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President Trump’s Farewell Address to the Nation highlights why President Trump’s accomplishments will be difficult to match. Economically, it’s virtually impossible to imagine Joe Biden, or any other Democrat Socialist president, accumulating President Trump’s accomplishments. The first accomplishments were the most important.

Using the Congressional Review Act, the GOP Congress and President Trump jump-started America’s energy industry. As a result, the US is “the world’s number-one producer of oil and natural gas by far.” People are paying less for a gallon of gas. Their heating bills are less, too. That’s about to change because a) Joe Biden wants electric cars, b) John Kerry wants us back in the Paris Climate Accord and Biden is cancelling the Keystone XL Pipeline in the name of climate change, not because it’s good for the environment. The economy in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan will needlessly crater.

The World Stage

  1. NATO nations are paying more for defending their nations, thanks to President Trump’s negotiating.
  2. A new trade deal is in place with China. NAFTA was ripped up, then renegotiated. The USMCA was put into place in NAFTA’s place.
  3. While he didn’t finish it, President Trump started bringing US medical supply chains back to the US. When COVID hit, we learned that China produced most of our antibiotics and PPE. That won’t happen because Joe Biden wants to raise these companies’ taxes.

Abraham Accords

Normalizing relations between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain was the first step. The next step was normalizing relations between Israel and Sudan. Now Morocco is joining the Abraham Accords.

In addition to the Abraham Accords, President Trump moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem. That happened early in his administration. Later in his administration, he recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golon Heights. Golon is key to Israel’s defenses.

The Crown Jewel

The pre-COVID economy was the best economy in US history. Blue collar wages were rising twice as fast as white collar wages. Consumer confidence was sky high. Small business confidence was, too. Durable goods orders and shipments were growing after years of stagnation. Wages rose because President Trump shut the US-Mexico border, drying up the low-skill labor pool. The unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans hit record lows. The unemployment rate for women was the lowest in three-fourths of a century.

The low minority unemployment rates are partially due to Sen. Tim Scott’s Opportunity zones legislation. The other reason for those low unemployment rates is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

COVID Vaccines

Operation Warp Speed was a sight to behold. People criticized President Trump when he said that they’d approve a COVID vaccine within a year. The ‘experts’ said it couldn’t be done. Pfizer and Moderna got their vaccines approved in less than a year. That was miraculous. Now that we’re reliant on politicians and bureaucrats, vaccinations have predictably slowed to sub-warp speed.

Joe Biden won’t fill President Trump’s shoes. In fact, it won’t be close. Biden has already announced that he’ll try killing the energy industry again:

The announcements will also include a sweeping order to review all of ex-President Donald Trump’s actions weakening climate change protections, the revocation of a vital permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline project from Canada, and a moratorium on oil and gas leasing activities in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge that Trump’s administration had recently opened to development, Biden aides said.

Expect gas prices to spike. Expect heating bills to rise within a year. It’s apparent that Biden doesn’t care about middle class families’ budgets. While wages stagnate thanks to Biden’s open border policies bringing in tons of cheap labor, expenses will rise thanks to higher gas prices and higher heating bills. Al Gore predicted what will happen to the Biden economy in this speech:

He said that “everything that’s supposed to be up is down. Everything that’s supposed to be down is up.” Under Biden, wage growth will stagnate. Under Biden, families’ expenses will go up.

It won’t take long before billboards start popping up with Trump’s face on them and the question ‘Miss me yet?’

Fred Kaplan’s article is proof that progressives are idiots. It’s Kaplan’s opinion that Mike Pompeo is the worst secretary of state in our nation’s history. Kaplan wrote “Through his two years and nine months as the nation’s top diplomat, Pompeo has said or done nothing that’s enhanced our security, our values, or even—right or wrong—his administration’s own policies.”

The only accomplishments that Mike Pompeo had as Secretary of State was moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, negotiate (as part of a team) the Abraham Accords with 5 Arab nations, box Iran in after the disastrous JCPOA that John Kerry capitulated on, held a legitimate red line with Syria and helping take out Qassim Soleimani, the leader of the IRGC. That’s unless you want to give him partial credit for the USMCA and Phase I trade deal with China and playing an integral role in de-escalating tensions between North Korea and the other Pacific Rim nations.

