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Both Praise and Criticism of Trump’s Joint Address to Congress

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Published on: March 4, 2017

Having listened to his address and also read through the speech transcript multiple times I have to say, it was nothing short of remarkable. We haven’t heard a rally to unify around our common ideals like this since possibly Reagan. It truly was a great speech in terms of a call towards the unification of our nation, as for his vision for America I have very mixed feelings.

While reading through the speech, a couple of things really stuck out at me. I will go through them in chronological order, but the entire Joint Address to Congress can be found here.

Trump began,

“Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice –- in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present.

That torch is now in our hands.  And we will use it to light up the world.  I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.”

I would comment by saying, it is not only Americans who pass this torch of “truth, liberty and justice in an unbroken chain,” but all of humanity throughout the ages. If these three things are not intact within a society then that society will fall in short order. The divisive nature of American attack politics has sidelined all of these things to our great hurt. Was this speech enough to win over his political opponents? Will they heed the call of unification? Time will tell, but probably.

It is interesting to note that Truth, Liberty and Justice are both the founding values of our nation, and are also considered divine attributes of God. Truth, Liberty and Justice is something God continually placed supreme value on throughout scripture. We as Christians see these 3 things personified in Jesus Christ. We see that Jesus is the embodiment of Truth in John 1:14 and John 14:6. We see His liberty given to all men and woman who profess Him as Lord in Galatians 3:28 and 2 Corinthians 10:23-24. And finally, we see his justice in the Final White Throne Judgment in Revelation 20:11-12.  This, in my opinion, was a powerful, heart-felt statement appealing to the congressmen and woman and the country to unify as Americans under our founding system of values as a means of honoring those that went before us and those who are yet to come.

He continued by wondering what kind of country we will have in 9 years when we celebrate 250 years as a country,

“In 9 years, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding — 250 years since the day we declared our Independence.

It will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world.

But what will America look like as we reach our 250th year? What kind of country will we leave for our children?”

Former Congressman Ron Paul, while live tweeting his critique of Trump’s speech graded his vision for the 250th anniversary an A- but his methods to achieve it as an F. I think Ron Paul is absolutely right in this assessment. This country is horribly divided, and is currently in the midst of a communist, color revolution headed by liberal elites entrenched in media, education, finance, corporate America, and government, all working tirelessly to disrupt our Bill of Rights, and Constitutional Form of Government. While Christians who should be fighting this liberal onslaught are too busy worshiping Israel and supporting a host of un-Constitutional wars abroad on their behalf to pay the cultural war unfolding in their backyard any mind.

“Then, in 2016, the earth shifted beneath our feet.  The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds -– families who just wanted a fair shot for their children, and a fair hearing for their concerns.

But then the quiet voices became a loud chorus — as thousands of citizens now spoke out together, from cities small and large, all across our country.

Finally, the chorus became an earthquake – and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand, that America must put its own citizens first … because only then, can we truly MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”

I think Ron Paul would also note here that prior to 2016 and the MAGA revolution was the Ron Paul Revolution and Tea Party. He would note that these revolutions that gave the MAGA revolution its boost were founded on the radical notion that to Make America Great Again it would require a return to our founding liberty principles, to shrink the size of government and also take a axe to the root of corruption in this country by abolishing the Federal Reserve, ending the Drug War, and ending the un-Constitutional War on Terror. All things Trump fails to address in any of his speeches. These three things alone are massive drains on the security, liberty, prosperity and peace of our society.

Trump’s vision for America dances around this root of corruption,

“Dying industries will come roaring back to life.  Heroic veterans will get the care they so desperately need.

Our military will be given the resources its brave warriors so richly deserve.

Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our beautiful land.

Our terrible drug epidemic will slow down and ultimately, stop.

And our neglected inner cities will see a rebirth of hope, safety, and opportunity.

Above all else, we will keep our promises to the American people.”

To achieve these statements Trump would need to again end the Drug War that creates a black market incentive for drugs, he would have to end the wars abroad that make sick un-cared for veterans and not promise to bulk-up the imperialist military at every turn, and he would then have to dismantle the globalist controlled financial system that impoverishes communities and exports the jobs overseas.

Trump then goes on to list his many accomplishments in the last month, all things that are noteworthy for sure in terms of U.S. corporate investment, federal hiring freezes, regulation overhauls, and trade re-negotiations. But if you really want to impress me and others, address the 700 lb gorilla which is the Federal Reserve. To Make America Great Again would require the removal of the controlling aspects of foreign control, and there is no greater foreign control than that of the Federal Reserve.

“We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a 5 year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials –- and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government.”

So when he says he has begun to “drain the swap of government corruption” let’s hope the full strategy ends with his support and implementation of Rand Paul’s Audit the Fed Bill he re-introduced last Janurary which reportedly had Trump’s support.

Trump’s plan on immigration, his wall and the cartels are all symptoms of a larger problem, mainly that of globalist policies having been implemented by traitor Presidents like Obama the Bush’s and Clintons.

“I have further ordered the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, along with the Department of State and the Director of National Intelligence, to coordinate an aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread across our Nation.

