Tuesday, January 30, 2018
As President Trump Gives His State of the Union Address, We Reflect on the Stale Rhetoric and Sterile Vision of the Progressive Elites
A YEAR CAN BE AN ETERNITY OR A WINK OF AN EYE. For President Trump, inaugurated just 375 days -- the equivalent of 9,008 hours or 540,514 minutes or 32,430,860 seconds -- ago, it must often seem like an eternity. He has been viciously attacked personally, lied about and lied to, blocked at every policy turn, and made to seem a fool all over the world by his Progressive-Globalist-Marxist tormenters and their lapdog media. But, the man still stands. He has, like Lincoln, humbly but determinedly, set out to do a job for America, and nothing stops him. • Sometimes, in the everyday battle for political success, we forget to step back and look at the encompassing view. As we await tonight's first State of the Union Address by President Trump, let's consider the bigger picture. Here is what he said 375 days ago, minutes after taking the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States. • • • REMARKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP – INAUGURAL ADDRESS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC : "Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world : thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another -- but we are transferring power from Washington, DC and giving it back to you, the American People. For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished -- but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered -- but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes -- starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country. What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public. But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. We are one nation -- and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own; And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world. But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future. We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America First. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body -- and I will never, ever let you down. America will start winning again, winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams. We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work -- rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American. We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth. At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, 'how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.' We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear -- we are protected, and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God. Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action -- constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions. It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator. So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words : You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way. Together, We Will Make America Strong Again. We Will Make America Wealthy Again. We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again. And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America." • • • PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACHIEVEMENTS. In his first 375 day, President Trump has done a remarkable job in fulfilling his promises. The media doesn't talk about it because it shows just how weak and muddled the ProgDem Left is. But, they and their political bosses know they are losing, and their attacks reflect their diminished powers and their last-ditch efforts to take America back from its people and the man who gave their country back to them. • The Trump victories -- dramatically lower taxes that benefit all Americans and have brought US corporate profits back from overseas to be paid to American workers as bonuses and higher wages, and to be plowed into US productive activities; 2.5 million jobs, reaching out into the heartland and into black communities where the jobless rate is the lowest it has ever been; 22 regulations cut for every new one enacted; energy independence unleashed making the US the largest petroleum producer in the world; ISIS cut to ribbons in Iraq and Syria, and the US military re-energized and equiped to finish the war on terror; Obamacare's mandate to buy in or pay a tax eliminated, and insurance companies freed to provide alternative plans; the United Nations put on notice that it must earn US contributions, not expect them as a right; NATO partners beginning to pay their fair share for defending Europe and the world; North Korea confronted, and China cooperating; Jerusalem called by its rightful name as the capital of Israel and the US embassy preparing to move there by the end of 2019. • • • DEAR READERS, those are the achievements any US President would consider the solid work of a 4-year term. President Trump has done all that in one year while in the constant vice of a mean-spirited ProgDem opposition that neither loves American nor has time for any Trump policy that will make America better. • Tonight, as we listen to the President tell us about his plan for the next 365 days, keep his first-year achievements in mind. We can be sure that the ProgDem rebuttal remarks and the mainstream media's boisterous commentary will tell us that President Trump is a failure, that we Deplorables who support him are not good Americans, and that they know better than we do what America needs. Their rhetoric is stale and their vision for the Republic is sterile. It smacks of socialist statism. It appeals only to those who know that they benefit from its un-American elitism. • Tomorrow we will talk about President Trump's plans for 2018. Enjoy the State of the Union address and be assured that whatever he says he will do, we can be sure that this President will do it.