Like Trump, Pompeo ceaselessly inveighed against the Iran nuclear deal; it is no coincidence that Trump pulled out of the deal and re-imposed sanctions against the Islamic Republic on May 8, 2018, just 12 days after Pompeo was sworn in as secretary. (His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, had advised Trump to stay in the deal.) Pompeo claimed, with swaggering confidence, that the sanctions would compel Tehran back to negotiate a “better” nuclear deal—or possibly force a collapse of the regime. Fast forward to today: Iran’s economy is a wreck, but the regime survives, its hardline factions are stronger than before, and its reactors are closer than ever to churning out an atomic bomb. (President-elect Joe Biden wants to restart the nuclear deal, but Iran’s technological progress and the stiffening of its politics will make this harder to accomplish.)

Thanks to John Kerry’s talks with the Iranians after leaving office, Iran held out in hopes of a Biden administration. The bad news for Biden is that the Arab nations that’ve signed onto the Abraham Accords with Israel hate Iran. The UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, along with nations like Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Kuwait will balk at the US rejoining the JCPOA. They were driven into the Abraham Accords with Israel because of Kerry’s coziness with Iran. Here’s the Abraham Accords Declaration:

President Trump and Mike Pompeo have a lengthy list of foreign policy accomplishments. By contrast, the Obama-Biden administrations has a lengthy list of foreign policy failures.

On Wednesday, President Trump pardoned Gen. Michael T. Flynn. On Thanksgiving, Gen. Flynn wrote this thank you letter to the nation. The unconstitutional persecution of Gen. Flynn is officially behind us. Judge Emmit Sullivan is officially a laughingstock. Gen. Flynn is what he’s been all along — innocent of anything except of protecting his family.

In his letter of gratitude, Gen. Flynn said “We are a nation founded by leaders who fought tyranny and oppression to ensure that all American citizens be treated fairly and equally across this land. These constitutional and God-given rights should never be denied or disguised behind false prosecution or political persecution out of fear, hate, or an opposing voice. Those who scowl at the very core of our Republic and act from vengeance or revenge against one of us, threaten the safety and security of all of us.” That’s why the Fourteenth Amendment is essential to this nation’s health. Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment contains this:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

It was famously said that the laws either protect all of us or they don’t protect any of us. That’s quite right.

This makes the Flynn family warriors:

Together, we have overcome this enormous hurdle. Now we will get back up on our feet, dust ourselves off, and not fear what lies ahead. We may be tested again with false accusations and untruths and hatred for our beliefs and for raising our voices but we cannot be deterred and we cannot stop.

Make sure to read the entire letter. It’s definitely worth the time.

Instead of maintaining the Trump foreign policy, Joe Biden essentially said that the US is heading back to the bad old days of the Obama administration. The Trump administration’s foreign policy was known for standing up to ISIS, China, Iran and North Korea.

NoKo hasn’t tested a nuclear device in 3 years. Further, they haven’t fired an ICBM in 3.5 years. Trump stood up to China while negotiating a bilateral trade policy with them. He imposed tariffs on China to let them know he wasn’t fooling around. The trade deal reflects President Trump’s America First priorities. Unfortunately, Biden plans on changing that to an internationalist, America leads-from-behind position.

In his presentation yesterday, Biden said “It’s a team that reflects that America is back. Ready to lead the world, not retreat from it. They embody my core beliefs that America is strongest when it works with its allies. Collectively, this team has secured some of the most defining national security and diplomatic achievements in recent memory — made possible through decades of experience working with our partners.”

That’s what pacifist gibberish sounds like. When he said “this team has secured some of the most defining national security and diplomatic achievements in recent memory”, what he’s referring to is that John Kerry embarrassed the USA while negotiating the JCPOA and the Paris Climate Accord. Compare those ‘accomplishments’ with President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and Jared Kushner negotiating normalization agreements between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan.

Let’s not forget that ISIS started on Biden’s and Kerry’s watch because they pulled out of Iraq too soon. Further, Russia invaded Crimea on Biden’s and Kerry’s watch, too.

The world has changed since Biden last held office. Almost 75,000,000 voters expect politicians and diplomats to make smart decisions. Biden, Blinken and Kerry have gotten most things wrong during their careers. The question now is whether voters will hold Biden accountable for his routinely foolish decisions. As Robert Gates once said in his book, Biden has been wrong about every major foreign policy issue over the past 40+ years. Unfortunately, I don’t expect that to change, mostly because he hasn’t noticed that he’s made any mistakes.

