“So to every citizen watching at home tonight — no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.”
From this simple premise did President Trump commence his State of the Union. Despite all the boo-hockey and alternative facts and sound bites, if we can say anything about Trump is that he has not deviated from the message of Making America Great Again since day one. Tonight, Trump hit us all with a love bomb. I am not even American, but after that speech, I think I might want to become one.
Remember back in June when Nancy Pelosi said about the GOP health bill that
"We do know that many more people, hundreds of thousands of people, will die if this bill passes."
Nancy, you know precisely dick. You want to know what happened instead?
Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone. After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.
Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.
Small business confidence is at an all-time high. The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion in value. That is great news for Americans’ 401k, retirement, pension, and college savings accounts.
And just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.
It has been a bumper year for Trump, and the Democrats cannot stand it. The entire Black caucus wearing faux-African scarves slumped in their seats, ignoring the President of the United States as he tells them that their people have never had it so good. Perhaps three Democrats out of all who chose to show up stood when Trump spoke of the flag and the pledge of allegiance.
These six Congressmen are boycotting Trump’s State of the Union. But they all were Members of the Congressional Black Caucus when Louis Farrakhan came to see them.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 30, 2018
Farrakhan is fine. The elected President is not. That tells you all you need to know.
Democrats. Guys. Liberals. Soy Cucks. My dudes.
You are acting like babies. I'm going to tell you why you are acting like babies, and I'm going to explain to you leftists out there just why you lose, and what makes Donald Trump a genius. First, we need to talk about soccer.
Let me regale you with a story that has become a legend in my home country. In 1981 there was a game of soccer (which I understand is played only by women in the USA) between England and Norway. Inconceivably, Norway won the match 2-1. For those of you who don't speak Norwegian, I'll print the translated text below.
We are the best in the world! We are the best in the world! We have beaten England 2-1 in football! It is completely unbelievable! We have beaten England! England, birthplace of giants. Lord Nelson, Lord Beaverbrook, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Eden, Clement Attlee, Henry Cooper, Lady Diana-we have beaten them all. We have beaten them all. Maggie Thatcher can you hear me? Maggie Thatcher, I have a message for you in the middle of the election campaign.I have a message for you: We have knocked England out of the football World Cup. Maggie Thatcher, as they say in your language in the boxing bars around Madison Square Garden in New York: Your boys took a hell of a beating! Your boys took a hell of a beating!
The unadulterated joy felt by the underdog as he overthrows the giant is a story as old as time itself. David and Goliath, Norway versus England, and the finest sports movie of all time- The Mighty Ducks starring Emilio Estevez. These moments of triumph are brought about by a magical combination of skill, luck, great storytelling and, in Estevez's case, lots and lots of high-quality cocaine.
There is a primal feeling that cuts to the heart of man, it is why you cheer when a gold ring gets tossed into a volcano after a long walk.
This feeling is a driving force of Mankind, the struggle against great tasks. It is by tapping into this underdog mind which is rooted in the lizard-brain of us all that humanity clawed its way out of the mire of oblivious history and became more than an ape. The billions of incremental acts rewarded by serotonin in our brains to raise our status and thereby access more delicious mind-hormone have taken us to the Moon, to the brink of colonizing other worlds. The free drug accessed by achieving your goals alone does this. You feel it after a hard days work. When I finish my day at my keyboard -and they are long days- knowing that my work is good and it is helping to provide for my family, that is better than any drug. I know, I have taken most of them. You feel it when you pass your exam, when you win at your sport, or perform well in your work and provide for your family. It is without price.
The Democrats refused to clap or stand for:— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) January 31, 2018
-Families of gang victims
-A deal for Dreamers
-Funding the Military
-Low unemployment for African Americans#SOTU
This underdog spirit is tempered by the danger of hubris. Hubris is the precipice over which titans are pushed because in their arrogance they stand on the edge to see all that they have conquered. Hubristic is the wealthy man who speaks of helping the poor but does nothing. The word is Greek in origin, but our interpretation misses the crucial part of the concept as understood by the ancients.
