TRUMP’S FIRST STATE OF THE UNION

I watched President Donald Trump give his speech. I was impressed. We can hate his twittering, but very few know how to surpass one of formal speeches. When I watch him give a speech like he gave tonight, I have little doubt we elected the best man we could. Perfect? No, but he is better than we deserve.

Here is the text of the speech: President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address.

Here is the video (below). When I posted it, that title page persisted for 29 minutes. My guess it that they will eventually delete that part. If not, skip to 29 minutes into the video.

Now it is time to go to bed, but in the morning I will post some observations. Meanwhile, I suggest looking at video. Worth all that clapping and cheering. Just imagine the alternative. What if that was President Hillary Clinton? Thank God for Trump.

37 thoughts on “TRUMP’S FIRST STATE OF THE UNION

  1. What makes Trump’s tawdry little affair actual news?

    It isn’t news because of the salacious details of Trump being spanked by a porn queen while Melania was recovering from child birth. Given Trump’s history of, not just continuously participating in, but celebrating infidelity and adultery, this is a surprise to no one, and even Trump’s most ardent evangelical supporters are not really disputing that it probably happened.

    What made it “news” worthy of the WSJ was that Trump gave in to legal blackmail during the campaign in order to cover it up, and what is news now is that he is willing to continue lying to the American people about it. What else will a lier lie about? As we say in the legal profession, Trump no longer has any credibility left to be impeached.

    But you’re not bothered by an unrepentant lier and adulterer because he is “your” lier, “your” cheat?

    And that admission is news too, don’t you think?

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  2. @anon

    “As a side note, your post was the first I’d heard about Trump’s magazine spanking. So I googled. The first hit was “Mother Jones”. The second, third, and forth hits were references from that Mother Jones article. I clicked a Colbert skit, and he too referenced Mother Jones. Ergo it all offered the impression you’ve been reading Mother Jones.”

    I have never read Mother Jones and don’t know much about it.

    That last reliable journalistic bastion of conservativism, the WSJ , broke the story of the affair and the pay out, and then other media outlets picked it up and expanded it. The spanking story is what Stormy allegedly told a tabloid before she successfully blackmailed Trump into paying her to be quiet.

    Like Reagan’s marine barracks debacle, Benghazi was a mistake that Clinton owned up to and Republicans have ever since tried to conspiracy theory into something more nefarious for pure political purposes. The same goes for Clinton’s emails.

    One the subspecialties that I held in the Navy a thousand years ago was in intel collection. At that time I not only knew what a SCIF was, but also I ran one. What access to all that information taught me was how hard it is to see the big picture, and how easy it is to cherry pick little pictures to fabricate any big picture that you want to believe to begin with (thus Cheney’s fabrication of WMD and now Nunes’ fabrication of a corrupt deep state in Trump’s own FBI and Justice Department).

    We don’t have the strategic big picture and we are often seeing only what they want us to see. Keep that in mind when viewing all of this and drawing your own broad strategic patterns from a few anecdotes.

    I’m not criticizing Trump for having to rebuild this strategic airplane in flight and the possibility of disaster – I’m blaming him for not being a leader, whether in disaster or success. His whole dishonorable pattern is to take all the credit and avoid all accountability by blaming someone else. The buck always stops somewhere else with Trump. As you said, he is nothing but a lying con man, and thus can never really be a leader.

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    1. What you are blaming Trump for is not being a Democrat, and that’s it. All the rest is transparent nonsense. You hear these absurd stories, and you don’t bother to investigate.

      Did anybody vote for Trump because we thought him to be a saint? No. We voted for him because we had a choice between him and H. Clinton. You want to talk about issues? Fine. You want to talk about the latest gossip? You are wasting your time. You are just ranting and being a sour loser (think “sour” portrayed the expression on Democrat faces at the State of the Union better than “sore”).

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      1. “What you are blaming Trump for is not being a Democrat, and that’s it.”

        Nope, nope, nope. Actually, by your own admission, the “only” reason you voted for Trump, despite knowing his unfitness to lead, was purely partisan. Yours was always a false choice and you know it.