Listing President Trump’s accomplishments is a lengthier responsibility than Democrats admit. In virtually every category, there’s something historic to talk about. That’s why a Biden administration better tread lightly. That’s why President Obama’s legacy is getting belittled by serious people.

Economy

First, President Trump’s record is filled with historic accomplishments. President Trump’s policies directly resulted in the lowest minority unemployment rates in history. Wages for blue collar workers grew twice as fast as for white collar workers. Pre-COVID, consumer confidence and small business were at all-time highs. Best of all, people were leaving the poverty rolls in major numbers. That’s because President Trump listened to Sen. Tim Scott in implementing Sen. Scott’s Opportunity Zones provisions into the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Next, President Trump worked with Congress to get rid of the Obama-Biden regulations that’d hurt the energy industry. That led to the US becoming energy independent and the largest energy producer in the world. (Under Obama, we were reliant on oil from the world’s hotspots. The result? Gas prices are cheap and home heating bills are affordable again.

Most importantly, President Trump started bringing our medical supply chains home while increasing medical manufacturing in the USA. As a result of CCOVID, we found out how reliant we are on China for PPE, the manufacture of antibiotics and other pharmaceutical products. Thanks to President Trump’s leadership and Peter Navarro’s work, those supply chains are coming home.

It remains to be seen if Joe Biden will continue with this or if he’ll foolishly reverse course. Biden’s biggest supporters are Wall Street financiers and globalists. That bunch hates President Trump’s America First policies.

COVID

I wrote here about the White House Fact Sheet on the actions President Trump took to combat COVID. It’s worth repeating some of the details of what he did:

  1. At the President’s urging, private companies shifted production to supplying masks, ventilators, hand sanitizer, testing supplies, and more.
  2. President Trump has acted under the Defense Production Act more than 30 times to ensure we have the supplies we need.
  3. President Trump understood early on that in order to defeat this virus once and for all and protect Americans, we need a vaccine and therapeutics.
  4. President Trump revolutionized the clinical trial process to ensure Americans get a safe vaccine as quickly as possible, by providing unprecedented investments in leading vaccine candidates to simultaneously produce them as they are tested and developed.

In other words, President Trump took actions that saved millions of lives. He used the DPA to build a national stockpile of PPE. Most importantly, he funded the vaccine that we’re only weeks away from getting.

Foreign Policy

President Trump demolished ISIS, stared down China, renegotiated trade deals, negotiated the Abraham Accords and put Russia and Iran in boxes. President Trump also killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Qassim Suleimani.

I’m betting that Aaron David Miller’s article was either written by the DNC. Either that or it was preapproved of by the DNC. This shouldn’t be taken as the writings of someone serious.

For instance, Miller wrote “Trump was great for Netanyahu. But there’s a lesson in Ben Gurion’s reply to JFK. With admiration and respect around the world for the United States, particularly in the Middle East, Israel is stronger. And on that score, president-elect Joe Biden will be better for Israel, strengthening bipartisan American support for the Jewish state and pursuing policies abroad far more effective in enhancing Israel’s security and well-being.”

Admiration and respect for the United States is exceptionally high right now. If it wasn’t, President Trump’s diplomats wouldn’t have secured agreements for the Abraham Accords. President Trump’s diplomats also reached agreement with Kosovo and Serbia. Later, President Trump’s diplomats negotiated a peace deal and normalization of relations between Israel and Sudan.

Further, it’s insulting for Miller to write that President “Trump was great for Netanyahu.” President Trump moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to its rightful home in Jerusalem. Then he recognized that the Golan Heights were part of Israel. These are major substantive accomplishments that improve Israel’s security long-term. President Trump got them accomplished in 47 months. Joe Biden didn’t get them done in 47 years.

But Trump’s pro-Israel gestures mask a weakening of American credibility and reputation around the world, and an assault on the bipartisanship and shared values so critical to the resilience of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Trump’s approach to Iran, withdrawing the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and his faulty approach to the Israel-Palestinian peace process have degraded Israel’s security, not enhanced it. Iran is ramping up its nuclear program, while prospects for progress, let alone a resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict remain remote.

