It`s time for the world leaders to come together in Davos once again. The World Economic Forum (WEF) is the Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.
The WEF agenda is scheduled to be held between January 25 and 29. Mukesh Ambani, Anand Mahindra, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, and others will attend the online event. The decision to host the event online comes amidst the Covid 19 pandemic situation, but WEF will host its physical annual meeting in May in Singapore.
As the WEF writes in its statement, the pandemic has accelerated systemic changes that were apparent before its inception. The fault lines that emerged in 2020 now appear as critical crossroads in 2021.
They will talk about «How to save the world,» and topics around that issue will be Covid 19 and climate change. Fairer economic; financial and monetary systems of different countries. Tech for good; big data and other tech disruptions. Society and future of work; remote work culture and gender parity. Better business, healthy future, and beyond geo-politics.
The «Davos Agenda» will also mark the launch of WEF`s Great Reset Initiative and begin the preparation of the special Annual Meeting during the spring.
Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States of America today. In his speech he said; «Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy. The will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heeded.
We have learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.» (big applause)
Democracy is a form of government in which the people have the authority to choose their governing legislator. Joe Biden was the most popular candidate in the US and won the election in 2020. It is the people`s will. The people decided.
The most popular president in US history was inaugurated today. He got more votes than Obama and Clinton. Biden won despite the fact that Trump got 10 million more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016.
The streets in Washington during the inauguration ceremony were empty. Instead of thousands of Americans cheering, we saw thousands of flags on the streets. Instead of happy American people on the streets in Washington we saw 30,000 armed soldiers behind a massive 12-foot electric wall.
The love for Joe Biden was huge in the Hate Trump Media today. «The reason Biden has to do this is that he`s just so incredibly popular,» Don Lemon said on CNN. «The lights from Lincoln Memorial were like Joe Biden`s arms stretching out to all American,» CNN said.
The incredibly popular president is considered to construct economic policy around issues like race, gender, equality, and climate change, rather than around traditional indicators like GDP or deficit ratios.
According to Axios, Biden is charting an economic policy that`s visible to the left of Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama. Biden proposed a $1,9 trillion economic stimulus plan and a $15 minimum wage. Employers, employees, and economists warned it will kill millions of jobs.
Joe Biden signals a shift away from fossil fuels and rejoins WHO and Paris climate agreement. Trump walked away from Paris agreement because he said it was too expensive for American workers. He wanted people to keep their jobs.
It will be difficult for Biden to balance the need to address the climate crisis without worsening the jobs crisis facing the United States. But his plan calls for pouring trillions of dollars into clean energy, creating millions of union jobs while slashing carbon emissions.
European commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen tweeted this; «The United States is back. And Europe stands ready. To reconnect with an old and trusted partner, to breathe new life into our cherished alliance. I look forward to working together with @JoeBiden.
Abraham Lincoln saved America for the first time in 1864. Donald Trump tried to do the same for the second time. What happens today is similar to what happened under Lincoln. In January 1838, Abraham Lincoln said this;
Citizens seeing their property destroyed; their families insulted, and their lives endangered; their persons injured, and seeing nothing in the prospect that forebodes a change for the better. They become tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offers them no protection.»
If you see people in your own country do things like that, you have to react. You must do something. You must punish those who are responsible for the crime you see. If you face fascism right in front of your eyes without doing something, you deserve to live in chaos, and that`s what we can call the U.S for right now.
When Abraham Lincoln stood for re-election in November 1864 he knew that defeat could bring the civil war to a premature end and shatter his dreams of abolishing slavery. Lincoln fixed the problems and saved America.
Now, we know that the middle class is wiped out and they do not recover. This is a sign of a weak government because their rule number one should be the safety of their own people. That is not what we see today.
The United States is at war with its own people. It is so much corruption and people don`t care. We know how they treated their own president. We know what they have done to other presidents. The United States went from cold war to a war on terror, but that cannot continue.
We can all see the tension in the U.S Congress. We can all see how divided the U.S is, but we have seen similar things like this before. In 1973. On 11 September 1973 in the Chilean coup d’etat, it was a military coup in Chile that deposed the Popular Unity government of President Salvador Allende.
After an extended period of social unrest and political tension between the opposition-controlled congress and the socialist President, as well as economic warfare ordered by U.S president Richard Nixon, a group of military officers led by General Augusto Pinochet and Admiral Josè Toribio Merino seized power in a coup, ending civilian rule.
