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Melania Trump delivers her farewell address



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With White House staffers currently in the process of moving the belongings out of their offices ahead of Wednesday’s inauguration, First Lady Melania Trump on Monday released her Farewell Address to the nation as she and President Donald Trump, too, are set to leave the grounds on Wednesday morning.

While touching on the hardships the pandemic presented the nation, the frontline medical workers, law enforcement, and her “Be Best” campaign, the First Lady did not make any direct or indirect mention of President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden, who will move into the White House after the president-elect takes the oath of office Wednesday.

The First Lady in her taped speech called her time serving in the role “the greatest honor of my life”.

“The past four years have been unforgettable. As Donald and I conclude our time in the White House, I think of all the people I have taken home in my heart and their incredible stories of love, patriotism, and determination,” Mrs. Trump said.


“I see the faces of brave young soldiers who have told me with pride in their eyes how much they love serving this country. To every service member and to our incredible military families: You are heroes, and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers,” she said. “I think of all the members of law enforcement who greet us wherever we go. At every hour of every day, they stand guard to keep our communities safe, and we are forever in their debt.”

Mrs. Trump also talked about being moved by children she’s visited in hospitals and foster care centers and mothers battling opioid addiction. Notably, she took a moment to mention being “inspired by the devoted caregivers for babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and communities that give these children the support and care they need to grow.”

Reflecting upon these encounters with all these individuals, Mrs. Trump said: “When I think about these meaningful experiences, I am humbled to have had the opportunity to represent a nation with such kind and generous people.”

The First Lady’s attention shifted to the COVID-19 pandemic, thanking all medical workers for their work during these trying times for the nation and the world and expressing their sadness for families who lost loved ones.

“As the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, I thank all the nurses, doctors, healthcare professionals, manufacturing workers, truck drivers, and so many others who are working to save lives,” she said. “We grieve for the families who have lost a loved one due to the pandemic. Every life is precious, and I ask all Americans to use caution and common sense to protect the vulnerable as millions of vaccines are now being delivered.”

“In the midst of this hardship, we have seen the best of America shine through,” Mrs. Trump continued. “Students have made cards and delivered groceries to our Senior Citizens. Teachers have worked twice as hard to keep our children learning. Families have come together to provide meals, supplies, comfort and friendship to those in need.”

In one moment, Mrs. Trump denounced violence, in the aftermath of the deadly riot in the Capitol on January 6 that took five lives.

“Be passionate in everything you do but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified,” she said. She did not mention the House of Representatives impeaching President Trump last Wednesday for “incitement of insurrection” regarding the Capitol riot.

Mrs. Trump then turned to her “Be Best” campaign, which was an initiative to spread public awareness about childhood well-being and advocated against cyberbullying and drug use, especially opioids. The cyberbullying aspect of her campaign has come under scrutiny by many critics, saying that her husband’s behavior online falls under the definition of cyberbullying.

“I launched Be Best to ensure that we as Americans are doing everything we can to take care of the next generation,” she said. “Be Best has concentrated on three pillars: well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse.”

“In a few short years, I have raised awareness of how to keep children safe online; we have made incredible progress on our nation’s drug epidemic and how it impacts the lives of newborns and families, and we have given a voice to our most vulnerable children in the foster care system,” Mrs. Trump added.

“As I say farewell to my role as First Lady, it is my sincere hope that every American will do their part to teach our children what it means to Be Best,” she also said. “I ask parents to educate your children about the courageous and selfless heroes who worked and sacrificed to make this country the land of the free. And to lead by example and care for others in your community.”

“The promise of this Nation belongs to all of us. Do not lose sight of your integrity and values. Use every opportunity to show consideration for another person and build good habits into your daily lives,” she continued. “In all circumstances, I ask every American to be an ambassador of Be Best. To focus on what unites us. To rise above what divides us. To always choose love over hatred, peace over violence, and others before yourself.”

“Together, as one national family, we can continue to be the light of hope for future generations and carry on America’s legacy of raising our nation to greater heights through our spirit of courage, goodness and faith,” the First Lady added.

“No words can express the depth of my gratitude for the privilege of having served as your First Lady,” Mrs. Trump concluded. “To all the people of this country: You will be in my heart forever.”

The Trumps will not be attending Biden’s inauguration, the first time a president has done so since 1869. Vice President Mike Pence will attend Biden’s inauguration to ensure a smooth transition of power, along with all former presidents except for the 96-year-old Jimmy Carter. Wednesday morning, the Trumps will fly down to the president’s club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency



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In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.

Key points of the situation include:

Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.

Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.

Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.

Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.

Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”

Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.

Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.

In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.

Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.

Information in this article was retrieved from Fox News.

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