes, vessels and territory of America and her friends and allies. Nor has China surrendered a rock or reef or shoal in the South or East China Sea.

Last week, Blinken called China the “biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century,” the only country able “to seriously challenge the stable and open international system.”

And in America, whatever your political party, “standing up to China” seems to be a winning posture. But where is all this going? Where does all this end?

Beijing is not apologetically but proudly Communist. It believes its system has been proven superior in this century. It does not believe in an equality of ideologies, religions or peoples. It openly rejects American democracy as a failed and failing system, and rejects any suggestion of American primacy in creating a “rules-based international order.”

And if it continues to grow in real and relative terms for the next two decades as it did in the last two decades — given that China has four times the population of the United States — it could emerge not only as the dominant power in Asia and the Indo-Pacific but in the world.

And what can we do to assure that does not happen — short of a war that could be disaster to us both, as World War II was for the British as well as the Germans.

How do we decouple from a country that provides necessities of national life — such as pharmaceuticals — for our people?[2]

I beg to differ with Buchanan.  The United States and the American people have been at war with China ever since it launched the deadly Coronavirus, inadvertently or as a bioweapon.  As my Coronavirus article stated clearly and unequivocally—leaving aside governmental entreaties and diplomatic niceties—Americans and other global consumers must boycott anything and everything from China, until it is brought to its knees economically.  Nothing less will suffice.[3][4]

Lastly, is the Biden-Harris administration leading us to a shooting war with China?  Will we boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing?  Time will tell.  

 

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass). He and his firm, Timothy D. Naegele & Associates, specialize in Banking and Financial Institutions Law, Internet Law, Litigation and other matters (see, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-20-6-30). He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., www.naegele.com/whats_new.html#articles and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/), and can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See https://buchanan.org/blog/is-a-cold-war-ii-with-china-inevitable-142861 (“Is a Cold War II with China Inevitable?”)

[3]  See Timothy D. Naegele, The Coronavirus and Similar Global Issues: How to Address Them, 137 BANKING L. J. 285 (June 2020) (Naegele June 2020) (Timothy D. Naegele) [NOTE: To download The Banking Law Journal article, please clickon the link to the left of this note] and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/can-we-coexist-with-asias-communists/ (“Can We Coexist with Asia’s Communists?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/12/coexistence-with-china-or-war/ (“Coexistence With China Or War?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/16/the-coronavirus-must-become-chinas-chernobyl-hastening-the-collapse-of-its-evil-regime/ (“The Coronavirus Must Become China’s Chernobyl, Hastening The Collapse Of Its Evil Regime”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/why-should-the-world-trust-china-ever-again/ (“Why Should The World Trust China Ever Again?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/china-infects-the-world-then-lies-and-blames-america/ (“China Infects The World, Then Lies And Blames America”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/20/expert-warns-quarantine-process-failed-as-china-stands-ready-to-crash-world-economy/ (“Expert Warns Quarantine Process Failed, As China Stands Ready To Crash World Economy”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/13/china-is-americas-enemy-and-the-enemy-of-free-people-everywhere/ (“China Is America’s Enemy, And The Enemy Of Free People Everywhere”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/china-is-americas-enemy-make-no-mistake-about-that/ (“China Is America’s Enemy: Make No Mistake About That”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8957019/China-used-secret-microwave-pulse-weapon-Indian-soldiers.html (“China ‘used secret microwave pulse weapon to cook Indian soldiers alive’ and force them into retreat in Himalayan border battle”) 

[4]  See also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/03/trump-begins-his-triumphant-return-to-the-white-house/ (“Trump Begins His Triumphant Return To The White House”) and https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-cpac-speech-2021-b1809208.html (“Donald Trump CPAC speech 2021 – read the full transcript | The Independent”) and https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/donald-trump-cpac-2021-speech-transcript (“Trump CPA speech transcript”)

 





Trump Begins His Triumphant Return To The White House

3 03 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Donald Trump is continuing his quest for a second term in the White House, which was clear from his speech at the 2021 CPAC conference in Orlando, Florida.  You can watch it by viewing the video below, or by reading the transcripts of his speech.[2] 

In his first major speech since leaving the White House, President Trump covered a broad panoply of major issues—some of critical importance—facing the American people and the United States in the months and years ahead.

In watching or reading his speech, one must realize that a political speech—much less one delivered to national and international audiences—is constructed differently than most written documents. Lines are repeated; phrases are included for emphasis; and such speeches are often “folksy,” for the lack of a better term.

Bearing that in mind, the major issues discussed by President Trump included:

• “[W]e’re in the middle of a historic struggle for America’s future, America’s culture, and America’s institutions, borders, and most cherished principles.  Our security, our prosperity, and our very identity as Americans [are] at stake, like perhaps at no other time.”

• “For the next four years, the brave Republicans in this room will be at the heart of the effort to oppose the radical Democrats, the fake news media, and their toxic cancel culture.  Something new to our ears, cancel culture.  And I want you to know that I’m going to continue to fight right by your side.  We will do what we’ve done right from the beginning, which is to win.  We’re not starting new parties.  They kept saying, he’s going to start a brand new party.  We have the Republican party.  It’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before.  I am not starting a new party.  That was fake news, fake news.”

• “We will save and strengthen America.  And we will fight the onslaught of radicalism, socialism, and indeed it all leads to communism. . . .  We all knew that the Biden administration was going to be bad.  But none of us even imagined just how bad they would be and how far left they would go.”

• “[Biden is] not okay with energy.  He wants windmills, the windmills.  The windmills that don’t work when you need them.

• “Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history. . . .  Already the Biden administration has proven that they are anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women, and anti-science.  In just one short month, we have gone from America first to America last. . . .  There’s no better example than the new and horrible crisis on our Southern border. . . .  When I left office just six weeks ago, we had created the most secure border in [U.S.] history. . . .  It’s amazing considering that the Democrats’ number one priority was to make sure that the wall would never, ever get built, would never, ever happen, would never get financed.  We got it financed.  We ended catch and release, ended asylum fraud, and brought illegal crossings to historic lows.  When illegal aliens trespass across our borders, they were properly caught, detained and sent back home.  And these were some rough customers. . . .  It took them [and] the new administration only a few weeks to turn this unprecedented accomplishment into [a] self-inflicted . . . national security disaster by recklessly eliminating our border, security measures, controls, all of the things that we put into place.  Joe Biden has triggered a massive flood of illegal immigration into our country, the likes of which we have never seen before.  They’re coming up by the tens of thousands. . . .  We can’t afford the problems of the world, as much as we’d love to.  We’d love to help.  But we can’t do that.  So they’re all coming because of promises and foolish words.  Perhaps worst of all, Joe Biden’s decision to cancel border security has single-handedly launched a youth migrant crisis that is enriching child smugglers, vicious criminal cartels, and some of the most evil people on the planet.  You see it every day, just turn on the news. . . .  Under my administration, we stopped the child smugglers.  We dismantle[d] the criminal cartels.  We greatly limited drug and human trafficking to a level that nobody actually thought was possible.  And the wall helped us a lot.  And we protected vulnerable people from the ravages of dangerous predators.  And that’s what they are dangerous, dangerous predators.  But the Biden administration has put the [vile] coyotes back in business and it has done so in a very, very big way.  Under the new administration, catch and release has been restored.  Can you imagine? . . .  You catch them, you take their name, they may be killers.  They may be rapists.  They may be drug smugglers.  You take their name[s] and you release them into our country.  We did the opposite.  We not only didn’t release them, we had them brought back to their country.  Illegal immigrants are now being apprehended and released along the entire Southern border, just the opposite of what it was two months ago.  They weren’t coming because they couldn’t get in.  Once they think they can get in, they’re coming.  And they are coming at levels that you haven’t even seen yet, by the hundreds of thousands, by the millions they’ll be coming.  The Biden administration is now actively expediting the admission of illegal migrants, enabling them to lodge frivolous asylum claims and admitting them by the thousands and thousands and thousands a day, crowded together in unsanitary conditions, despite the ongoing economic and public health crisis, COVID-19, or as I call it, the China virus.  There’s no masks. . . .  No social distancing, no nothing, no nothing.  And together, and it’s sad actually. And it’s sad for them.  And it sad for our country, what the Biden administration is doing to push young migrants into the hands of human traffickers and coyotes is dangerous, immoral, and indefensible, hard to believe it’s happening.[3]  Biden has failed in his number one duty as chief executive enforcing America’s laws.  This alone should be reason enough for Democrats to suffer withering losses in the midterms and to lose the White House decisively four years from now.”

