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The secret of Donald Trump’s success? Patriotism.

Our patriotic president...The driving force behind Trump’s winning for America is his powerful patriotism.  Patriotism is a virtue that our politicians talk about a lot, in utterly empty ways.  Many Democrats think it is a vice.  The left wing of the Democratic Party mistakes it for white nationalism.

Trump lives American patriotism.  It is the reason he ran for president and the reason he won.  He knows we are a great country.

Trump recognizes and is comfortable with power – his personal power and America’s power.  He does not think power is toxic.  He thinks American and presidential power is wonderful and meant to be used for our common national good.

Our president loves to build.  He used to build big apartment and hotel towers with his name on them.  Now he is building up America, because he loves America.  President Trump’s patriotism has these two equal parts: a strong economy and a strong military.  His eye is always on the prize of jobs and security.

Patriotism overflows in his speech on achieving a quarter of 4.1% growth for the economy and the return of fallen heroes’ remains from North Korea.

In everything we do, in every action we take, we are fighting for loyal, hardworking, patriotic citizens of our blessed nation.  We’re making our country great again.  We’re respected again all over the world.  Our military will soon be stronger than it’s ever been, by far.

Unlike his political rivals, President Trump wants to use our full power.  We do not need to be intimidated by anybody – not China, not the E.U., not Russia, not Iran, not terrorists.  We are the powerhouse.  Trump seeks to create win-win situations, but he will not compromise on American interests.  If someone is going to lose, it is going to be the other side, not the USA.

Trump the builder likes to do things.  He likes responsibility.  He likes seeing concrete outcomes.  He knows that America can do things.  We are so rich and so powerful as a country that we can do everything we need to do to promote American security and prosperity.  Using American power for these ends is nothing to be ashamed of.  It is his job.

We can call North Korea’s bluff.  We can bomb ISIS out of Syria.  We can force the E.U. to cave on putting high tariffs on American goods.  We can say no to China stealing our innovations, our products, and our jobs.

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We don’t need to fear anybody or anything.  We’re the big guys.

We can move the embassy to Jerusalem.  You don’t avoid doing the right thing because of threats from pipsqueak terrorists like the Palestinians.

How refreshing and heartening this is to his voters.  Trump has applied the power of his pugilistic personality to work for us, for the welfare of individual Americans and for our wellbeing as a nation.  He sincerely has compassion and caring for ordinary people.

We see it in how he fights for better treatment for our men and women in uniform – military, police, firefighters, border patrol.  As a patriot, he respects, even reveres, the individuals who dedicate, and sometimes sacrifice their lives, to keep us safe.

We see it in how he fights for jobs for workers, white, black and brown, men and women.  Patriotism is love of country and loyalty to our fellow citizens.  A steelworker, returned to work under President Trump’s flourishing economy, teared up as he told a reporter “it’s just nice to know that we’ve got someone fighting for us.”

We are so sick of most Republican politicians, who seem to care about only their personal wealth and power.  They are not dependent on their voters, and they care only about their donors and relationships with other D.C. power-brokers, and the lobbyists who will hire them after they retire.  They like power – their personal power, power to flout the desires of their voters.

We are even sicker of Democrats’ anti-patriotism.  Obama’s core belief was the moral necessity to atone for American power.  President Obama and his enthusiastic progressive followers wanted us to be a less powerful country.   Obama wanted us to have a smaller economy – 2% growth was an acceptable normal to him.  Democrats actively wish to destroy our coal and fracking industry and jack up energy prices, which shrinks the whole economy.  They want more people dependent on welfare, not working (because when people are dependent on government handouts, they usually vote for the people who gave them the handouts).

Obama’s international policies were aimed at less power for America.  He appallingly invited Russia into the Middle East, something American presidents had successfully blocked since Eisenhower.  Obama withdrew from our alliances with Eastern Europe, the Saudis, Israel, and Egypt while building up our enemy, Iran.  He redefined our refugee policy to include every potential victim of domestic violence or crime, throwing our borders open to all the poor people of the world.  He actively worked to weaken our military and starve our forces of the men and materiel they need to protect us.

Another constructive part of President Trump’s patriotism is never recognized and lauded as he deserves.  As the president said, “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.”  He includes the whole country in his love of country – white, black, brown, rich, poor, male, female, city, country.  He has a heart for the desires of Americans in every demographic category, who want “great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.”  Focusing on these human goals brings us together.

