Do you know how long it’s been since an American president gave a sweeping, inspirational talk on the oppressive death cult of socialism?
I know for sure it hasn’t been delivered since 1989, when Ronald Reagan left office.
But an absolutely stirring one was given last Monday – and you could hear a pin drop from within the media swamp.
I looked for news stories – and what did I see?
Headlines like this:
- Vox: “Trump is exploiting the Venezuela crisis in order to win the 2020 presidential election”
- Inquisitor: “Watch Donald Trump Struggle To Pronounce The Word ‘Venezuela’ Three Times In His Venezuela Speech Monday”
- Politico: “Trump rattles sabers, rallies voters”
Can I tell you what I heard?
I heard hope. I heard clarity. I heard courage. And I heard chants of USA! USA! USAI
I heard a new day was coming for Venezuela – and I believe it.
I heard “socialism is dying, and liberty, prosperity and democracy are being reborn” … and I believe it.
I heard Trump say: “We are profoundly grateful to every dissident, every exile, every political prisoner and everyone who bears witness to the horrors of socialism and communism, and who has bravely spoken out against them.” And I embrace that.
I heard Trump explain just what tyrannical socialism does every time it takes power – “nationalized private industries … took over private businesses … engaged in massive wealth confiscation, shut down free markets, suppressed free speech … set up a relentless propaganda machine, rigged elections, used the government to persecute their political opponents and destroyed the impartial rule of law.” And I said Amen! Preach it, brother!
I heard him say “the twilight hour of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere and, frankly, in many, many places around the world. The days of socialism and communism are numbered not only in Venezuela, but in Nicaragua and in Cuba as well.” And I wonder why no other U.S. president has said these things in so long.
And I heard him ask: “Do we love Cuba? Do we love Nicaragua? Great countries. Such great potential. Remember that word. Such unbelievable potential.” And I heard love.
I heard him tell the tyrant Maduro: “End this nightmare of poverty, hunger and death for your people. Let your people go. Set your country free.” And I heard the USA chants.
Then I heard him wax eloquent:
“A new future is beginning. All of us in this arena, and thousands and thousands and thousands of people outside – you have to see it – are united because we know the truth about socialism in Venezuela, in Cuba, in Nicaragua and all around the world.”
- “Socialism promises prosperity, but it delivers poverty.”
- “Socialism promises unity, but it delivers hatred and it delivers division. Socialism promises a better future, but it always returns to the darkest chapters of the past. … It always happens.”
- “Socialism is a sad and discredited ideology rooted in the total ignorance of history and human nature, which is why socialism, eventually, must always give rise to tyranny, which it does. Socialists profess a love of diversity, but they always insist on absolute conformity.”
- “We know that socialism is not about justice, it’s not about equality, it’s not about lifting up the poor. Socialism is about one thing only: power for the ruling class. And the more power they get, the more they crave. They want to run health care, run transportation and finance, run energy, education – run everything.”
- “They want the power to decide who wins and who loses, who’s up and who’s down, what’s true and what’s false, and even who lives and who dies.”
- “And when Venezuela is free, and Cuba is free, and Nicaragua is free, this will become the first free hemisphere in all of human history.”
I heard enthusiasm and unity and optimism and confidence.
Why haven’t I heard words like that from an American president since 1989?
And then I hear people ask: “Why don’t the young people understand what socialism is really about – death, suffering, oppression, tyranny?”
Maybe they’re simply expressing that they have heard for too long from their college professors and their national “leaders.”
Thank God for Trump!