• “[Biden] revoked the executive order cracking down on deadly sanctuary cities.  He has effectively ordered a shutdown of ICE, halting virtually all deportations, everyone, murderers, everybody, no more.  Let’s not [restrict] our law enforcement professionals.  And they are great professionals.  You have many of them represented here today, from conducting almost any immigration enforcement of any kind.  The Biden policy of releasing criminals into the US interior is making America into a sanctuary nation where criminals, illegal immigrants, including gang members and sex offenders are set free into American communities.  They have no idea who’s coming up.  And remember with the caravans, these countries, not only the three of them, but many, many countries all over the world.  They’re not giving us their best and their finest, because they’re intelligent. . . .  Remember I said that. I said that a long time ago. . . .  And we turned out to be 100% correct.  Biden’s radical immigration policies aren’t just illegal.  They’re immoral.  They’re heartless.  And they are a betrayal of our nation’s core values.  It’s a terrible thing that’s happening.  The Republican party must hold Joe Biden and the Democrats accountable.  They ripped up the diplomatic agreements we negotiated with Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to shut down illegal immigration.  They got a fortune, they got paid $500 million a year.  When I came into office, those countries were refusing to take back illegal alien gang members, including MS 13, the most vicious probably of them all.  No matter where you go in the world, MS 13, they do things that even the worst don’t think about.  So I asked how much do we pay these countries?  How much do we pay them? . . .  [A]pproximately $500 million a year.  It’s a lot of money.  I mean, it’s peanuts compared to the way other countries rip us off, but that’s a lot of money.  I said, ‘Okay, we aren’t going to pay them anymore because they wouldn’t take back the criminals.’  And this was true with the Obama administration.  It was true for many, many years.  So we’d catch a murderer.  We’d want to bring them back to Guatemala, or Honduras, or El Salvador.  They wouldn’t take them back.  ‘No, we don’t want them.’  We’d fly them in.  They wouldn’t let the plane land.  We’d bus them in.  They wouldn’t let the buses get anywhere near the border. . . .  And it worked out great.  So now they accept the people and [] we ultimately got along very well with those countries, those three countries and many countries throughout the world, because they respected us again.  They didn’t respect us.  They couldn’t believe what they were getting away with.  But now, Joe Biden has wrecked this great deal, wrecked it.  And they’re already doing what they were doing before and they’re taking the money.  And that’s just a small portion of what’s going on.   To top it all off, the Biden people are pushing a bill that would grant mass amnesty for millions of illegal aliens while massively expanding chain migration.  That’s where you come in and everybody comes in, your grandmother, your father, your mother, your brother, your cousins.  They come in so easily.  So, so crazy.  So crazy.  It even requires that the US government provide . . . taxable funded lawyers, lawyers, everybody need[s] a good lawyer?  You can’t have one.  They get the lawyers. . . .  The Democrat immigration bill is a globalist corp.  You take a look at the corporatist, big tech attack on hardworking citizens of every race, religion, color, and creed.  And Republicans must ensure that it never is allowed to become federal law, which is what they want to do. . . .  Border security is just one of the many issues on which the new administration has already betrayed the American people.  [Biden] didn’t talk about this stuff.  I debated him.  He wasn’t talking about this.  What he signed with those executive orders, they weren’t things that were discussed. . . .  The press refused to ask the questions.  And when I asked the questions on television, on the debate, Chris Wallace, in this case, and others refused to let him answer.  They refused to let them answer the questions.  Maybe we could have found something.”

• “Or if the media did its job, which they don’t, [their] callous indifference to working family is equally clear when it comes to the critical matter of getting America’s children back to school.  And they must get back and get back right now, right now, crazy.  Terrible.  Terrible.  The Biden administration is actually bragging about the classroom education they are providing to migrant children on the border.  While at the same time, millions of American children are having their futures destroyed by Joe Biden’s anti-science school closures.  Think of it.  We’re educating students on the border, but our own people, children of our citizens, citizens themselves are not getting the education that they deserve.  There’s no reason whatsoever why the vast majority of young Americans should not be back in school immediately.  The only reason that most parents do not have that choice is because Joe Biden has sold out America’s children to the teacher’s unions.  His position is morally inexcusable.  You know that.  Joe Biden has shamefully betrayed America’s youth.  And he is cruelly keeping our children locked in their homes, no reason for it whatsoever.  They want to get out.  They’re cheating the next generations of Americans out of the future that they deserve.  And they do deserve this future.  They’re going to grow up and they’re going to have a scar.  It’s a scandal of the highest order.  And one of the most graven acts by any president in our lifetimes.  It’s the teacher’s union, it’s the votes and it shouldn’t happen.  And nobody has more respect for teachers than I do.  And I’ll bet you, a lot of the people within that union, they agree with everything I’m saying.  Even the New York Times is calling out the Democrats.  The mental and physical health of these young people is reaching a breaking point.  Tragically, suicide attempts have skyrocketed and student depression is now commonplace and at levels that we’ve never seen before.  The Democrats now say we have to pass their $1.9 trillion boondoggle to open schools, but a very small part of it has to do with that.  You know where it’s going . . . , it’s going to bail out badly run Democrats, that is so much of it.  But billions of dollars for schools remain unspent from the COVID relief bills that were passed last year.  So on behalf of the moms, dads, and children of America, I call on Joe Biden to get the schools open and get them open now.  They’re a great thing to do.”