We will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth — and we will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted.

At the same time, my Administration has answered the pleas of the American people for immigration enforcement and border security.  By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone.  We want all Americans to succeed –- but that can’t happen in an environment of lawless chaos.  We must restore integrity and the rule of law to our borders. For that reason, we will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border.

It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime.”

The 3 fold way of solving the issue of Drug Cartels and Illegal immigration is easy and doesn’t even take a massive $21.6 Billion dollar wall. Simply crack down on sanctuary states and companies that incentivize illegal immigration, end the drug war which creates the cartels profit motive, while making it easy for immigrants who want to work and pass a background check to enter the country legally. Problem solved.

Now here Trump actually makes mention of something that is actual authorized in the Constitution as the job of the president, defending the U.S. border.

“Our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States.  We are also taking strong measures to protect our Nation from Radical Islamic Terrorism.

According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.  We have seen the attacks at home -– from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon and yes, even the World Trade Center.

We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany and all over the world.

It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur.  Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.

We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America — we cannot allow our Nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.”

Trump’s plan to destroy ISIS is another issue that is easily remedied without military intervention abroad. There simply is no need for another solider to lose his life overseas fighting this bogus war on terror. ISIS as a creation of the U.S. Pentagon is a paper tiger in the middle east. Without the aid of the Obama administration financing and the provision of armaments ISIS fails and is already failing in the wake of Russian strikes and U.S. targeting under Trump. Trump could do absolutely nothing and simply make sure nothing in the way of support is provided covertly through Pentagon channels and they war on Terror would be history.

As promised, I directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS — a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women, and children of all faiths and beliefs.  We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.

I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran’s ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel.

As far as Iran and Israel’s defense goes, the Zionist, Sunni alliance is far more dangerous to world peace than Iran and its aspirations towards nuclear munitions. Nobody has created more anti-west sentiment among the Muslims in the middle east than the endless warfare and meddling Saudi Arabia, Israel, U.K. and the U.S. have done. This is a globalist program to bomb Muslim communities, create hate-filled Muslim refugee/terrorists, and bring them into our cities all in an attempt to break the back of western culture in America and Europe. If Trump was truly against ISIS and terrorism, then he has to break the cycle of American violence and aggression along with cracking down on immigration from known terrorist countries.

The truth be told Israel is a lot like ISIS, both are terrorist states and neither one could exist in the mid-east without the total support of America financial and military backing. I say why not let both ISIS and Israel wither away and die, and peace in the mid-east would be restored over night. Oh, that’s right because Zionist Christians believing Israel’s creation back in 1948 was some act of God and failing to see it was really a satanic inspired act by the globalist organization the U.N.

Turning from foreign policy Trump labels SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch as someone who will defend our Constitution. Simply put, that remains to be seen. Conservative Judges can’t always be equated to constitutional defenders. Consider Roe Vs. Wade in 1973. Their Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion by a 7-2 vote. Six of the seven justices in the majority were Republican appointees. The only Democrat appointee, Byron White, voted against Roe v. Wade

“Finally, I have kept my promise to appoint a Justice to the United States Supreme Court — from my list of 20 judges — who will defend our Constitution.  I am honored to have Maureen Scalia with us in the gallery tonight.  Her late, great husband, Antonin Scalia, will forever be a symbol of American justice.  To fill his seat, we have chosen Judge Neil Gorsuch, a man of incredible skill, and deep devotion to the law.  He was confirmed unanimously to the Court of Appeals, and I am asking the Senate to swiftly approve his nomination.”

From here Trump presented some harsh economical statistics, and reinstated his plan to level the playing fields both for the small business man in America through tax reform, create jobs, and also re-negotiate NAFTA and other trade deals that unfairly give foreign countries free access to our market while taxing countries seeking to do business abroad. All true, and all a result of globalist policies that have destroyed our middle class, and economic strength. Trump is right for tackling these things.

He did state that we have spent “six Trillion dollars in the Middle East” and indicated that this could of been used at home instead of wasteful war of aggression abroad. I am encouraged that he see’s military expenditures as a waste of Tax dollars. I wish he would go farther and say that not only was it a waste of money it was a waste of American lives and tell us that he is ending the U.S. War on Terror.

“America has spent approximately six trillion dollars in the Middle East, all this while our infrastructure at home is crumbling.  With this six trillion dollars we could have rebuilt our country –- twice.  And maybe even three times if we had people who had the ability to negotiate.

To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital –- creating millions of new jobs.

This effort will be guided by two core principles:  Buy American, and Hire American.”

He mentioned ending the disaster Obamacare, but Trump has recently admitted that it will be harder to kill than he initially thought. Which is code that the Republican elite are getting in his way, because his own party is wholly sold out to Big Pharma. The Republicans are as much of a hindrance to his agenda as are the Democrats.

“So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster.

