• President Trump Hits the Mark on his 2018 SOTU Address

    Written by: Gabrielle Fleming, PAFCR Communications Team

    President Donald Trump presented a side of himself in his first State of the Union address on January 30, 2018 that impressed many, as he stayed on script and appeared more ‘presidential’ than usual.

    CBS found that a remarkable 75 percent of viewers regarded the speech favorably, including 97% of Republicans, 72% of Independents, and even 43% of Democrats. Over half of viewers (65%) remarked that the speech made them feel “proud.” Overall the speech was unifying, well-delivered, and particularly Reagan-esque with its use of many honored guests being presented during the speech. Democratic members of Congress and far-Left protesters outside the venue, however, unsurprisingly managed to make complete fools of themselves and reaffirmed that they do not care about the well-being of the United States and its citizens.

    While hundreds of protesters outside whined and held profane signs, Democratic Congressmen and women inside were as obstructionist as ever. President Trump repeatedly called for bipartisanship and to find commonality in the American Dream and identity, but the Democrats were more focused on their phones and staying in their seats. Democrats sat for jobs, economic growth, tax cuts, defeating ISIS, the national anthem and flag, healthcare choice, veterans benefits, government accountability, unifying America, the American dream, curbing crime, eliminating the opioid crisis and more. President Trump rightly applauded low unemployment in Hispanic and African American populations, the creation of new jobs, and rising wages. Despite all of this, the Congressional Black Caucus sat through these numbers unimpressed and uncaring. To make matters worse, Democrats audibly groaned when the President introduced the parents of children who were murder by MS-13. If that isn’t a signal of blatant disrespect for innocent lives and that Democrats don’t actually care about Americans and their safety, I don’t know what is.

    In the days leading up to the State of the Union address, the mainstream media also bothered to focus more on allegations about porn star Stormy Waters than middle class tax savings and the positive impact on earnings for families because of corporate tax cuts. Per usual, they were too busy lauding the various inefficient forms of fashion protest than focusing on the day to day bureaucratic changes that actually affect working Americans. Once again, the media proved itself to be a diversion more than a harbinger of genuinely useful insight.

    Unlike President Obama who continually suggested during his State of the Union addresses that Americans were not living up to their best natures, President Trump provided nothing but empowering messages to the American people. He boldly stated that “to every citizen watching at home tonight — no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.” But according to Vogue this message is “grim.”

    During his address, President Trump reinvigorated the concept of the American Dream. He reaffirmed that America is a wonderful place that is thriving and filled with opportunity and that American liberty is a dream for billions around the globe. He is exactly right, and Democrats sat mutely and grimaced in disagreement through all of it.

    President Trump has his priorities straight. He continually stressed his commitment to serve the interests of the American people above all else. While he has sympathy for undocumented immigrants, as a leader he has genuine sympathy for American citizens as well. President Trump recognizes that it is his duty “and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans–to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American dream.”

    While Democrats may desire to risk the safety of American citizens and continue degrading the moral fiber of their families and communities, President Trump is committed to unifying our nation and ensuring it remains a country where, with hard work, individuals of all backgrounds can pursue their dreams and become successful. Unlike so many disrespectful members of the audience, President Trump recognizes that United States citizens are “dreamers too” and that it is his job to place America first and protect their physical safety and economic well-being above all else.

    To watch the 2018 State of the Union Address, visit this link.