• “When I left office and we’re very proud of this because this was something that they said could not be done.  The FDA said it, everybody said it.  Any article you read said it couldn’t be done.  It would be years and years[.]  I handed the new administration what everyone is now calling a modern day medical miracle.  Some say, it’s the greatest thing to happen in hundreds of years, two vaccines produced in record time with numerous others on the way, including the Johnson and Johnson vaccine that was approved just yesterday.  And therapeutic relief also, if you’re sick, we have things now that are incredible.  What has taken place over the last year under our administration would have taken any other [President] at least five years.  And we got it done in nine months.  Everyone says five years, oh, five years.  Can you imagine if you had to go through what all of the countries of the world who are now getting the vaccine or soon will be getting it from various companies, but can you imagine if all of those countries had to go through what they’ve been going through over the last year?  You’d lose hundreds of millions of people.  I pushed the FDA like they have never been pushed before.  They told me that loud and clear.  They have never been pushed like I pushed them.  I didn’t like them at all, but once we got it done, I said, I now love you very much.  What the Trump administration has done with vaccines has in many respects, perhaps saved large portions of the world.  Not only our country, but large portions of the world.  Not only did we push the FDA far beyond what the bureaucrats wanted to do.  We also put up billions and billions of dollars, 10 billion to produce the vaccines before we knew they were going to work.  It was called a calculated bet or a calculated risk.  We took a risk because if we didn’t do that, you still wouldn’t have the vaccines.  You wouldn’t have them for a long time.  So think of that, we took this bet.  We made a bet because we thought we were on a certain track, but you’d be starting to make them right now.  It’d be a long time before you ever saw [them].  It takes 60 to 100 days to manufacture and inspect new doses.  And that means that 100% of the increased availability that we have now was initiated by our administration.  100%.  In fact, the director of National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, he’s Fauci’s boss, actually, I think he’s a Democrat too, by the way, recently said that our operation warp speed was absolutely breathtaking and that the Trump administration deserves full credit, which we do.  And as conservatives and Republicans, never forget that we did it.  Never let them take the credit because they don’t deserve the credit.  They just followed now, they’re following our plan, but this has been something that they really call, they call it an absolute miracle.  Joe Biden is only implementing the plan that we put in place.  And if we had an honest media, which we don’t, they would say it loud and clear.  By the time I left that magnificent house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, almost 20 million Americans had already been vaccinated.  1.5 million doses were administered on my final day alone.  1.5 million in a day.  Yet Biden said just a few days ago that when he got here, meaning The White House, there was no vaccine.  He said, there’s no vaccine.  Oh, good.  Say it again, Joe.  Now I don’t think he said that, frankly, in a malicious way.  I really don’t.  I actually believe he said that because he didn’t really know what the hell was happening.  Never let them forget.  This was us.  We did this.  And the distribution is moving along, according to our plan.  And it’s moving along really well.  We had the military, what they’ve done, our generals and all of the people, what they’ve done is incredible.  But remember, we took care of a lot of people, including, I guess on December 21st, we took care of Joe Biden.  Cause he got his shot.  He got his vaccine.  He forgot.  It shows you how un-painful all that vaccine shot is.  So everybody go get your shot.  He forgot so it wasn’t very traumatic obviously, but he got his shot and it’s good that he got his shot.”

• “Last year, I predicted to you that the extremism, corruption and incompetence of the Biden administration would be literally unprecedented in American history.  Unfortunately he has proven me 100% right.  Already as president, Biden has urged Congress to pass legislation shredding your Second Amendment.  Your Second Amendment is in far bigger trouble than you [know], and for four years I fought like hell to save your Second Amendment.  And we saved it 100%.  We saved it.  He signed an order to conduct politically correct far left indoctrination trainings in every department of the federal government, including the US military after I had terminated these horrible things that were being preached to our military and he wants it to go forward.  It’s insane within his first few hours Biden eliminated our national security travel [bans] on nations plagued by terrorism.  His first priority was to open our borders to un-vetted travelers from Libya, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and many other countries where strict vetting cannot occur.  Countries that have tremendous problems.  Countries with tremendous terrorism problems.  We did [have] a travel ban.  It was a real achievement.  We told those countries, sorry, straighten out your act.  We don’t want people coming in where they had an ideology or a problem.  We just couldn’t have it.  And it was incredible, how it worked was incredible.  And he terminated it.  We had to get it approved.  It went all the way up to the Supreme Court of the United States.  We got it approved and he terminates it.  In addition, he’s already increased refugee admissions by nearly 10 times, but in effect, it’ll soon be hundreds of times as millions of people flow up through our soon to be open borders.  And by the way, the border patrol and ICE, these are some of the great heroes of our country.  These are incredible people.  I got to know them very well.  Your families still cannot go out to eat at local restaurants.  But Joe Biden is bringing in thousands upon thousands of refugees from all over the world.  People that nobody knows anything about, we don’t have crime records.  We don’t have health records.  What are they bringing in with them?”

• “When I left office, we had virtually ended the endless wars, these endless wars, they go on forever. . . .  I would go to Dover and I would see caskets, coffins coming in.  I’d see the parents and the wives and husbands.  I would see the kids.  Endless wars, 19 years in Afghanistan.  We have it down to almost nothing left and I hear they might want to go back in.  Iraq, remember I used to say, don’t go in, but if you’re going to go in, keep the oil, well, we went in and we didn’t keep the oil.  We had made historic peace deals in the [M]iddle East.  Like nobody thought were even possible with not a drop of bloodshed.  And by the way, not one American soldier has been killed in Afghanistan in over a year.  Think of that.  Not one.  Those troops have largely come home.  At the same time, the new administration unilaterally withdrew our crippling sanctions on Iran, foolishly giving away all of America’s leverage[] before negotiations have even begun.  Leave the sanctions [to be] negotiated.  Does anybody understand what I’m saying here?  Are there any good business people?  You don’t have to be a good, are there any bad business people?  They took off the sanctions.  They took off the sanctions.  They say, well, we’re going to not have any sanctions.  Let’s negotiate a deal.  I don’t know, Matt Schlep. I don’t think you would have done that, do you think so, Matt?  I don’t think so. Mercedes wouldn’t have. . . .  I will tell you something and I said it, had we had a fair election, the results would have been much different and we would have had a deal with Iran within the first week.  They wanted those sanctions off.  [Biden] took them off for nothing, for nothing.  Now you watch how tough they negotiate.”

• “In another horrendous surrender he agreed to get back into the World Health Organization.  For approximately $500 million a year, which is what we were paying.  When I withdrew from the WHO and you know the whole story with that, they called it badly.  They really are puppets for China.  They called and they wanted us to stay in.  I said, how much are we paying[,] approximately $500 million?  How much is China paying a much larger in terms of population country[?]  Sir, they’re paying $39 million.  I say, why are we paying 500 million and they’re paying 39?  I could tell you why.  Because the people that made the deal are stupid, that’s why.  And I had no idea how popular it was.  I didn’t even know if I would be able to politically, because people were so happy when I did get out, but I said, so if we went in, we could get it for 39 million, which is what China [is paying], not 500 million, which is what we were stupidly paying.  And they said, we can make a deal, we want you to go in, we can make a deal.  Okay, and I decided not to do it, but we could have had it for 39.  We could have had it for the same as China.  And they decide now to go back into the World Health Organization and pay 500 million. . . .  [W]hat the hell is wrong with them?  No, no, this is just emblematic.  It’s a tremendous amount of money, but compared to trillions, it’s not, but it’s a tremendous amount of money.  Why would China pay 39 million?  And we’re paying almost 500 million.  Why?  So we could have made the same deal that China had 39 million.  And they just say, we’re going back in.  We’re going back into the World Health Organization.  They go back in, they pay 500.”

