The excerpt below was taken from United States President Donald Trump’s speech to the Venezuelan American Community at Florida International University on February 18, 2019.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: For decades, the socialist dictatorships of Cuba and Venezuela have propped each other up in a very corrupt bargain. Venezuela gave Cuba oil. In return, Cuba gave Venezuela a police state run directly from Havana.
Michael Richardson-Borne: Notice how you are still operating in psychological time – decades of the mind’s imaginary time, a feedback loop that leaves you separate and linear. You assume a set of beliefs that turn life into a straight line rather than the space on which the straight line is drawn and the knowing of what moves the hand of the artist. The breaking of time into psychological segments reveals the breaking of the self into fragments that can fit into the spaces of your conceptual puzzle. These puzzle pieces of the separate self fit perfectly into the categories of psychological time – seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, decades. This puzzle is stretched over your eyes like a giant curtain, keeping you from knowing the existence of immediacy that includes psychological time.
Right now, you don’t see the people in front of you. You don’t sense the emptiness, in two ways, of their heartbeat. You see pieces of a puzzle that match the slotted board of the self on which they are being placed – there is a symmetry to this action that is comfortable and familiar as the separate self’s automatic behavior. This comfortableness is the tradition of separation, what I call the Culture of Separation – a culture of blind automatons of a non-autonomous movement that has fallen prey to a false sense of autonomy.
By reinforcing to your listeners ten year periods of separation that compound into the development of a separative history, you are feeding them a lie that stems from the ultimate lie – the belief in the contraction of a separate self as the totality of existence. This turns history into a battle of narrative rather than an aspect of an impersonal history that is prior to history – prior to the US story of the relationship that has transpired between Venezuela and Cuba. By recognizing this prior history that is not part of any timeline, you would also recognize the traditionless tradition that is the self-rightening mechanism for the problems in which you fan the flames. This recognition is the remembrance of Non-separation.
Leaving this recognition unexplored results in a global policy that withholds aide from the denied by those in denial. It establishes a world filled with authoritarians who think of themselves as “average, everyday people.” Living under the iron fist of the separate self is what is considered “normal” in our world – it guides our everyday affairs, the structure of our culture, the structure of our institutions. It turns the entirety of every individual’s life into an intrasubjective socialist dictatorship by facilitating the entrenchment of the self in a set of separative stories that blur the truth of Non-separation.
Every new attachment the individual claims as its being is a further crackdown on the essence of freedom. It furthers one from the understanding that who you think you are is a very limited part of experience, and an even more limited arising of existence. This furthering of ourselves from the truth of our pre-existing unity, while unconsciously supporting the acceptance of the underhanded agreement of separation, is the corrupt bargain in which you speak. This agreement props up the Culture of Separation – the culture that has been built on the assumption of a separate self.
A belief in separation can only bring more separation into the world – which leaves the narratives you spread in speeches, magnified by mass media, to massage the separate self and the global worldview of the “little authoritarians,” no matter which side of the argument they are on. This continuation of the Culture of Separation means Cuba and Venezuela can be considered police states run directly from Washington D.C. All countries and capital cities are police states ruthlessly enforcing ignorance – force-feeding separation instead of inquiring into the possibility of becoming lived invitations of and to Non-separation.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: But this is a much different day, and those days are over. The ugly alliance between the two dictatorships is coming to a rapid end. A new future is beginning. All of us in this arena, and thousands and thousands and thousands of people outside — you have to see it — are united because we know the truth about socialism in Venezuela, in Cuba, in Nicaragua, and all around the world.
Michael Richardson-Borne: This is the exact same day, another day of forgotten Non-separation – no shift in anything has occurred. When one translation of separation ends, another steps in to continue as an illusion of change – this is what you fail to see, which is only a fraction of the depth to which I’m pointing. The divide of days in which you speak was never in opposition, and no successful coup was completed – placing them on opposite ends of a mentally constructed spectrum does not touch, let alone adjust, Non-separation. Even if the shift in eras was relatively true, the current of the movement that lives both would not experience a divide between the precipice of one plateau and another. Not knowing this means the days of separation are not over.
