Thursday, February 1, 2018
Trump Excels, Democrats Shrink into a Fecalith and Kennedy Embraces the Hoary Playbook
When Democrats return to scraping the bottom of the barrel, as they often do, for either a good crisis to accentuate or a familiar name capable of depicting them as saviors of the universe, they sometimes pull a Kennedy out of the closet. And so they did by featuring Joseph Kennedy III to offer an opposing view to President Trump's State of the Union address.
Except -- annoying lip corner highlights aside -- it didn't work this time. Kennedy (born of wealth and therefore hardly what the "new" Democrat mobs worship), perched in front of what seemed a young audience sprinkled with a few giggling fans, sounded and looked like a student running for high school senior class president. Nor was he convincing, relying upon witty rhetoric drawn from the standard Democrat playbook, and it was more than obvious that any Democrat on the planet could have given the same hackneyed speech.
But the main attraction of the evening was Trump himself, and Trump is neither Kennedy -- nor Obama. Instead of blaming America and praising himself for myriad issues as Obama did by nature, Trump emphasized the potential and success of Americans themselves, offering a future of opportunity, not blame and shame.
Refusal of Democrats to even acknowledge gains made in minority employment and other issues supposedly close to their own dark little hearts spoke volumes, and when big leftie Rep. Gutierrez jumped up and walked out during fevered audience chants of "U-S-A" he pretty much established his political credentials and, we shudder to suggest, his agenda.
You've already read and seen enough about the SOTU speech, so we won't belabor it here, but overall polls suggest that even Democrat supporters were significantly pleased with what they heard -- unlike, for instance, the Congressional Black Caucus folk who preferred to remain silent as many attired themselves in African garb to weakly set forth some kind of protest regarding Trump's statements about African immigrants.
We do hope that "anchor babies" will receive prompt attention, too, as immigration revisions go forward, with or without Democrat help.
Ominously, Trump's references to North Korea hinted very much at a situation almost guaranteed to involve war. While we know nothing about plans for any eventual conflict, we're confident that the Chinese will continue watching their borders just in case something terrible erupts and NK refugees rush borders to escape presumably unavoidable carnage.
Frankly, I was surprised that Trump's vision enjoyed such a well-presented, admirable airing. The Democrats, on the other hand, merely displayed themselves and their party for all the world to see as a funeral procession waiting to march forward to the same old sepulchral music.
Next time the Democrats bring in a Kennedy to save them, assume the worst for their party.