The military established a junta that suspended all political activity in Chile and repressed left-wing movements, especially communist and socialist parties and the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR).
Augusto Pinochet rose to supreme power within a year of the coup and was formally declared President of Chile in late 1974. The Nixon administration, which had worked to create the conditions for the coup, promptly recognized the junta government and supported it in consolidating power.
Before the coup, Chile had been hailed as a beacon of democracy and political stability for decades, a period in which the rest of South America had been plagued by military juntas and «caudillismo.»
The collapse of Chilean democracy ended a succession of democratic governments in Chile, which had held democratic elections since 1932.
An internationally support plebiscite in 1988 held under the auspices of the military dictatorship was followed by a peaceful transition to an elected civilian government.
Allende contested the 1970 presidential election with Jorge Alessandri Rodriguez of the National Party and Radomiro Tomic of the Christian Democratic Party. Allende received 36,6% of the vote. Alessandri was a very close second with 35,3%, and Tomic third with 28,1%. Allende received the highest number of votes, according to the Chilean constitution and since none of the candidates won by an absolute majority, the National Congress had to decide among the candidates.
The 1925 constitution did not allow a person to be president for two consecutive terms.
The U.S feared the example of a «well-functioning socialist experiment» in the region and exerted diplomatic, economic, and covert pressure upon Chile`s elected socialist government.
At the end of 1971, the Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro made a four-week state visit to Chile, alarming American observers worried about the «Chilean Way to Socialism».
In 1972, economics minister Pedro Vuskovic adopted monetary policies that increased the amount of circulating currency and devaluated the escudo, which increased inflation to 140 percent in 1972 and engendered a black market economy.
The governments of Argentina (1966), Bolivia (1969), Brazil (1964), and Peru (1968) were all overthrown in coups and replaced by military governments. In June 1973 Uruguay joined the coup wave that swept through the region.
The United States of America know how to replace a government. They are experts and have been involved in multiple coup dètat`s around the world.
United States involvement in regime change describes actions taken by the United States government, both overt and covert, to alter, replace, or preserve foreign governments. In the latter half of the 19th century, the U.S government initiated actions for regime change mainly in Latin America and the Southwest Pacific, including the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars.
At the onset of the 20th century, the United States shaped or installed governments in many countries around the world, including neighbors Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
The U.S was also involved in the coup in Egypt a few years ago. In February 2011, Hosni Mubarak resigned after 18 days of mass demonstrations that ended his 29-year rule of Egypt. The 2013 Egyptian coup dètat took place on 3 July 2013.
Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi led a coalition to remove the President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, from power and suspended the Egyptian constitution of 2012. The move came after the military`s ultimatum for the government to «resolve its differences» with protesters during widespread national protests.
The military arrested Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood leaders and declared Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour as the interim president of Egypt. The announcement was followed by demonstrations and clashes between supporters and opponents of the move throughout Egypt.
In June 2012, Mohamed Morsi won the presidential election with 51,73% of total votes to become the first democratically elected president of Egypt. In June the same year, prior to Morsi being sworn in as President, the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that the election law was unconstitutional and ordered the elected bodies dissolved.
President Morsi appointed additional members to the advisory council from 35 political parties and invited the elected bodies to discuss the ruling of the court.
During World War II, the United States helped overthrow many Nazi Germany or imperial Japanese puppet regimes. Examples include regimes in the Philippines, Korea, the Eastern portion of China, and much of Europe.
United States forces were also instrumental in ending the rule of Adolf Hitler over Germany and of Benito Mussolini over Italy.
75 years later, the U.S was attacked by Neo-Nazis at the Capitol Hill.
Today, Monday 18 January, it is Martin Luther King Jr day. People all around the world honor and celebrate him. A giant of the civil rights movement whose nonviolent resistance to the injustices of his era, racial segregation, employment discrimination, and the denial of the right to vote, enlighted the U.S and the world.
This day is coming only days after white supremacists stormed Capitol Hill, and killed five people. Jake Angeli, better known as «Qanon Shaman,» is one of those who stormed the Capitol, and he is also one of those we remember best from the storming.
Qanon Shaman is the man with his fur robes and horned helmet possibly the most photographed insurrectionist of the day, bore his position on his bare chest. What`s interesting to see is that he is tattooed with Norse and Viking symbols, in a far-right context, which evokes the whiteness of ancient Scandinavians.
