This is the time to re-ignite the American imagination. This is the time to search for the tallest summit, and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. – President Donald J. Trump 02/05/19
President Donald J. Trump gave his State of the Union (SOTU) address last night. The speech lasted 1:22:25 making it the third-longest SOTU speech in history.
Here are some of my thoughts about his speech.
In the fourth paragraph of his speech, President Trump played the bipartisanship card:
The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda. It is the agenda of the American people.
In every SOTU address, there are parts that both sides of the aisle can agree with and parts that they don’t agree with. The partisanship runs deep during these addresses and last night was more of the same.
Sometimes it looks just like a pep rally for each side.
Trump did not declare a national emergency on the southern border as he had threatened. Some say he does not have the support from the Republicans to do this.
I was a little disappointed that he did not make the declaration, but he can milk it for a few more days until February 15 when partial funding for the government runs out.
A few minutes into his speech Trump had this to say when touting the economic gains under his administration:
An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations.
If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way!
I think Trump sees that with the Democrats having a majority in the House, he can be slowed by investigations. I don’t think his plea will work.
Trump talked about abortion and the new law in New York and the Governor of Virginia. Trump said the Governor of Virginia, who he did not name, basically stated he would execute a baby after birth.
Trump said, “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth.”
NBC News rated the statement about the New York law as false. The lies about that law have spread across social media.
Then Trump said this:
To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.
Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.
This should help shore up his base of supporters (pro-life and evangelicals), as he approaches reelection in 2020.
I am from the side that I don’t want to see more abortions, but they are legal.
Some pro-life folks believe that Trump is the best bet they have to overturn Roe v. Wade. I don’t see that happening.
The Second Summit:
The President announced during his speech that he would meet with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, Feb. 27/28 in Vietnam.
I think this is a good thing.
It’s nice that the President invites people to the SOTU, but more and more it seems they are being used as props.
I think it might have been President Ronald Reagan who started inviting people to the SOTU and acknowledging them and their actions. It’s nice, but maybe it has gone too far and made the speeches longer.
If you look at the list, it has grown quite a lot since the Reagan days.
The Democratic Response:
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams delivered the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. Yes, I watched it because that is what I do.
I had not heard Abrams speak, but soon found out she was a better speaker than Trump.
Our power and strength as Americans lives in our hard work and our belief in more. My family understood firsthand that while success is not guaranteed, we live in a nation where opportunity is possible. –Stacey Abrams 02/05/19