The Wednesday Read: State of the Union

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.

National Emergency:

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.

The Guests:

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.

You can read the text of the President’s speech HERE or watch it HERE.

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.

You can read the text of her speech HERE or view it HERE.

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



3 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: State of the Union

  1. It was no surprise to hear Trump continue his lies and fearmongering, especially about the southern border in general and El Paso in particular. There is not a border sheriff in Texas that supports building more walls. There is not a border member of the House of Reps. that supports more walls, in particular Rep. Will Hurd (R) whose district has about 800 miles of Tex-Mex border.

    El Paso Sheriff Richard Wiles to NBC: "It is sad to hear Pres. Trump state falsehoods about El Paso, Texas in an attempt to justify the building of a 2,000 mile wall … El Paso was a safe city long before a wall was built. Pres. Trump continues to give a false narrative." @MSNBC— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 6, 2019

    There was recently 254 pounds of fentanyl captured at a border crossing by personnel and equipment who discovered it in a truck at a border point of entry. A few tons of cocaine was interdicted near Florida recently, at sea, by the Coast Guard. Walls had nothing to do with those intercepts.

    The majority of human/sex trafficking activities and arrests happen in this country involve US citizens.
    The CBP statitistics prove Trump’s claims are lies.

    And no, Democrats don’t want open borders, they want more efficient and effective use of personnel, equipment and technology at our borders and coasts.

  2. National Emergency:
    It was foolish of you to think Trump would call for a National Emergency 10 days before the deadline he gave Congress regarding the wall…

    Side Note: I wish Nancy Pelosi would go to the dentist or get her new teeth fixed…it’s is beyond annoying. The shuffling of the papers and the getting up to settle down was childish…but not unexpected.

    As far as the speech goes, it was one of his best but the Democrats barely heard a word…

    • Barry – Thanks- maybe it was foolish to think he would declare it, but others were thinking the same thing. -JmB

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