President Trump has earned boasting rights on delivering for all Americans.

We are in the midst of the longest positive job-growth streak in history.  New unemployment claims have recently achieved their lowest level in almost half a century.  The African American unemployment rate has achieved the lowest level in recorded history.  African American employment is the best it’s ever been in the history of our country.  The Hispanic unemployment rate has reached the lowest level, likewise, in history.  Likewise the Asian unemployment rate has recently reached the lowest level in history.  Women’s unemployment rate recently reached its lowest level in 65 years.  And soon that will be in history.  Give it another two or three weeks.

He wants us all to be winners.  He wants to win for all of us.  And he is.

In a speech to veterans on his first Fourth of July as president, our commander in chief began with a servant’s heart.  He got the V.A. reform that has eluded Washington for 40 years – the ability to fire do-nothing, incompetent bureaucrats so service to veterans could be improved.   “Now you can say, ‘You’re fired.’  I can promise you, we will always take care of our great veterans.”

After that, he talked about his vision of patriotism.  He could have been talking about himself.

Thank you.  I love you, too.  You have shared your blood, you’ve poured your love, and you’ve bared your soul in defense of our country, our people, and our great American flag.  Your loyalty to our American nation is measured not in words but deeds … you’ve run past the gates of hell to fight and to win for America[.] … The story of America’s men and women in uniform is the story of freedom overcoming oppression, the strong protecting the weak and good defeating evil.

Trump’s last words to the vets: “I want you all, and all our wounded warriors to know, you have an entire nation of more than 300 million people behind you.  And our nation is getting strong again.  Have you noticed?”

Yes, Mr. President.  We have noticed.


[From an article by Karin McQuillan, written for AMERICAN THINKER]




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Could YOU survive what liberal, unthinking Americans are trying to do to Donald Trump?

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President Donald Trump is apparently not a figure many of us feel empathy for.  Nearly half the country hates him.  Hate may even be too mild a word.  They despise him and equate him with the worst of human history, Hitler and the Nazis.  They want him destroyed, literally and politically, along with his family.  This includes Democrats, the media, and many Republicans.

His resignation or impeachment wouldn’t be enough.  He needs to face treason charges and punishment at the end of a rope or in front of a firing squad, along with his family.  His supporters are guilty by association and must face similar justice.

But in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch told Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”  This is the essence of empathy.  You can’t understand someone until you’ve “walked a mile in his shoes.”

Let’s for a moment climb inside Donald Trump’s skin and walk around in it.

Trump was a successful businessman, a billionaire who owns properties, resorts, golf courses, and hotels around the world.  He owned a huge private jet, only a half-step down from the one he currently uses.  He has a beautiful wife and family; his children are smart and following in his business footsteps.  He hosted a wildly successful television show, was a household name and a darling of the media before he decided to run for president.

Yet he gave that up.  Why would he do that?  As a septuagenarian, did his ego demand one more even bigger prize?  Or, as some have speculated, was he approached by a group of patriots several years ago and told in no uncertain terms about the Deep State and America’s trajectory into the abyss?  Perhaps he was told that he was the only one who could run for president, have a chance of winning, then slow or stop America’s decline.

Did he, as a consummate patriot, take up the challenge?  Someday we may learn why he gave up a comfortable and successful life in exchange for endless scorn and derision.

In Hillary Clinton he fought a political opponent who was challenging, not personally, but for what and whom she represented: the establishments of both parties, the donor classes, the media, Hollywood, academia, and the Clinton machine that has been active since the Clintons’ days in Arkansas.

Donald Trump worked his butt off, campaigning around the clock.  From his tweets at 4 A.M. to his campaign rallies in multiple states in a single day, he worked harder than any candidate in recent memory.  His opponent did the opposite.  Sipping chardonnay and napping, she listened to her cheerleaders in the media as they fawned over her every utterance, telling her repeatedly that she would win the election easily.

Media coverage of Trump was and still is over 90 percent negative.  His own party worked against his election, the party he represented and brought victory to.  The big names in the GOP tried to undermine him – McCain, Romney, Bush, Ryan – all past presidents or candidates, the heavy hitters in the GOP, not to mention the Republican NeverTrump whiners and wimps.

Then there was the Deep State led by a treasonous ex-president and his no-ethics, no-honor Democrats — the unelected and unaccountable three-letter agencies, conspiring and working against Donald Trump not only as a candidate but also after he became president.  They spied on his campaign, creating fictional dossiers used to justify FBI surveillance of Trump, his family, and his entire campaign staff.  It was a concerted effort by the leadership of these agencies to prevent his election, and then to destroy his presidency as a Plan B.

Phony accusations of Russian collusion tainted his presidency and provided a cloud over his election, much like a successful athlete winning a championship fair and square and against all odds, then having his victory tainted with the accusation of rigging or cheating.  How would such a winner react to claims that he didn’t really win…especially when he had worked so hard for victory and had so little help in the process?

The Russian collusion story taints Trump’s successful campaign and election.  The Mueller investigation and drumbeat from the media share the common refrain that Trump is an illegitimate president, that he cheated to win, conspiring with an enemy country.  This is the same country, ironically, that so many of Trump’s critics were in love with only a few years ago.

Trump has been working hard as president, accomplishing more in his first 500 days than any of his predecessors – tax cuts, a roaring economy, record unemployment, a reversal of 50 years of failed policy toward North Korea, strong judicial picks, rebuilding the American relationship with Israel, and so on.  Does he get any credit from the media or his own party?  Hardly.  Instead, scorn and insults continue to rain down on him.  Wouldn’t you be frustrated and bitter standing in his shoes?  Absolutely you would.

Last is the Mueller indictment of 12 phantom Russians over supposedly hacking the DNC computers – computers the FBI did not even examine.  Indictments are simply accusations, not verdicts in a court of law, and were announced the last business day before Trump’s Russia summit.  What a coincidence of timing, putting Trump in a box where he had to either validate the Russian collusion narrative or question the veracity of the U.S. intelligence community.  Always the pragmatic contrarian, he chose the latter option during his press conference with Putin.

Does Trump fully trust the intelligence services, the same ones that conspired to spy on his campaign and undermine his election, then tried to overturn his presidency?  Would you trust these agencies if you were subjected to all the lies and the duplicity they have heaped upon our duly elected president? Of course you wouldn’t trust them. All this is based on the nonsensical assertion that Russia hacked the election, an absurd concept that even Obama said was impossible: “There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could ever rig America’s elections.”

This is the same intelligence community that exonerated Hillary Clinton for crimes proven but never investigated, yet indicted Donald Trump for crimes investigated ad nauseam but never proven.  The same Intelligence Community that told the world that Saddam had WMDs and then dragged the U.S. and other countries into a costly and counterproductive war.

Put yourself in Trump’s shoes: a highly successful businessman, in the latter years of his life, taking on the Herculean task of running for and winning the U.S. presidency.  In victory he finds nothing but abuse, scorn, and betrayal by friend and foe alike.  He is surrounded by landmines, and the US intelligence agencies do all they can to make sure he steps on one landmine after another.  This is a journey few mortals would undertake, much less survive.

Is it any wonder he is pushing back against those trying to destroy him and his presidency, including the FBI, DOJ, and CIA, all in the thick of seditious activity against our duly elected president?  He has few friends in Washington, D.C.; many who should have his back seem only eager to bury a knife in it instead.

Donald Trump is a man chosen by ordinary people, a man trying to make America great again despite only scorn and opposition coming back from those he wants to help.

[From an article by Brian C. Joondeph, a Denver-based physician and writer]


NORM ‘n’ AL Note: All those Americans who can never find anything good to say about Mr. Trump should try to reflect honestly on what this country might now be like had Horrible Hillary won the election…a woman who proved, just like Obama did, that the primary qualifications in a Democrat candidate for political office are a complete lack of honor, a lack of any sense of ethics, and a willingness to lie in any situation.  There are lots of countries around the world where you can find precisely this kind of person occupying the top office.  Thank God the USA isn’t one of them anymore.




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President Trump says “We all have a duty to defend the most basic and fundamental human right — the right to life. As President I am dedicated to protecting the lives of every American including the unborn”


Abortion is one of the most heinous crimes a person can commit, as it is a direct and deliberate assault on a completely defenseless, vulnerable human being made in the image of God.  As such, it should not only be banned but punishable by law.

Millions of innocent children have had their lives snuffed out on the altar of convenience by people who love themselves more than the infant lives they helped create.

