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Friday, February 08, 2019

That was no SOTU, that was a Valedictorian Speech

Roger Kimball supported Donald John Trump's election. The State of the Union address blew Kimball away.

He wrote, "Donald Trump’s vision of a united country working for the common good was a powerful message powerfully expressed. What will his opponents choose? It’s up to them. Play ball, or play bawl. Which will it be? America is watching."

Kimball boiled the 82-minute speech down to its theme: We chose to be great. He titled his essay, "Donald Trump chooses greatness — and so should we."

That echoes the title of Reagan's wonderful speech in 1964, "A Time for Choosing."

Reagan's title echoes Jack Kennedy's 1962 rally cry in the race to the moon: "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win."

Given a choice, Americans will always choose greatness because greatness is hard.

President Trump's speech on Tuesday was a report on the state of the union, but it was so much more. It was the head of the political class reminding a divided nation of just what he and they had achieved in the past two years alone.

He had Pelosi's posse of pussyhats standing and cheering and shouting "USA! USA! USA!"

At that moment, they would have donned MAGA hats if he passed them out to them.

Kimball listed President Trump's achievements and goals in a string of questions:

"Shouldn’t Democrats as well as Republicans rejoice that unemployment is at a generational low and that Black and Hispanic unemployment is at an historic low? Shouldn’t Democrats as well as Republicans rejoice that economic growth, well north of three percent, is at a level declared impossible under the anemic leadership of Barack Obama? Shouldn’t Democrats as well as Republicans rejoice that manufacturing is flooding back to the US?

"Shouldn’t Democrats as well as Republicans rejoice at the president’s attack on the regulatory state, the monstrous regime of Title IX fanatics, and other efforts to transform ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’ into a safe-space for chest-less pajama boys?

"Shouldn’t Democrats as well as Republicans rejoice that wages are rising, that inflation is stable, that the stock market is booming? Shouldn’t Democrats as well as Republicans rejoice that 2018 marked the first time in 46 years that that cost of prescription drugs dropped?

"Shouldn’t Democrats as well as Republicans rejoice that the president is endeavoring to rationalize our immigration policy and enforce our immigration laws? Shouldn’t Democrats as well as Republicans rejoice that the president has made historic inroads in negotiations with pariah states like North Korea and adversarial states like China?

"Shouldn’t Democrats as well as Republicans rejoice in his rebuilding and modernizing the US military?"

They should, should, should, should...

Those accomplishments put President Trump in the position to place the hammer down. The heart of his speech was, "We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.

"Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country."

President Trump's economic success enabled him to tell the political class that his race to the moon is to save the nation from them. Call the enemy communism, fascism, elitism, or a green new deal, but it is the same story of the few commanding the many. 

Most of Washington hates him. They should.

He is their worst fear: an outsider who does not wish to be an insider. He has the outer-borough mentality. He saved Manhattan but he does not seek its approval.

According to CBS, three-quarters of America loved the speech. The insiders don't. Unless they get in line with the rest of the nation real quick, the insiders will become outsiders.


  1. Nonny says we trumpers dont belive in polls so why do we reference the sotu poll?
    Well, nonnyx we believe the number of people who supported sotu was much much higher than 76%, but that was all the pollsters were willing to admit

  2. In 2016 Trump shone the light on the path to victory for the Republicans and dragged them kicking and screaming across the finish line. He is doing the same thing today.

    Do the Republicans have the moral fiber to follow him? Yeah. Moral fiber. This isn't about brains any more. They don't have to prove that they're stupid any more. This is about right and wrong and saving legacy America. Not about driving down the cost of FTE's.

    A message to our elites:

    You go with us this time or next time we join with the commies and fuck you up with the same spite you have been showing us. French Revolution style. That's just the way it works.

  3. With every passing day, the taco twit maintains her cover.

    Deeply embedded within the lunatic hoarde, she is immune to detection as a MAGA mole most magnificient.

    Not a single mind would ever believe this. To state this as fact makes it even more unbelievable, thus securing her clandestiny for decades.

    She is the sabotoooooogee delightful.

    She is the MAGA butterfly.

    Who ever suspects the butterfly?

    And those butterfly tears? Sweet.

  4. I'd say "Come again?" if I weren't afraid you would.

    1. You complete me.

      You had me at "Come....".

      Your fear beckons me.

      Gratitudes for reinforcing my points.

  5. Trump’s grinding the last four presidential admins into dust (Ovomit, Bush2, Bubba, Bush1). The question remains will he eclipse Ronaldo’s Magnus...

    He’s on track to do so. ;<)


  6. Democrat response: And a bartender shall lead them.

  7. Speaking of Jack Kennedy, that reminds me. "Current Reaction"...

  8. America first is President Trump's game. Not republicans first nor den vs rep. I have said he is not a true republican. He IS a true American.
    GOD, bless President Trump.