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The State of the Union and the ‘Resistance’

Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2019
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President Trump delivered an outstanding State of the Union address on Feb. 5. And, although he opened his speech with hopes “that we will govern not as two parties, but as one nation” and laid out plans for “the agenda of the American people,” the reactions of Democrats during and after the speech raise questions about their commitment to working toward policy solutions.

The obvious contempt held by the current opposition party crosses traditional lines of disapproval and borders on un-American.

Democrats didn’t clap for calls to make the middle class stronger. They seemed upset that we’ve added 5.3 million new jobs and 600,000 manufacturing jobs. They looked agitated when the president said “nearly 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps.”

Upon recognition of low unemployment for minorities, Democrats didn’t stand, and didn’t clap. They even looked angry over tax cuts and the doubling of the child tax credit that helped average, everyday Americans.

Few on the left clapped in recognition of the United State’s energy independence, and none on deregulation. Democrat darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) wouldn’t even clap for putting sex traffickers behind bars.

So, how does the president run a country when a majority of the House has differences that are not about solving problems and governance, but rather about the core of what the United States is and should be?

Partisan politics has reached such extreme polarization that the optics of Democrats acknowledging clear wins for the country are seen as a hindrance to upcoming 2020 election runs. That’s a major problem. We should all be able to celebrate in U.S. successes—unless your policy goals run counter to success.

Maybe that’s the real issue, since the president has taken on issues that are often thought to be platforms that Democrats run on, like criminal justice reform, prescription drug prices, and fighting for the working class.

President Trump asked for unity. But his calls to “re-ignite the American imagination” and to “choose greatness” weren’t met with shared hope, but bellicose rhetoric from the opposition party.

Response

The Democrat’s response to the speech was delivered by Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2018 midterm elections. Abrams, described by ABC News as the “first African-American woman to be nominated for governor by a major political party and the first woman to lead a party in the Georgia Statehouse,” chose to ignore everything in the State of the Union address and instead rehash tired, false allegations of racism and voter suppression in her own failed bid for governor.

Complete with a cornucopia of intersectional cohorts standing behind her like a mass choir, her carefully staged speech was less of a rebuttal and more like a launch for a 2020 Senate bid.

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), responded to the speech on Twitter by calling the President a liar, saying “it will take days to fact-check all the misrepresentations that [President Trump] made during” the State of the Union address.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggested the president wasn’t a leader, and said openly on Twitter that he was “political, divisive, and at times even nasty,” which clearly isn’t how the rest of the United States viewed his speech, given CBS News showed a 76 percent approval rating for the State of the Union address.

That rating was actually similar to last year’s rating of 75 percent. And a repeat of that statistic shows that three-quarters of the country approves of President Trump’s message when it’s not filtered by liberal media activists who pretend to be journalists and political partisans who distort and mischaracterize his message. It’s a signal that he actually does resonate with the majority of America.

It also explains the vitriol and ceaseless character attacks against the president, because, when he’s not constantly attacked, he’s rather popular and his ideas work.

But, when politicians hate someone who is living up to his campaign promises, enforcing U.S. law, leading in human trafficking arrests, making gains on criminal justice reform, creating millions of new jobs, correcting trade imbalances, removing us from foreign entanglements, and so many more great things, it becomes necessary to ask ourselves if the “resistance” is actually working for America or against it.

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PaulE
PaulE
5 years ago

Another auricle where the author acts stunned or surprised that the Democrat Party’s views and objectives don’t align with traditional American values, laws and culture. That they in fact run counter to virtually every single major cornerstone of our Constitutional republic and the foundational principles this nation was created upon. Where has the author been living for decades? In a cave or some remote mountain top cut off from all contact with the outside world? The Democrat Party and its policies has been moving solidly left for a long, long time and they have been dragging the country incrementally leftward with it with each succeeding generation. That they now no longer feel the need to pretend to be “moderates”, “liberals” or even “progressives” (a term American socialists coined in the early 20th century to hide who they really were) and are now openly advocating infanticide, open borders, the end of national sovereignty to be replaced by a global hierarchy and virtually all the standard tenets of socialism, is because they sense they have successfully produced two successive generations (the Millennials and the Gen-Z’ers) that have been properly indoctrinated to prefer socialism over capitalism. These two generations of young Americans have been sufficiently dumbed down, via mal education, to be both completely ignorant of the consequences of socialism and conditioned to favor its adoption like good little sheep being led to the slaughter.

The Democrat’s behavior and carious forms of disrespect offered up at the SOTU was simply them being true to what they actually believe in. They are very much opposed to freedom of opportunity, economic growth, prosperity for all, national sovereignty, controlled and legal immigration based on merit, national security and all other issues that the President touched upon. The Democrat Party is for the government telling you what you can do, what you can have, where you can live, what you can eat or drink, where you can live, etc.. They are for total control of all aspects of your entire life, to the point where they decide whether you live or die, depending on what they perceive your value, in monetary terms, is to society. That has been and will always be what socialism is all about. So it should NOT come as any shock or surprise to the author, that the Democrats acted in the fashion they did during the SOTU and afterwards.

On our side, we really need to move beyond these “What is going on here?” type of articles and get into the serious discussions of what ACTIONS we ALL have to do to turn this around in this country. The President can NOT do it alone. While he is doing an amazing job of getting things done in spite of facing non-stop opposition from the Democrats, the administrative state (you call it “the swamp”), the MSM, and many members of the Republican Party and Republican members of Congress, our side can not continue to sit meekly on the couch and expect he will single-handedly reverse the growing tides of socialism and globalism. Time is very short!

Now AMAC can censor this comment for being counter to what they like to see.

elizabeth
elizabeth
5 years ago

he’s a traitorous criminal as is his entire family. he’s leading us to war just to deflect from an investigation that will surely expose him.

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