Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
Last night, the Sun set around 6:20 PM EST and rose less than 3 hours later, shortly after 9:00 PM EST. It was Morning again in America. “It’s Morning again in America,” is a phrase that was first used in an ad by Ronald Reagan in 1984. Last night it was a feeling invoked by President Donald J. Trump.
In his first address to Congress, the President was nothing if not presidential. Something, they said he could not be. Once again, Trump has proven them wrong.
By my count, there was no fewer than 45 standing ovations. This is not counting the ovations for those in attendance that the President pointed out. Including the two or three for the widow of and in the memory of Navy Senior Chief William Ryan Owens, who was killed on a mission about a month ago in service to his country. One of those standing ovations clocked in at just under two minutes long. It was such an emotional scene that if Nancy Pelosi’s face could have shown emotion, it would have.
Out of the 45 ovations, most of them were by Republicans in attendance. Democrats did stand on occasion, a few times instinctively, a few times out of guilt probably hoping those at home did not see them stand. Members of the Supreme Court sit still, no ovations as they need to be seen as stoic referees. Although Elena Kagan looked as if she was sniffing rotten eggs all night long, especially after the President iterated his complete support for Israel.
The President’s speech was refreshing after eight years of being told how horrible and selfish Americans were, and how we needed to take a back seat to the needs of the rest of the world. On the contrary, President Trump ignited the renewal of the American Spirit last night, and it felt great.
Trump, with the House and Senate in his corner could have chided the Democrats like Obama chided Republicans. Instead, he asked, cajoled, and begged for unity numerous times on behalf of the American people to “get it done and get it done right.” Ever the dealmaker the President outlined an agenda that included things that made those on the right side of the aisle cringe and those on the left sit up and take notice.
Trump understands that a one-sided deal is not a deal, and immediately closes off the shorted party from participating in the next deal. A good deal, a strong deal, a deal where the parties will be willing to deal again only happens when each party feels as if they got good value. While it might be nice to sit back and quote the words of Barack Obama, “Elections have consequences, I won, you lost,” it is not pragmatic, nor does it sit well with the American public who are tired of the gridlock and divisiveness.
It was not all Kumbaya. President Trump took a shot at Obama when he said, “My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America.” He spoke of a national rebuilding, how we spent $6 trillion on trying to rebuild the Middle East while our inner cities crumble. How we send brave men and women to protect the borders of other countries while ours remain wide open. He talked about national integrity and the rule of law. That the high honor of entry into this country should be for those that will love our country and respect our ways, not given to those who will create a beachhead for extremism.
Trump hit all the right notes, checked all the right boxes. He did not talk about the Russians, or fake news, or the press because he knows that America; Joe and Sally Sixpack have zero interest in all that. They are interested in well-paying jobs and a future for their kids. Plain and simple, that is all they care about, and all they want from their government is the protection and not the regulation of our way of life.
In closing, I will include a paragraph that was almost Kennedy-like,
Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people.
Cures to illnesses that have always plagued us are not too much to hope.
American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream.
Millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect.
And streets where mothers are safe from fear — schools where children learn in peace — and jobs where Americans prosper and grow — are not too much to ask.
Those were the words from the man the interior of this country elected as their President. Men and women from the coal plants, the steel mills, the car assembly lines, the farmers, shopkeepers, and truck drivers, and those who put on a uniform each and every day to keep us safe. It is time, due time, for those on the west coast and east coast from New Jersey on up to fall in line. Time to be part of the solution or remain, as always, part of the problem.