Sloppy tattoos of Yggdrasil, or tree of life, covered his left pectoral. The Mjolnir, Thor`s hammer, emerged from his waistband. The walnut, the Viking «knot of the slain,» was inked over his heart. These are ancient Scandinavian symbols revived and twisted by 19th-century European nationalists and 20th-century Nazis, and their appropriation infuriates contemporary pagans and Heathens.
In the riotous crowd that stormed the Capitol, the «militant masculinity» of the Vikings has appeal. It`s very telling these are warrior images, at least in their heads.
Among the flags hoisted at the Capitol by insurrectionists, we saw the stars and bars of the Confederate battle flag, the defiant «Don`t Treat On Me» exhortation of the Gadsen flag, revived in the 2000s by the Tea Party.
Proud Boys was there with Viking-inspired tattoos as well. They were marching through the streets of D.C, bearing a shirt emblazoned with 6MWE: Six million wasn`t enough.
People are so confused by the bizarre appearance of some of the insurrectionists. Qanon Shaman remote from the disciplined masses we associate with, say, Hitler`s brownshirts.
The toxic combo of goofiness and fascism is simplicity American and has its roots in the Ku Klux Klan, whose members donned white hoods and robes as «ghosts» to intimidate African-Americans, who were seen as uneducated and superstitious.
This is not what the Republican Party stands for. What the Republican party stands for are Law and Order. Those who stormed the Capitol are not patriots, they are terrorists.
The insurrectionists came to the Capitol with symbols. Most of the were Trump-flags, but some of them had the Confederate flag, first swung on the country`s battlefields by secessionist states who saw their future in the enslavement of others; the gallows and noose, shorthand for the terrorization of African-Americans under Jim Crow as well as quick and dirty frontier justice.
The contrast to the Martin Luther King Jr day couldn`t better. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr led more than 200,000 Americans in a March on Washington in pursuit of jobs and freedom for all people.
Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he called on Americans «to sit down together at the table of brotherhood» and meet our promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr, and throughout his life, exemplified the quintessential American belief that we will leave a brighter, more prosperous future for our children.
In the face of tumult and upheaval, Dr. King reminded us to always meet anger with compassion in order to truly «heal the hurts, right the wrongs, and change society.»
It is with this same spirit of forgiveness that we come together to bind the wounds of past injustice by lifting up one another regardless of race, gender, creed, or religion, and rising to the first principles enshrined in our founding documents.
Indeed, Dr. King described America’s Constitution and Declaration of Independence as promissory notes left by America’s Founding Fathers for «every American to fall heir.»
His dream, rooted in the American Dream, was that our children might be «judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.»
This dream, he hoped, would finally let freedom ring for all people.
As Dr. King stated in 1961, at the heart of his dream s «equality of opportunity.» For Dr. King, Trump said in a speech last year, the march toward civil rights is intertwined with economic empowerment.
Trump`s Administration has fully embraced this spirit, taking historic action to create jobs and uplift every community across the U.S and reaching the lowest unemployment rate for Black Americans ever recorded. (Editor: but that was before the virus destroyed everything).
Through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Trump`s Administration created nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones that have produced more than $75 billion in new investment in distressed neighborhoods.
It is clear now more than ever before that we can no longer allow the American Dream to be deferred for Black Americans, Trump said. However, in this march toward equality, we cannot permit any «creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.»
As a student of nonviolence, Dr. King called on us not to «satisfy the thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.» In the national effort to achieve freedom and equality, and in this shared love of country, we must endeavor with all our might to meet the promissory notes endowed to us by our Founding Fathers, as Dr. King fervently wished, Trump said.
Last year, Mike Pence quoted King during an interview with CBS; «Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy,»
Dr. King is best known for his «I have a dream» speech, and a lot of people around the world share his idea of «dreams,» but some people on this planet think they could kill the dream by slaying the dreamer, but as the example of Martin Luther King`s life shows;
The Hate Trump Media Mob is always negative about Trump, but a lot of CEO`s is the opposite. One of them is CEO Robert Unanue who spoke to Fox about the future of capitalism and socialism.
Its founder of his company Goya Foods, Prudencio Unanue Ortiz, migrated from Spain, in the 20th century. Now, the family is the 170th richest family in the U.S, and the company is the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S.