• “It is so sad, just like the Iran and the World Health Organization, Joe Biden put the United States back into the very unfair and very costly Paris Climate Accord without negotiating a better deal.  They wanted us so badly back in.  I’ll tell you they wanted us.  I was getting called from all of the countries.  You must come back into the Paris Accord.  I said, tell me why, give me one good reason.  First of all, China doesn’t kick in for 10 years, Russia goes by an old standard, which was not a clean standard . . . , but we get hit right from the beginning[.  It] would have cost us hundreds of thousands and millions of jobs.  It was a disaster, but they go back in, I could have made an unbelievable deal and gone back in, but I didn’t want to do that.  Surrendering millions of jobs and trillions of dollars to all of these other countries, almost all of them that were in the deal.  So they have favorable treatment, we don’t have favorable treatment.  And [Biden] just said, we’re going back in.  To go back in, they wanted us so badly, you could’ve negotiated, if you wanted to go back in which frankly, we have the cleanest air, the cleanest water and everything else that we’ve ever had.  So I don’t know why we have to.  What good does it do when we’re clean, but China is not and Russia is not an[d] India is not.  So they are pouring fumes, you know the world is actually a small piece of the universe, right?  They’re pouring fumes and we’re trying to protect everything and building products for three times more than is necessary.  No, they could have made a great deal.  If they were going to go back in, that’s fine.  But they could have made a great deal . . . , instead of just saying we’re back in.  These people.  And in one of his first official acts, which was incredible, because again, he talked about energy.  He never said he was going to do this.”

• “[Biden] canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline destroying not the 8,000 or the 9,000 or the 11,000 jobs that you hear.  But 42,000 great paying jobs on just about day one, right?  He never talked about that during a debate because he wouldn’t have gotten away with it.  Well, he would have, because they cheated so much. . . .  No, but that was not a topic of conversation.  Remember fracking, you can frack.  Oh, we love fracking.  During the primary no fracking.  As soon as he got through that, he said, no, of course everybody can frack.  No fracking.  You wait till you see what happens with your gasoline.  Wait till you see what happens and we cannot let this stuff continue to go on.  One of my proudest accomplishments as president was to make America energy independent, the United States became the number one energy superpower on Earth.  Number one.  Became number one.  Bigger than Saudi Arabia, bigger than Russia by a lot.  We left them all in the dust.  They were all in the dust.  But if the Democrats have their way, we are heading from energy dominance to energy disaster.  That’s what’s happening.  You have to see what’s going on.  Everything’s being closed up.  It’s a disaster.  The blackouts we saw in California last summer and all the time and the windmill calamity that we’re witnessing in Texas.  Great state of Texas.  We love Texas, but it’s so sad when you look at it, that’ll just be the start.  How bad is wind power.  So I talk about it all the time at CPAC, right?  We went to CPAC.  Remember last I said, we’re going to watch the president, well, Alice, the wind isn’t blowing.  I don’t believe we’ll have any electricity.  I remember we would kid, but I wasn’t actually kidding.  It’s such an expensive form of energy.  It’s so bad for the environment.  It kills the birds.  It destroys the landscapes.  And remember, these are structural columns with fans on them.  They wear out, and when they wear out all over the country, you see them, nobody takes them down.  They’re rotting. They’re rusting, how this is environmentally good for our country.  And it costs many, many times more than natural gas, which is clean and can fuel our great factories.  Wind can’t do that.  And solar, I love solar, but it doesn’t have the capacity to do what we have to do to make America great again, sorry it just doesn’t have it.  Under the radical Democrat policies, the price of gasoline has already surged 30% since the election.  And we’ll go to $5, $6, $7 and even higher.  So enjoy that when you go to the pump and they’ll say that’d be about $200 to fill up your van.  Remember they used to go to the little small vans.  They got away from the big ones that everybody wanted.  They went to the small ones.  Well, you know what?  Probably a good investment.  As long as these guys have their say because you know, it’s a shame what’s happening.  Energy prices are going to go through the roof.  And that includes your electric bills.  That includes any bill having to do with energy, our biggest cost.  We will now be relying on Russia and the middle East for oil.  And they talk about Russia, Russia, Russia.  What’s better than what this guy has done for Russia.  I had oil where they were actually paying you to take it.  Okay.  Remember they were going to give you 37 a barrel, but you had to take it away.  You had free oil almost for a period of time and one way I was proud of it, but we also had to save the energy industry and it worked out well.  And I dealt with Russia and Saudi Arabia and they cut back on production and we got it back up.  But now it’s going the opposite because now they are taking this incredible energy independence away from the people of our country.  And you’re going to see costs go like you have never seen them go before.  It’s a very sad and very stupid thing that they’re doing.  The Biden policies are a massive win for other oil producing countries and a massive loss for the United States and our great citizens[.]

• “Joe Biden and the Democrats are even pushing policies that would destroy women’s sports.  A lot of new records are being broken in women’s sports.  Hate to say that ladies, but got a lot of new records, they’re being shattered.  For years, the weightlifting, every ounce is like a big deal for many years.  All of a sudden somebody comes along and beats it by a hundred pounds.  Boom.  Now young girls and women are . . . being forced to compete against those who are biological males.  It’s not good for women.  It’s not good for women’s sports, which worked so long and so hard to get to where they are.  The records that stood for years, even decades are now being smashed with these.  Smashed.  If this is not change[d, ] women’s sports, as we know it will die.  They’ll end, it’ll end.  What coach, if I’m a coach, I want to be a great coach.  What coach, as an example, wants to recruit a young woman to compete, if her record can easily be broken by somebody who was born a man.  Not too many of those coaches around, right?  If they are around, they won’t be around long because they’re going to have a big problem when that record is we’re [zero] and 16, but we’re getting better.  No I think it’s crazy.  I think it’s just crazy what’s happening.  We must protect the integrity of women’s sports so important. . . .  And I don’t even know, is that controversial?  Somebody said, well, that’s going to be very controversial.  I said, that’s okay.  You haven’t heard anything yet.”

• “As you can see, the early weeks of the Biden administration have [been] nothing less than, they’ve been a catastrophe for American workers and for American families, the task of our mission.  And for us, it’s our movement.  As I said, a movement like has never been seen, I think we could probably say, never been seen anywhere in the world.  And nobody’s ever seen a movement like this.  I’d grow up and I’d watch somebody who came in second in New Hampshire or first in Iowa and that was the end.  And they became famous for the rest of their lives.  We won the election twice.  I mean, think about it, twice.  The task for our movement and our party is to stand up to this destructive agenda with confidence and with result[s.  T]he future of the Republican party is as a party that defends the social economic and cultural interests and values of working American families of every race, color, and creed.  That’s why the party is growing so rapidly and is becoming a different party.  And it’s becoming a party of love.  You have to see outside the streets.  I mean, there’s such love.  The flags.  Amazing.  That’s right now, it’s a party that’s incredible.  The people, the spirit, and there are, as you probably heard a little while ago, I mean, there’s more spirit now than there’s ever been, including even before the election, more spirit now than we’ve ever seen, because people are seeing how bad it can be.  And again, I want to thank Rush and Catherine, because what he did to get the word out has been incredible.  Some people are irreplaceable as Sean Hannity would say and he said Rush is irreplaceable, but his spirit lives on.  And that’s something that we need and we love.  Republicans believe that the needs of every citizen must come first.  In fact, America must come first. []  They don’t put it first.  Over the past four years my administration delivered for Americans of all backgrounds like never before, like never before.  We built the strongest economy in the history of the world, raised wages and achieved the lowest African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American unemployment rates ever, ever, ever recorded.  It was so great for everybody of all backgrounds that even after the China virus, we are leading the world.  Nobody’s even close.  We’re leading it in the comeback.  Our economic comeback has been incredible.  That’s because the financial and economic foundation we built was so strong, that unlike other countries who are having a hard time, we didn’t break.  We came roaring back, and now our stock market and your 401(k)s are again at record levels, higher than ever before, actually.”

