By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
If you like pomp and circumstance, political theater and what not, then you had two television choices this week; watch the Oscars where you get movie stars lecturing regular people about their pet political issues, or watch a reality TV star turned President of the United States lecture the whole country about pet political issues. Either way, the choice you make tells a lot about you.
I skipped the actors and watched the politician and I was dully impressed and surprised. I like many observers was not expecting Donald Trump to do well in this venue and he nailed it. The speech was uplifting, motivational, hopeful and almost completely devoid of political harassment of those on the other side of the political aisle. Apparently Trump’s handlers won in convincing him to take a more conciliatory tone and it worked. Trump did not look like the monster everyone has been portraying him as, and many, even critics in the hard-nosed press admitted that he looked very presidential.
Which gets me to this observation: what the hell was up with the Democrats in the Hall? Most if not all Democrat women wore white in honor of the women’s suffrage movement. They know, don’t they that women in this country have been able to vote for some time now right? Did the Donald say expressly in his campaign or other speeches that he was planning on getting rid of the women’s vote? Did I miss something? And what was that about when some of them failed to stand up and applaud for the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL? They know what that looks like on TV right?
Indeed, the Democrats in attendance at the speech proved to be the most boorish, self-centered and deranged people on the planet, pretty hard to achieve since we have Hollywood. But there it is. People can see the derangement syndrome come over the hard left politicians and actors and it seriously will kill the party if they’re not careful.
I didn’t hear anything in the speech that I hadn’t heard from any other politician, including what I’ve heard from The Philippines. In fact, if anything I think President Trump stole significant portions of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech where both men promised to fix vital infrastructure and fight illegal drugs. (The difference between the Philippines and the US is that the little Asian archipelago is bleeding talent and the United States is taking it in.) Donald Trump’s many promises are very similar to many of the promises we’ve heard in the past, with a little bit different flavor, he’s going to fix health care, he’s going to build the wall, he’s going to protect us against criminal illegal aliens who murder and rape inside our borders, he’s going to fight and destroy Isis, all good things. I understand that from a political perspective the Dems won’t stand for every promise, but they certainly could stand and clap for some of it. After all, who thinks our roads and bridges are in good shape? I’m from Minnesota. Bridges fall down here.
President Trump’s acknowledgement of a disabled girl kept alive by a medical miracle is a huge show of compassion on his part and that alone would have been enough to humanize him for those watching. But then he doubled down when he also acknowledged the widow of fallen Navy SEAL warfighter Ryan Owens who was tragically killed in a fateful raid in Yemen last month. The value of that particular raid is in question and I understand the parents of this fallen hero are pretty steamed at the president for comments he made earlier about Gold Star families who have made appearances for the Democrats, but the acknowledgement and praise the president had for this man and his poor wife was emotional and sympathetic and a very good move on the president’s part.
Several commentators on TV notably commented that Donald Trump became the President of the United States with this speech, including Van Jones, Mike Wallace and Glenn Beck and I think they’re right. I also thing that the president helped himself greatly and is not going away, no matter how angry and deranged the left is about it. In fact, their response to the speech was weird and disconnected, trotting out the retired 101-year old Governor of Kentucky for the Democratic response speech and having him speak from what looked like a greasy spoon café in small town America was so weird that it not only didn’t help their cause, it actually made them look rather goofy and out of touch. Perhaps they thought, ‘Hell, Governor Beshear hasn’t got a political future to risk, have him give the speech. What harm can it do?’ A lot. It would probably have been better if they’re had been no response.
At the end of the day my analysis is this: Trump is the big winner on this deal, HUGE! If he keeps this momentum, he’ll have a good four years and might even win a second term. He’s good at sabotaging himself on Twitter however so we’ll just have to wait and see. Big losers: the democrats who sat on their hands and looked like sourpusses and poor-sports. If they don’t find a cohesive message, then they’ll go the way of the Blue-Footed Booby, extinction! But, politics is like weather in Minnesota, if you wait long enough, it will change. We’ll see.