In July 2020, Goya Foods Robert Unanue visited the White House and pledged one million cans of Goya chickpeas to food banks, saying «Americans are truly blessed to have a leader like Donald Trump.»
The comments sparked some negative reactions and calls for a boycott of Goya Foods, which in turn sparked counter-boycotts in support of Goya. On 7 December 2020, Robert stated that Ocasio-Cortez was named employee of the month after her boycott call led to a 1000% sales spike.
The family supported Michelle Obama in 2012 with MyPlate, an initiative to encourage Hispanics and African Americans to eat a balanced meal. 30 – 40% more Hispanics and African Americans voted for Trump in Florida alone. Trump must have done something right.
What`s being said today is similar to what Ronald Reagen said in the ’80s. It`s about capitalism, communism, freedom, prosperity, and religion. It`s a big surprise to me to see what Reagan said in a speech called «Evil empire» on 8 March 1983.
The most interesting thing is that Reagan talked about the American experiment in democracy. Experiment? Was 6 January 2021 the beginning of the end of that experiment? Time will show……
The speech is so interesting, so I want you to take a few minutes and read and judge for yourself. Here is a part of the speech;
RONALD REAGAN, “EVIL EMPIRE SPEECH” (8 MARCH 1983)
…..So I tell you there are a great many God-fearing, dedicated, noble men and women in public life, present company included. And yes, we need your help to keep us ever mindful of the ideas and the principles that brought us into the public arena in the first place. The basis of those ideals and principles is… a commitment to freedom and personal liberty that, itself is grounded in the much deeper realization that freedom prospers only where the blessings of God are avidly (mispronounces and corrects himself) sought and humbly accepted.
 The American experiment in democracy rests on this insight. Its discovery was the great triumph of our Founding Fathers, voiced by William Penn when he said: “If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants.” Explaining the inalienable rights of men, Jefferson said, “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” And it was George Washington who said that “of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
 And finally, that shrewdest of all observers of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, put it eloquently, after he had gone on a search for the secret of America’s greatness and genius–and he said: “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the greatness and the genius of America. America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” [Applause]
 Well, I’m… [Applause] ..Well, I’m pleased to be here today with you who are keeping America great by keeping her good. Only through your work and prayers and those of millions of others can we hope to survive this perilous century and keep alive this experiment in liberty, this last, best hope of man.
 I want you to know that this administration is motivated by a political philosophy that sees the greatness of America in you, her people, and in your families, churches, neighborhoods, communities–the institutions that foster and nourish values like concern for others and respect for the rule of law under God.
 Now, I don’t have to tell you that this puts us in opposition to, or at least out of step with, a–a prevailing attitude of many who have turned to a modern-day secularism, discarding the tried and time-tested values upon which our very civilization is based. No matter how well-intentioned, their value system is radically different from that of most Americans. And while they proclaim that they’re freeing us from superstitions of the past, they’ve taken upon themselves the job of superintending us by government rule and regulation. Sometimes their voices are louder than ours, but they are not yet a majority. [Applause]
 An example of that vocal superiority is evident in a controversy now going on in Washington. And since I’m involved, I’ve been waiting to hear from the parents of young America. How far are they willing to go in giving to the government their prerogatives as parents?
 Well, we have ordered clinics receiving federal funds to notify the parent’s such help has been given. [Applause] One of the nation’s leading newspapers has created the term “squeal rule” in editorializing against us for doing this, and we’re being criticized for violating the privacy of young people. A judge has recently granted an injunction against an enforcement of our rule. I’ve watched TV panel shows discuss this issue, seen columnists pontificating on our error, but no one seems to mention morality as playing a part in the subject of sex. [Applause]
 Many of us in the government would like to know what parents think about this intrusion in their family by the government. We’re going to fight in the courts. The right of parents and the rights of family take precedence over those of Washington-based bureaucrats and social engineers. [Applause]
 But the fight against parental notification is really only one example of many attempts to water down traditional values and even abrogate the original terms of American democracy. Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. [Applause] When our founding fathers passed the First Amendment, they sought to protect churches from government interference. They never intended to construct a wall of hostility between government and the concept of religious belief itself. [Murmurs of agreement, Applause]
 The evidence of this permeates our history and our government. The Declaration of Independence mentions the Supreme Being no less than four times. “In God We Trust” is engraved on our coinage. The Supreme Court opens its proceedings with a religious invocation. And the members of Congress open their sessions with a prayer. I just happen to believe the schoolchildren of the United States are entitled to the same privileges as [Continues over applause] Supreme Court Justices and Congressmen.