Here are the principles that should guide the Congress as we move to create a better healthcare system for all Americans:”

On education, he called on the two parties to work together to pass bills that help minority groups get an education. In this segment of the speech he mentions that the family should be able to choose how they intend to educate their children and that Government should support that. To do this one would have to eradicate the Department of Education. The Department of Education alongside the University systems have become nothing more than a Marxist indoctrination center. Bills won’t help, only the total annihilation of this department will get America students back on track towards actual locally based education free from brainwashing.

I am calling upon Members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children.  These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them.

He mentioned the murder rates in Chicago and elsewhere, this would have been a perfect place to reinforce the 2nd Amendment and celebrate the move by states towards Constitutional carry as a solution. He could of praised the states like New Hampshire for passing Constitutional carry and decried the Montana governor for vetoing the will of the people on this issue.

“The murder rate in 2015 experienced its largest single-year increase in nearly half a century.

In Chicago, more than 4,000 people were shot last year alone –- and the murder rate so far this year has been even higher.”

Instead of looking toward the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment for solutions, he just stroked the ego of the police unions. The police have such a bad name because they have been totally overtaken by the DHS and trained to kill dogs, children, elderly, minority groups, etc treating them live cattle. The federalization of police forces across this country are extremely dangerous and have trended us in the direction of an overt police state. DHS along with the department of education should be abolished seeing it is a failed entity that has done nothing but turned average citizens into enemies of the state.

“We must build bridges of cooperation and trust –- not drive the wedge of disunity and division.

Police and sheriffs are members of our community.  They are friends and neighbors, they are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters – and they leave behind loved ones every day who worry whether or not they’ll come home safe and sound.

We must support the incredible men and women of law enforcement.

And we must support the victims of crime.”

Instead what does he do, creates another division inside the DHS growing that beastly entity.

I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims.  The office is called VOICE –- Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement.  We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.

Here is the section where he mentions his invites for the evening, people who have been terrorized by globalist open-border policies and the criminals that came here, and also the widow of the Navy Seal who was sent overseas in a botched raid that ended his life and the lives of children. In particular the standing ovation for Ryan Owens wife lasted 2 minutes, and Trump used this opportunity to defend American policy of aggressive unilateral action all over the globe. He also quoted Bible as if the sacrifice of Jesus has anything to do and is comparative with a solider that died in a un-Constitutional war of aggression. End the War on Terror, that and that alone will honor and respect the lives of our soldiers.

“We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens.  Ryan died as he lived:  a warrior, and a hero –- battling against terrorism and securing our Nation.

I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, “Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.”  Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity.  For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom –- we will never forget him.”

He also went on to talk up NATO, something he heavily criticized during the election, especially those nations that freeload off the American military. NATO is a horrendous entity, a kind of globalist police force waging wars on sovereign nations without consequence. They are also highly suspect in the Heroin and Drug trade that  as whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has revealed.

“We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism.

But our partners must meet their financial obligations.

And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.

We expect our partners, whether in NATO, in the Middle East, or the Pacific –- to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost.

We will respect historic institutions, but we will also respect the sovereign rights of nations.”

What he said next is very true about America being better off with less conflict, conflict that institutions like the Pentagon, the U.N. and NATO are directly responsible for around the globe. We would be better off without these institutions that create war.

Free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people –- and America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path.  My job is not to represent the world.  My job is to represent the United States of America. But we know that America is better off, when there is less conflict — not more.

We must learn from the mistakes of the past –- we have seen the war and destruction that have raged across our world.

Trump, in conclusion, evokes the spirit of American industry and inventiveness, and then says something truly outstanding. A perfect call toward unity around the common ideals that made our country great. In this, he tells the world that we are all made by the same Creator God, something we simply haven’t heard an American president say in I don’t know how long. So refreshing to her God honored by a sitting president once again. Obama and the left created an environment in this country that was outright hostile to Christianity. So glad that Trump has the courage and will to unite us all under our Creator.

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“When we have all of this, we will have made America greater than ever before. For all Americans.

This is our vision. This is our mission.

But we can only get there together.

We are one people, with one destiny.

We all bleed the same blood.

We all salute the same flag.

And we are all made by the same God.

And when we fulfill this vision; when we celebrate our 250 years of glorious freedom, we will look back on tonight as when this new chapter of American Greatness began.

The time for small thinking is over.  The time for trivial fights is behind us.

We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts.

The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls.

And the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams to action.

From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears –-

inspired by the future, not bound by the failures of the past –-

and guided by our vision, not blinded by our doubts.

I am asking all citizens to embrace this Renewal of the American Spirit.  I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country.  And I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment and —

Believe in yourselves.

Believe in your future.

And believe, once more, in America.

Thank you, God bless you, and God Bless these United States.”

Overall a very good speech, but one still has to wonder if he has a total command over the issues we really face in this nation. The war with the Deep State will continue to rage regardless of how inspiring and articulate of a speech he gives. The Democrats will still work towards the destruction of our Constitution, and American Zionist Christians will still call for blood in the Middle East on behalf of their idol nation Israel. We need to pray for our president, he is in a position where he can do much good, but he has to understand that he is still defending some the institutions that are at the heart of the evil empire.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 1 Timothy 2:1-3

Article posted with permission from Wake the Church

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