HONOLULU, January 30, 2018: Donald Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address was positive, uplifting and hopeful. It was also a reminder that the shallow, vapid platitudes of his predecessor were being thrown out for actual positive results.
Democrats will spend the next few years trying to convince Americans that good news is really bad news. They still cannot grasp that there is zero correlation between race and job performance. There are plenty of capable and competent blacks. Barack Obama was never one of them.
There are plenty of failed whites. Donald Trump is not one of them.
Ding, Dong, Obama is gone
Trump had the easy task of offering flowery words because times are improving. The message to America is unmistakable. On issue after issue, foreign and domestic, The American State of the Union is strong because Obama is gone.
Failed policies are being replaced with successful ones.
Trump began with a very uplifting and unifying tribute to those, like the Cajun Navy, who rescued strangers during the 2017 hurricanes and fires.
He referred to the “Legend of Louisiana” Congressman Steve Scalise, who survived an assassination attempt from an angry leftist to return to Congress, Trump spoke in a calm voice with zero bombasts.
He asked for common ground and unity.
“The State of our Union is strong because our people are strong.”
Yet it is impossible to find common ground with people willing to fight to the death for failed policies. Democrats seethed when Trump announced of Obamacare that, “The individual mandate is now gone.”
Trump spoke about “Our new American moment,” a time of prosperity and an escape from the Obama malaise.
In a knock at the NFL, Trump reminded the country “why we proudly stand for the National Anthem.”
“We are appointing judges who will interpret the Constitution as written…” had conservatives cheering and leftist activists enraged.
“We are totally defending our Second Amendment and have taken historic actions to protect religious liberty.”
Trump vowed to “remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.” While he did not directly say so, he meant corrupt Obama and Clinton deep state Democrats.
“We have ended the war on beautiful clean coal.”
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Trump also showed that real compassion comes from less government regulation. He demanded that Congress make it easier for terminally ill people to get access to experimental prescription drugs with fewer FDA delays. Trump vowed, “(Drug) prices will come down substantially. Watch.”
In a direct hit on his low-growth predecessor, Trump made it clear that “The era of economic surrender is totally over.” He did throw the occasional bone to Democrats, who often scowled at Trump even when he agreed with them. Democrats then wished they could hide under their desks like the worst of the Frenchmen.
Trump transitioned seamlessly into a discussion of infrastructure. Rather than take a decade to get a building built, the permit process should be brought down to two and perhaps even one year.
Trump then pivoted to issues more popular with Democrats than traditional conservatives.
“Let’s support working families by supporting paid family leave.”
Trump also wants criminal justice reform to give people a second chance.
State of the Union: Immigration – Americans are dreamers too
The unity quickly stopped when Trump turned to illegal immigration. He spotlighted several families who had their children murdered by illegal immigrants. The families were all minorities, and their tears were more powerful than a 1,000 CNN specials promoting more immigration.
Turning to the families, trump intoned, “320 million hearts are now breaking for you. We love you.”
He also debunked the notion that illegals are the only dreamers.
“Americans are dreamers too.”
Trump repeatedly emphasized the need to rid America of MS-13 gang members and restated his incredibly moderate comprehensive immigration proposal highlighted by four pillars.
- Amnesty for 1.8 million illegals over a 12 year period.
- Building a wall on the Southern border, and an end to the policy of “catch and release.”
- A merit-based immigration system
- Ending chain migration, limiting it to spouses and minor children.
Unity returned when Trump returned to the opioid crisis. This issue is personal for Trump, who lost his older brother to alcohol and drug abuse.
State of the Union Foreign Policy
Pivoting to foreign policy, Trump showed that his break from the failures of his recent predecessor could not be starker. He praised America’s troops for smashing the ISIS monster that the previous administration let run wild.
“Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants.” Trump vowed to keep Guantanamo Bay open and to continue the improved rules of engagement.
In a once unthinkable act of bad behavior, Democrats sat stone cold silent when Trump reminded everyone, “I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
Trump vowed to stand with the people of Iran against their corrupt mullah-led Islamist theocracy. Trump promised to get tough on Venezuela, but he saved his toughest talk for North Korea.
He reminded the people about Otto Warmbier, an American murdered by the Kim Jong Un regime. Trump introduced a man who escaped North Korea to freedom.
In a very smart twist on his famous campaign slogan, Trump says that “It’s the people who will make America great again.” This would be done through
“Faith in our citizens and trust in our God.”
This was a direct contrast with Obama, who put his entire faith in government.
As uplifting as Trump was, he also benefitted from the worst set of rebuttals in a long time. Democrats had five rebuttals scheduled for the same night. A night earlier, actress Alyssa Milano charged nearly $50 per head for rich white liberals to listen to other rich white liberals declare themselves one with the people.
After Trump spoke, Maxine Waters was supposed to give remarks that many news outlets ignored.
State of the Union Democrat rebuttal: The Kennedy dynasty returns
The official Democrat rebuttal was given by Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, because nothing speaks to the people like a rich white liberal blue blood living off of the dying embers of Camelot. Also, nothing speaks to respecting women like a Democrat male Kennedy. Did anyone notice the Ford Mustang behind him?
For those who thought Lena Dunham was giving the rebuttal, one could forgive the confusion. Kennedy’s youthful exuberance reflected in the sheen of his lip gloss. Nobody was on hand to provide him a napkin.
The biggest problem with the rebuttal was that it was dark, angry and geared toward the hard left Democrat base that already despises Trump for existing and breathing air.
Trump was trying to win new converts. Kennedy was pushing them away.
The 2018 State of the Union: It is about policy
Democrats can insist on January 31 that Trump is a failure, but on February 1 his tax cuts kick in. Democrats are left to root for failure.
With the election of Donald J. Trump, Americans are saying that after eight years of failure, a better approach is necessary. Trump did not spend one moment in his very lengthy speech babbling about climate change, transgender bathrooms, or other “hope, change, yes we can” nonsense.
He spoke about serious policies.
Democrats will continue to heap plenty of scorn on him, but the early results are in. Trump’s policies on the domestic and foreign policy front are working.
Ding, dong, Obama is gone. America is back.