Trump’s Triumphant Address to Congress

Pres. Donald Trump has come a long way from his pugnacious campaign trail days. He still has a fight ahead of him, of a different nature than vying with candidates for the Republican nomination.  But he’s not that guy anymore.

 

Sometime around October or so, he stopped being that guy the Media loved to scorn and mock. He was giving a speech at a rally somewhere in Florida and it was amazing.  In fact, it was so amazing the Rush Limbaugh just about fell out of his chair.

 

“He’s not supposed to be able to do this!” Rush exclaimed. Rush said he couldn’t believe what he was hearing.

 

The Florida was no one-off, no freak or coincidence. In speech after speech, Trump proved that he had the stuff of which presidents are made.  Pundits (and Liberals) complained about his Inaugural address.  That speech was exactly what it needed to be – a repudiation of past administrations, especially Obama’s.

 

Last night’s speech, on the other hand, would have made Ronald Reagan smile proudly. Trump promised that it would be a positive, optimistic speech – and it was all that and more.

 

As a speechophile, I was listening carefully and critically. He had me at the first sentence, when he denounced the attacks on Jewish cemeteries.  He invoked civil rights.  Turns out, civil rights isn’t only about black people, or Hispanics, or women (who aren’t a minority at all).

 

Liberals have turned their backs on the Jewish people in favor of Muslims and the Palestinians. Trump got us back on track on that score.  One of his first meetings was with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the object of restoring relations with Israel.

 

The President touched on all the subjects nearest and dearest to Americans’ hearts: immigration and the Southern Border wall; jobs and the economy; terrorism; tax cuts for the Middle Class; infrastructure restoration; education and school choice; and support for the U.S. military and law enforcement.

Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice — in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present.

That torch is now in our hands.  And we will use it to light up the world. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.

If his syntax is still a little jumbled, we must keep in mind that he is not a politician accustomed to public speaking. But he is a quick learner and he will catch on.

 

A new chapter of American Greatness is now beginning.

A new national pride is sweeping across our Nation.

And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp.

What we are witnessing today is the Renewal of the American Spirit.

Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead.

All the nations of the world — friend or foe — will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free.

In 9 years, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding — 250 years since the day we declared our Independence.

It will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world.

But what will America look like as we reach our 250th year? What kind of country will we leave for our children?

I will not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future.

Choosing any single excerpt from his speech as an example of great speech-making and speechwriting is difficult, because the entire speech was masterful from beginning to end.

Then, in 2016, the earth shifted beneath our feet.  The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds — families who just wanted a fair shot for their children, and a fair hearing for their concerns.

But then the quiet voices became a loud chorus — as thousands of citizens now spoke out together, from cities small and large, all across our country.

Finally, the chorus became an earthquake — and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand, that America must put its own citizens first … because only then, can we truly MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

Actually, we Americans have been crying out since 2009. The trouble is, no one was listening, especially not the Republicans who tried to shut us up and shut us down.  Not every average American was on board, even though they agreed with our basic premises; they just felt little guys didn’t stand a chance against the entrenched bureaucracy.  They wanted a strong, out-spoken leader.  That’s when Donald Trump showed up and Americans went crazy with delight and relief.

 

Not everyone in the Congressional audience was “delighted” with Trump’s address. Someone apparently poured glue on the seats of the Democrats.  While the Republican side of the aisle roared with approval, giving one standing ovation after another, the Democrats sat on their hands, staring glumly straight ahead.  Once in awhile, a daring lone Democrat would stand up.  But they had to look from side to side to see whether they’d committed a Social Democrat blunder.

 

The Democrats suffer no rebels in their ranks; it’s a collectivist thing.

 

Trump’s affirmation of his promise to build The Wall was welcome news. The highlight of the speech, for me, was this:

 

As we speak, we are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our citizens. Bad ones are going out as I speak tonight and as I have promised.

 

If my guy friend hadn’t been sitting beside me, I would have jumped up and cheered. He also deplored the increase in gang violence in our inner cities.

“To protect our citizens, I have directed the Department of Justice to form a Task Force on Reducing Violent Crime.

“I have further ordered the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, along with the Department of State and the Director of National Intelligence, to coordinate an aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread across our Nation.

“We will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth — and we will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted.”

And then there was this announcement, which drew loud gasps from the Left side of the aisle:

Trump said, “I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims.  The office is called VOICE — Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement.  We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media and silenced by special interests.”

He went on to list a number of people who have been killed by illegal immigrants that he would have banned from the country.

“It is not compassionate, but reckless,” he said, “to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.

 

“Our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States.  We are also taking strong measures to protect our Nation from Radical Islamic Terrorism.”

 

Yahoo! He said the words and called the enemy by its right name.

As for domestic issues, the main concern of Trump’s constituents, if not the Left and their propaganda machine, was whether he would keep his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress,” he announced, “to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare.

“Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America. The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do.”

Trump finished up his speech with some fine, patriotic rhetoric:

“We are one people, with one destiny.

We all bleed the same blood.

We all salute the same flag.

And we are all made by the same God.”

Glory, hallelujah!

Some pundits have been trying to hint that President Trump would grant amnesty to the so-called DREAM children; the off-spring of illegal aliens who were brought here as under-aged children. This has caused me some worry, living as I do in a town that supports such immigrants.

If these children are under-aged and their parents have been or will be deported, then the children should go with them. No one is talking about imprisoning them or placing them in internment camps.  They’re going to be sent back home to the country they came from.