Hubris is a monumental disrespect to your fellow man. Under the caste system of the Greeks, this arrogance would express itself, for example, as a citizen speaking to another free man as if he were a slave- even if by accident, the fatal character flaw is revealed. Actions too are important for when we are looking at hubris. In 1981 the England football team was weak, despite fielding great players like Kevin Keegan, Bobby Robson, and Glen Hoddle. The pressures from the press upon the England team is always huge, and at this time, just 15 years after winning the World Cup, high expectations were there to be failed. Turning up thinking you are deserving of victory just because you are who you are is disrespecting your opponent and yourself. So fell proud England. There are some liberal readers who at this point will be saying, 'Hey! That's what Trump does! Goliath must fall!'- to which, I only laugh in their faces. Donald slew his Goliath already.
Donald Trump may well express self-confidence, arrogance even- but not hubris by any marker. Instead, he recognizes that he cannot rise any further than he has already. The serotonin kick of defeating more powerful foes may continue as he drains the swamp, but these are smaller concerns to a man like him. Triumphing over Hillary Clinton at the election was his great moment, his last-minute slap-shot to defeat the black-clad Team Evil, who threaten to dominate peewee hockey forever. He has ascended to the role of coach, he is Emilio Estevez, and all Americans are his Mighty Ducks. The coach knows that his role is to help his charges avoid the mistakes he made, to steer away from hubris and arrogance. To pick them up when they fall.
As America regains its strength, this opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life. -Donald Trump, State of The Union Address 2018
Such a man who has conquered his enemies must ascend from simply drugging himself with the hormones granted by victory. He must now become the Builder of Things, the father. Fathers among you reading this will know this feeling of leadership, of responsibility. For perhaps the first time in American history, we are witnessing an American President who is stripped of over-riding political ideologies that tell him how to think. Despite all his detractors' claims of stupidity and his manifest imperfections, Donald Trump has, improbably, become a statesman.
He has achieved this through accessing true compassion within himself. Unlike the sullen, black-clad crows of the Democrats who sourly pouted through almost every statement and scurried away like rats at the end, Trump understands paternal compassion.
The importance of #TimesUp & #MeToo is about more than demanding decency & respect – though that is certainly a major part of it. We must recognize & cherish the brave ppl who stand up to demand their stories be heard. I'm proud to know so many of my colleagues feel the same way. pic.twitter.com/cwXD8t5JVM— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) January 30, 2018
The liberal will say he is a compassionate man, as he truly feels for the poor in Cambodia. As the Dead Kennedys knew, he's full of hot air.
So, you've been to school
For a year or two
And you know you've seen it all
In daddy's car
Thinking you'll go far
Back east your type don't crawl - Dead Kennedys, Holiday in Cambodia
True compassion comes from power. Not the tyrannical or base kind of power that is understood by leftists, who speak only in dynamics and intersections, but the personal power available to us all. Competence and diligence breed strength. Strength enables us to help others- but you can help not one soul if you are a weak man with no spine. Stand up straight, as Dr. Jordan Perterson might say. This is emotional complexity that can only be fully understood with experience and wisdom. It does not say 'Do as I tell you, or else- because I am the strongest.' It says 'Stand with me, I will help you because I have the strength and I care.' The Democrats in Congress last night would read those words as if they were Chinese. When Ji Seong-ho holds aloft the crutches that carried him from North Korea to the South, it is the strength of America and her allies that welcomed him, not the weak capitulation of liberal ideologues.
You're a star-belly snitch
You suck like a leech
You want everyone to act like you
Kiss ass while you bitch So you can get rich
While your boss gets richer off you
But enough about the Kennedy Dynasty. We'll come back to the latest chip off the old IRA supporting intern-drowning alcoholic and womanizing log a little later. Back to the Democrats and their fundamental misunderstanding of popular power.
Their idea of power comes from double-dealing self-interest. The compassion that they portray comes from self-interest alone and is hubristic to the core in that same way. That is why the Democrats crave what Trump has, but cannot access the same biological impetus to overthrow this 'Goliath'. Trump is not Goliath. He is Solomon. Not without sin, not without flaws, not undefeatable. It benefits Trump completely to be seen as an ogre by his political opponents, as they will forever swing at this false-concept.