• “Many people have asked, ‘What is Trumpism?’  A new term being used more and more.  I’m hearing that term more and more.  I didn’t come up with it.  But what it means is great deals, great trade deals. Great ones, not deals where we give away everything, our jobs, our money, like the USMCA replacement of the horrible NAFTA.  NAFTA was one of the worst deals ever made, probably the worst trade deal ever made, and we ended it.  A lot of people forget, we ended it.  Now we have the USMCA-Mexico-Canada.  It’s incredible what it’s done for our farmers, who are doing fantastically.  Did you see grain prices and grain sales are at an all-time high?  Wheat, all-time high.  So many elements of farms and farmers, and they love me.  Remember, it’s going to be very close in Iowa.  Well, it wasn’t close.  We won in a landslide, Iowa, because our farmers know, and they put up with it, and we did a lot of work with the tariffs and all these things that we had to do to get it.  Now the farmers are doing great, but they’re setting records.  It means low taxes and eliminating job-killing regulations, Trumpism.  It means strong borders, but people coming into our country based on a system of merit.  They come in and they can help us, as opposed to coming here and not being good for us, including criminals, of which there are many.  It means no riots in the streets.  It means law enforcement.  It means very strong protection for the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms.  It means support for the forgotten men and women who have been taken advantage of for so many years.  They were doing great.  They were doing great before that horrible thing from China came in and hit us, and now they’re starting to do really well again.  If you think about it, we built the economy twice.  We built it then, and then like every other country in the world, it went down, and then we built it again.  Now it’s higher in many ways, certainly in the stock market, it’s higher in many ways than it was before.  That’s because of the foundation, and no country comes even close to competing with our comeback.  It means a strong military and taking care of our vets, but a strong military, which we have totally rebuilt.  We have rebuilt it.  Our military has never been stronger than it is today.  It was tired.  It was depleted.  It was obsolete.  Now we have the best brand-new equipment ever made, and it was all produced right here in the USA.  Isn’t that nice?  We take care of our vets.  We had a poll recently just before leaving office.  The vets had a 91% approval rating for the way we took care of them.  That’s the highest number in the history of the polls, the vet polls.  On top of all of that, we have even created the Space Force, the first new branch of the United States military in nearly 75 years.  The mission of the Democrat party is to promote socialism.  They want to promote socialism, ultimately leading, unfortunately, to communism, and that will happen.  If you look at Venezuela, you look at some of these countries, that’s why some of our biggest supporters are from South America, Latin America, because they’ve seen what goes on with all of this cancel culture, and you can’t speak, and let’s cut them off and let’s not give them words.  The mission of our movement and of the Republican party must be to create a future of good jobs, strong families, safe communities, a vibrant culture, and a great nation for all Americans, and that’s what we’re creating.  [The Democratic] party is based upon unvarnished disdain for America, its past and its people.  You see that happening.  It’s horrible the way they treat the legacy of our country, the culture of our country.  Our party is based on love for America and the belief that this is an exceptional nation, blessed by God.  We take great pride in our country.  We teach the truth about history.  We celebrate our rich heritage and national traditions.  We honor George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and all national heroes, and of course, we respect our great American flag. . . .  [D]uring some of the rallies, especially the latter rallies, where we set records.  We had 56 unbelievable packed rallies, and nobody’s ever had anything like we had.  We started hearing, ‘We love you.’  I asked somebody, because we really liked Ronald Reagan.  He was a great President.  We had others, but I said, ‘Did anybody ever say that to Ronald Reagan or to any of our great . . . ”  [A]nd to the best of all of these political professionals’ knowledge and pollsters’, nobody’s ever heard that chant before, Matt, so it’s an honor.  Believe me, it’s an honor.  It’s a great honor.  It’s a great honor.  When you think about, we love you, you say that about, I hate to say it, am I a politician?  I don’t know.  Maybe I’m a politician.  I hate to admit it, but that’s really… It’s an honor that you would say it.  We believe in patriotic education and strongly oppose the radical indoctrination of America’s youth.  It’s horrible.  We are committed to defending innocent life and to upholding the Judeo-Christian values of our founders and of our founding.  We embrace free thought.  We stand up to political correct[ness], and we reject left-wing lunacy, and in particular, we reject cancel culture.  We know that the rule of law is the ultimate safeguard.  We affirm that the Constitution means exactly what it says, as written[. . . . ]  They want to change it.  They want to get rid of it, frankly.  We believe in law and order.  We believe that the men and women of law enforcement are heroes who truly deserve our absolute support.  We don’t defund the police.  We are not defunding the police.  We believe in standing up to China, shutting down, outsourcing, bringing back our factories and supply chains and ensuring that America, not China, dominates the future of the world.  That’s what’s going to happen.  By the way, we took in hundreds of billions of dollars from China during my administration, hundreds.  They never gave us 25 cents.  It was a one-way street.  We took in hundreds of billions.  During negotiations, they would say, ‘Look, the one thing, we don’t want any more of these tariffs, these tariffs.’  Those tariffs, we took in so much money, and what happened is, they became competitive.  What happened with people, they wouldn’t go to China.  They’d build a lot of it back in our country.  They would make it here instead.  In addition to that, we were taking in billions and billions and billions of dollars from China.  But in all fairness to China, we made a trade deal with them.  This was prior to COVID.  Once COVID happened, I no longer cared so much about the trade deal, because what happened with that was just disgraceful.  But that’s one of the things, that’s one of the reasons that right now our farmers are doing so good.  I used to tell China, ‘Look, look, go and get a lot of wheat. Get a lot of different things, all of the things we just talked about, you better go out and do it, because this country has not been treated fairly by you for many, many years, many, many years.’  We used to lose $504 billion trade deficit with China, 504, not million.  $504 million is a lot, right?  You know that through the World Health Organization.  Now take 504 million and make it $504 billion, we had deficits with China.  It was absolutely insane that this could keep going.  It’s amazing that you still have a country left.  The people that did this to our country, they should be ashamed of themselves.  They should be ashamed of themselves.  Companies that leave America to create jobs in China and other countries that have ripped us off for years should not be rewarded.  They should be tariffed, fined and punished.  They should not be rewarded.  That’s what the Biden administration is doing.  But of course, as you know, they have a very close, personal relationship with China, so I don’t expect much to happen.  It’s a shame, because it really is a threat.  It’s a tremendous economic threat.  Thank God we’ve rebuilt our military, but it’s a tremendous economic threat.  Never forget it.  These are the convictions that define our movement today and must define the Republican party in the years ahead.  Very simple, it’s really quite simple, isn’t it?”

