Better late than never is my motto.
I don't always have time to immediately comment on news developments, but if it's something significant, like President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, I will put in my two cents' worth even if it's 48 hours later!
President Trump did what his millions of supporters hoped he would, and knew he was capable of: Deliver a disciplined, incisive and inspirational speech that went over well with the American people. Just as Ronald Reagan brought a new optimism and hope to Americans following the four years of dreary failure under Jimmy Carter, Trump has given a potent buoyancy injection into the body politic following the bitter, dispiriting Obama years.
After years of left-wing tripe ("overseas contingency operations" for war on terror is just one example), neurotic refusal to string together the words "Islamic" and "terrorism," lies about our healthcare, anemic economic growth, wage stagnation and conservatives being belittled and targeted by the thuggish IRS, many Americans felt weary and beaten down.
When Trump talked about vouchers and charter schools as options to replace failed urban schools, when he mentioned concern for victims of violent crimes committed by illegal aliens, when he discussed the need to look at trade deals with a jaundiced eye, when he urged corporate tax reform and protecting our borders, when he promised to rebuild our depleted and demoralized military, when he addressed these and myriad other items, tens of millions of Americans must have felt like shouting with joy and high-fiving each other. I know I did.
Trump's speech was music to my ears, and so far removed from the ivory tower/elitist B.S. that Obama recited almost in his sleep, I almost cried with joy. Indeed, the Trumpster even cited the Bible when paying tribute to deceased Navy Seal William Ryan Owens. FINALLY: A president who quotes the Bible rather than be inspired by Saul Alinsky.
The Democrats, being the petulant losers they are, often refused to applaud or gave a lukewarm applause for even things they would normally be gung-ho about, such as investing hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure spending. They seemed to clear out quickly after the speech, apparently trying to get on camera in the spin-rooms as quickly as possible, attempting to counteract the president's message. And the Democrat "rebuttal," by former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, given in a dreary diner with, ironically, all white people sitting around him -- was laughably pathetic.
One of my favorite lines of Trump's address was when he said, "My job is not to represent the world, my job is to represent the United States of America." To Obama and his cultists, that must have sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard. Trump promised that other nations "will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free." No claptrap about the vaunted "international community" that regularly flowed from Obama's mouth like water gushing from a spring.
Sounding Reaganesque in delivering a speech that even many liberals grudgingly complimented, Trump said, "A new chapter of American Greatness is now beginning." I do believe he was right.
This is great stuff; encouraging and emboldening. I feel like I can breathe again. I cannot help but feel good about the future.