If I hadn't decided to summarize President Trump's State of the Union address here at Target Liberty, I would have turned it off the television 10 minutes into the speech, maybe five.
This wasn't even a mediocre speech. It was one hour and 20 minutes of formularistic drudgery.
Trump pointed to the Capitol's balcony so many times to single out people who suffered great tragedy or who "benefitted" from Trump policy that I thought there was a chance he was going to recognize every single American who went to work in 2017 with a stubbed toe.
Between the recognition of the balcony people, Trump told us how he helped all Americans and was going to help us even more in 2018. Early on in the speech, he took credit for the Federal Reserve manipulated boom phase of the boom-bust cycle. It is not clear how the hustler-in-chief will deal with the bust phase, which all good students of Austrian school economics know follows a central bank created manipulated boom.
That said, most of the speech was about recognizing the dumb statist's favorite people: police, military and ICE agents. A sampling from the speech:
We are incredibly grateful for the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police Officers, the Alexandria Police...Trump also focused on his pet boogeyman the brutal El Salvador-based gang MS-13. As far as I can tell, on an annual basis, more people die in the United States from falling out of bed (approx. 450) than by the hands of MS-13.
And we celebrate our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support...
Ryan Holets is 27 years old, and an officer with the Albuquerque Police Department. He is here tonight with his wife Rebecca. Last year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin...
I am asking the Congress to end the dangerous defense sequester and fully fund our great military...
Our warriors in Afghanistan also have new rules of engagement...
Here tonight is one leader in the effort to defend our country: Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Celestino Martinez -- he goes by CJ. CJ served 15 years in the Air Force before becoming an ICE agent and spending the last 15 years fighting gang violence and getting dangerous criminals off our streets.
If Trump really thinks a key role for the government is to disband this gang, then I say, let's disband the federal government now. I don't need 30% plus of my income taxed to fight some group that I have never come across. In other words, as things stand, Trump's gang is taking a lot more from me than MS-13.
But the worse part of Trump's speech was summed up nicely by Ron Paul in a tweet:
Summary: The most dangerous part of the speech was the glorification of militarism and our aggressive foreign policy. Sadly, the Members' over-enthusiastic response to the militarism was not encouraging. #SOTUBottom line: Trump is a typical U.S. politician and he also seems to have a unique infatuation with government people who carry guns. One wonders where he is going to order the guns be pointed and used next. I doubt he is satisfied by just finger pointing for one hour and twenty minutes at people in the balcony