SOTU

The Democrats’ disastrous week highlights Trump’s sanity

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

If you are of the mind that President Trump is to blame for everything wrong and wacky in our politics, then last week was a very bad week for you. The evidence begins with Trump’s very good State of the Union speech, where he was alternately conciliatory toward Democrats and ruthless in contrasting his policies with theirs. Reckless in their rhetoric and resistance, Dems make themselves vulnerable to charges that they support open borders, socialism and infanticide.

Trump's Address Meets Late-Night Resistance

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

When you're the Resistance, the counterarguments don't have to have internal logic, and they certainly don't have to be funny. They just need to be loaded with passionate fear and loathing. The cultural elite offers a perpetual geyser of hate. Hollywood would like America to believe it reflects our nation's pulse. Well, 76 percent of Americans approved of this speech by the second- or third-grader who's destroying our economy as a pawn of Russia because he wants to kill pregnant women.

Why Trump's War on Socialism Is More Necessary Than Ever

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Forget entertainment and the media, as biased as they are, if we let Marxist theory dominate our educational system much longer, we will be a socialist state by fiat.  AOC will be elected president by proclamation as soon as she is of age, if not before.  We will have had a revolution without a shot being fired. By making resistance to socialism a lynch pin of his 2020 campaign, Trump will be helping to right this extremely dangerous situation, giving cover to students being indoctrinated in our classrooms and to their increasingly alarmed parents.

Pelosi Outsmarted Herself on the SOTU

David Catron, The American Spectator

To paraphrase the immortal P.G. Wodehouse, it was clear that, if not actually disgruntled, Pelosi was far from being gruntled. But she could have compromised with Trump on the wall and prevented an unnecessary fight. And she certainly didn’t need to postpone the SOTU. But she refused to do the former and insisted upon the latter — setting Trump up for Tuesday night’s triumph. A classic example of poetic justice. Now the country sees him as more presidential and her as less reasonable. On the shutdown fight, she was too clever by half.

Trump shows he’s playing to win with bold State of the Union address

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

The state of the union is frighteningly divided and hostile, but the state of the president’s aim is sound. For all the talk of chaos and churn in his administration, Donald Trump knows what he’s about. As he always has, he’s playing to win. True to White House billing, the president was conciliatory at times and urged national unity in the face of domestic and international threats. Perhaps he was even sincere in those wishes, but on virtually all the big issues dividing America, Trump took bold and resolute stances that left little room to the imagination and even less wiggle room.

The state of the union is fractured

Editors, Washington Examiner

At the core of our country right now is far too much discord amounting to hatred. We have lost the ability to debate civilly. We are losing shared customs and shared culture. Our values are diverging so dramatically that we increasingly believe opposing views are not merely incorrect but intolerable and can be held only by those who are fools or are evil. Recent weeks bear this out. A society where every cultural occurrence is a culture-war battlefield is not a healthy one. The state of this union is not strong.

The State of the Shutdown

David Catron, The American Spectator

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer might as well face it. President Trump has spent most of his life negotiating with real estate developers, unionized construction companies, and New York zoning officials. He comes from a business environment that makes the Beltway look like a chapter of Habitat for Humanity. So, to put it bluntly, they have already lost. Trump has them in a deep hole, chained to the wall, and is busy with brick and mortar cutting off their only source of political oxygen. The country is with him on this and he knows it. Border security “trumps” bureaucratic comfort.

Take This SOTU and Shove It

Michael Walsh, American Greatness

As Pelosi suggested, Trump can easily send a written report to the Congress. He should do just that. Even better, he can then take his disinvitation and move the venue elsewhere. He could then deliver his speech from the Oval Office—although he just gave a short talk from behind the Resolute Desk. Or, he could take it to Trump Country, and find a 50,000-seat stadium somewhere in Indiana or Texas and rock the house; if the SOTU is little more than a campaign speech in disguise, might as well go whole hog.

