Making the #SOTU great again

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz | January 31st, 2018

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Making the #SOTU great again

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.”

That was the under­ly­ing mes­sage of Pres. Trump’s State of the Union address last night.

After eight years of “you didn’t build that,” the coun­try was ready for it.

The most pow­er­ful moment?

Finally, we are joined by one more wit­ness to the omi­nous nature of this régime. His name is Mr. Ji Seong-​ho.

In 1996, Seong-​ho was a starv­ing boy in North Korea. One day, he tried to steal coal from a rail­road car to barter for a few scraps of food. In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger. He woke up as a train ran over his limbs. He then endured mul­ti­ple ampu­ta­tions with­out any­thing to dull the pain. His brother and sis­ter gave what lit­tle food they had to help him recover and ate dirt them­selves — per­ma­nently stunt­ing their own growth. Later, he was tor­tured by North Korean author­i­ties after return­ing from a brief visit to China. His tor­men­tors wanted to know if he had met any Chris­tians. He had — and he resolved to be free.

Seong-​ho trav­eled thou­sands of miles on crutches across China and South­east Asia to free­dom. Most of his fam­ily fol­lowed. His father was caught try­ing to escape, and was tor­tured to death.

Today he lives in Seoul, where he res­cues other defec­tors, and broad­casts into North Korea what the régime fears the most ‑- the truth.

Today he has a new leg, but Seong-​ho, I under­stand you still keep those crutches as a reminder of how far you have come. Your great sac­ri­fice is an inspi­ra­tion to us all.

Seong-ho’s story is a tes­ta­ment to the yearn­ing of every human soul to live in freedom.

Seong-​ho stood up hold­ing his crutches, and brought the House down.

The mes­sage was clear: Pres. Trump was denounc­ing North Korea at the same time he was exalt­ing an individual’s indomitable thirst for free­dom, and men­tion­ing Chris­tians while at it.

The Democ­rats sulked through the speech, and I don’t know if they deigned to applaud Mr Ji. They had a prepack­aged mes­sage from Conan O’Brian’s lit­tle brother Joe Kennedy III appar­ently drool­ing in front of a wrecked car, not a good visual. Equally as bad visu­ally, Luis Gutier­rez (D-​CA) walked out while the crowd chanted “USA.”

When Seong-​ho stood up I posted two words an Face­book,

Wow
#SOTU

Which, in turn, gen­er­ated a com­ment from some­one I had met years ago, a rabid Dem. The com­ment encap­su­lates the fall­back reac­tion of a Lib­eral who has no argu­ment left,

What does it feel like to not know you’re a racist? I’m so darned curious.

When you have noth­ing left, cry racism.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

“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.”

That was the underlying message of Pres. Trump’s State of the Union address last night.

After eight years of “you didn’t build that,” the country was ready for it.

The most powerful moment?

Finally, we are joined by one more witness to the ominous nature of this regime. His name is Mr. Ji Seong-ho.

In 1996, Seong-ho was a starving boy in North Korea. One day, he tried to steal coal from a railroad car to barter for a few scraps of food. In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger. He woke up as a train ran over his limbs. He then endured multiple amputations without anything to dull the pain. His brother and sister gave what little food they had to help him recover and ate dirt themselves — permanently stunting their own growth. Later, he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning from a brief visit to China. His tormentors wanted to know if he had met any Christians. He had — and he resolved to be free.

Seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches across China and Southeast Asia to freedom. Most of his family followed. His father was caught trying to escape, and was tortured to death.

Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors, and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears the most ‑- the truth.

Today he has a new leg, but Seong-ho, I understand you still keep those crutches as a reminder of how far you have come. Your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all.

Seong-ho’s story is a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom.

Seong-ho stood up holding his crutches, and brought the House down.

The message was clear: Pres. Trump was denouncing North Korea at the same time he was exalting an individual’s indomitable thirst for freedom, and mentioning Christians while at it.

The Democrats sulked through the speech, and I don’t know if they deigned to applaud Mr Ji. They had a prepackaged message from Conan O’Brian’s little brother Joe Kennedy III apparently drooling in front of a wrecked car, not a good visual. Equally as bad visually, Luis Gutierrez (D-CA) walked out while the crowd chanted “USA.”

When Seong-ho stood up I posted two words an Facebook,

Wow
#SOTU

Which, in turn, generated a comment from someone I had met years ago, a rabid Dem. The comment encapsulates the fallback reaction of a Liberal who has no argument left,

What does it feel like to not know you’re a racist? I’m so darned curious.

When you have nothing left, cry racism.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

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