STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
ANOTHER TRUMPIAN TRIUMPH
Unshaken by the scowling faces of those women in white — indeed, clearly amused by them — the President managed once again to put Democrats on the back foot in their resistance to his Great Wall of Trump. And pretty much everything else as well.
He came off looking like the very Angel of Bipartisanship, throwing a whole bunch of tasty bones to Nancy Pelosi and her petulant crew.
Research money. Family leave. Coverage of pre-existing conditions. All stuff Democrats love.
If they continue in their opposition to border security, they’ll be seen as the intransigent ones willing to shut down the government — not to say sacrifice the country — for the sake of gaining new hordes of dubious Democrat voters.
In short, it was another Trumpian Triumph.
(Sound Cue: Deep Sigh of Relief)
I have to admit I was feeling rather gloomy after Trump’s January TV address from the White House. It became clear that this whole manufactured shut-down crisis had nothing to do with a paltry $5.7 billion for a wall-fence-barrier-whatever. Rather, the whole thing’s a fight to the death over who’s going to be in charge.
In a blog post afterward, I observed…
“If Schumer and Pelosi succeed in eviscerating the Trump presidency, we may very well have passed a point of no return. In which case, it might begin to look like we’ve exceeded the resilience of our constitutional republic. Some people could very well decide that it’s time to explore new arrangements of governance.”
Then I asked with some trepidation…
“Are we approaching such a level of danger?”
To which a testy reader named Jay responded…
“This isn’t a conservative post. It’s the post of a paranoid pansy who lives outside reality.”
Speaking on behalf of all my fellow paranoid pansies living outside reality, I worry about the resilience of our constitutional republic.
You know those big clock images shown counting down the approach of nuclear holocaust or environmental destruction or fiscal insolvency? I’ve got one in my mind counting down the days to governmental collapse and military coup.
Well, Donald Trump has succeeded in pushing back that big hand ticking its way toward Zero Hour. This very idiosyncratic man with the checkered past and an ego the size of Trump Tower has demonstrated once again the value of straight talk and raw guts.
Barack Obama may have written a book titled The Audacity of Hope. Donald Trump could write one called The Indispensability of Chutzpah.
It must have been a trial for those women in white to listen as The Donald read off his list of policy accomplishments and declared that America will never be a socialist nation.
Yes, there were exaggerations, glosses, and some touches of wishful thinking (especially in foreign policy areas). But the dramatic improvements we’ve seen in two years since the Era of the Great O are undeniable.
Contrast that with the picture of America given by failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in the Democrats’ post-speech response.
Talk about alternative reality!
Sure, some people are struggling. Sure, injustice remains a fact of life. But it sounded like Abrams was describing Venezuela.
I’ve noted Donald Trump’s native political genius again and again. But somehow he keeps surprising me. Just when it looks like his administration is dissolving into chaos and he’s tweeted himself into oblivion, he pulls off another dazzlingly statesmanlike moment.
Trump is turning out to be a combination of Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, and Harry Houdini. Maybe Sarah Sanders was right when she remarked recently on the Christian Broadcasting Network…
“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times, and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president.”
As they say, the Lord moves in mysterious ways.
This meme, posted on a reliably lefty Facebook page I check from time to time, may have been inspired by Sarah Sanders’ comment…
While this one points to those hopes which The Donald has raised in other corners…
The white outfits on Democrat women had an awkwardly medical look, inspiring this pointed graphic…
Here’s an image that illustrates the classy approach Trump’s objectors like to take…
This one makes note of recent weather conditions to celebrate at least one of The Donald’s triumphs…
Every now and then, I come across an image that could speak for either Right or Left. It’s all in how you look at things…
I guess Trump’s influence isn’t all for the good. So thoroughly has The Donald come to loom over our national life that health authorities are citing the emergence of what’s called “Trump Anxiety Disorder.” Writing on the Daily Wire, social/political commentator Emily Zanotti reports that the American Psychiatric Association has found…
“39 percent of people said their anxiety level had risen over the previous year — and 56 percent were either ‘extremely anxious’ or somewhat anxious about ‘the impact of politics on daily life,’ all because of the president.”
Worse, this anxiety is affecting some people on the most intimate level…
“In some cases, couples are reporting that fear of Trump has extended into their love lives, and that merely seeing the President on television — or hearing cable news talk about politics involving Trump — is enough to completely kill the mood.”