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Does it make any sense to kill a baby in the womb and call that “choice,” while killing the baby after birth is called “murder” and is punishable as such?  Of course it doesn’t make any sense.  None whatsoever.  The baby in the womb is just as fully alive as the same baby after birth.  The natural birth process is simply the baby telling the world it is so fully alive as to be unable to be confined to the womb any longer.

We finally have a president in the White House who recognizes the truth of the above and wants to do something about it.

Letter from Pres. Trump to National Right to Life Committee

Above we have reproduced Mr. Trump’s letter to the National Right to Life Committee. Please CLICK ON THE IMAGE to enlarge the text.  (NORM ‘n’ AL Note: We have highlighted the second paragraph in the letter above.)


Never-Trumpers were wrong!




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Time for the Secret Swamp Boys to come clean…

With word that the Obama administration imbedded one, and possibly two, spies within the Trump campaign arrives a semi-new appellation for a government scandal: Spygate.

The press has adored its “hyphen-gates” since 1973.  Reporters are finding this gate much less pleasant.

There is a wide band of gentle and wise Americans who recognize that almost every word James Clapper and John Brennan say is an obfuscating lie.  They know that Comey is in on the lie and that Mueller is trying to perpetuate the lie.  Our absurd press dives into the muddle by claiming that the plant was put in place to protect Trump.  That is a lie barren of logic and rationality – the axiomatic whopper.

Some protection.  Trump has been the target of investigations from the moment he took office.

Boys, do you really think intelligent Americans are buying this shipment of hooey? 

It’s time to get it all off your chest.  Americans know you abused your power in an effort to destroy a legally elected president of the United States.  You turned your back on all permissible precedent.  You abandoned any sense of morality and decency as you ran roughshod over the American people.  You might not like it, but our votes count, and we will be heard.

At this moment, the forgiving nature of the American people will probably allow them to walk away with a slap on the wrist.  We know that the Democratic Party still carries enough clout to keep these lads out of prison, and we know that the gargantuan monster of government bureaucracy is always reluctant to punish insiders who abuse their power.  The preferred option is an overgenerous retirement package.  Lois Lerner is a good example of how government swindlers are punished.

But that train is leaving the station.  There are limits to how much corruption Americans will accept.  Playing with our votes in a more outrageous manner than the Russians ever could is way beyond the point of toleration.  Conservative America has been scorned and subject to a growing level of accepted hate since 1973; we have achieved total saturation with elites who claim the moral high ground and then covertly stoop to despicable use of our institutions.

Regular ol’ conservative Americans are not the bad guys; they never were.

Boys, somewhere along your ostensible route of “public service,” you became the bad guys.  You are the black hats who shoot up the rights of others to steal an election, to steal away a president, and to steal democratic principles from a nation.  You are the enemies of freedom and liberty…and that makes you the enemies of America.

You should step out of the way now and let our chosen president be our president.  Soon there will be a massive demand for sentencing instead of retirement.  

Coming clean is the best option.  You should grab it while the grabbing is good.

[From an article by AMERICAN THINKER.com]




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Mueller’s continued war on America…

Mueller's continued war on America


Robert Mueller is waging war on Donald Trump and the American people.

The special counsel took his Russia probe to the next level by indicting Trump aides and signaling he wants them to help him incriminate the President.

But Donald Trump has one ace up his sleeve that could shut Mueller down for good.

Even after the indictments of former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, Mueller has yet to produce ANY evidence of collusion with Russia.

It is more than obvious Mueller’s probe is a fishing expedition designed to concoct any reason the swamp can find to impeach Trump and remove him from office.

But there is a way Trump can end this farce.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, former Reagan administration officials David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey say that Trump could shut down the Mueller investigation by issuing a blanket pardon to anyone involved in the investigation.

They write:

“Mr. Trump can end this madness by immediately issuing a blanket presidential pardon to anyone involved in supposed collusion with Russia or Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, to anyone involved with Russian acquisition of an American uranium company during the Obama administration, and to anyone for any offense that has been investigated by Mr. Mueller’s office. Political weaponization of criminal law should give way to a politically accountable democratic process. Nefarious Russian activities, including possible interference in U.S. elections, can and should be investigated by Congress.

Partisan bitterness will not evaporate if lawmakers take up the investigation. But at least those conducting the inquiry will be legitimate and politically accountable. And the question of whether Russia intervened in the 2016 election, and of whether it made efforts to influence U.S. policy makers in previous administrations, is first and foremost one of policy and national security, not criminal law.

