Tag: State of the Union

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud the Senate for blocking a radical abortion bill that would have overruled state abortion laws across the country. They also explain why lawmakers and reporters need to hit the brakes on suggestions that the U.S. and NATO should create a no-fly zone over Ukraine or bomb a Russian convoy. And they preview President Biden’s State of the Union address and suggest some fun things to look for to break up the boredom.

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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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State of the Union ‘Stronger Than Ever Before’

 

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.

Democrats sat stone-faced, grumbling amongst themselves as the good news piled up. Most impressive was that these are verifiable facts, not spin or vague promises.

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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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3 Lines That Defined Trump’s State of the Union Address

 

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.

The political, cultural, and financial elite have spent decades mocking those they believe are beneath their station. Both parties spoke grand words on border security while their deeds undercut the very notion. Amnesty now, security later — if ever.

Quote of the Day: State of the Union

 

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:

National Defense:

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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, Ezekiel 3: 17-19: Son of man, I have made you a […]

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Trump, Listen to Pelosi: End the State of the Union

 

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.

The Constitution mandates that the President “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.” Thomas Jefferson looked at a formal address as a “speech from the throne” that reminded him of the old British monarchy. He abandoned the practice, opting to submit it in writing. That tradition remained until 1913 when Woodrow Wilson, the worst president ever, “stunned official Washington” by delivering an address before a joint session of Congress.

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Varieties of Democrats’ Anti-Trumpism

 

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.

Her judgment was premature; Maxine Waters and a menagerie of colleagues too numerous (and too embarrassing) to list easily surpass Murray’s numbskull comments. Although she almost certainly did not think that Taco Bell was a Mexican phone company, she cannot run away from her fear that if “North Korea nukes us, Trump’s gonna get us into a war!” Democrats desperately need huge vetting staffs for their less astute mouthpieces, especially when Trump is discussed.

North Korean Defector Most Powerful Moment of Perhaps Any SOTU

 

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.

Jim Geraghty of National Review is back!  He and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud much of President Trump’s State of the Union address, including the list of positive economic data and the powerful stories of a soldier’s heroism, families devastated by criminal illegal aliens, and the North Korean amputee who hobbled to freedom on crutches.  However, Jim wonders whether the goodwill from this speech will last or whether Trump’s Twitter instincts will create problems.  They also roll their eyes as Rep. Joseph Kennedy III delivers the Democratic response and blames Republicans for the government shutdown and dividing Americans by groups, and Jim points out that a Kennedy is exactly the wrong Democrat to denounce elitism, privilege, and abuse of women.  And they are amazed as Democrats refuse to applaud good economic news for minorities and the few liberal ideas in Trump’s speech simply due to their animosity for the president.