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100 Days of Trump: The president’s speech ignites a new chapter of American Greatness

In the lead-up to Donald Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress (usually known as a State of the Union address), the president talked a lot about how he was going to use the time to call for all Americans to come together to improve our country.

He did that and a lot more on Tuesday night. As would be expected from a Trump speech before a national and world audience there was a healthy dose of well-deserved self-congratulation, but on the whole the president Trump speech to Congresskept to his goal of trying to bring this much divided country together. Whether the message was received and accepted by his political opponents is another matter.

Even before Trump headed to Capitol Hill there was some good polling news on his administration thus far.

Jake Sherman of Politico reports, “The president and his administration believe they've begun to secure the nation's borders, bring jobs back to the U.S. and has started the arduous process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

“Voters seem to agree, regardless of how they feel about Trump's priorities. A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows that 56 percent of 2,000 registered voters polled Feb. 24 through Feb. 26 say that Trump is staying true to his 2016 campaign message, and 66 percent say Trump has accomplished what was expected of him — or more. Overall, half of voters approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 45 percent disapprove.”

This survey tells us that the public sees Trump as credible in the Oval Office. When two-thirds of Americans agree the president has accomplished what he set out to do it indicates the administration is on pace to succeed. And that’s a good thing.

According to the clock Trump was a couple minutes late entering the House chamber for his speech. He took a few moments to shake hands with the few Democrats who were willing to get near enough to him and the many Republicans waiting for the same opportunity on the other side of the aisle. Trump then greeted each member of the Supreme Court that was present. An interesting moment.

After taking his place behind the podium the president began his address with recognition of black history month and an acknowledgement of the recent vandalism in Jewish cemeteries and last weekend’s racially motivated shooting in Kansas City, saying in the strongest terms possible that hate would not be tolerated in America. In doing so Trump was answering his critics who have claimed he’s been dismissive of the festering race problems in the country.

From there Trump centered the speech on the upcoming 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Trump said, “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?”

Not so ironically the 250 year-mark would come after his two terms.

It was an excellent framework for Trump to lay out his agenda, discussing a number of topics without supplying a tremendous amount of details. In no particular order Trump talked about tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare, reforming immigration, supporting law enforcement – and the victims of crime, rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, school choice as the civil rights issue of our time, relations with foreign nations and restoring the military to greatness.

All in all, a very Republican agenda. Even John McCain looked happy.

By far the most salient moment of the evening came when Trump saluted the widow of the late Navy SEAL Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens. What ensued was a standing ovation that must have lasted several minutes. I don’t remember any similar moments in the past, though George W. Bush’s nod to 9/11 hero Todd Beamer’s wife (Lisa) came close.

“For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom –- we will never forget him,” Trump said.

For a president who isn’t really known for offering a lot of emotion it was quite a moment. Even the Democrats probably got a little teary eyed. We all knew Trump could be direct and succinct but who knew he could also be inspiring?

For their part the Democrats mostly behaved themselves, applauding lightly at times and even standing when Trump acknowledged the individuals up in the gallery.

But there was one moment where they were noticeably agitated.

It was when Trump said, “And we must support the victims of crime.

“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.”

I’m not sure if the sound from the Democrats could be described as a murmur or a gasp – but it was clear they weren’t wild about the proposal.

As for the rest, the press will cover the speech in great detail so there’s no real need to do so here. I will say I agree with the majority of the commentators afterward who suggested it was by far the best speech Donald Trump has ever delivered.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace even thought it was the moment Democrats were finally forced to realize that Donald Trump is the president.

Trump’s conclusion was beautiful:

“I am asking all citizens to embrace this Renewal of the American Spirit. I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country. And I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment and —

“Believe in yourselves.

“Believe in your future.

“And believe, once more, in America.”

Who could argue with that?

Now the impetus passes to Congress to get work done on the agenda. Trump provided all the vision they’ll need. The rest is up to them.

No need to ask – Democrats won’t help Trump; they still want to impeach him

I confess, I did not watch the Democrat response to President Trump’s speech given by Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, mostly because it wasn’t necessary to endure it; Democrat leaders gave their response long before Trump even entered the building.

As would be expected, Democrat members of Congress sat stone faced through most of President Trump’s address appearing to loath every word out of his mouth, likely realizing that if Republicans can manage to cooperate with each other on the major themes of Trump’s agenda there’s no way to stop it.

That’s the reality of the situation. But whoever said the Democrats care about reality? Earlier yesterday Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were talking again about impeaching Trump.

Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner reports, “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Trump has misled the public to a degree that ‘there are plenty of grounds right now for the current president’ to be impeached. But the public is not fully on board yet, Pelosi said, because ‘many of the president's supporters are not ready to accept the fact that their judgement may not have been so great in voting for him.’”

That’s right. We conservatives have “Nanny” Pelosi telling us once again how ignorant and imperceptive we are in supporting the duly elected president of the United States.

“United States” is a bit of a misnomer these days as it’s pretty clear there’s nothing united about the states or the people in them. When you have the leaders of the so-called “loyal opposition” talking openly about the president being a liar and how they already have “plenty” of grounds for constitutionally removing him from office, there isn’t a lot of room for common ground.