Unable to recognize that he is not Emilio Estevez in our extended and tiresome Mighty Ducks metaphor, nor even able to see that he doesn't make the bench because he refuses to turn up to training, the Liberal boos from the sidelines or supports the other team. Like it or not, you are American. Like it or not, you are a Duck. You don't have to agree with the coach at all times, but sulking in the back gets you zero game time to show what you can do. All you have to do is drop the arrogant belief that you know better than everyone else.
On the same day as the State of The Union Address, The Guardian published a bizarrely misguided piece about citizenship. Ben Okri writes;
To me, being a citizen is a high political and spiritual responsibility. It means holding one’s nation to the highest ethical and moral standards. It also means being constantly vigilant on freedom, liberty and the moral rights of ourselves and our fellow citizens, no matter who they might be.
For once I agreed with a Guardian writer entirely. It was a beautiful moment. Sadly, Okri quickly let the mask slip.
In Trump’s America, there is this idea among his primary voters that white people are the eternal aborigines of the land. But Trump himself is of German and Scottish immigrant stock. American is a nation of immigrants, a fact which has been conveniently forgotten in the big white backlash sweeping the west.
What a foolish and racist thing to say, though we can be happy at least that the liberal press are not ashamed to be so brazenly bigoted against white people; it makes it easier for us to point it all out.
Though he never stuck to it, Obama said, while protecting 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation.
Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws.
The Trump vision is the same. He does not forget that America is a nation of immigrants, who became citizens. When Trump said “For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities”, this prompted Democratic House chairman Joe Crowley to shout: “Oh, come on!”
It's true, Joe. Put aside your partisan disdain and the cortisol. The Democrats are in a permanent war footing, uniformed in funereal black, sat in the house and heckling a man who is bringing reality into their bubbles. The fight-or-flight mode is at DEFCON 1 and has been for over a year. No one can exist under such conditions and hope to remain sane, rational, reasonable. Reality is warped by this combination of failing Liberal ideology that for so long has ignored demographic evidence.
The reality that Trump is speaking of here is known by Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens. Their two teenage girls were murdered by MS-13 gangsters who had entered America illegally and ended up in the school system. Joe Crowley is a well-meaning White man, but he ignores the victims of MS-13 gangsters so as to not appear racist to his constituents.
Trump said to the families of Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens :
Tonight, everyone in this chamber is praying for you. Everyone in America is grieving for you. And 320 million hearts are breaking for you. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but we can make sure that other families never have to endure this pain.
Did Democrats just seriously boo the parents of a murdered child? This is a sick group of people.#SOTU— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 31, 2018
Does this tally with the liberal image of Trump, or the one I have laid out for you here? Is this a racist man? Let me guess, it can only be that Trump is using the families of murdered schoolgirls to make a political point, secretly he hates them for their skin color.
If that is true, then it must also be applied to the use of the family of Cpt. Humayun Khan by Hillary Clinton, if one is using such base arbitrary concepts with which to frame criticism. Moreover, the evidence that gang violence is vastly more prevalent among Black and Latino communities is overwhelming. The cynical ploy of using a Gold Star family to attack Trump in the debates was motivated only by the recipient's Muslim faith, a token gesture. Still, this will placate no liberal who cannot comprehend this stark reality.
Trump expresses his loyalty to the people of the United States, regardless of ethnic origin or economic background.
[A]s President of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my constant concern is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers, and America’s forgotten communities. I want our youth to grow up to achieve great things. I want our poor to have their chance to rise...
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. -Donald Trump, State of The Union Address 2018
My assessment yesterday before the address was prescient, if I do say so myself. I said then;
Making America Great Again takes more than one man giving a State of the Union address, yuge though it will surely be. It needs kids at universities to actually pay attention, so they don't fall for cheap gags. MAGA needs Democrats to be smart opposition to ensure that the reforms that the country needs receive the correct opposition and scrutiny.
Can anybody say that the President and I are wrong? No doubt leftists across the planet will line up to do so. It doesn't matter.
The Democrats show no sign of listening to me (fair enough) or the President (bad call). It is objectively true what Trump said in his address. Reading the Guardian's 'Fact Check' they were reduced to publishing things like:
The unemployment rate for Hispanic Americans is not a record, but close to it, at 4.9% last month; the record is 4.8% in October 2017.
