(Feb. 4) Setting aside the angry, in-your-face delivery, President Trump’s State of the Union speech was tremendously well-crafted. Trump made the best possible case for his administration, highlighting the salutary effects of conservative policies.

Powered by unsustainable debt and loose monetary policy, but also by smarter tax policies and deregulation, the economy does indeed boast the best top-line numbers in U.S. history. Unshackled by a number of executive orders, healthcare costs really are rising far more slowly than they have in many years, even falling in some areas. And yes, our military is being reprovisioned, and our First- and Second-Amendment rights better protected.

Trump highlighted all these successes and more in clear, compelling language. He also made a strong case for conservative social values by highlighting a child who survived a birth at less than 22 weeks of gestation, featuring a student who would benefit from school choice, and sharply delineating the dangerous result of “sanctuary city” policies that provide safe haven even for criminal aliens.

While the scowl and the tone of voice were anything but warm and inclusive, much of the language and many of the themes were Reaganesque. He started with this: “Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling, confidence is surging, and our country is thriving and highly respected again! America’s enemies are on the run, America’s fortunes are on the rise, and America’s future is blazing bright.”

He ended with this: “This nation is our canvas, and this country is our masterpiece. We look at tomorrow and see unlimited frontiers just waiting to be explored. Our brightest discoveries are not yet known. Our most thrilling stories are not yet told. Our grandest journeys are not yet made….

[To see more of me giving Trump his due, please read the rest at this link.]


Tags: , , ,