        Suppose years ago in Chicago, Italian Americans felt they only had the choice between keeping what they thought was a corrupt city hall and voting in the biggest mafia don as their mayor. They might have said that they knew the mafia don was openly a scoundrel, but at least he was “their” scoundrel. And after he got elected and things became, now blatantly, more corrupt than evrer, they could keep defending their little despot by saying that they “knew he was no saint” when they voted for him.

        Even looking at it from your point of veiw, you voted for a known crook because you thought he was “your” crook. You voted in the blatant promotion of corruption rather than what you thought was only a pretense of honor.

        And now I’m not suppose to criticize that known crook for demonstrating what we always knew he was, a crook openly promoting corruption.

        We’ll never know what kind of president Clinton might have been. Most of your disagreements with her have always been political, not really ethical. What few ethical problems you can bring up are disputed. On the other hand Trump’s lack of simple ethics seems to be openly applauded as his best attributes – greed, selfishness, infidelity and narcissism.

        In any event, criticizing a Clinton presidency that never was is superfluous – why don’t you hold a mock impeachment of that President Clinton and get over it.

        Trump IS the actual president and I am just criticizing him for what we both know he is and has always been – an unabashed promoter of vice who is incapable as such if Good leadership.

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        1. “And after he got elected and things became, now blatantly, more corrupt than evrer, they could keep defending their little despot by saying that they “knew he was no saint” when they voted for him.”

          Now’s your chance, TSalmon! Please give examples of this blatant corruption. I could go on all day as I did above. How is Trump demonstrating “ineptitude and corruption” in office?

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        2. Nope, nope, nope. Actually, by your own admission, the “only” reason you voted for Trump, despite knowing his unfitness to lead, was purely partisan. Yours was always a false choice and you know it.

          Was my vote partisan? I honestly don’t see anything wrong with being partisan. Sometimes it is much more honorable to be on one side than it is the other.

          No one is perfectly fit to lead. I don’t think Trump is a saint. Could be, but I did not vote for him because of his holiness. Unlike H. Clinton, I did not think him corrupt, and I could see he was competent.

          You don’t think H. Clinton is corrupt? Check out => https://citizentom.com/2018/02/02/the-house-permanent-select-committee-on-intelligences-four-page-memo-on-abuses-of-the-foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act/

          While you busy yourself trying to prove Donald Trump is a mafia don or some such thing, you absolutely refuse to discuss the merits of the people you voted for. Instead, you just keep raking up more muck. Since I have already spent enough time refuting baseless charges against Trump, I just don’t care to bother anymore. I just point to the source and observe: there you go again.

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  3. Excellent words Tom—I do agree. I was pleased with the speech as well as with the delivery. I usually don’t watch the STOU speeches as they are usually a bit laborious but I have watched a few on and off, usually the first one of a president’s term or if we’ve experienced some sort of crisis—
    It was one of those speeches that harkened back a bit to Reagan—and I ended feeling proud again to be an American!

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    1. I was quite pleased. Real State of the Union Address. That is what Trump talked about, the actual state of our union. Gave a speech that shows he has real love and concern for the people. What is sad is the things the Democrats would not stand up to cheer. I suppose I will link to something shows that tomorrow and let folks judge what it means for themselves.

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  4. I agree. I think we all may need some sort of professional PTSD therapy after Trump gets impeached or mercifully goes down in 2020.

    Whether true or not the spanking image so fits Trump’s history that it seems all too reasonable. Just look at Trump’s known cheating on his wives, his smutty interviews with smutty Howard Stern, his appearance in a Playboy soft porn movie, his comments on the Access Hollywood tape, his ownership of casinos, his his paying off a porn queen during the election and on and on. A lifetime of promoting vice, narcissism and greed, and very little evidence of a Paul of Tarsus type conversion.

    No one but God can know or judge what is in Trump’s soul, but the actual known history of this standard bearer of the evangelical Conservatism is pretty puke inducing, don’t you think?

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    1. @tsalmon

      Must be a wonderful privilege to be gifted with such powerful psychic powers. I wish I had such gift, but I am just an ordinary soul. I cannot read minds. I cannot predict the future. All I can do is sift through whatever evidence I can find. So as I suggest before, I am unable to help you sort out your hallucinations from reality. To get your super powers under proper control, you really ought to consult a professional, Christian parapsychologist.

