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Assault on America, Day 35: Filled with purpose, Trump sets proper tone for America in SOTU

Trump SOTUSeriously, folks, what is the president’s purpose?

As President Donald Trump stepped to the podium in the House chamber on Tuesday night intent on delivering his constitutionally advised remarks on the State of the Union, this observer couldn’t help wondering what people expected from him. Academics would say a president is tasked with executing the nation’s laws, representing American interests abroad and, in the modern sense of the office, outlining a policy agenda for his party to follow.

Ask a liberal for his or her thoughts on the question and they’d invariably say, “A president must unite the country by championing ethnic and social diversity to make sure all people are taken care of with food, housing, healthcare and justice. Everyone must be equal. A president must follow Obama’s example and make the White House a welcoming place for people of all races, sexual identities, sexual orientations, religions and creeds, regardless of legal status or organizational affinity. There’s no such thing as an ‘illegal’ human being. She should also impose strict hiring quotas to ensure her administration looks like America.”

A conservative might reply, “A president should protect the country from all enemies foreign and domestic, dutifully sign legislation from Congress -- or veto if necessary -- oversee a strong and robust military, limit America’s worldly commitments to those with strict national interest, guarantee that laws are executed with a maximum insistence on protecting God-given constitutional liberties and rights of American citizens and take an impartial and colorblind approach to regulating commerce and trade. Oh yeah, and appoint originalist judges.”

The man on the street would simply shrug his shoulders and comment, “He should just avoid being a jerk and be someone everyone could be proud of.”

President Trump made the latter two groups happy on Tuesday night, delivering a finely tailored address that had conservatives and Republicans cheering loudly on numerous occasions and inspired Democrats to slump in their chairs scowling at patriotic notions that not too long ago would’ve been boilerplate symbols for good ‘ol fashioned American-ism.

The difference between the parties was on full display, easily determinable by their posture (standing or sitting) and visible enthusiasm (frowning or applauding). Trump characteristically laid out his administration’s accomplishments and highlighted the unprejudiced economic numbers that could only be labeled as encouraging by objective observers (if there are any left).

As would be expected, he also talked a fair amount about immigration and the border wall. We’ll discover in the coming days whether Trump’s repeated pleas and evidence presented resulted in unclogging the funding logjam in Congress and healing the divide in public opinion. But there are certain establishment Republicans who argue the battle was lost before Trump even uttered the words.

Former New Hampshire Republican Senator (and governor) and establishment RINO Judd Gregg wrote at The Hill yesterday, “Even the sum the president wants will build only a very short wall. When you are managing a government that is spending approximately $4.5 trillion a year, it is inane to wrap yourself up in controversy over one-thousandth of that spending.

“The president has followed non-elected advisers who have never had to shoulder the responsibility of actually governing and have the political acumen of a collection of squirrels. In doing so, he has allowed himself to become the promoter of a shutdown that middle Americans found incomprehensible, unnecessarily damaging to everyday life and just plain mean.

“He has not been able to turn this into a debate on immigration, where he holds the high ground. Rather, he has turned his incessant call for a wall into a self-inflicted wound, causing serious hurt to his capacity to be seen as a strong and credible leader. He has not satiated his base. He has instead angered and driven into opposition the people who decide most elections in America: the voters in the middle.”

With “friends” like Gregg, who needs enemies? The former senator is wrong on just about every count here, completely missing the point of why the immigration debate is so raw in the first place. It’s perhaps understandable that a man from the Granite State would hold such views, but as we discover every four years during the presidential nominating cycle, New Hampshire doesn’t exactly “represent” the population -- or opinions -- of the vast majority of Americans.

Calling non-elected advisers “a collection of squirrels” is fighting words. Gregg mentioned Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham in his piece, clearly implying they don’t know crap from Crisco on politics. It doesn’t take a genius to figure Washington DC is badly broken -- anyone who doubts it should be forced to watch a re-run of this SOTU address to see how the two political sides scarcely can stomach being seated in the same vicinity with each other for half an evening.

The network feed contained more than its fair share of TV shots of new Democrat Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib as well as Democrat 2020 hopefuls Senators Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Corey Booker, none of whom represent the “middle” Gregg was referring to and all are adamantly opposed to any compromise on border security.

Democrats would love to force another government shutdown, brazenly disdaining all the federal employees who would be stung by such an action. They believe Trump would get all the blame for such a move -- and establishment mouthpieces like Gregg would be inclined to join them, no matter how extreme the Democrats’ positions are on other issues.

Gregg concluded, “Republicans and especially the president are missing their opportunity to reject this Democratic Socialist advance.

“They are passing up the chance to connect with most Americans who want a government that embraces individual entrepreneurship and the opportunities available from a market-driven economy. This failure to support the themes that have made our country great — in the face of the overt attack on those themes from the new Democratic Socialists — is driven by a singular obsession with a simplistic policy.

“Republicans in Congress and the president are walled in by the wall.”

No, they’re not. As amply outlined by Trump during his Tuesday night discourse and for the past three years, a physical barrier is an absolutely necessary tool for combatting an illegal immigration problem that’s been summarily ignored and even advanced by “leaders” like Gregg and his political ruling class colleagues (from both parties) for decades.

At some point someone needs to take a stand. If, as Gregg argues, Republicans and Trump are alienating the mushy middle by insisting on a wall now, when exactly would such a concept take hold? Would a president (Kamala) Harris be amenable to a bill appropriating future money for a wall propagated by a certain-to-be (because of her extremes) Republican Congress?

Or would Harris (or insert any Democrat name here) veto the paper and send it back to Capitol Hill accompanied by sinister laughter and a Ralph Northam-like moonwalk?

Contrary to Gregg’s assertion, Trump didn’t appear “walled in” by anything on Tuesday night, projecting his typical optimistic self while touting the immense promise of America, which will only be enhanced by vigorous measures to protect the southern border. Instead of a political hindrance, Trump’s demand for a barrier will eventually pay off in increased trust by Americans who pay attention to the real problems in government and elsewhere.

Besides, nowhere does it say a president’s purpose is to please the malleable political center. First and foremost, a president should protect the people, not pander for reelection.

President Trump’s Tuesday speech will be picked apart and dissected for hidden meanings in the coming days but it primarily was a call for a political ceasefire so as to accomplish positive results for Americans. In doing so, Trump fulfilled his presidential purpose. Will Democrats do their part?

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