Would you want to sit around a conference room table and listen to your opponents talk about how crooked you are?

Of course Pelosi has become notorious as a quote machine over the years. The crazier and more wacked out the statement the more likely it came directly from the nearly 77 year-old Democrat House leader. Who can forget last July at the Democrat convention Pelosi delivered her own version of Hillary’s “deplorables” speech (during an interview) when she theorized Clinton was having trouble with white male voters because of the “three G’s?”

From Fox News, “’I think that, so many times, white — non-college-educated white males have voted Republican. They voted against their own economic interests because of guns, because of gays, and because of God, the three G’s, God being the woman’s right to choose,’ Pelosi told PBS’s Judy Woodruff in an interview Wednesday.”

I’ll hand it to Pelosi in one sense – at least she says exactly what she thinks without filter or nuance. If she’s talking about impeaching Trump when the time is right, I believe she’d seriously try it.

And Pelosi making a spectacle over impeachment would be the best thing that ever happened to the Republican Party because it would expose once again just how unglued the House Democrats have become.

We shouldn’t ignore the Senate Democrats in the “unglued” conversation either.

As reported by Ferrechio, Schumer said on Tuesday of Trump’s speech hours before hearing it, “It will be the usual bluster and blame…Populist platitudes will be a dime a dozen, but the focus should be on the president's actions rather than his empty words.”

For once I agree with Schumer. Trump should be judged on his actions, many of which thus far have served to undo much of the damage inflicted upon the country during the Obama years.

That’s the primary reason why the Democrats and their coconspirators in the media hate Trump so much, because the new president isn’t the least bit afraid to dispense with the niceties of politics and hit them with a proverbial punch in the nose.

Writing in Townhall, Kurt Schlichter put it best. “The real story [at last week’s CPAC] was that President Trump absolutely intends on keeping his promises. Obamacare will be repealed. There will be a wall. We are deporting illegals. We are cutting taxes. The clock is ticking. Congress better understand – this guy’s patience is not unlimited. If they think they can slide back into the big talk in election years/big walks in off years mode, they are going to find Trump in their districts rallying for their primary opponents.”

Schlichter was referring to Republicans potentially getting primaried (and about Trump’s message to CPAC) but the same reasoning applies to Democrats and his speech to Congress on Tuesday night. If Democrats were smart -- instead of dribbling on and on about absurd pipedreams of impeachment -- they would accept the president’s invitation to share in the work of making the country great again.

But sadly it appears there are only a handful of Democrats in either the House or Senate who would be willing to cross the line – and party leadership -- to talk about cooperation. Even then it’s only because these select few hail from competitive districts and might be compelled to try and look “bipartisan” to save their jobs. There is no room for “moderates” in the Democrat Party anymore. As Richard Viguerie wrote the other day, the party of FDR and JFK is long gone.

So in all likelihood, Trump and the Republicans will go it alone this spring and summer in passing reforms to the hopelessly broken government. After Tuesday night it will be up to the typically overcautious Republican establishment leaders to blow this historic opportunity.

Let’s hope President Trump won’t allow them to do it.

Humble Trump admits he’s still growing into the job of POTUS

In watching a seasoned President Donald Trump on Tuesday night it was sometimes hard to remember he’s only been on the job just short of six weeks and in politics for less than two years.

For a non-politician, Trump was about as prepared as anyone could be for the personal demands of the presidency in terms of non-stop public exposure, juggling a multitude of tasks and managing hordes of people. Even so, Trump admitted on Tuesday that it’s taken some time to get used to being president – and not everything has gone perfectly.

Louis Nelson of Politico reports, “The president claimed that his administration has already delivered on some of his campaign promises, including saving money on military contracts and luring companies into creating jobs in the U.S., despite a seemingly constant stream of negative press. He told his panel of interviewers that ‘I've done just about more than anybody in the first four weeks.’

“But in a rare moment of self-criticism, Trump said ‘my messaging isn’t good,’ using press reports regarding vacant executive-branch jobs as an example. Trump said those stories often portray him as being behind in appointing people for such jobs when, in reality, he has no intention of filling them at all because he sees them as unnecessary.”

During the interview which aired Tuesday morning on “Fox and Friends,” Trump said he was going to use his speech to Congress to correct some of those messaging issues. After Tuesday night I think it’s fair to say the problem is partly solved, at least for those who bothered to watch the speech.

With the Democrat half of the country so busy protesting it’s highly unlikely the Trump-haters would listen to anything the new president had to say on any occasion. But those people already decided long ago that they weren’t going to take part in the process any longer so the world has moved on without them.

For the president’s supporters, let’s hope his candor on messaging was a true admission that he needs to do things better. In the interview Trump gave himself an “A” for accomplishments but only a “C or C+” for messaging. With the media being what it is the Trump team must keep searching for ways to get information to the people apart from “the Russians did it” narrative of their enemies.

It isn’t possible to explain every move, or in the case of not filling positions, a lack of a move.

One thing seems certain – Trump will continue to do his best. The president has clearly learned a lot during the short time he’s been in politics. I hope his success will win more converts in the weeks and months to come.

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your article sounds like you may be a GOP establishment person---if you are---you had better do a better job of hiding it---either get with the movement or get out---we will not let you have it both ways