Winning the no-prize for obviousness, but October 2017 was also during the Trump administration. I use this example to illustrate the frantic spinning and massaging that goes on in the Media to somehow explain a triumph as a disaster. It won't work. The Democrat counter to a self-made billionaire President who spoke of a message of love and unity to all citizens was to bring out possibly the most privileged human being alive to talk about transgenderism and to validate the opinions of illegal immigrants no matter what.
“And to all the Dreamers out there watching tonight, let me be absolutely clear: Ustedes son parte de nuestra historia. Vamos a luchar por ustedes y no nos vamos alejar.” #SOTUResponse— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) January 31, 2018
Hey Joe, what about the American parents worried their sons and daughters will be murdered by illegal immigrants who shouldn't be here in the first place? #SOTUResponse— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) January 31, 2018
Slobbering Joe Kennedy evidently missed the part where President Trump offered merit-based amnesty for 1.8 million DACA recipients. Kennedy -who while looking like Ron Howard's Happy Days-era stunt double- is actually 37, falls into the same tired trap as all of his older colleagues in Congress.
Instead of specifying what an American is, or should be, he throws the doors open to all. He knows where his base lies. It doesn't matter what ideals people hold. It doesn't matter about character or willingness to be an American at all. All that matters is that in demographic terms, first generation immigrants from Latin America vote blue. The Democrats understand this, and they know their policies will never prosper without endless migration and amnesty for illegal aliens. The same is true of leftist parties across the Western world who see the opportunity to counter populist movements in the interests of nationhood by pandering to those who sit across the border. I understand the desire to migrate to other nations, I am an immigrant myself. What I am not though is a criminal, a rapist, a drug dealer or welfare recipient. I guess that puts me out of the running for support from Joe, aunque mi español es bastante bueno.
"You sat high atop your mom’s shoulders and held a sign that read: “Build a wall and my generation will tear it down.” #SOTUResponse— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) January 31, 2018
The whole divide between liberals and modern conservatives comes down to being specific. No longer shackled to the whims of pulpit preachers for a voting base as the time for conservative ideas has come, the right wing is able to be specific about a vision for the future in ways that have never been possible before. This is not a partisan attribute. Liberals can do this too- they simply choose not to. When the President says, these people may not enter the nation because they are criminal or otherwise not needed the response should not be 'tear down this wall' -as if securing one's border from illegal immigration is remotely analogous to the hell of incarcerated Berlin.
Bertrand Russell once said;
Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
This is a universal truth and one that the Democrats misunderstand entirely. They have projected their own fear of political defeat onto Trump's message of love for one's nation and values. As the Black activists have told us for years, loving your people doesn't mean hatred of others- except, apparently, when the President makes it policy. The fear that the liberals say conservatives have is one of xenophobia or Islamophobia.
This is, as I have shown, merely the expression of the only way they are ideologically capable of thinking about the concept of what it means to be an American. If America was built by immigrants, then it must always be an open-border nation and anyone who claims otherwise is a racist. You can hear this mentality when the House Democrats booed Donald Trump when he said he would end chain-migration. The idea that your life is incomplete without your second cousin twice-removed is ridiculous. To claim it is racist to remove that path to citizenship, a laughable joke.
It is a child's logic. We are lucky to have the patriarchal hand of Donald Trump on the shoulder of the nation- not an oppressive force that keeps the weak down or elevates the wealthy, but a guiding hand to help us choose the right path for ourselves.
Atop the dome of this Capitol stands the Statue of Freedom. She stands tall and dignified among the monuments to our ancestors who fought and lived and died to protect her.
Monuments to Washington and Jefferson — to Lincoln and King.
Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga — to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, and the fields beyond. And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies over Asia.
And freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This living monument to the American people.
A people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us — defending hope, pride, and the American way.
They work in every trade. They sacrifice to raise a family. They care for our children at home. They defend our flag abroad. They are strong moms and brave kids. They are firefighters, police officers, border agents, medics, and Marines.
But above all else, they are Americans. And this Capitol, this city, and this Nation, belong to them.
Our task is to respect them, to listen to them, to serve them, to protect them, and to always be worthy of them.
Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it is the people who are making America great again.
As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve.
As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail.
Our families will thrive.
Our people will prosper.
And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.
Thank you, and God bless America.