As Erick noted here on the website, last night’s State of the Union address was perhaps President Trump’s best speech thus far. Not only was it widely received by Republican, Democrat, and Independent viewers, the president boldly went where no modern president has gone before: he equally condemned Nazism/anti-semitism and socialism.
Towards of the end of his speech, President Trump signaled support for Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, and the Venezuelan people in their quest to rid of socialism in the South American nation:
Two weeks ago, the United States officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela, and its new president, Juan Guaidó.
We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.
It was a pleasant surprise when the president also condemned the resurgence of socialist ideas and thoughts here in this country. He was certainly throwing shade at Senator Bernie Sanders, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and others in the audience who’ve loudly championed and advocated for this ruinous economic and political system. His remarks were as follows:
Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence, and not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.
When Trump uttered these words, the cameras switched to Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez, and others. It was glorious to see their confounded expressions.
There hasn’t been a modern-day president who has boldly and equally condemned National Socialism and Marxist-Leninist socialism since President Reagan.
Over 100 million people across the globe died at the hands of socialism last century—in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. This political system—paired with its disastrous central planning policies—equally oppressed and killed people of all races, backgrounds, religious beliefs, and economic strata.
My family, including my parents, fled Soviet-occupied Lithuania for the United States in 1985, had a two-month stint in Italy, and then safely arrived in the United States in January 1986.
My parents and countless others who fled socialism for the United States didn’t sacrifice their livelihoods, reputations, or careers to escape their homelands to encounter more socialism here in the U.S. That would be counterintuitive. If they loved socialism, central planning, and equitable sharing of misery, they would have stayed back in their homeland.
Much to the chagrin of socialist Congressional members, people like my parents want freedom and free enterprise to be maintained, not destroyed, here in the country. While some younger Americans have bought into socialism’s lie of “free stuff” and supposed “equality,” most Americans wholly reject socialism.
The socialist experiment has failed globally. They may rebrand it as a new strain of socialism—or “better-executed socialism”—yet its tenets don’t largely depart from the socialism that demoralized my family and befell the world last century.
President Trump should cruise to re-election easily if his eventual Democrat challenger is an avowed socialist. I applaud him for this bold declaration.
More speeches like this, Mr. President!