The president himself would be covered by the blanket pardon we recommend, but the pardon power does not extend to impeachment. If Congress finds evidence that he was somehow involved in collusion with Russia, the House can determine whether to begin impeachment proceedings. Congress also is better equipped, as part of its oversight role, to determine whether and how the FBI, Justice Department and intelligence agencies might have been involved in the whole affair, including possible misuse of surveillance and mishandling of criminal investigations.”

Rivkin and Casey cite the blanket amnesty given out by President Washington after the Whiskey Rebellion, and Lincoln’s pardon to Confederates who had pledged their loyalty to the Union.

Mueller’s probe has been a partisan political hit job from day one.  Donald Trump would be well within his authority to shut this expensive nonsense down.


 [From an article published by AMERICAN PATRIOT DAILY]




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Obama has now lost all the respect he thought he had from his fellow American citizens. He has hit a new low. He’s facing his own Watergate, and deserves justice

Obama's Watergate will finish him.

When Donald Trump said that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower and Trump’s telephone lines, it was clear what he meant.

No one who saw or heard about Trump’s tweets thought he meant Obama had donned a ninja suit, snuck up outside Trump Tower in the dead of night, attached a bug to the phone and sat there listening in with headphones.

The propaganda media, leftist dissemblers and Deep State puppets jumped quickly to make it appear that’s precisely what Trump meant in order to make Trump appear deranged and out of touch for making such a claim. Even House Speaker Paul Ryan (corporatist NeverTrumper – Wisconsin) said, “No such wiretap existed.” Both Democrats and Republicans insisted Trump apologize to Obama for making the charge.

The word “wiretap” once had a specific meaning. When people had telephones that communicated by transmitting data via wires, spooks had to physically connect a listening device to the wires to listen in on the calls. For a wiretap to be legal, a warrant was required.

This changed in the age of wireless communications. Now the word “wiretap” refers to electronic surveillance of all sorts. And there’s a lot of it — a lot more than you would believe.

The government has the ability – and propensity — to scarf up electronic communications like a Shop-Vac® sucking up sawdust. You can see excerpts of some of these original reports in “Privacy News,” “The two hands of Big Brother: Losing our liberties update,”  “To destroy your privacy, to destroy your life” and “The U.S. National Security Agency.”

In 1988 reports surfaced that outlined how under project ECHELON the U.S. National Security Agency was partnering with intelligence services in Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Japan and even Communist China to tap into worldwide telecommunications networks. The Cleveland Plain Dealer revealed that the system had been used to tap U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond’s calls without a warrant. The report was based on testimony from an employee of defense contractor Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation (a division of Lockheed Martin) who turned whistleblower to reveal the company’s “black” U.S. intelligence programs operating through that company.

This type of surveillance has continued apace, as revealed by Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers, though it is much more sophisticated than anyone can imagine. We know from media reports that intelligence agencies under Obama monitored the communications and computers of members of Congress and a number of journalists.

Now a new whistleblower has emerged revealing more of the clandestine government spying during the Obama years: NSA and CIA contractor Dennis Montgomery.

Montgomery left the two spying agencies with 47 hard drives and 600 million pages of information – much of it classified – revealing what is apparently illegal and unconstitutional spying on prominent Americans like the chief justice of the Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, prominent businessmen like Donald Trump and others. In a paper put out by Judicial Watch, which is representing Montgomery, Montgomery claimed to have informed the House Intelligence Committee about the information he had, but the committee was uninterested. It had this information prior to FBI Director James Comey’s and NSA Director Michael Rogers’ testimony before the committee.

During their testimony, chief spooks Comey and Admiral Rogers lied, dissembled and parsed, dancing around Trump’s claims like they were Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

We know from mainstream media reports that last summer investigators sought a FISA warrant to give legal imprimatur for electronic surveillance of Trump, and were denied. They later went back to the FISA court and received a warrant to surveil Trump associates. Comey admitted that Trump has been under investigation for Russian ties for most of a year.

MSM reports revealed that Michael Flynn’s communications with the Russian ambassador were tapped, though the claim is Flynn was just caught up in standard surveillance of a Russian VIP.

