“There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.”
At the SOTU, the chasm between our President’s optimism and the surly ‘resistance’ could not have been more obvious.
Each day since, we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission: to make America great again for all Americans.
Check out Doug’s awesome take on the State of the Union speech:
Much to the media’s chagrin, it was really well received, even by Independents and Liberals.
Early on, it became clear what tone would shape President Trump’s message.
The whole video is here, if you would like to see it:
The transcript, which we’ve quoted from, below, is available here.
He touched on some of the tragedies of the last year. Fires, Floods, Storms, and of course, Vegas.
Each test has forged new American heroes to remind us who we are and show us what we can be.
He mentioned Scalese — and his amazing recovery — by name.
And THAT is where he called for unity:
In the aftermath of that terrible shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as representatives of the people. But it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people. This is really the key. These are the people we were elected to serve.
You might say she didn’t like it.
Twitter wondered if she was playing with dentures.
So let’s begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our union is strong because our people are strong.
And together we are building a safe, strong, and proud America.
He covered the economic growth of the last year… including historic records in both Black and Hispanic employment … which was hailed by one side of the house.
For some reason, the other side found no joy in that news:
— Sadehana (@VictorynGrace) January 31, 2018
Right in the middle of talking about his tax cuts, he had this to say:
We eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year, forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they couldn’t afford government-ordered health plans. We repealed the core of the disastrous Obamacare. The individual mandate is now gone.
Yes, he tagged Obamacare as ‘cruel’, and more importantly, explained why that was the case.
Jobs and investments got some serious attention, as you would expect. $50 billion from Exxon, for instance.
The optimism was unrelenting:
Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have and what kind of a nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family can do anything. We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag.
The flag. You BET he went there.
Here tonight is Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who noticed that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day. He decided all by himself to change that and started a movement that has now placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our great heroes. Preston, a job well done.
…Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.
He went into manufacturing. Remember, the thing Obama said was gone forever, like the buggy-whip?
Many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States, something we haven’t seen for decades. Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan. Toyota and Mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama, a big one. And we haven’t seen this in a long time. It’s all coming back.
The ones who claimed Republicans are all in the ‘pocket’ of ‘big pharma’ will have trouble explaining why Trump took aim at high prescription prices.
America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just one year. Isn’t it a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a minor permit approved for the building of a simple road? I am asking both parties to come together to give us safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure that our economy needs and our people deserve.
There were echoes of Reagan:
We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work. We want every child to be safe in their home at night. And we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we all love so much. We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity. As … as tax cuts create new jobs, let’s invest in workforce development and let’s invest in job training, which we need so badly.
He highlighted the parents of two young girls murdered by M13 gang members who “took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as illegal unaccompanied alien minors and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school.”
Americans are dreamers, too
So tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties — Democrats and Republicans — to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed.
My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans, to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American dream. Because Americans are dreamers, too.
Here tonight is one leader in the effort to defend our country, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Celestino Martinez. He goes by DJ. And CJ. He said call me either one. So we’ll call you CJ.
He took a real political risk in outlining his position on Immigration reform.
He outlined Four Pillars:
One: A path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age.
Two: Fully secured border: by building a great wall on the southern border, and hiring more heroes like CJ to keep our communities safe. Closing loopholes.
Three: end the visa lottery.
Four: protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration.
He connected securing the border to the opioid crisis.
These reforms will also support our response to the terrible crisis of opioid and drug addiction. Never before has it been like it is now. It is terrible. We have to do something about it.
…In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses, 174 deaths per day, seven per hour. We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.
He pointed to real examples of ordinary Americans stepping up in the face of this crisis:
Last year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin. When Ryan told her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. She told him she didn’t know where to turn, but badly wanted a safe home for her baby.
In that moment, Ryan said he felt God speak to him: “You will do it because you can.” He heard those words. He took out a picture of his wife and their four kids. Then he went home to tell his wife, Rebecca. In an instant, she agreed to adopt. The Holets named their new daughter Hope.
And then he turned to Foreign Policy:
Solid gains against ISIS.
SSgt Justin Peck’s heroics in a booby-trapped Iraqi hospital.
He reaffirmed our use of Gitmo.
He addressed Iran.
And then he turned to North Korea.
Otto Warmbier’s parents were in attendance.
But perhaps the most powerful moment was when we were introduced to a former North Korean citizen.
The powerful image of a young man, lifting his crutches in defiance of a North Korean regime that once tortured him. I will never forget this moment.
God bless you, Ji Seong-ho. pic.twitter.com/DSuUz8qCvR
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 31, 2018
Seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches all across China and Southeast Asia to freedom. Most of his family followed. His father was caught trying to escape and was tortured to death. Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors, and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears most: the truth.
Today he has a new leg, but Seong-ho, I understand you still keep those old crutches as a reminder of how far you’ve come. Your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all. Please. Thank you.
Seong-ho’s story is a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom. It was that same yearning for freedom that nearly 250 years ago gave birth to a special place called America. It was a small cluster of colonies caught between a great ocean and a vast wilderness. It was home to an incredible people with a revolutionary idea, that they could rule themselves, that they could chart their own destiny, and that, together, they could light up the entire world.
The Democrats keep telling us all kinds of bad things about Republicans and America generally. About how bad it is, and how ordinary Citizens are making things worse.
But judging by the feedback, America just isn’t buying what they’re selling.
How much more perfectly can we sum this up? Like this:
The audience was chanting U-S-A.
And sanctuary-city Guiterrez got offended by that and walked out.
And isn’t that REALLY the difference between the Left and the Right these days?
Ladies, tell everyone that you don’t like the emasculated, metro-sexual ‘feminists’ — you’d rather have a President with balls:
And gents, let everyone know that you want your President to be just as much of a man as you are:
Donald J. Trump is our 45th President. Why? Because Americans from all races and classes are sick of whining Republicans and corrupt Democrats. Finally, we have a President who isn’t afraid to say what he thinks even if it is not popular with the press. Trump is not a typical politician. Trump can’t be bought. He will back up what he says with action, no matter the cost. Finally. A president with balls!
Get yours today and trigger the leftists and the RINO NeverTrumpers.