      You are wasting your talents here. I am no Yoda. I cannot teach you how to control you special talents. Without such control, I fear your delusions will only grow worst. Hopefully, you don’t hurt anyone by spreading malicious gossip..

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      1. “To get your super powers under proper control, you really ought to consult a professional, Christian parapsychologist.”

        If I’m having trouble getting the reality of Donald Trump out of my head then you should be a bit more concerned about your ability here to dismiss that reality completely and fabricate your own delusion of a honest and competent Donald Trump.

        I know that you’re mostly joking here, but before you alude that I’m crazy, perhaps you should remember that insanity runs in families.😉

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        1. @tsalmon

          I want a limited government. That isn’t because I fear the insane. The insane have my sympathy, empathy, and pity. Who is entirely sane?

          What I fear is what people will do and then call others insane when those others don’t want to be forced to participate.

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    2. Sounds like you read Mother Jones too often (any Mother Jones is too often).
      Sometimes perspective is good.
      2006 was an interesting year.
      -Trump was (presumably) getting his rump smacked with a magazine in a private room.
      -We’d just restored diplomatic relations with Libya and took them off with state sponsorship of terrorists list because they agreed to dismantle their WMD program and fully comply with all requirements.
      -Christopher Stevens hadn’t been tortured, violated, and killed yet.

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      1. @anon

        Yes and this was before Trump approved a botched raid in Yemen and then blamed the military. Oh, and let’s not forget that it was before four US Special Forces soldiers were hung out to dry and slaughtered in Nigeria. And what about the debacle that is going between our Kurdish and Turkish allies right now in which American military personnel are increasingly in danger of being caught in the middle? And aren’t you forgetting that, in approving a very risky raid, Obama had Osama Bin Laden shot in the head and dumped in the ocean?

        Trump doesn’t even have his own military security strategy. His only strategy is to take credit for other people’s heroism and let other people take the blame when it all goes horrible wrong. He has the integrity and fortitude of a custard pudding.

        And let’s not forget that Trump once said that he was a “brave soldier” because he survived his personal Vietnam by not getting AIDS when he was dating back in the 90’s. Talk about “breeches” in security (and morality too).

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        1. @anon

          You seem very erudite and I value your opinions. And I also don’t doubt your integrity, servic and patriotism.

          I am no hero and I have made few sacrifices compared to so many of my fellow veterans, but I have seen real integrity, leadership, heroism and sacrifice up close and personal. Please forgive me, if I get a little insulted when someone accuses me of being just some dupe for the liberal media.

          Every president and every military leader to a great extent must try to rebuild the airplane of military strategy while it is still flying through the s£*t storm that they inherited from the last guy.

          But, I repeat, the essence of leadership is integrity. And if one does not have integrity in small things then he/she will not have it in the large things either. Judged only by his own words and actions, Trump has less personal integrity than any President I have seen in my life time, and I’ll include Nixon on that list.

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          1. @tsalmon

            Since when does integrity involve muckraking?

            Nothing to say about the guy’s speech. So I guess you must have liked it. When his opponent was obviously engaged in illegal activity, nothing to say about that. When his opponent lied and had a man thrown in jail as part of a cover-up for the mess in Benghazi, nothing to say about that. Instead, you just rake up whatever stray mud you can find, throw it, and then opine on integrity. Must be awful to have super powers you cannot control.

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        2. ”Yes and this was before Trump approved a botched raid in Yemen and then blamed the military. Oh, and let’s not forget that it was before four US Special Forces soldiers were hung out to dry and slaughtered in Nigeria. And what about the debacle that is going between our Kurdish and Turkish allies right now in which American military personnel are increasingly in danger of being caught in the middle? And aren’t you forgetting that, in approving a very risky raid, Obama had Osama Bin Laden shot in the head and dumped in the ocean?”