Multiple U.S. and likely British spy agencies were investigating Trump. This includes electronic surveillance in all its many forms. No FISA warrant was needed specifically to listen in on Trump and his transition team members (see how they captured Flynn). All that was needed was a FISA warrant on a foreign national one of those people may talk to in the future. With that, Comey, etc., could with a straight face say that no wiretapping of Trump was taking place.

During the campaign, both Obama and Hillary made subtle and not-so-subtle claims that Trump was working with Russians. If this was going on they wouldn’t know it unless Obama’s spooks were listening in on Trump and Trump Team communications and sharing it with top administration officials. If it were not going on then Obama, the witch from Chappaqua, and the MSM just made it up out of whole cloth.

On his way out the door, Obama made it easier for the various intelligence agencies to share the captured information, because it has been deliberately and enticingly leaked to the press.

Watergate stemmed from the burglary of Democrat headquarters during a presidential campaign. Trump Towers was essentially the Republican HQ for the presidential race.

Obama’s spooks broke into Republican HQ electronically in order to grab dirt on Trump, and shared what they learned with Obama, the Clinton campaign and the media in order, first, to defeat Trump; and second, to delegitimize Trump’s presidency and find dirt to use to try and force him out of office.

Obama, through his surrogates, has denied it happened. But Obama, through his surrogates, certainly wiretapped Trump. And Obama unquestionably knew about it.

This is Obama’s Watergate.


[From an article by Bob Livingston, written for PERSONAL LIBERTY]


NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Our newest ex-president should be thoroughly investigated by the Justice Department. When that investigation shows beyond a doubt that Obama was complicit right up to his eyeballs in the Trump wiretapping, Obama should be charged, tried, convicted of treason, and imprisoned…and every last dime of his presidential pension should be denied permanently.  America should have the opportunity to heal from the grave wounds he has inflicted on this country…but without justice, that healing will never come.






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“We cannot sustain ineffective traditions over optimal outcomes,” says our new Secretary of State

During his first speech as Donald Trump’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson warned Thursday morning that he plans to reform the State Department and told his new team to brace for “changes to how things are traditionally done.”

“I remind you that our undertakings are larger than ourselves or our personal careers,” Tillerson said in his introductory speech to State Department employees in Washington, D.C.

Amid dissenting views about the Trump administration’s suspension of the refugee program and the temporary ban on visitors from seven mainly Muslim countries, Tillerson emphasized the importance of rising above politics.

“I know this was a hotly contested election, and we do not all feel the same way about the outcome. Each of us is entitled to the expression of our political beliefs, but we cannot let our personal convictions overwhelm our ability to work as one team,” he said. “Let us be understanding with each other about the times we live in as we focus our energies on our departmental goals.”

Tillerson said the first thing he asks himself every morning is, “Are all of our people safe?”

“The safety of every single member of our State Department family, regardless of where he or she is posted, is not just a priority for me — it’s a core value. And it will become a core value of this department,” he said.

The former Exxon CEO said he will have an unorthodox approach to leading the State Department, but promised he would not make change for the sake of change.

“As secretary, I will deploy the talent and resources of the State Department in the most efficient ways possible,” he said. “That may entail making changes to how things are traditionally done in this department. Change for the sake of change can be counterproductive and that will never be my approach. But we cannot sustain ineffective traditions over optimal outcomes. I will gather information on what processes should be reformed and do my part to make sure that we are productive and efficient.”

Tillerson said he thought he was prepared for “retirement this spring after four decades of business experience” prior to receiving the call to serve from Trump.

“[Tillerson’s wife] Renda [St. Claire] and I were ready to head off to the ranch and enjoy our grandchildren,” the newly confirmed secretary explained. “But when I came back from my first meeting with President Trump and he asked me to do this, Renda said, ‘You didn’t know it but you’ve been in a 41-year training program for this job.’”

“So despite our own dreams, she said you’re supposed to do this. Well, my first day is here, I’m on the job,” he said. “Hi, I’m the new guy.”

There are 248 names on the memorial plaques at the State Department which contains the names of Americans that have died in 64 countries, according to the American Foreign Service Association. Recent additions include the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.

Tillerson spent a few extra moments paying tribute to fallen foreign service personnel during his first day on the job.

“They died in service of causes far greater than themselves,” Tillerson told his staff. “As we move forward in a new era, it is important to honor the sacrifices of those who have come before us, and reflect on the legacy that we inherit.”


[This article published by WesternJournalism.com]




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