“…but I’m not the only one.”
I tuned in for the State of the Union speech last night and I’m glad I did, for several reasons. First, watching the Democrats win the “Worst Performance by a Minority Party at a State of the Union Address” award was priceless. You could see it on their faces: they expected at this point in history to be watching Her Hillariness make permanent the hard left agenda inflicted by Obama. Instead, they’re watching the country back away from the cliff, for however long the reprieve lasts.
More pleasantly, Trump struck the right tones in his address, maintaining discipline in his comments and rarely seeming to wander from the script as he often does. Sure, he’ll never be as polished a speaker as Ronald Reagan, but that doesn’t matter: he communicates effectively in his own way. Reagan may have started the trend of inviting “showcase” guests to the SOTU address, but Trump took it to a whole new level last night. He put faces to the issues of border security, economic reform, courageous service and American patriotism. I’ve become as cynical as most when it comes to such stage shows, but it was hard not to feel something when the president introduced Ji Seong-Ho, who escaped the brutality of North Korea and now fights that regime as a broadcaster and aid to fellow defectors. To all the Lefties who’ve preened they’re some kind of underground “#resistance” to Trump’s allegedly “fascist” administration, the president was saying “THIS is what real resistance to real tyranny looks like:”
The line that most struck me, however, was this:
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.
I came away from the speech optimistic. Not necessarily because I think the administration will achieve everything they’ve set out to do. Not because I think Trump is the greatest thing since sliced bread. But because this unlikely president is doing something that’s needed doing for a long time: