President Trump is planning to outline an ambitious first-year agenda tackling everything from immigration to infrastructure when he delivers his first address to a Joint Session of Congress Tuesday night, the White House said.
First things first. Full disclosure here. During the early stages of the 2016 primary campaign, my first choice was Gov. Scott Walker, who I still believe would make an excellent President. When he dropped out, not only was I very disappointed, but I was experiencing feelings of deja vu, as the same exact thing had happened to me in both 2008 and 2012, where my initial picks dropped out, were replaced by others who also then dropped out, leaving me to have to settle for the eventual nominees, McCain and Romney. This time around, I switched my ‘allegiance’ to Ted Cruz, and held out hope that he wouldn’t also disappoint by dropping out. Eventually he did, as Trump went on to win the nomination, and as we all know, the election.
All during the primary, in another social networking venue, I wrote some strongly worded posts detailing everything that was wrong about Trump, and writing the virtues of Cruz, all to no avail, and losing many long time on line friends in the process. Then when the general election time came, and my “choices” boiled down to what I characterized as the TV star, the Leftist Prog, the Libertarian dope smoker, the lunatic Green fringer, and this dude from Utah who claimed to be a conservative (but has revealed himself to be in line with the Leftist Prog), I held my nose, and marked my ballot for Trump, as he was, in my mind, the least worst of the “choices” that were laid out before me. To my, and many others, utter astonishment (and to be honest, not a little relief because of SCOTUS picks), Trump beat the Leftist Prog by a wide margin, and is now our President.
The whole time Trump was on the campaign trail, during the debates, and in interviews, I found, and still do, his speaking “style” (if you can call it that) to be, well, cringe-worthy, and I don’t like sitting through his speeches where he rambles off cuff, and often off message as it makes me, well, cringe. I won’t be listening to tonight’s speech either (at least, that’s my thinking right now – I reserve the right to change my mind, even if I am a guy), but I will read the transcripts tomorrow, as i do have an interest in what he says that will make the oppositions heads (and some on our side, too – I’m looking at you John and Lindsey) go all splody – because you know they will.
Last but not least, I’m still wary of Trump, and am watching what he’s doing with an unapologetic cynics eye. So far, there have been a few missteps that could have been avoided if someone had thought things through just a little bit more (the travel restriction EO imbroglio comes immediately to mind), but he’s also done several things that are laudatory, and best of all, he has the Dems on their heels, which is always a good thing in my book.
Over the next several years, I will continue to watch, and write about, our current President, calling him out when he makes a mistake – which he will, as he’s human – but also cheering him one when he’s doing something cheer-worthy. I am not a sycophant, rah-rah kind of guy like so many in the “professional media” have been over the last several years, so expect some negative posts along with the positive posts.
Okay, now that that is out of the way, let’s continue on, shall we?
The White House detailed Trump’s highly anticipated address on Monday, outlining what will be the president’s biggest speech since his inauguration. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump will push a “bold agenda,” while another White House official described it as an “optimistic” look toward the next four years.
Heh, as if what he has been doing so far hasn’t been bold. You can tell just how bold by the screaming, wailing, hair pulling, and gnashing of teeth on display by both the media and the Dems (yes, I know I’m being redundant). If Dem hysteria is the result of Trump’s actions, all I can say is, more please.
For the new president, whose opening month has been marked by rapid-fire executive actions but also a string of controversies, the primetime televised address is a critical chance to reframe some of the more contentious aspects of his young presidency – and reinforce campaign pledges that have yet to kick into action, like repealing and replacing ObamaCare.
As I’ve written before, those things that are claimed to be “controversial” and “out of the main stream” are only considered to be so because they offend Dems “sensitivities” and they don’t like that. The Dems and media (I know, I know) prefer it when they get to pick and choose what the agenda is to be, and have the Reps follow along behind, nodding their heads like so many bobble headed dolls. News flash Dems/media (is that better?) – ever since you guys force fed us the ACA, we’ve been reshuffling the deck on our side and putting conservatives in office who are definitely not bobble headed dolls that you guys can control. We still have some work to do to weed out some of the bobble headed dolls that remain, but we’re working on it.
As for not having the ACA repeal/replace legislation yet, that isn’t Trump’s fault. That’s on Congress. They’ve had the past six plus years to work on legislation that everybody can get behind, but no. As usual, stupid turf wars have been going on behind the scenes between this Rep and that Senator preventing legislation from being already written, and ready and waiting for Trump’s signature. These stupid turf wars are coming to light now to show that the GOP is in “disarray”, now that the GOP controls the House, Senate and WH. Before that, the media tended to ignore anything coming from the GOP regarding ACA repeal/replace because they figured someone else was going to win the WH.
Spicer said the goals outlined in Tuesday’s speech will also strike a balance on the challenges ahead, while reflecting a more optimistic, forward-looking tone that focuses on the “American spirit.”
That is always something worthy to focus on, and is something that differentiates Trump from his predecessor, which is definitely a good thing.
Such a tone would strike a contrast with Trump’s inauguration address, marked by gloomy warnings about the country’s economic decay and rampant crime which he vowed to fix. The official said the same team of speechwriters who worked on the inaugural speech were working with Trump on Tuesday’s address.
This is his first real chance to lay out his “I want to see this for America” wish/goal list, rather than the “This is where we are right now, and I will change things for the better.” realism speech. We, as a nation, needed to hear that we aren’t in the best of shape as a nation, that we can be and do better, and now we need to hear how we can be and do better, and tonight will be Trump’s chance to let us know what he plans to do.
Spicer also said the president would highlight “public safety, including defense, increased border security, taking care of our veterans, and then economic opportunity, including education and job training, health care reform, jobs, taxes and regulatory reform.”
All good topics to cover. Bravo. Let’s hear what he has to say.
Trump is also expected to reach out to Americans “living in the poorest and most vulnerable communities, and let them know that help is on the way,” Spicer said.
This is of particular interest to me, as, although I don’t physically live in, say Appalachia for example, I am empathetic to the plight of folks who do live in the poorer areas of our country, trying to cope with little to no job prospects, drug and alcohol abuse as coping mechanisms, being stuck in the place where they are with little prospect of escaping to better places. (Please note: If you live in and love Appalachia, please don’t beat me up for using Appalachia as a negative example. I only did so to evoke mental images in people to get a point across. I’m sure that there is much about Appalachia to appreciate that I am completely unaware of.)
Trump’s young administration has seen its share of growing pains.
Well yeah, it has. Just like every other administration before it, all the way back to George Washington.
Take this next paragraph one item at a time …
The president has faced sustained resistance from Democrats, over everything from his Cabinet picks to his border security plans.
They are the party currently out of power, and as such, it is incumbent upon them to do just that – to a point. It is perfectly acceptable to stand up, state your case as to why you are opposed to a nominee, or to proposed legislation, or what have you, and then to sit down and vote your conscience. What is not acceptable is to be obstructionist “just because”, which is where the Dems are right now. They need to stop.
But other issues have drawn bipartisan criticism from some corners: late-night tweets; the rocky rollout of the controversial suspension of refugee and other admissions (actions on hold by the courts and currently being rewritten) …
You will never get this guy to stop tweeting. It’s just not happening, so stop trying, and learn to live with it. Are some of his tweets cringe inducing? Oh, yeah. But many are spot on, as well, and getting directly to the people, which is the thing that is most frustrating to the media and the establishment politicians.
The rollout of the travel restriction EO was poorly executed, is now held up in the courts, and will be made moot by two things – by the time it is completely litigated, the time period of 90 and 120 days will have elapsed, and there is a replacement EO in the works that will supersede the currently stopped EO.
… the forced resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn following reports of contacts between him and a Russian diplomat; White House leaks driven by infighting; and strained relationships with China, Mexico and Australia.
Flynn was forced to resign because he was not completely forthcoming to the Vice President about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the US, not because of those contacts. Let’s keep the facts straight on this, please.
WH leaks have been a plague of every administration, but this seems to be epidemic in scope for this group. Too many people strutting about like preening adolescent peacocks, who just have to appear as if they are the ones “in the know”, but not the idiot down the hall, so don’t talk to him/her. Meanwhile the idiot down the hall is saying the exact same thing about the other idiot down the hall from him/her. Some leaks have been of classified information to show that the leaker is “really in the loop”, while others have been made simply to make the President look bad. In any event, they really do need to stop since you people are coming across to the American people as complete idiots who can’t/won’t keep your mouths shut.
Trump has an opportunity Tuesday to refocus on his policy priorities.
Last but not least (because of Fair Use), I think Trump is focused on his policy priorities, but that this has not been communicated well, either by Trump himself, his spokespersons, or the media, with the latter doing the poor communicating due to having the Left bias that they do. As time moves on, I hope that the issues they may be having with effectively communicating what they are trying to do will be rectified, so that people can extinguish the fire in their hair, and get back to living their regular lives.