Let me begin by saying this: I didn’t vote for President Trump.
I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton either, but I wanted to clearly state at the beginning of this post that I am not a lackey for President Trump. I spoke out loudly leading up to the election on why I didn’t think Donald Trump was a good candidate for the Republican Party. I spoke out about his positions on important issues that seemed to change depending on who he was talking to, his immoral behavior over the course of his lifetime, and why I thought Christians should either vote 3rd party, or abstain from voting altogether if Donald Trump was the nominee.
Donald Trump is President.
He’s my President.
He’s your President.
And he’s President until at least 2020 whether we like it or not.
With that said I want to talk about his first State of the Union address, which can be read by clicking here. I’m a political junkie of sorts, and the State of the Union address is always one of my favorite times of the year (besides election season) to hear from the President and get his take on our most pressing issues. I make every effort to sit down and watch, of listen to it if I am on the go. It is a special tradition that we as American’s often take for granted.
The State of the Union is a great way for the President (no matter who he is) to talk directly to the American people, without the bias of the media or talk radio trying “interpret” what he is trying to say. The State of the Union is the President’s appeal to the nation to join him in his mission, hear his message, and connect with the everyday American who may not have the time to read every news article, listen to every talk radio host, or get an opinion on every hot button issue of the day.
To put it plainly, the State of the Union address is the President’s opportunity to continue to sell himself, his vision, and his mission for the country. So, how did President Trump do?
My Thoughts on President Trump’s First State of the Union Address
1.) President Trump’s first State of the Union address get’s an A+!
President Trump’s first State of the Union address was in a word: Fantastic!
Trump displayed great leadership, bipartisanship, and tried hard to reach out to both parties and bring them together (citizenship for dreamers anyone?). To say that this address wasn’t a olive branch to his political rivals is just insane. Trump showed in his address that he wants to govern from a centrist position and do what is best, NOT for the Republicans or Democrats, but FOR the American people!! All of them. Of every race (there goes that whole “Trump is a racist” thing), color, creed, and religion.
President Trump’s address to the nation appealed to the greatness of the American people, their compassion, hope, and relentless optimism. Having guests who nailed his points home shows that Trump is not only a GREAT communicator, but that he also knows how appeal to the heart of his audience. Something Republicans have struggled with in the age of Liberal Progressivism.
Trump did what George W. Bush did in his State of the Union address after 9/11. He spoke from his heart to the people, not to the parties in the room. That is what the country needed to hear.
2.) President Trump showed that Democrats prefer party over people.
Whether it was on immigration, black unemployment, tax cuts for middle America, or anything else he said, Trump showed that the Democrats care more about their party than the people they represent. Sitting while Trump offered a very left of center immigration plan, announcing that black unemployment is the lowest in HISTORY, and being hard hearted toward the families who have lost loved ones due to Democratic immigration policy, showed that the Democrats don’t really care for the very people they claim to represent.
This trend wasn’t just in the Democratic leadership. The party base also saw only 25% of them approving of President Trump’s address, even though he advocating for several democratic policies. This further proves that democrats don’t care about the policy, or the people those policies affect. They care only for being in power. Something that is very unlikely to happen in the near future based on their response to the Presidents address in the House Chambers.
President Trump showed that Democrats don’t want to play. They want their way or no way whatsoever. This should dishearten their base, as they have advocated repeatedly that they are the party of the people, and for the little guy, when it’s obvious they are not based upon their lack of support for policies that won’t support the people or the little guy.
3.) President Trump conveyed Hope and Optimism
One of the most important things a President must do during the State of the Union address is convey hope and optimism, not just for the people of his party, but for all Americans. President Trump most certainly did that. Trump’s speech brought people of all political beliefs together, if they are willing to do what is best for the country and not just their party.
Whether it is opening the door for Dreamers to gain citizenship, having black unemployment rates at an all time low, or seeing the economy grow through businesses bringing back their industry and money (something that benefits ALL Americans), Trump absolutely conveyed an image that America’s best days aren’t behind her.
4.) President Trump showed that he is up for the challenge of leading America.
President Trump did his absolute best in trying to bring the Republicans and Democrats together during his speech. Something few have tried to really do. He appealed to many conservative and liberal policies that he says he wants to work on moving forward. That is good news for the American people, because it means we have a President who isn’t bent on only supporting his party, but actually working for the people.
Let’s be honest.
That isn’t going to be easy.
On any given day he is going to piss off a great number of people. However, the key here isn’t to just pander to one side over the other. It is to do what is right for the greatest minority in America, the individual. America is built as a Constitutional Republic, and until we end all of the party politics, and the strangle hold they both have upon our system, it is going to be incredibly difficult to actually get good things done.
What President Trump shared in his speech was his desire to do what’s best for the people. Things like paving the way for less regulations, less taxes, more opportunity, moving government out of the way, etc. Those are the types of policies that work and help build a great nation. Trump shared that belief in his address.
I am not saying President Trump is perfect. No man is. However, it seems he is willing to fight against both the Republicans and the Democrats to get things done in Washington that have needed to get done for decades. That’s a good thing. That doesn’t mean we can just throw our blind hope and trust in him either. He is a man, and he can be corrupted. The key to a successful Trump presidency is being willing to call him out when it’s needed. However, that doesn’t mean we should endless criticize him either. Blind loyalty and endless criticism help no one, and actually end up hurting the country.
What we need to do is work with President Trump in the areas of policy and law that are fundamentally American. Those ideas that promote freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and fight those ideas, laws, and policies that edge us ever so slightly toward tyranny.
I enjoyed President Trumps first State of the Union, and if he governs like his address seemed to say he wanted too, than America is headed in the right direction.
Until next time.