That’s a breathtakingly foolish statement. President Trump’s policies were moving the Middle East toward isolating Iran and Iran’s terrorist proxies. The Obama-Biden policies created ISIS, gave Russia implicit permission to restart its expansionist policies and essentially let Iran run Iraq. That’s before talking about the lapdog position Obama-Biden took towards China.

When it came to foreign policy, Obama-Biden didn’t have any credibility. Further, this doesn’t include President Trump’s rebuilding of our military. That’s before talking about President Trump insisting that NATO nations pay their fair share. Each of those Trump policies built international credibility.

Joe Biden snapped at a CBS reporter when asked about Hunter Biden’s corruption scandals. Yes, there are multiple scandals. The first scandal involved Ukraine and was reported by the NYPost. Twitter immediately censored tweets with the link to that article. Imagine what he’ll say when he’s confronted with the fact that an email chain with links to China was authenticated by another person on the email chain. Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire.

According to the second article, “One of the people on an explosive email thread allegedly involving Hunter Biden has corroborated the veracity of the messages, which appear to outline a payout for former Vice President Joe Biden as part of a deal with a Chinese energy firm. One email, dated May 13, 2017, and obtained by Fox News, includes a discussion of ‘remuneration packages’ for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy firm. The email appeared to identify Hunter Biden as ‘Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,’ in an apparent reference to now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co.” This explains things:

Now Peter Schweizer is on the case. This won’t have a happy ending:

Schweizer has been given access to the gmail account of one of Hunter Biden’s business partners. This partner is already in prison. Devon Archer has been convicted but not sentenced. The only ‘partner’ that isn’t in prison or convicted is Hunter. I’d be sitting on pins and needles if I was Hunter.

This won’t put out the Biden Family scandal anytime soon:

The Bidens’ relationship with Ukraine came under special attention last year as House Democrats pursued an impeachment inquiry surrounding President Trump’s now-infamous July 25 call with Ukraine’s president. In it, Trump asked President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the former vice president, who was suspected of abusing his authority to pressure the government into firing its top prosecutor.

Another email from May of 2014 shows Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma’s board, allegedly shows him asking for the younger Biden’s advice on how to stop “politically motivated actions.”

“We urgently need your advice on how you could use your influence to convey a message / signal, etc. to stop what we consider to be politically motivated actions,” it reads. And less than a year later, a purported email from Pozharskyi shows him thanking Hunter Biden for an invitation to meet his father.

In other words, President Trump was totally justified in asking President Zelenskiy’s help in investigating the Biden Family business. It’s just another instance where the establishment ridiculed President Trump initially before President Trump got the last laugh.

One of the things I look for during the Vice Presidential Debate is whether both people are ready to be commander-in-chief if, God forbid, something terrible happens to the president. Tonight, Mike Pence’s mastery of the issues and his calmness even when Sen. Harris criticized left no doubt whether he’d be able to step in and do a great job without missing a beat. That can’t be said of Kamala Harris. She was thrown off often.

On the issue of COVID, Vice President Pence talked about the Obama-Biden administration got everything wrong about the Swine Flu but lucked out because it wasn’t as deadly as COVID. Pence then said that 60,000,000 people got the Swine Flu, not the 7,500,000 who’ve gotten COVID. Pence then finished by saying that had the Swine Flu had been as lethal as COVID is, there would’ve been 2,000,000 deaths, not 210,000:

The other hard shot Vice President Pence landed was when he compared the Biden-Harris plan to the Trump-Pence plan:

Sen. Harris has a tell when she’s pinned down on something. She starts smiling that nervous smile. Then she shakes her head side-to-side like she’s saying no. She did that often after the first segment. As Vice President Pence took command of the debate, Sen. Harris did that at least once per segment.

Sen. Harris did that on tax policy. Sen. Harris especially did that on fracking. Sen. Harris got trapped often on policy, often saying ‘Vice President Biden has been consistent about’ or ‘Vice President Biden has been quite clear’ about a topic where he’d flip-flopped. This was especially true about the Trump tax cuts and fracking.

One thing that became clear throughout the debate was that Sen. Harris is very artificial. When she got ready for one of her pre-rehearsed lines, she’d look into the camera, then started speaking with a bit of a lilt in her voice. Sen. Harris’s pre-rehearsed lines were intended to be kill-shots. None of them had the impact that she’d hoped they would.

