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I watched the second half of last week’s State of the Union address, and as far as style and presentation, I think the President did a fairly impressive job. Now, perhaps that’s a low bar. I don’t particularly like these, but then I don’t particularly like the President’s style, either. Still, I can appreciate that […]

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Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union address on February 4, 2020. The full transcript can be read here.

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It has been said that politics is show business for ugly people. If we extend that, then the State of the Union Address is somewhat like the Academy Awards for ugly people, although the host gets to do all the speaking and thanking. Like the award show, it has many applause lines, followed by applause […]

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Early in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, President Trump declared “the state of our union is stronger than ever before.” Behind him, Pelosi sucked her teeth while the Democrats seethed. And thus begins the 2020 re-election campaign. (We can’t count Iowa as the beginning since Dems still haven’t figured out who won.)

Instead of lofty words, Trump opened with a litany of facts and figures. Lowest unemployment in 50 years. Unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans at the lowest level in history. African-American poverty at the lowest rate ever recorded. Female unemployment the lowest in 70 years.

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Democrats (including Pelosi sitting behind Trump) walkout during the State of the Union after Trump’s perceived Impeachment rebuttal. Read More View Post

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Though you and I live in a world where seventeen witnesses were called to testify in the impeachment process, millions of Americans live in a world where “45” only escaped prosecution because evil Republicans held a sham trial without witnesses. We should not leave these millions behind, in the nightmare they’ve let themselves believe. For […]

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There is a paranoid part of me that sees scenarios where things can still go pear-shaped. So, I believe, does Senator McConnell. Read More View Post

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There were several great moments in President Trump’s State of the Union address: the heroes in the gallery, the condemnation of socialism, the bitter tongue-sucking of Speaker Pelosi. But three excerpts stood out in particular. First up:

No issue better illustrates the divide between America’s working class and America’s political class than illegal immigration. Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards.

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File:Federal Hall 2011 New York City.jpg“He 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;” — U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 3

President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address to Congress on 8 January 1790. Congress was then meeting in Federal Hall, in New York City. Our first president addressed themes that we will hear President Donald Trump address, on 5 February 2019, the new date Speaker Pelosi invites him to take the floor of the House:

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Dear Madam Speaker:
Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me long after the Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on January 29th as to the State of the Union. As you know, I had already accepted your kind invitation, however, I then received another letter from you dated January 16, 2019, wherein your expressed concerns regarding security during the State of the Union Address due to the Shutdown. Even prior to asking, I was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Secret Service to explain that there would be absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event. They have since confirmed this publicly.

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The Bible has multiple descriptions of “watchmen on the wall” and their purpose. For example: Isaiah 62:6: On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest, Read More View Post

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Newly-gaveled Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to postpone the State of the Union address until after the partial government shutdown ends, or at least submit it in writing. I strongly disagree with Pelosi.

Pelosi’s stated reason is that the Secret Service can’t protect the president from his mortal enemies in the Congress due to the partial government shutdown. This is baloney. Pelosi’s real fear is that Trump will use the State of the Union to blast the intransigent Democrats for their refusal to protect American citizens and that Trump will do so effectively.

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On Wednesday, the new House Speaker asked President Trump to postpone his State of the Union address until the government shutdown is resolved — or simply to submit it in writing. For once, I agree with Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi’s stated concern is that the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security isn’t currently being funded. Understaffed security means that they can’t protect the President. (From House Democrats, presumably.) Anti-Trump hysteria already killed the White House Correspondents’ Dinner; if it also kills the pretentious pageantry of the SOTU, all the better.

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(NOTE: The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, New Hampshire’s original free-market think tank, publishes a weekly email newsletter. This week’s newsletter is a little rumination on partisanship. It’s posted below, in full, for your consideration. If you enjoyed this essay, you can sign up for the free Friday newsletter here.)   Read More View […]

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The phalanx of morose expressions that greeted President Trump’s first State of the Union speech made Eeyore look like an optimist; indeed, if frowns are supposed to trigger more muscles than smiles, Democrats’ facial calisthenics must have left them exhausted as they slunk out of the chamber scorching the air with resentment on the way. Although their serial scowling hints uniformity, the following taxonomy that categorizes recent and well-publicized events suggests at least a few differences among them.

The Intellectually Challenged. Certainly, this is a delicate topic, but if most of us assume charitably that politicians are reasonably intelligent, being slapped with hefty doses of Democrats’ behavior during Trump’s first year demands a reevaluation. The classic smackdown belongs to Ann Coulter in her pre-Trump evisceration of Senator Patty Murray, who praised Osama bin Laden for building day-care and health-care facilities for a grateful population, making their lives better. “I defy anyone to produce something stupider ever uttered by a homo sapiens,” Coulter huffed.

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Last night President Trump appeared downright presidential. While there is plenty of partisan bickering that can (and is) being done regarding the policy proposals and political points raised, the stories of individual guests of the First Family were some of the most powerful in recent memory.

There was a couple — a police officer and his wife — who adopted a heroin-addicted baby born to a woman the officer met on a patrol. When President Trump introduced the family, the adoptive mother, Rebecca Holets, removed the cover she was using to nurse the baby in order to be honored by those present in the gallery.