TAMPA, March 1, 2017 — Gone was the bombast and braggadocio of a candidate seeking higher office. With his 2017 State of the Union address to the Joint Session of Congress, President Donald Trump a was exactly what a President of the United States is supposed to sound like.
Even people uninterested in baseball could call it a home run, a hit clean out of the ballpark.
A president gets very few opportunities to address millions of Americans at a time, and Trump made the most of his chance to make a good impression. The always sober Dr. Charles Krauthammer called it the finest speech Trump has ever given.
Trump’s speech was so good that readers of the liberal Washington Post and New York Times will have to angrily and grudgingly downgrade Trump from Adolf Hitler to Joseph Stalin.
Democrats were so desperate for a rebuttal speaker that they chose former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. Democrats knew that their current leaders have nothing to say. Beshear made such an impression as a Democratic Governor of Kentucky that he was succeeded by a Tea Party Republican.
Trump had Democrats on the defensive from the outset, offering a full-throttled condemnation of those who attacked Jewish cemeteries and threatened Jewish Community Centers.
In referencing the violence that has gripped inner city Chicago, the President said that “To break the cycle of poverty, we must break the cycle of violence.” He vowed to expand treatment for those who have become “so badly addicted” to drugs.
Who in their right mind could possibly disagree with any of that?
In discussing powder keg issues like illegal immigration, Trump was calm and sober. He pointed out that Canada and Australia have “merit-based” immigration systems. He announced the creation of VOICE, Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, to the audible boos of the left side of the aisle.
The Democrats offered their meekest protest yet by having party women show up in white, a party tradition that goes back to the Ku Klux Klan.
While liberals offered publicity stunts, Trump was offering plenty of substance. He was not afraid to point out the outright lies of his predecessor, who promised that “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” He also noted that Obama piled on debt, wrecked the labor force, and oversaw tragic foreign policy disasters.
The biggest applause of the night came for a fallen serviceman who lost his life in a raid on Yemen last month. Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens was present for the longest sustained applause in Congress.
Gone were the shallow platitudes and celebration of Obama’s mere existence. Trump’s speech was about doing.
Trump insisted that we must combat radical Islamic terrorism and that there can be no entry or any person where proper vetting cannot occur.
The real heart of Trump’s speech was that it was impossible to attack.
- “American must put its own citizens first.”
- “We must keep our promises.”
- “My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America.”
- “We all are made by the same God.”
Again, who but those who despise Trump for breathing air could object to this?
The line of the night came near the end when Trump delivered a dagger at the heart of a Democratic Party that knows deep down that it stands for nothing except protesting and hating Republicans. Trump challenged Democrats to stop wasting time on nonsense and be useful.
“The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights are past.”
Democrats barely resisted the urge to stand up and scream that they and they alone will decide when the time for small thinking is over. They will stick to small thinking as long as they like, and Trump cannot stop them.
In singling out citizens for praise, Trump gave recognition to more American blacks in one night than the Academy Awards have done in the last three years.
Supporting law enforcement officers, school choice, and lower business taxes were more examples of substantive policy over shallow, vapid slogans of the past.
Time will tell if Trump can turn his strong words into binding laws. On this night, he had every right to bask in the glow of a brilliantly delivered speech.
His critics were so despondent at their inability to find something to attack that they went into hiding in plain sight on MSNBC.