On Immigration The “Do Nothing Senate” Should Do Nothing

On immigration the Senate should do what it does best; nothing. If Congress does nothing the law stays as it is, illegal aliens get arrested and deported, the quality of life of American workers and their families is protected, and America protects itself from a future of One Party rule. Now, that’s what we call win – win.

If Trump talks bull, he needs to beware the bear

Editors, Washington Examiner

Good news is plain good news for most people who are working, looking for work, or running businesses. It probably won’t be bad news much longer for investors, either, as wealth is created and more money is thus injected into the national economy. What Trump has discovered is the tactical need for humility in this area. When a president takes credit for the unpredictable ebbs and swells of the stock market, he has to accept blame as well. And presidents, in reality, have very little business taking either credit or blame.

Trump Shoots Down McCain Amnesty Bill

Speaker Ryan’s comments that the House would only take up a bill that President Trump supports puts to rest (at least for the moment) conservative concerns that the open-borders oriented Ryan might try to force through an amnesty bill.  Trump’s rejection of the McCain – Coons amnesty plan puts the pressure back on the Republican Senate to pass a bill that meets the President’s requirements.

Trump’s nationalism is a serious play to unify America

Rich Lowry, New York Post

Trump ended his SOTU by hailing people from all walks of life, saying, “above all else, they are Americans. And this Capitol, this city, and this Nation, belong to them.” If he resolved to routinely live up to that sentiment, he would do himself, and our political culture, immeasurable good. In political terms, it isn’t Trump the alleged tool of the Russians or Trump the budding dictator whom Democrats have to fear most; it’s Trump the nationalist unifier.

Sourpuss Democrats Self-Immolate at State of the Union

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi watching Trump's speech looked like a pair of sullen six-year olds on a sugar crash the day after Halloween. Bernie Sanders looked mummified. Schumer was slumped so deeply in his chair he was almost falling through the crack. Other Democrats, even ones who should have known better or secretly felt otherwise, sat on their hands. You could see them glancing at each other, wondering whether they were allowed to applaud or stand up. What a bunch of cowards.

The Most Important Thing Trump Said That No One Is Talking About

There was one very important “this changes everything” moment in President Trump’s State of the Union message that no one is talking about – the President’s announcement that he has signed an Executive Order on Protecting America Through Lawful Detention of Terrorists.

CHQ and Ear to the Ground Survey Reveals Trump Supporters Will Not Support President On Amnesty

Trump supporters couldn’t be clearer: 71% of his base they will no longer support the President if amnesty is included in immigration reform. However, they also said they are confident President Trump will follow-through on his campaign promises regarding immigration.

The Elephant In The Room Last Night

There were many things conservatives could applaud in last night’s State of the Union address, but the President’s eloquent paean to the economic promise of America was largely drowned-out by opposition to the notion of giving a path to citizenship to 1.8 million illegal aliens.

Nikki Haley to Conservative Grassroots: Sit Down and Shut Up

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
In my 50+ years of being active in the conservative movement at the national level I can’t think of another time when the Republican establishment so blatantly hijacked a national television opportunity to rebut a liberal President and used it to attack the voters they need to win the presidency.

Cruz: 'Less A State of the Union Than a State of Denial'

Susan Jones, CNS News

Cruz noted that Obama began his speech by telling Americans "how wonderful the economy is." "You know, if you're a big-government lobbyist in and around Washington, that's right -- six of the ten wealthiest counties in America are in and around Washington. If you're a billionaire hedge fund manager in New York, that's right -- the rich have gotten richer under Obama."

Obama Throws Down The Gauntlet: GOP Leaders Pre-Surrender

Republican leaders will talk a good game for the next year, but don’t expect Obama to leave office with his agenda unfinished, because, as we explain here, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have already “pre-surrendered.”

Cruz to skip State of the Union

Curt Mills, Washington Examiner

Sen. Ted Cruz will skip Tuesday's State of the Union, the final such address of President Obama's time in office. "It's not a snub. He's going to be in New Hampshire, working hard to win New Hampshire," Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler told the Dallas Morning News.