And since the days of separation are not over, the separative foundation of an ugly mass alliance stably rests as the undergirding of all relationships that exist today as the Culture of Separation. Locate, in your own experience, how this alliance is between the myth of who you think you are and the Original Story of being, which you have forgotten. Discovering this alliance will empower you to look into the way in which your Original Story, the story of “I am,” came to be. This is part of journeying the Path of Non-separation. Completing this journey leads to the instantaneous action of Applied Awakening, a new future that is remembered, not something which begins.
Being lived as an invitation to Applied Awakening, seeing the truth of socialism does not take the truth of democracy off the map of separation. Socialism and democracy are reflections of one another. They need one another in order to know themselves. So, as I said, we live in a world of authoritarians, left and right. Pre-modern, modern, post-modern, it’s all the same – separation is the true opiate of the masses.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: Socialism promises prosperity, but it delivers poverty. Socialism promises unity, but it delivers hatred and it delivers division. Socialism promises a better future, but it always returns to the darkest chapters of the past. That never fails. It always happens.
Michael Richardson-Borne: Let’s not focus on the symptoms of democratic separation – things like the tremendous gap between the rich and poor, cities that remain without clean water for years on end, or tent neighborhoods of the homeless that line the streets of a well-known city celebrated for its glamour. Let’s focus our attention on the self-rightening invitation we are all capable of remembering that guides us to see separation for what it is.
First. American democracy gives you a shot at an ideal of prosperity while ignoring the poverty of your soul – with the soul being the Original Story of beingness that began the experience of your limited identity.
Second. American democracy gives you the double-bind of being told you are a free individual unified with your democratic culture – as long as you play within the ideology of its own hatred and divisions.
Third. American democracy runs you up a corporate ladder and along a life-stage conveyor belt in the name of a better future – leaving you to sort out for yourself the darkness you still find when you get to its marketed destinations.
Socialism makes the same empty promises because, as with democracy, it doesn’t address the source of prosperity, unity, or a better future – the remembrance of Non-separation.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: Socialism is a sad and discredited ideology rooted in the total ignorance of history and human nature, which is why socialism, eventually, must always give rise to tyranny, which it does. Socialists profess a love of diversity, but they always insist on absolute conformity.
Michael Richardson-Borne: Democracy is based on a sad and discredited ideology rooted in total ignorance of history and human nature, which is why democracy always gives rise to tyranny – both intrasubjective and intersubjective. The discredited ideology is the belief in a separate self and the tenants of the Culture of Separation which follow this assumption.
Socialism and democracy both preach about unnourished surfaces. They both stress the secondary roots that have sprouted above ground – secondary roots without access to nutrients the soil and water of Non-separation bring. Both have forgotten the secondary roots, underground, that pierce the impersonal soil as well as the main, robust, primary root that runs deep as their source.
This leads to a misalignment with the truth of being, a Culture of Separation, where diversity is an absolute conformity to perceived diversity.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: We know that socialism is not about justice, it’s not about equality, it’s not about lifting up the poor. Socialism is about one thing only: power for the ruling class. And the more power they get, the more they crave. They want to run healthcare, run transportation, and finance, run energy, education — run everything.
Michael Richardson-Borne: This is American democracy talking into the mirror, the democratic shadow speaking to its own reflection. Pure projection.
It’s the separate self that believes it runs everything as a set of autonomous actions. It believes it knows justice, knows equality, knows about lifting up the poor – and believes it can bring these ideals into the world through self-authorship. Both socialism and democracy are built on the foundation of an assumption that believes in a separate self – both are systems of government that philosophically begin from the standpoint of separation and wonder why the results of these systems lead to separative ends.
Believing in self-authoring actions brings the frustration of non-conformity with state-sponsored narratives and spawns the perceived need of forceful coherence to the point of elimination of people from society, both exile and death. It’s easy to observe this in the American prison system and the false jailing and worker camps/re-education camps that arise from socialism.
The way beyond these outcomes of the Culture of Separation is to realize there is a self-rightening possibility right under your nose – the remembrance of Non-separation.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: They want the power to decide who wins and who loses, who’s up and who’s down, what’s true and what’s false, and even who lives and who dies.
In short, all of us here today know that there is nothing less democratic than socialism. Everywhere and anywhere it appears, socialism advances under the banner of progress, but in the end, it delivers only corruption, exploitation, and decay.
Michael Richardson-Borne: What you describe is not socialism. What you describe is the experience of the separate self, an exploitation of your birthright that keeps you from knowing who you truly are.