Vice President Pence’s training as a radio talk show host shined through. When co-debater Susan Page interrupted, Vice President Pence talked right through her and finished his point. Vice President Pence was a man on a mission and he was focused like a laser. That Page often interrupted him when he ran long didn’t bother him.

Perhaps Pence’s hardest-hitting line was when he criticized Sen. Harris, saying “The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if a vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable. Senator, I just ask you: Stop playing politics with people’s lives.

Vice President Pence was the only person on that stage that I’d trust to step into the job of commander-in-chief. Sen. Harris simply isn’t ready for that daunting assignment.

This LTE wasn’t written by a well-informed group of people. Either that or it was written by some exceptionally dishonest people. The LTE starts by saying “We are voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for a multitude of reasons. We want to see growth in our economy; focus on climate change and our environment; support for our farmers and small businesses; an end to COVID-19; peace, law and order in our cities without racial tension.”

Team Obama-Biden presided over the weakest recovery in US history. If you’re looking for explosive growth, you have to eliminate the Obama-Biden team. Since the Biden-Harris team’s economic policies are just a continuation of the Obama-Biden policies, we shouldn’t expect robust economic growth from them.

The writers say that they want “an end to COVID-19.” If they’re serious about that, they should be voting for President Trump. Thanks to Operation Warp Speed, 3 companies are in the final phase of developing a vaccine. It’s likely that they’ll get FDA approval before the end of 2020. They’re already manufacturing the vaccine so that it can be distributed the minute it’s approved.

If these clowns are serious about “law and order in our cities,” they should consider the fact that Joe Biden didn’t say a thing about the rioting until after Labor Day. The rioting started on Memorial Day. In other words, Biden was nowhere to be found for the entire summer on the subject.

We are voting for Biden and Harris to restore our dignity globally; restore the Voting Rights Act; strengthen our Social Security program for seniors; lift people out of poverty; re-join the Paris Climate Agreement; regain our status as a world leader in NATO.

That’s breathtakingly dishonest. President Trump has the world’s attention. Proof is found in the Bosnia-Kosovo peace agreement. More proof is found in the Abraham Accord between the US, Israel, UAE and Bahrain. As for NATO, President Trump has insisted on NATO countries paying their fair share of the budget. That’s triggered an increase of $500,000,000,000 in spending from US NATO allies. Under Obama-Biden, the US paid to defend western European nations. During the Trump administration, NATO’s budget has significantly increased, thanks to NATO allies paying a greater share. That’s what leadership looks like. We don’t need to return to the Obama administration’s lead-from-behind strategy.

This LTE was written by people who are either dishonest or ill-informed. Since they’re supporting Democrats, I’m betting that they’re dishonest. The Democrats’ attachment to the truth is limited at best.

Tuesday afternoon, President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu joined the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain in signing history-shattering peace agreements. These agreements are now known as the “Abraham Accords.”

In his remarks, President Trump said “Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride toward a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity.” Prime Minister Netanyahu added “This day is a pivot of history, it heralds a new dawn of peace. For thousands of years the Jewish people have prayed for peace, for decades the Jewish state has prayed for peace, and this is why today we are filled with such profound gratitude.”

They were joined by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister. Zayani praised the deal, saying “Mr. President, your statesmanship and tireless efforts have brought us here today and made peace a reality.”

Meanwhile, Democrats acted like disgruntled children, with Speaker Pelosi sounding particularly bitter:

The signing of a pair of historic peace agreements is a “distraction” from COVID? What type of warped person is Ms. Pelosi? These agreements are historic because it isn’t often that Arab nations recognize Israel’s right to exist. That’s why Tuesday’s agreements are only the third and fourth agreements in Israel’s history.

The first agreement was the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt. They were signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on Sept. 17, 1978. (Sadat was assassinated 3 years later.) Next was the signing of the Israel–Jordan peace treaty in Oct., 1994. That was the last treaty between Israel and an Arab nation until yesterday.

Pelosi is one of the most tone-deaf politicians in DC history. That’s why there’s an anti-Democrat backlash building. Pelosi thinks that COVID is the top issue with voters. Just ask yourself this question. What’s most likely to get your attention — the shooting of the LA sheriff deputies or the daily update of COVID statistics? That isn’t a fair fight.