President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday evening.
It was a more formal version of speeches he has given before. Multiple times he displayed his basic economic ignorance of trade. "Dying industries will come back to life," he said. He hinted at more in the way of U.S. military combat actions. And brought up a recent new theme, that there are "criminal cartels across our nation" that must be stopped.
He told Congress that he wants a "new program of national rebuilding." That he is going to do more to promote "paid family leave." That "education is the civil rights issue of our time."
It displayed him as a serious statist. Hopefully, more libertarians will catch on.
The normally clueless Jack Tapper at CNN got it. After the speech, Tapper said, "Limited government conservatives are not going to be happy with the speech."
But what struck me most was Donald Trump's freak show.
I believe it was Ronald Reagan who started with just one person at the joint sessions that we all stared at. Someone who had found themselves in a situation, that proved a point that Reagan wanted to make, was trotted out and strategically positioned, like some freak, in the chamber for Reagan to point to at just the right time. A bleeding-heart moment, if you will.
Trump, of course, had to outdo Reagan and all other past presidents and seemingly had placed in the audience more freaks than all the cumulative past freaks of Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2, and Obama combined.
There were so many that the cameramen couldn't even correctly pinpoint them all.
And it was quite a group. There was the wife of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens who appears to be one skipped meal away from being anorexic.
Owens, of course, was killed in a Trump ordered mission into Yemen. Yemen! Trump clapped and clapped after he introduced her as the poor woman shook and shook, cried and cried, and appeared on the verge of a nervous breakdown as she looked to the heavens. If there ever was an object lesson in why you shouldn't join the military, there it was. You never ever want your spouse to end up in a politician's freak show after you have been killed in some foreign land for Deep State reasons not publicly known.
Ivanka, with professionally done makeup from an entire team of makeup artists, stood next to the woman and looked on stoically. According to Reuters, Ivanka "opted for a fuchsia, asymmetrical sheath" in dress.
If watching POTUS publicly exploit S/Chief Owens' grieving widow didn't make your skin crawl, I worry about you -- as an American & a human.— John Schindler (@20committee) March 1, 2017
Then there was the student freak who Trump told us had flunked third grade twice but was somehow saved by some government program and is about to get her masters degree in, drum roll, social work.So "the generals" got S/Chief Owens killed, but let's spotlight his widow on live TV.— John Schindler (@20committee) March 1, 2017
Has Stockholm Syndrome overtaken the whole country?
After he profiled this one, I realized that Trump probably doesn't even realize his freak show is a caricature of itself and his shallow political views.
Just remember, though, whenever the freak show is in town, watch your wallet and that is truly the case with Trump as national ringmaster.
This guy is a big spender that will talk cuts in spending, And, worse, he is an authoritarian the likes of which we haven't seen in America in a very long time. Though he did talk of peace and prosperity in 9 years at the 250th anniversary of the birth of the nation.
But for the most part, it was a freak show and horror show, combined, on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening. The screaming, I'm sure, will come eventually.
Ron Paul got it right:
Now the grades: His vision for the US at its 250th anniversary: A-— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) March 1, 2017
His methods to achieve it? He gets: F.
Never said audit the fed. No spending cuts. More foreign intervention. Word "liberty" not mentioned once.— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) March 1, 2017
-- RWFinal grade on libertarian scale: Plans/strategy: F— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) March 1, 2017