• “Another one of the most urgent issues facing the Republican party is that of ensuring fair, honest and secure elections.  Such a disgrace, such a disgrace, such a disgrace.  We must pass comprehensive election reforms, and we must do it now.  The Democrats used the China virus as an excuse to change all of the election rules without the approval of their state legislatures, making it therefore illegal and had a massive impact on the election.  Again, you have to go to the legislatures to get these approvals.  This alone would have easily changed the outcome of the election at levels that you wouldn’t have even believed.  Even with COVID, even with all of the things, the numbers are staggering.  We can never let this or other abuses of the 2020 election be repeated or happen again, can never let that happen again.  You see what’s going on.  We’ve been set back so greatly with other countries and with the world.  We need election integrity and election reform immediately.  Republicans should be the party of honest elections that can give everyone confidence in the future of our country.  Without honest elections, who has confidence?  Who has confidence?  This issue is being studied and examined.  But the reality is you cannot have a situation where ballots are indiscriminately pouring in from all over the country, tens of millions of ballots.  Where are they coming from?  They’re coming all over the place, where illegal aliens and dead people are voting, and many other horrible things are happening that are too voluminous to even mention, but people know.  I mean, it’s being studied, and the level of dishonesty is not to be believed.  We have a very sick and corrupt electoral process that must be fixed immediately.  This election was rigged, and the Supreme Court and other courts didn’t want to do anything about it.  If you just take that one element where they didn’t go through legislatures, it’s illegal. You can’t do it.  It’s in the Constitution.  They didn’t have the courage, the Supreme Court.  They didn’t have the courage to act, but instead, used process and lack of standing.  I was told the President of the United States has no standing.  It’s my election.  It’s your election.  We have no standing.  If you’re think of it, we had almost 20 states go into the Supreme Court so that we didn’t have a standing problem.  They rejected it.  They rejected it.  They should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done to our country.  They didn’t have the guts or the courage to make the right decision.  They didn’t want to talk about it.  You had the case led by the great State of Texas.  18 states went in, ‘You don’t have standing.  Oh, let’s not talk about it.’  They didn’t have the guts to do what should be done, and that’s on top of all of the other forms of cheating.  But this is the most basic of all, they would have local courts and local politicians change the rules, in some cases, a day or two before the election.  This should never be allowed to happen to another presidential candidate or presidential race, should never be allowed to happen.  Today I want to outline the steps that we must take to have an election system in this country that is honest, fair and accurate.  We need one election day, not 45, 30, one day like it’s been.  The Republicans don’t get this and the other things I’m going to say, that you should, like the Supreme Court, be ashamed of yourselves.  One day, one day, and the only people that should be allowed to vote by mail are people that can be proven to be either very sick, or out of the country, or military where they can’t do it.  One day.  They have millions and millions of ballots sitting around all over the place for long periods of time.  Gee, I wonder what happens with those ballots?  I wonder what happens?  It’s common sense.  It’s a disgrace.  It’s an absolute disgrace.  There should be a legitimate reason for someone to vote absentee, has to have a reason.  We should eliminate the insanity of mass and very corrupt mail-in voting.  We must have voter ID, voter ID.  To get into the Democrat National Convention, when they had the convention, you needed voter ID.  You needed an ID card.  You couldn’t get in unless you had an ID.  So many people told me you can’t get in that place.  You need ID.  Nobody had ID.  You need voter ID.  They know that.  There’s a con job.  They’re conning everybody.  They know that.  They know the wall was good.  They knew the wall would work, but they didn’t want to have it, because we wanted it.  I made one big mistake in the wall.  I should have said, ‘We will not have a wall.’  Then they would have said, ‘Let’s build a wall.’  I made a big mistake.  I made a big mistake.  I’m sorry.  It took us a year and a half extra.  Because of that mistake, we will not have a wall.  ‘We need a wall immediately,’ said Chuck Schumer.  We need universal signature matching.  They want to pass a bill where you don’t have to match signatures, where signatures don’t mean anything.  Now they know it, just like with the wall, just like with voter ID, when you need to go into anything that’s Democrat run, you need it.  But for voting, which is our most sacred institution, you don’t.  They don’t want to let you have it.  There should be a 100% requirement to verify the citizenship of every person who votes, and there must be a chain of custody protections for every ballot, every ballot.  You saw what happened in Detroit and Philadelphia and many other places, swing states mostly, all over, but swing states mostly.  You saw what happened?  You saw what was going on.  You saw that more people…  You take a look at the votes.  When you have more votes than you have people, that’s a problem, right?  Is that a problem?  We have a little problem adjusting in Detroit.  We seem to have more votes than we have people, a lot more votes, an election-changing number.  We’re not talking about a number where you catch…  No, these are election-changing numbers.  In Pennsylvania, they had hundreds of thousands of more votes than they had people voting.  What’s that all about?  What’s that all about?  Cheating, they say.  Yeah, I’d say so.  In the history of our country, and it has taken place for years in Pennsylvania, in Detroit and various other places, but there’s tremendous, never like this, because they used COVID as a way of cheating.  That’s what happened, and everybody knows it.  Hundreds of thousands and millions of ballots, they used it as a way of getting what they’ve wanted for many years, and the Republicans have to do something about it.  They’d better do something about it.  Our election process is worse than that, in many cases, of a third-world country.  You know that.  You saw what was going on.  Even if you consider nothing else, it is undeniable that election rules were illegally changed at the last minute in almost every swing state, with the procedures rewritten by local politicians… you’re not allowed to do that… and local judges.  They want more time.  They want this.  They want that.  All done by local politicians or local judges, as opposed to state legislatures as required by the Constitution of the United States.  These are numbers that are massive.  These aren’t little numbers.  These are numbers that in each state is a transformative number.  It changes the outcome of the election, and it’s not close.  Regardless of your political views, this should concern you as a constitutional matter.  The Supreme court, again, didn’t have the guts or the courage to do anything about it, and neither did other judges.[4]  Democrats even admitted in Time Magazine, which is I would say on the liberal side, that they couldn’t…  They couldn’t hold it in.  They had to brag about it, because what they did, they had a brag about it.  They couldn’t do it.  You got to read this story.  It’s a disaster.  It’s a disaster for our country that we can allow something so corrupt to happen.  Read that article.  I really encourage you.  You read that article.”