If these children were sent here alone, as many of them were under Obama’s watch, then they should absolutely be sent back home to their families. Many of them are being employed as mules for drug dealers.

If these children are now adults, they have the same status as any other illegal immigrant. Trump’s first concern is to deport the criminal elements first.  If he and his administration were to examine the matter further, he’d find that the illegal communities, as a whole, are a close-knit group.  The families harbor the criminals, aiding and abetting them by providing food and shelter.  Sometimes it’s the other way around; the drug trade is so lucrative here in America, that the drug dealer is wealthier and serves as the main provider for the family.

A local newspaper in some other state published a story about a big drug bust in their area. The online article featured a huge gallery of some 40 “alleged” drug-dealers of all colors, shapes, sizes, races, and genders.  White, Black, Hispanic, Asian.  Male.  Female.  Young.  Not so young.

Deporting them is a good, solid start to dealing with the poisoning of our society. But it can’t – and certainly won’t – stop there.  We must make a greater effort to combat the drug culture as a whole.  The police do their best.  We must help them.

We must embark on a greater campaign to turn the tide on drug use. We must begin with small steps and start with what is generally considered the “gateway” drug:  marijuana.  This little cigarette thing does a good deal more damage than is generally admitted.

A British study in Psychopharmacology magazine found that smoking a single marijuana cigarette made people less willing to work while high. Lead researcher Dr. Will Lawn stated, “Although cannabis is commonly thought to reduce motivation, this is the first time it has been reliably tested.”

Leftists and Libertarians are violently opposed to Trump’s Southern wall, as are businesses that employ illegal aliens at lower wages than they would have to pay American workers to do the same job. The Leftists and drug-dealers see their profits “going up in smoke.”

Weed farms are sprouting up in states where the drug has now been legalized, usually on government-owned land that Obama himself set aside, ostensibly for the “public good.” We have a long way to go in combating this scourge on our society.  There is, despite pot-headed claims to the contrary, a “War on Drugs” which began in the 17th Century, when the English found China as unwilling to trade fairly as it does today.

Marxists have been on the warpath ever since, determined to “get even” for the opium epidemic (it ravaged China in the 1930s). A terrible thing it might have been, but that doesn’t mean that our children and grandchildren must volunteer to literally commit suicide ingesting their poison in order to right this particular injustice.

If I knew President Trump personally, I would implore him not to grant asylum and mass citizenship to these illegal immigrants. The drug problem is more insidious and entrenched than even he realizes.  If only we could deport their customers as well.  The use of these drugs ought never to have been decriminalized.

Since the decriminalization of marijuana, users have felt emboldened to begin driving while under the influence. The traffic fatalities are beginning to mount up.  They have yet to reach the rates of drunk driving, thanks to the legal prevalence of alcohol.  At least young people are listening to the message about the dangers of drinking while driving.

Listening to my police band radio, I was fascinated by an ongoing police chase which began at the Chili’s restaurant on our local highway. A friend of the driver called to say that his pal was quite drunk to the point of violence and to please help and do something.

Yet he climbed into the car with his buddy. They drove north on the highway, took the exit for a local town, and finally came to a stop at a gas station in the next town.  The caller gave 9-1-1 their destination address, which was just down the road from the gas station, where the police finally caught up with them.  How the driver managed to keep on the curvy roads in our area without killing anyone, God only knows.

The perception of marijuana is different – and completely wrong. Users claim that the pot mellows them out and that they drive slower, not faster.  They can’t understand – being high – that it doesn’t matter how fast or slow they’re going if they’re on the wrong side of the road or don’t see a car or pedestrian in front of them.

The Media enjoys focusing on the prescription drug problem and the eventual dependency upon heroin when the doctor stops prescribing the meds because it mainly involves white people. Back and joint pain seldom respond to common, over-the-counter remedies like Alleve, and it doesn’t go away – ever – unless or until you have an operation to solve the actual problem or find some holistic vitamin that helps alleviate the problem, not just the pain.

What’s more, with an aging population being thrown out of their office jobs and into the more labor-intensive and pain-inducing service jobs (the fast-food restaurant, the supermarket), the more likely the older person is to experience back and joint problems like arthritis and joint inflammation.

Companies favor the young to sit in offices and condemn the old to manual labor. I’ve seen people as old as octogenarians doing these jobs – little old men pushing shopping cart trains, for crying out loud –and hopefully am about to take a cashier job myself, which will require standing for long hours on a bad hip.  So of course there’s a prescription drug problem (increasing active and even violent school sports are another reason for the epidemic).

The Media, meanwhile, says very little about that other problem drug – methamphetamines, or speed. Developed by the Germans between the two World Wars to increase productivity in their war industry, they soon found it very useful for driving soldiers for days.  Not to be outdone, the Allied armies began prescribing the drug.  By the Sixties, it was a drug free-for-all:  uppers, downers, and everything in between.

It’s time to stop this madness. We need to deport the illegal alien drug dealers, jail their adult customers, and take a much firmer, less permissive hand with younger offenders.  We need a stalwart, persuasive media campaign that doesn’t shrink in the face of Leftist mockery and misinformation. Hollywood pulls out all the stops to enslave young minds; hundreds of movies merrily advocate the use of every kind of drug available. If you have forty dealers in one relatively small community, how many customers must each of them have?

Education was another keystone of Trump’s message last night. However, until you wipe out the drug scourge once and for all, students will not have the required focus, discipline or motivation to study, excel and go out into the business world, prepared to succeed.

Well done, Mr. President. You gave an excellent, “presidential” speech.  You may accept your accolades with all-due pride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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