 Last year, I sent the Congress a constitutional amendment to restore prayer to public schools. Already this session, there’s growing bipartisan support for the amendment, and I am calling on Congress to act speedily to pass it and to let our children pray. [Applause]
 Senators Denton and Hatfield have proposed legislation in Congress on the whole question of prohibiting discrimination against religious forms of student speech. Such legislation could go far to restore freedom of religious speech for public school students. And I hope the Congress considers these bills quickly. And with your help, I think it’s possible we could also get the constitutional amendment through the Congress this year. [Applause]
 More than a decade ago, a Supreme Court decision literally wiped off the books of fifty states, statutes protecting the rights of unborn children. Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up to one and a half million unborn children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will someday pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does. [Applause] Unless and until it can be proven that the unborn child is not a living entity, then its right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be protected. [Applause]
 Now, I’m sure that you must get discouraged at times, but there you’ve done better than you know, perhaps. There’s a great spiritual awakening in America, a [Applause]…a renewal of the traditional values that have been the bedrock of America’s goodness and greatness.
 One recent survey by a Washington-based research council concluded that Americans were far more religious than the people of other nations; 95 percent of those surveyed expressed a belief in God and a huge majority believed the Ten Commandments had real meaning in their lives, and another study has found that an overwhelming majority of Americans disapprove of adultery, teenage sex, pornography, abortion, and hard drugs, and this same study showed a deep reverence for the importance of family ties and religious belief.
 I [Applause]…I think the items that we’ve discussed here today must be a key part of the nation’s political agenda. For the first time, the Congress is openly and seriously debating and dealing with the prayer and abortion issues–and that’s enormous progress right there. I repeat: America is in the midst of a spiritual awakening and a moral renewal. And with your biblical keynote, I say today, “Yes, let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.”
 Now, [Applause]…obviously, much of this new political and social consensus I’ve talked about is based on a positive view of American history, one that takes pride in our country’s accomplishments and record. But we must never forget that no government schemes are going to perfect man. We know that living in this world means dealing with what philosophers would call the phenomenology of evil or, as theologians would put it, the doctrine of sin.
 There is sin and evil in the world, and we’re enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might. Our nation, too, has a legacy of evil with which it must deal. The glory of this land has been its capacity for transcending the moral evils of our past. For example, the long struggle of minority citizens…for equal rights, once a source of disunity and civil war is now a point of pride for all Americans. We must never go back. There is no room for racism, anti-Semitism, or other forms of ethnic and racial hatred in this country. [Long Applause]
 I know that you’ve been horrified, as have I, by the resurgence of some hate groups preaching bigotry and prejudice. Use the mighty voice of your pulpits and the powerful standing of your churches to denounce and isolate these hate groups in our midst. The commandment given us is clear and simple: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” [Applause]
 But whatever sad episodes exist in our past, any objective observer must hold a positive view of American history, a history that has been the story of hopes fulfilled and dreams made into reality. Especially in this century, America has kept alight the torch of freedom, but not just for ourselves, but for millions of others around the world.
 And this brings me to my final point today. During my first press conference as president, in answer to a direct question, I pointed out that, as good Marxist-Leninists, the Soviet leaders have openly and publicly declared that the only morality they recognize is that which will further their cause, which is world revolution. I think I should point out I was only quoting Lenin, their guiding spirit, who said in 1920 that they repudiate all morality that proceeds from supernatural ideas–that’s their name for religion–or ideas that are outside class conceptions. Morality is entirely subordinate to the interests of class war. And everything is moral that is necessary for the annihilation of the old exploiting social order and for uniting the proletariat.
 Well, I think the refusal of many influential people to accept this elementary fact of Soviet doctrine illustrates a historical reluctance to see totalitarian powers for what they are. We saw this phenomenon in the 1930s. We see it too often today.
 This doesn’t mean we should isolate ourselves and refuse to seek an understanding with them. I intend to do everything I can to persuade them of our peaceful intent, to remind them that it was the West that refused to use its nuclear monopoly in the forties and fifties for territorial gain and which now pr-proposes 50 percent cut in strategic ballistic missiles and the elimination of an entire class of land-based, intermediate-range nuclear missiles. [Applause]
 At the same time, however, they must be made to understand: we will never compromise our principles and standards. We will never give away our freedom. We will never abandon our belief in God. [Long Applause] And we will never stop searching for genuine peace, but we can assure none of these things America stands for through the so-called nuclear freeze solutions proposed by some.
