Pelosi and Romney? How could I resist. Today’s dessert. Enjoy.
Pelosi and Romney? How could I resist. Today’s dessert. Enjoy.
Cast your minds back to the Obama days and remember all the horrors, all the defeats. Remember Black Lives Matter and the drumbeat of charges against police for trying to keep order in the streets. Remember Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown being painted as innocent children instead of the violent thugs they actually were. Remember Obamacare and the skyrocketing costs for insurance. Remember Fast and Furious, the Benghazi fiasco, Queer Marriage, Weaponizing the IRS and of course his domestic spying on reporters and his other enemies. Remember the unemployment nightmare where a whole generation of young people couldn’t find jobs. It was a bleak hopeless landscape as far as the eye could see. And the rhetoric painted it as the inevitable endpoint for our country, permanent stagnation.
But look what three years with the right sort of leader can do. Unemployment practically non-existent, rising wages, energy independence, our enemies in retreat, England throwing off the shackles of the tyrannical EU, Italy, Poland and Hungary resisting the EU forced immigration, Israel finding alliances with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf States and trade deals with China, Mexico and Canada.
And then it gets better. President Trump humiliates his enemies at every turn. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer have been attacking the President non-stop for four years and they have employed every vicious tactic and lie they could think of. And the net result? Today President Trump’s Gallup Poll approval numbers reached a new high.
And finally, we have the 2020 Race. The Democrats have assembled the most hopeless, unelectable collection of unlikable losers imaginable. Biden, Bernie, Fauxcahantas and Butt Pete. And I’m not even going to consider the eliminated nuts like Spartacus. These are just an embarrassment to the once great Democratic party. All of them are delusional and a couple are actually insane. With the Democrats advantaged by the paid for votes of all the parasites who live off the government they should be unbeatable but instead they’re about to get their heads handed to them.
And tonight, President Trump gave his State of the Union Address. And it was a barn burner. He touted the almost endless list of accomplishments and advancements that his administration provides for America. He had dozens and dozens of applause lines. I think the Republicans will be limping for weeks after all the wear and tear to their old hips and knees from getting up and down so many times.
And he brought on a full card of heartwarming or heartbreaking stories. Wives and families of servicemen. Parents of the victim of al-Baghdadi. A hundred-year-old Tuskegee airman and his great grandson. Rush Limbaugh receiving a Freedom Medal after the revelation of his late stage cancer diagnosis.
The President poured it on. And at the end his message was that he was counteracting the negative message of the Obama era and substituting the idea that America’s best days are still to come. It was masterfully done. It was confident, upbeat and the facts it presented were undeniable. It was a little overwhelming but it was very effective. He truly is a showman.
And most interestingly of all, he completely ignored the impeachment. Not a single word was said about Schiff or Pelosi or the Ukraine. And as much as I would have enjoyed him harassing those worms it was exactly the right choice. The speech is really the President talking directly to the American people and it was presented to give the American people the best sales pitch for giving President Trump his second term. And in my opinion, it succeeded.
Now Vox is a big Trump supporter but in his opinion the civic nationalism from someone like Trump won’t be enough to save the United States. But he acknowledges the effectiveness of what Trump did last night to consolidate the Republican base and kick the stool out from under the NeverTrumpers. I get bored by rhetoric so I shut it off after about fifteen minutes. But I acknowledge the necessity of talking to the whole country. I just hope he takes concrete action soon to get his agenda going in the face of total opposition from the the Dems.
So I’ve repeatedly called the Trump presidency “the greatest show on earth.” Honestly, it really is. I watched the President’s address. My only objection was having to hear one or two minutes of Shep Smith yammering in the background before the broadcast. But that faded out of my mind right away. One of the first things that struck me was that President Trump was having a good time going through the ritual. He shook hands with Pence and Ryan more than once before he got started. He always added something at the end of a sentence to intensify or personalize what he was reading off the teleprompter. He applauded all of his guests very vigorously and he seemed at certain points to be speaking directly to the Democratic Congress as if to chastise them for their lack of enthusiasm about undeniably patriotic and sympathetic topics. At one point, his expression and his hand gestures seemed to be saying to the Dems, “Come on applaud!” The news said it was one of the longer SOTU addresses but honestly it seems to go quickly for me. And I’m not just comparing it to the torturous Obama addresses. Even W was too long for my tastes. Probably because it didn’t entertain. Trump was fun to watch. The hand gestures, his claims to non-partisan motives and the general appeal to a patriotic agenda were highly effective. I especially enjoyed his rhetorical shot at the NFL Anthem Kneelers right before the Super Bowl. Masterfully done. And, of course there was the kill shot, “young Americans have dreams too.” Gold, Jerry, gold.
I’m sure there were some right wingers who were upset about the 1.8 million dreamers being brought up as a pillar of Trump’s four part plan on immigration but honestly, there isn’t a prayer in the world of Cryin’ Chuck accepting the wall and all the rest of the good stuff Trump loaded into his plan. I look at it as a poisoned pill that the Dems will refuse to touch. What other choice will Trump have than to go to the American people and tell them to give him more Republicans in November to get his job done correctly. I’m guessing a few years ago I would have been one of those complaining about this offer. But I have learned my lesson. Ann Coulter was right, “In Trump We Trust.”
Some of the other facets of the experience were the cutaways to people in the audience. Pelosi was the most consistent. Her expression seemed to be saying, “That egg salad sandwich I just ate must have gone bad.” Honestly she looked like she had to throw up but was gritting her teeth to stop it. Schumer was draped over his chair like it was a recliner. He was just sitting there taking it all in. Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus looked enraged, especially when he talked about historically low black unemployment. One of the highlights was when Trump mentioned the presence in the audience of Congressman Steve Scalise, recovered from the gunshot wounds he received at the hands of a crazed Democratic supporter last year. That was a feel good moment that Trump seemed especially to relish. First Lady, Melania Trump was in the gallery with the guests and looked typically dignified and lovely. I read this morning that CNN claimed that Melania wore white as a protest against her husband’s alleged dalliance with a porn star, although why white would be an effective protest color is beyond my meager understanding. Honestly, these people really have lost what little minds they had. Several of the guests were associated with MS-13 gang related violence. There were the four parents of two murdered Long Island teenage girls and an Hispanic law enforcement officer who ignored death threats to lock up a large number of these gang members. These were highly emotional moments that made a deep impact. However I believe the most charged moment came when Trump said that American heroes lived not only in the past but also today and the Republican audience started chanting USA, USA, USA. At that point Democratic Representative Luis Gutierrez literally got up and walked out of the assembly. Good times, good times. So what else could you ask for? Well, actually, if you remember my recent “Trump vs SOTU” spoof, I included Trump insulting his enemies and having the FBI “Secret Society” members frog-marched out of the House of Representatives in the middle of the address and hauled off to jail. Well, sure that would have been cool. But you can’t expect reality to be as cool as my imagination. But, then again, this is Trump so maybe he’s just saving something for next January.