          This is what I prefer.
          Facts with some semblance of relevancy to Trump’s actual performance as president.
          “And aren’t you forgetting that, in approving a very risky raid, Obama had Osama Bin Laden shot in the head and dumped in the ocean?”
          No. I’m not sure what does this have to do with the topic? Or anything I said?
          Yes, it was great that we got bin Laden.
          I like what Obama did there, and I also approve of the way he handled the Somalia pirates. Hillary had virtually nothing to do with either event. Of the five National Security Council meetings she was invited to the last.
          Obama purposely kept her out of the know until very close to D-day. Likely for good reason. (BTW, this was the same year, 2011, Bill Clinton received 700,000 for a speech in Nigeria).
          By contrast, Benghazi was Hillary’s strategy. After signaling to all the despotic leaders of the world that we do plan on attacking them as soon as they agree to relinquish their WMD programs, we embarked on destroying Libya to “save it”. We tried a similar strategy in Syria. Hillary (along with the criminally incompetent Samantha Power) had a single professional policy idea that was the obligation to militarily intervene for any threatened people anywhere; completely unrelated to any American interest. (BTW, 2012 was the same year Bill Clinton received 700,000 dollars more for another speech in Nigeria).

          So we blew up Libya and installed a bizarre “consulate” 80 miles from an active front, then transhipped arms from the Benghazi armory to Syria, where they ably assisted a variety of Assad opponents including al-Qaeda to render Syria “peaceful”.

          Obama is not responsible for every combat death, everywhere (nor is Trump) but he is responsible for surrounding himself with incompetent staff to include Hillary, Samantha Power, Ash Carter, et al…that’s on him. It would be on me if I voted for her.

          The job of the President of the United States is to protect America period. As you’ve alluded, his job entails some very harsh choices but the American people they must be is first and most important responsibility. Yes, that includes American soldiers. Catastrophic policy decisions that have nothing to do with security and everything to do with nation building cost American lives and put us at risk. Of course, so does having a the home cooked unsecure servor and maid rummaging through the SCIF.

          As a side note, your post was the first I’d heard about Trump’s magazine spanking. So I googled. The first hit was “Mother Jones”. The second, third, and forth hits were references from that Mother Jones article. I clicked a Colbert skit, and he too referenced Mother Jones. Ergo it all offered the impression you’ve been reading Mother Jones.

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        3. FWIW, I have a very close friend who did airlift for the Army in these crap hole locations around Africa (yes, crap hole is an accurate description). He also worked with military contracts and said at the time it surprised him the entities the State department agreed to arm during that timeframe.

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        4. Things I would rather do than have Hillary as president:
          -Poop jacks out of my rectum, every day
          -Watch Trump getting spanked with a magazine while wearing a gimp suit, at dinner time.
          -Give birth to an actual calf, in the breech position.

          -ect

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  5. One of the allegations the porn star “Stormy Daniels” made to a reporter before she was paid by Trump to go silent was that Trump wanted to be spanked with a magazine with his own face on the cover. I can’t get that image out of my head every time I see Trump pretending to act presidential these days. 🤮

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    1. @tsalmon

      Well, I am flattered you would consider coming to see me about such a serious problem. However, I don’t have the professional expertise to help with psychiatric and psychological problems of that sort. May I suggest you consult a professional, Christian parapsychologist?

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  6. What is amazing is my wife actually for the first time listened to his entire speech and commented she agreed with everything he said.

    Why it is so amazing is every other time, after maybe ten minutes into their speeches, if she does not agree what they say, she just leaves the room because it upsets her..

    What I find is amazing, he is actually working on fulfilling all his campaign promises, He certainly is not just another empty suit politician, in my opinion.

    Regards and goodwill blogging

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    1. What I find is amazing, he is actually working on fulfilling all his campaign promises, He certainly is not just another empty suit politician, in my opinion.

      What if people come to expect politicians who keep their promises, promises that are good for the whole country, not just some race, sex, creed, disability, age, income, and so forth identity group.

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      1. “What if people come to expect politicians who keep their promises, promises that are good for the whole country, not just some race, sex, creed, disability, age, income, and so forth identity group.”

        Interesting concept. However, it is in direct conflict with the present priorities and unwritten procedures of USA politicians, which in my opinion, many or most politicians abide by as follows:

        1. Squeaky wheels get the most grease.
        2. Biggest campaign donors get the most time, attention, requests implementations by many or most politicians.

        Hoping to implement your expectations is not realistically in the foreseeable future ever going to happen in the USA in my opinion, sorry to say.

        Regards and goodwill blogging.

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