 The truth is that a freeze now would be a very dangerous fraud, for that is merely the illusion of peace. The reality is that we must find peace through strength. [Applause]
 I would a-[Applause continuing]…I would agree to a freeze if only we could freeze the Soviets’ global desires. [Laughter, Applause] A freeze at current levels of weapons would remove any incentive for the Soviets to negotiate seriously in Geneva and virtually end our chances to achieve the major arms reductions which we have proposed. Instead, they would achieve their objectives through the freeze.
 A freeze would reward the Soviet Union for its enormous and unparalleled military buildup. It would prevent the essential and long overdue modernization of the United States and allied defenses and would leave our aging forces increasingly vulnerable. And an honest freeze would require extensive prior negotiations on the systems and numbers to be limited and on the measures to ensure effective verification and compliance. And the kind of a freeze that has been suggested would be virtually impossible to verify. Such a major effort would divert us completely from our current negotiations on achieving substantial reductions. [Applause]
 I, a number of years ago, I heard a young father, a very prominent young man in the entertainment world, addressing a tremendous gathering in California. It was during the time of the cold war, and communism and our own way of life were very much on people’s minds. And he was speaking to that subject. And suddenly, though, I heard him saying, “I love my little girls more than anything–” And I said to myself, “Oh, no, don’t. You can’t — don’t say that.” But I had underestimated him. He went on: “I would rather see my little girls die now; still believing in God than have them grow up under communism and one day die no longer believing in God.” [Applause]
 There were…There were thousands of young people in that audience. They came to their feet with shouts of joy. They had instantly recognized the profound truth in what he had said, with regard to the physical and the soul and what was truly important.
 Yes, let us pray for the salvation of all of those who live in that totalitarian darkness–pray they will discover the joy of knowing God. But until they do, let us be aware that while they preach the supremacy of the State, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the earth, they are the focus of evil in the modern world.
 It was C.S. Lewis who, in his unforgettable “Screwtape Letters,” wrote: “The greatest evil is not done now…in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is…not even done in concentration camps and labor camps. In those, we see its final result, but it is conceived and ordered; moved, seconded, carried and minuted in clear, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice.”
 Well, because these “quiet men” do not “raise their voices,” because they sometimes speak in soothing tones of brotherhood and peace, because, like other dictators before them, they’re always making “their final territorial demand,” some would have us accept them at their word and accommodate ourselves to their aggressive impulses. But if history teaches anything, it teaches that simpleminded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.
 So, I urge you to speak out against those who would place the United States in a position of military and moral inferiority. You know, I’ve always believed that old Screwtape reserved his best efforts for those of you in the Church. So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride–the temptation of blithely..uh..declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.
 I ask you to resist the attempts of those who would have you withhold your support for our efforts, this administration’s efforts, to keep America strong and free, while we negotiate–real and verifiable reductions in the world’s nuclear arsenals and one day, with God’s help, their total elimination. [Applause]
 While America’s military strength is important, let me add here that I’ve always maintained that the struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.
 Whittaker Chambers, the man whose own religious conversion made him a witness to one of the terrible traumas of our time, the Hiss-Chambers case, wrote that the crisis of the Western world exists to the degree in which the West is indifferent to God, the degree to which it collaborates in communism’s attempt to make a man stand-alone without God. And then he said, for Marxism-Leninism is actually the second-oldest faith, first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with the words of temptation, “Ye shall be as gods.”
 The Western world can answer this challenge, he wrote, “but only provided that its faith in God and the freedom He enjoins is as great as communism’s faith in Man.”
 I believe we shall rise to the challenge. I believe that communism is another sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last–last pages even now are being written. I believe this because the source of our strength in the quest for human freedom is not material, but spiritual. And because it knows no limitation, it must terrify and ultimately triumph over those who would enslave their fellow man. For in the words of Isaiah: “He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no…might He increased strength. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary.” [Applause]
 Yes, change your world. One of our founding fathers, Thomas Paine, said, “We have it within our power to begin the world over again.” We can do it, doing together what no one church could do by itself.
 God bless you, and thank you very much. [Long Applause]