WASHINGTON. The U.S. Constitution requires only that the president deliver his assessment of the State of the Union from time to time. This requirement is now an annual tradition. of making it an annual affair that adds in some political promotion as well.
The formal basis for the State of the Union Address:
The President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Article II, Section 3, Clause 1.
This week, Donald Trump did a bit better with his 2019 SOTU than offer a laundry list of political platitudes. Surprising the media, and Congress, he left his Congressional opponents without many ways to oppose him without looking foolish or inconsistent.
The State of the Union address (SOTU) does promote the political agenda of the President
Each president adjusts its tone and bullet points, depending largely on current Democrat or Republican political issues. That, in turn, tends to tilt in the direction of the president’s own party. President Trump received by major polls over 75% approval for his address last Tuesday.
The live audience in the House chamber was not disruptive, as feared. But the Democrats in the audience made some visual political statements. One such statement was the wearing of white by a large group of women. But the cable announcer told his T.V. audience that it was to honor the suffragettes of 1919.
The tone-deaf Democrats failure on this action was brought out in internet memes:
Shelia Jackson Lee, who famously wears red even got on the “white” bandwagon of accouterment.
“I was honored to stand alongside some of the 106 women of the #116 Congress in #suffragette white,” she said. It’s not often you hear the word “honored” associated with Representative Lee.
A few other statements have been spinning through the great World-Wide-Web about these women wearing white as their solidarity against any Trump tinkering with any women’s rights.
But Donald Trump was hitting on all cylinders insofar as most around the country were concerned.
The President’s firm stand on the wall message is solid. His view on the ghastly attempt at legalizing the Holocaust part two by New York and possibly Virginia, as well as a half dozen other states, came in with high marks.
And his deft and sincere introduction of his guests in the balcony capped off a successful SOTU, albeit, as all are, political in spirit.
Democrat Rebuttal falls flat
The Democrat rebuttal speech was given by so-called rising star Stacey Abrams of Georgia. I guess when you lose with the Democratic party you are a rising star. That would make a 2020 ticket for the Democrats a Beto-Abrams ticket or perhaps an Abrams-Beto ticket, depending on which is least racist.
“We fought Jim Crow with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, yet we continue to confront racism from our past and in our present – which is why we must hold everyone from the very highest offices to our own families accountable for racist words and deeds – and call racism what it is. Wrong.” – Stacey Abrams’ rebuttal speech.
Who would have thought the word racism would rear its ugly head? Yawn.
But her rebuttal continued with:
“Our progress has always found refuge in the basic instinct of the American experiment – to do right by our people,” she said.
Oh, again who knew?
When King James I sanctioned the first charter to Sir Thomas Gates in April of 1606 for colonial lands onto what would become American shores, I suppose he issued the proclamation:
“Now, you guys remember your instincts—do right by the people.”
Well, I suspect that if they polled Trump’s speech after the rebuttal his numbers might have shot up over 90%. One never knows
Lead Image: President Donald J. Trump delivers his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)