Tuesday, January 30, 2018

SOTU .. it's about time!

Finally!  A State of the Union address that didn't outrage, annoy, or otherwise irritate me.  Better yet, it was, in fact, good.  I liked the celebration of tax cuts and the no-more-appeasement message concerning North Korea and Iran, and the no mercy for Daesh.  I don't agree on the "first pillar" of immigration reform (the 12 year path to citizenship for 1.8 million) but Trump's point that no one will get all they want and that he's laid out a reasonable compromise made sense.  Expect Democrats to be outraged.  And I hope it galled Barack Obama  to hear Trump celebrate repeal of the Obamacare mandate and that he's keeping Guantanamo Prison open for enemy combatants.

But what I really liked is that Trump did not hector his opposition; he didn't scold the Supreme Court or any faction of Congress, he didn't lecture any group of American citizens (say, gun owners and the NRA) on how they must change.  He celebrated America and freedom, and opened by saying he wants to make America great for all Americans.

Just words, of course... but words matter.  It's hard to imagine President H.R. Clinton saying such things, mostly because she's never said them in the past.

President Trump spoke to everyone.  I think we are very lucky he's president.

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