• “Yet all of the election integrity measures in the world will mean nothing if we don’t have free speech.  That’s where we’re at now.  If Republicans can be censored for speaking the truth and calling out corruption, we will not have [a] democracy, and we will have only left-wing tyranny.  We can do this.  We can do this.  We’re smarter than they are.  We’re tougher than they are.  For some reason, we just don’t . . . get it done.  We let them attack our businesses, and we don’t attack their businesses.  I believe your numbers are bigger than their numbers, but you’re nicer than they are.  You’re not as vicious as they are.  In the past, we would debate.  I would have it.  I’d debate.  You’ve seen me for many years.  They’d throw something.  I debate.  They debate.  Who knows who wins.  People go.  They vote.  They see what happens, but they would have an idea.  They would disagree.  The public would hear it.  The debate and discourse would take place, and then somebody would make a decision.  You would win.  You would lose.  The public would make up its mind.  But now there is no debate, because they refuse to allow our side to even speak or be heard. . . .  They don’t want [to] debate, because we have easy victories in a debate, very easy victories.  It’s is called common sense.  It’s called other things, but it’s called common sense.  So they don’t want a debate.  The time has come to break up big tech monopolies and restore fair competition.  Republicans, conservatives must open up our platforms and repeal section 230 liability protections.  And if the federal government refuses to act, then every state in the union where we have the votes, which is a lot of them, big tech giants, like Twitter, Google, and Facebook should be punished with major sanctions whenever they silence conservative voices.[5]  And governor Ron DeSantis of Florida and in Texas and in other States are doing this.  If they do what they’re doing, Florida, and that legislation will pass.  And Texas and others will have tremendous power to do what’s right and what’s fair.  We have no time to waste, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress are racing to pass a flagrantly unconstitutional attack on the first amendment and the integrity of our elections known as HR 1.  Do you know what HR 1 is?  It’s a disaster.  Their bill would drastically restrict political speech, empower [] the federal government to shut down decent [speech].  And turn the Federal Election Commission into a partisan political weapon.  In addition, it virtually eliminates voter ID requirements nationwide, effectively ends all registration deadlines.  Can you believe this?  Requires States to give ballots to felons, automatically registers every welfare recipient to vote, and puts unaccountable unelected bureaucrats in charge of drawing congressional districts.  That’s going to be a lot of fun.  This monster must be stopped.  It cannot be allowed to pass.  Now more than ever is the time for tough strong and energetic Republican leaders who have spines of steel.  We need strong leadership.  We cannot have leaders who show more passion for condemning their fellow Americans than they have ever shown for standing up to Democrats, the media, and the radicals who want to turn America into a socialist country.  Instead of attacking me and more importantly the voters of our movement, top establishment Republicans in Washington should be spending their energy in opposing Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, and the Democrats.  I’ve said to some of them, I said, ‘You know, during the Obama years, and now during Biden, if you spent the same energy on attacking them, you’d actually be successful as you do on attacking me, in many cases.’  The Democrats don’t have grandstanders like Mitt Romney, little Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey, and in the house, Tom Rice, South Carolina, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Newhouse, Anthony Gonzalez.  That’s another beauty.  Fred Upton, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Peter Meyer, John Katko, David Valadao.  And of course the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney.  How about that?  The good news is in her state, she’s been censured, and in her state, her poll numbers have dropped faster than any human being I’ve ever seen.  So hopefully they’ll get rid of her with the next election.  Get rid of them all.  Democrats are vicious.  Remember this, it’s true.  Democrats are vicious.  He said evil, well, there is evil there, but they’re vicious, they’re smart, and they do one thing.  You got to hand it to them.  They always stick together.  You don’t have Mitt Romney’s in the group. They always stick together.  Fortunately, for the Republican party, the Democrats have horrible policies like open borders, sanctuary cities, defunding the police, and the ridiculous, totally ridiculous green new deal.  So, they stick together, they’re smart.  They’re vicious, they got everything going, but their policies are no good.  So hence, we have, congratulations, the Republican party.  After this, they may not stick with those policies.  We have to be careful.  No, their policies are horrible.  Think of it, defund the police.  How did that work out?  But if Republicans do not stick together, the rhinos that we’re surrounded with will destroy the Republican party and the American worker, and will destroy our country itself, the rhinos, Republican in name only, but the Republican party is united.  The only division is between a handful of Washington DC establishment political hacks, and everybody else all over the country.”

• “I think we have tremendous unity.  When you look at the crowds outside that want your seats so badly, they will take your seat in two seconds.  They want your seat.  Congratulations.  Congratulations on getting in by the way.  I’m very impressed.  And that’s why I’m announcing that I will be actively working to elect strong, tough and smart Republican leaders.  Speaking of that, I heard Jim Jordan did a great job.  Right?  Thank you.  I heard that from Mark Meadows.  I heard it, oh, there he is.  Look at that. Hi Jim.  I heard you were great.  In fact, I hated to follow you.  I want to follow other people.   I could name them too.  I like to follow other people.  I heard you were great.  Thank you Jim, very much.  Jim Jordan.  A great, great athlete.  People don’t know he was a great wrestler, tremendous numbers of victories.  He was a champion.  He was college champion for a long period of time.  He’s a winner and a leader and he doesn’t play games.  He likes to win.  He likes to win.  And we have a lot of people in our party that like to win Jim, right?  But I heard you were great, thank you very much.  But we want Republican leaders who are loyal to the voters and who will work proudly for the vision that I’ve laid out today.  And what is it?  So simple, right?  So simple, military, law and order, great trade deals, great education.  So simple.”

