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State of the Union preview: Trump’s first SOTU = interesting street theater

Written By | Jan 30, 2018
State of the Union

President Trump in the Oval Office with special guests after new HHS Secretary Alex Azar is sworn in Monday, January 29, 2018. (White House photo, U.S. government. In the public domain)

WASHINGTON, January 30, 2018: Tuesday morning, the White House released a brief synopsis of President Trump’s first State of the Union Address to Congress. Scheduled to commence at approximately 9 p.m. ET, live and streaming coverage of the event will be available via a wide variety of sources.

According to the White House release, the President’s State of the Union Address

“will outline the record-setting accomplishments of his first year and lay out the Administration’s vision for the next 12 months: building a safe, strong, and proud America.”

The President will visit in detail the following five topics:

  • Tax cuts and the U.S. economy: Although the stock market was hit hard both Tuesday and again today, the President and the GOP will likely take a well-deserved victory lap for both the rapidly-improving U.S. economy and, above all, the recently enacted GOP tax cut legislation, which is already having a major effect on salaries, take home pay and new corporate initiatives.
  • Infrastructure: President Trump will provide more details on his proposal for a $1 trillion Federal government investment in a program or programs that will jump start what’s envisioned as a massive start on repairing and replacing America’s badly decaying infrastructure.
  • Immigration: In what’s likely to remain the most controversial item in his first State of the Union Address, the President will provide his latest thoughts on immigration reform, a make-or-break topic on both sides of the aisle. The leftist majority driving the Democrats will insist on nothing less than a continuation of Barack Obama’s ruinous and unchecked open-borders policy, the better to bring in voters that will cement a permanent governing majority for their party.

Trump, on the other hand, strongly advocates what amounts to a return of the earlier, more sensible immigration policy that existed prior to 1965 that favored skilled, employable immigrants over unskilled, under-educated immigrants.

Trump is insisting on enhanced border enforcement and security – including The Wall his supporters demand and expect – as well as an end to “chain migration,” and the largely unworkable annual visa lottery system.

DACA legalization is on the table. But the President is currently offering to compromise in this area if he can gain the enhanced border security and The Wall he has frequently promised his supporters. If either or both are traded off or are set to encounter lengthy delays in implementation, it is a near certainty that the President will lose his enthusiastic base, as President George H.W. Bush did during his single term by going back on his famous “no new taxes” pledge.

Look for potential fireworks here as some Democrats have promised to populate the House galleries with illegal aliens undocumented immigrants who will likely be instructed to engage in disruption and other forms of street theater. Other Democrats are virtue-signaling to their radical base by boycotting tonight’s SOTU.

For his part, the President has invited a number of the now-traditional “special guests” who either support or exemplify the effects of his immigration policy and his current policies in other areas, including law enforcement and the military. The street theater should prove interesting. Trump, unlike most Republicans, knows how to play this game as well as any traditional Marxist Democrat.

  • Trade: Building on the President’s address at Davos last week, the President will emphasize he supports country-to-country trade deals that are fair and reciprocal. Democrats are likely to make much of this past weekend’s breakdown in the President’s NAFTA re-negotiations with Mexico and Canada.
  • National security: A signature Trump issue, the President will once again emphasize that under his Administration, America will return to its traditional stance of “peace through strength,” by beefing up the U.S. Military’s declining manpower and arsenals and modernizing our forces to better confront complex and rapidly evolving future conflicts.

Tonight’s State of the Union Address should make for interesting viewing, as it will take place against the backdrop of Monday’s House committee vote to release the much talked-about but as yet unseen-by-the-public “4-page Memo.” That document allegedly details serious corruption in both the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ), conducted largely by a cadre of left-wing Obama loyalists.

These individuals were specifically installed in powerful civil service positions by the former President to thwart the new President and undermine his legitimacy, something that the controversial memo should shortly reveal, naming names in the process.

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It is relatively unlikely that President Trump will mention the 4-page memo in this evening’s State of the Union Address. Instead, he will attempt to pitch bipartisanship as the only avenue to enact as many of his key policy pledges as possible prior to this fall’s mid-term elections. Under current circumstances, discussing the memo this evening would only serve to fan the fires of “The Resistance.”

On the other hand, the soon-to-be-released memo will hang over tonight’s proceedings anyway. The President is almost certain to approve the memo’s release either Wednesday or Thursday. The Democrats’ controlling Marxist wing has already mounted an advance counterattack against the release, which, they fear, will blunt their alleged current advantage in taking back the House and Senate this fall.

The media will almost certainly fall in line today and for the rest of the week, blaming the memo on GOP- and Trump-led partisanship while steadfastly ignoring the nonstop sedition that’s been waged continuously by Obama’s plants since the dawn of November 9, 2016.

We live in interesting times. Stay tuned.


Terry Ponick

Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Senior Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17