My wife came home from the Hospital Monday evening and Tuesday was spent running around to do everything from getting her car inspected (and arranging for repairs when it failed) securing a recliner for her to sleep on as she can’t manage the stairs, helping with changing her dressings and cleaning her wounds, while keeping up with the basic housework so I found myself crashing during the Trump speech and didn’t watch it until the rerun at midnight (when I had to wake her for her antibiotic).
We had months of the media and the left painting Donald Trump as the 2nd coming of Hitler, we’ve had the media whining like a stuck pig when they were hit, we had Nancy Pelosi warning her crowd not to should out “you lie” everyone was braced for a circus as the media reported that the left was ready to troll him…
…and then he spoke and reality set in.
The American people not only saw they had a president, a competent and organized president who knows what he wants to do, and those Americans not only saw Trump for what he was, those same Americans who have been watching people go absolutely nuts, protesting, screaming, needing therapy by his very existence saw these folk, who have been lionized and promoted by the media, for who and what they are: deluded, dangerous and deranged.
How bad was it for the Democrats? This screen shot from the speech illustrates their dilemma.
Now it’s not unusual for the party in opposition to refrain from standing and clapping when the President speaks but what is the line Democrats are all sitting for while the GOP is standing and clapping?
Free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people – and America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path.
My job is not to represent the world.
My job is to represent the United States of America. emphasis mine
How do you convince a nation to vote for your candidates, to hire your people for the job of governing if the very idea that the person they hire should represent the people who hired him or her is anathema to your party?
Why did they sit? Because their party has become so radical, so extreme, so hateful that to stand for such a statement would be to invite a primary challenger, particularly for those in the bluest of blue states. In fact it wouldn’t surprise me to see some blowback on those who stood when when the president said we need to work with, not against those in law enforcement.
What is the ultimate proof of this thesis? The Democrat response was not given by a potential presidential candidate such as an Elizabeth Warren, not by one of their sitting governors such as Washington’s Jay Inslee. Not even by a longtime member of the Congressional Black Caucus like John Lewis.
No the Democrat response was given by a 72 year old former governor of a state who was replaced by a republican in the last election by a vote that shocked the media.
Why did they choose an old white guy, older than President Trump from a red border/southern state to respond rather than a sitting office holder? I suspect because the party couldn’t risk the American people seeing a radical response from a Democrat true believer nor would any individual Democrat risk giving a measured clam speech that would offend their base.
To be sure there were individual bits that people can disagree with and might argue about, but while this speech was given to the congress, it was directed to the American people and those who watched it liked what they saw:
President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress received largely positive reviews from viewers, with 57% who tuned in saying they had a very positive reaction to the speech, according to a new CNN/ORC poll of speech-watchers.
Nearly 7-in-10 who watched said the President’s proposed policies would move the country in the right direction and almost two-thirds said the president has the right priorities for the country. Overall, about 7-in-10 said the speech made them feel more optimistic about the direction of the country.
And yet in the very next paragraph, CNN felt compelled to downplay and discredit their own poll and explain said support away
The survey, conducted among a group of Americans who said in interviews conducted before the speech that they planned to watch and agreed to be re-contacted, only reflects the views of those who watched the speech, not of all Americans.
That’s how upset they are.
Now tomorrow things will be much as they were before. President Trump will continue to tweet, the media will continue to hit him and he’ll hit back, the hollywood and education sectors will continue to excoriate him and the protests against him will soldier on and cable news networks will continue to highlight and promote any person who opposes President Trump and turn taking a picture on a couch into the next great outrage.
But most of the rest of the country, the part that is too busy to live and die by what these people say, will go back to their lives reassured that the country is in safe hands.
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