Sunday 28th of February 2021

you will find ways to improve performance in the future...


My fellow Americans: 

Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor. 

This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen. 

Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all. 

Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the Nation. 

My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and, finally, to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years. 

In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the national good rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the Nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling, on my part, of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together. 


We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment. 


Throughout America's adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad. 

Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology -- global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger is poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle -- with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment. 

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research -- these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel. 

But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs -- balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage -- balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration. 

The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of stress and threat. But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. I mention two only. 


A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction. 

Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea. 

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations. 

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. 

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. 

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. 

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. 

In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government. 

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. 

The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present 

and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite. 

It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system -- ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society. 


Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow. 


Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. 

Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield. 

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war -- as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years -- I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight. 

Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But, so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road. 


So -- in this my last good night to you as your President -- I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and peace. I trust that in that service you find some things worthy; as for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future. 

You and I -- my fellow citizens -- need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nation's great goals. 

To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America's prayerful and continuing aspiration: 

Public Papers of the Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960, p. 1035- 1040

Gus Leonisky is a rabid atheist who thinks that "god is a sadist idiot paving hell with good intentions". God is a wicked invention of desperate sociopathic men to rule others. The sentiments expressed by Ike here were noble, nonetheless. The military machine, the Pentagon, has since seen itself as the policeman of the human species. It seems "It can't even take care of itself"... Actually, the events at the Capitol smell of a "thick edge" going to the keeper. By this I mean that the naive protesters were channelled into becoming part of a systemic foul to be "dealt with". Remember:


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the consequence of a new serfdom...

Just as the rise of Hitler can't be understood without reference to the Versailles, or the Bolshevik revolution as a consequence of near serfdom under an absolute monarchy, equally the current US decline can't be explained by politics alone. If Soviet Russia evokes memories of Gulags and National Socialism that of concentration camps; US laissez-faire capitalism offers a spectacle of a 21st century idiocracy producing an intellectual pessimism and a reality based dystopia.

In a weary world of endless US military interventions, sanctions, trade tariffs and chaos, let's pause and take stock of the shining house on the hill, the beacon of light; that torch which welcomes the "wretched refuse of your teeming shore." Well, that's how the narrative goes. However, these days the 'wretched refuse' are more likely to arrive from neighboring Mexico, or vengeful and angry Muslims from devastated lands that refused the petrodollar.

"It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society" - Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher.

Located on the fringes of western civilization and isolated from European absolute monarchies the founding fathers ensured their own wealth and estates remained protected from government and the alternative revolutionary ideas of that era.

Founding principles

No doubt principled men, business is business and the antiquated Electoral College voting system echo's those founding principles which ensures the elite bypass both democracy and its citizenry. President Lincoln already foresaw the future nearly two centuries earlier when he noted, "At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? If it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad ..." The 'danger' foreseen is the systemic failure of a society founded on greed in which everyone and everything becomes a market commodity. In other words, when the have not's in turn became a majority. Moreover, that narcissistic and greedy politicians, bankers and corporations replaced "We the People" as status symbols of success and viewed poverty as individual failure was inevitable. When the industrial era of opportunities faded and the protection racket petrodollar declined it reverted back to the dog-eat-dog origins of its founding.

Indeed, centuries later the Wild West again plays out on American streets (and on other streets in the world), in which killing each other now resembles a national pastime in a country that has only been at peace for two decades since its founding. In 'American Psychosis', the renowned US journalist Chris Hedges gives a compelling and recommended analysis of US decline based on historical comparisons.

"We're an empire now; we create our own reality." Karl Rove, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, 2004.

As the US declined, its population abandoned reality and fled into the same Lewis Carroll rabbit hole as Alice in Wonderland, where it encountered similar characters and credulity. The outside world became, "Curiouser and curiouser" as the population asked their political deities, "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here", in a country where Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian combined have more followers on twitter than the total votes cast in the 2016 presidential elections!

"Everywhere you go, everything you touch, chaos is left behind" - Russian envoy Vasily Nebenzya to US EU envoy Nikki Haley, UNSC, 2018.

By dismissing European 20th century events as something that happened 'over there', the US failed to learn the lessons they offered in the 21st. Nevertheless, in an isolated low-information population indoctrinated with panic and fear of the outside world and of each other, the show must go on. That unlimited greed produces both cronyism and corporate fascism is something only recently discovered. Or that trying to control the world through violence is what the US itself put a similar rogue nation on trial for at Nuremburg. Can the ramparts of the Homeland Defense Act keep the world at bay and can demagogue cult personalities save the empire? Is Obama a Messiah or is President Trump sent from God and is this the updated US equivalent of the Nuremberg rallies? (Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 'USA Freedom Kids' later filed a lawsuit against President Trump for non-payment and breach of contract.) 

"We're Going to Take out 7 Countries in 5 Years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran ..." Gen. Wesley Clarke (Ret), 2007.

Those countries such as Russia, China and Iran who oppose and resist the might of the empire by refusing to pay the US capitalist tribute of open borders remain surrounded by missile bases in a replica of an updated ancient siege, in which leaders become intentionally demonized and their economies sanctioned, or undermined by trade wars. Meanwhile, those weaker such as Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan are put to the sword. Haven't the Russians a right to be paranoid as once again western armies gather on their borders? 

Sh**hole countries

The ancient Roman Empire gladiator games now involve arming weaker nations, referred with disdain as "Sh**hole countries", as modern day narcissists weaned on computer games and reality TV shows cheer on the blood sports from the comfort of their armchairs. In today's arena Iraq fights NATO and the US military assist the Saudis bomb Yemen into pieces as the mob roars HOO-RAR and venture capitalists move in to deliver the coup de grace to the vanquished.

"Thank God, this situation of a unipolar world, of a monopoly, is coming to an end. It's practically already over." President Putin, 2018.

In conclusion, what an indoctrinated US population still fail to grasp is that the experiment to present an economic system as an ideology wasn't designed to outlast its industrial revolution. Currently, Mr. Trump is proof that wealth isn't necessarily a result of intelligence and Mr. Obama that spreading wealth around didn't include his own. The have not's crowd funding medical care and those in tent cities are not cheering for liberty and freedom and increasingly, the world is refusing to fund its MAGA fantasies. The US is the rogue nation state of the early 21st century and the real threat to world peace. Thankfully, the 'Black Site' torture centers, 'Arab Springs', invasions and coups are coming to an end. The sooner the present mess collapses and the US joins the rest of the world respecting core interests in compromise and power-sharing, the safer the world will be.


John V Asia Teacher is a British semi-retired English and Social Science teacher with a specific interest in education and political science.

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US President Donald Trump's last day in office is January 19, with President-elect Joe Biden set to officially be inaugurated as 46th president of the United States on January 20. Kamala Harris on Wednesday will also become the first female vice president in American history.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday delivered his farewell speech to the American public, as Democrat Joe Biden prepares to take office.

In his farewell address, Trump highlighted the US-brokered Middle East peace deals and the rallying of nations to confront China as examples of his administration's success.

"We revitalized our alliances and rallied the nations of the world to stand up to China like never before," Trump declared.

"As a result of our bold diplomacy and principled realism, we achieved a series of historic peace deals in the Middle East. It is the dawn of a new Middle East and we are bringing our soldiers home ... I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has started no new wars," Trump added.


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Trump has still done his share of annoyance, but previous tenants of the White House were even moe eager... On "no new war" is a record that hopefully Joe Biden will match. Please note, Joe: piddly little new wars that are "undeclared" still count as war. 


I believe that Joe Biden's team will unpick all of Trump's "work"...


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