• “I don’t, does anybody get it?  What are they doing?  Does anybody get it?  It has just been stated that President Trump’s endorsement is the most powerful asset in politics.  Do you believe that?  Who would’ve thought that was going to happen?  Who would have thought that’s going to happen, Jim?  In last year’s congressional primaries, 120, listen to this, it’s crazy. 120 of 122 candidates I endorsed won, 120.  That’s almost as good as Jim’s wrestling record.  And the two that lost were beaten by people claiming to be more Trump than their opponent.  So I like those two people very much also.  In the Senate, I was undefeated in endorsements with a record of 21 and 0, my endorsement of Mitch McConnell, at his request[. . . . ]  Now, he made a request.  He asked for my endorsement, brought him from one point down to 20 points up, and he won his race in the great state, and actually the great Commonwealth of Kentucky.  And he won it very easily.  And I said, ‘I wonder if I’m doing the right thing here.’  But you know what?  I did what I did.  But he went from one point down to 20 points up very quickly, immediately actually.  And he won his race.  And if you compare that to his other elections, I’m sure you’ll see something interesting.  But you know what?  We got a Republican elected.  And now we have to use Republicans to take care of the election frauds and all of the other things that are happening that shouldn’t be allowed to happen in our country.  It’s very simple.  Because of my efforts campaigning, we had huge gains in the House, and I helped keep many senators in their seats, and they will admit it, so that it’s now 50/50, instead of Republicans being down anywhere from eight to 10 seats.  And they’ll admit it, we’d be down eight to 10 seats if I didn’t campaign.  We held rallies for some of the senators that were down.  And nobody talks about that.  Nobody wants to talk, the press doesn’t talk about it.  With me at the top of the ticket, not a single Republican member of Congress lost their race for the first time in decades.  We won 26 of 26 toss up races.  Toss up. . . .  Those are races that could go any way.  We were expected to lose 25 seats, and instead we won 15 seats, and almost, oh, why couldn’t we have done a couple of more, almost cost crazy Nancy her job.  We’ll do that the next time around.  I received almost, listen to this number, because you know, the fake news doesn’t ever talk about these numbers.  I just heard this one for the first time.  I received almost 1.5 million more votes than all of the Republican House candidates combined.  So how the hell is it possible that we lost?  It’s not possible.  I got more votes.  I got more, which is me, when I say I, I’m talking about we.  We, we got more votes than any incumbent, any incumbent president in the history of our country, almost 75 million votes.  And that doesn’t include the votes and ballots they threw out.  If you include them, you’ll see numbers that are much different.  We did even better in the second election than we did in the first, you know I won the first?  And we won the second, we did much better.  Sort of strange, right? . . .  Well, we did much better the second time.  Oh, you did?  Really?  What a disgrace, what a disgrace to our country.  I got over 11 million, very close to 12 million more votes than we got in 2016.  And I was told by John McLaughlin that if you, the great pollster, that if you get to, we had 63 in 2016, 63 million.  Sir, if you get to 66 million, you have it made.  We got to almost 75 million.  Then what the hell happened?  What happened?  What happened when they closed all of the counting booths?  What happened at 3:00 in the morning?  What happened at 3:02 in the morning?  What happened?  No president has ever lost an election after carrying Florida, Ohio, and Iowa.  And I won them all.  And I won them by a lot.  By a lot.  I won 94% of the primary vote, no incumbent president who received more than 75% of the primary vote has ever lost an election.  I had a record number, and no president has ever, ever, and we’re talking about a much lower number than we got, has ever lost an election.  Thanks to my coattails, thank you.  We have to have a sense of humor.  Thanks to my coattails, democrats failed to flip a single state legislature.  Think of it, or a legislative chamber, because Republicans came out to vote for me.  Now they say it differently.  The press, the fake news spins it differently.  They say, ‘Despite how well they did, Trump didn’t win.’  That’s such a lie.  And many legislators, many legislators told me, they said, they were going to lose their race.  It wasn’t going to happen. And then what happened is one in particular told me from a great swing state, said, ‘You know, I thought I was going to lose my position, lose my race.  And I went out with my wife the night before the election.  And I saw all these Trump signs and the American flags and the spirits on the streets.’  I said, ‘You know, darling, I think we’re going to win.’  He said, ‘But you were far, far, far more popular than me.’  They do lots of polls.  You were way, way ahead of me, sir.  And the next day I was right.  He said, he won the election by a lot, and you lost the election.  And sir, it’s not possible that you lost, because you got a lower number than I did. And you were so far ahead of me.  You’re the person that brought everybody out to vote.  And I happen to agree with that 1,000%.  [N]ever forget that conversation.  He couldn’t believe it.  And I’ve heard it from more than one.  And in November, 18 of 19 bellwether counties, you heard about the bellwether counties?  18 of 19 bellwether counties that have correctly predicted every presidential election election for decades.  Many decades, voted for Trump, not for Biden.  And it was a shocker to those people that go for the stats.  It was a shocker.  They voted for Trump, 18 of 19 voted for Trump.  There’s never been anything like that.  And yet did Biden win?  No.  If you want to help us take back the future of our country, go to DonaldJTrump.com.  I don’t do this.  I’ve never done this, but it’s time that we have to put forces together, because these people with their big tech and their fake news media right back there, okay?  And you know, when you talk about election, they . . . probably have them going, because they also care about ratings.  But when they talk about election, they turn off the cameras.  You know why?  It’s a very sore subject, okay?  They don’t like that subject.  There’s only one way to contribute to our efforts, to elect America first Republican conservatives, and in turn to make America great again, and that’s through Save America, PAC, and DonaldJTrump.com.  So go out there and do whatever you can because we’re going to help a lot of great people.  We know the right people to help.  We need your help to win, and to fight big tech and the radical left and the DC establishment.  We need to save your second amendment, which is under siege.  We need to help protect funding for our military and for our great vets.  And that’s what we’re doing.  As we discussed earlier, we’re in a struggle for the survival of America as we know it.  This is a struggle.  This is a terrible, terrible, painful struggle.  The path ahead will not be easy, but we will win.  We are going to win.  Ultimately we always win.  And when we do, history will show that this was the moment when we could have given up, when we could have despaired.  But instead, we chose to keep on pushing forward.  The greater the challenge and tougher the task, the more determined we must be to pull through to triumph.  We have to have triumph.  We have to have victory.  With the talent and dedication of everyone here today, and you have tremendous, not only dedication, tremendous talent in this room.  I know many of you.  That is exactly what we will do.  We will go on to victory.  We will summon the spirit of generations of American Patriots before us, like those heroes who crossed the Delaware, conquered the Rockies, stormed the beaches, won the battles, and tamed the unknown frontiers.  We will persist, and we will prevail.  We’re tougher than they are.  We’re stronger than they are.  Together, in the coming years, we will carry forward the torch of American Liberty.  We will lead the conservative movement and the Republican party back to a totally conclusive victory.  And we’ve had tremendous victories.  Don’t ever forget it.  With your help, we will take back the House.  We will win the Senate.  And then, a Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House.  And I wonder who that will be?  I wonder who that will be?  Who, who, who will that be?  I wonder.  Standing before you today, I am supremely confident that for our movement, for our party, and for our country, our brightest days are just ahead.  And that together we will make America prouder, freer, stronger and greater than it ever has been before.  Thank you CPAC, God bless you, and God bless America.  Thank you all.  Thank you.”

What President Trump did not mention explicitly—and understandably so, because he must get back in power first—are (1) the need to crush China economically, because it unleashed the deadly Coronavirus pandemic on the world, which has created so much suffering physically, psychologically and economically; (2) the need to crush Facebook, as the leading suppressor of free speech in the nation, so it becomes a hollow shell of what it is today; (3) the need to close our borders tight, and eject the illegal aliens who take jobs from Americans that are desperately in need of work to survive; (4) the Democrats gave us slavery, and tried to perpetuate it even after our Civil War through the KKK, segregation and later Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs that destroyed black families and consigned them to economic servitude; and (5) the thugs, slugs, hoods and mongrels of “Black Lives Matter,” Antifa and other far-Left groups have burned our cities, killed or hurt innocent Americans including our police, and destroyed black and other businesses, yet the Democrats have routinely praised and coddled these insidious groups.

 

Trump at CPAC 2021

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass). He and his firm, Timothy D. Naegele & Associates, specialize in Banking and Financial Institutions Law, Internet Law, Litigation and other matters (see, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-20-6-30). He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., www.naegele.com/whats_new.html#articles and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/), and can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-cpac-speech-2021-b1809208.html (“Donald Trump CPAC speech 2021 – read the full transcript | The Independent”) and https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/donald-trump-cpac-2021-speech-transcript (“Trump CPA speech transcript”)

[3]  See, e.g., https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9317541/At-12-people-dead-multiple-vehicle-crash-California.html (“At least 15 dead and 12 injured after Ford SUV ‘with 27 immigrants crammed inside’ crashes into a gravel truck near the Mexican border in California”)

[4]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/12/19/the-high-tech-lynching-of-donald-trump/ (“The High-Tech Lynching Of Donald Trump”) (see also the comments beneath the article)

[5]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/02/25/facebook-is-engaged-in-criminal-censorship/ (“Facebook Is Engaged In Criminal Censorship”)

 








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