Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Horrific Lines in President Trump's Speech

House speaker Nancy Pelosi finally gave President Trump permission to deliver his State of the Union address in the House chamber, and he did so Tuesday evening.

Far into the speech, I thought it was well written and Trump did a decent job of delivering it. Though as CNN's Jake Tapper commented after the speech, there were parts that could have been delivered by a Democratic president such as Trump's comments on healthcare that included a call for a government system with insurance(?) coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

And then there were the, now required at STOU addresses (thanks, you bastard Reagan), the breakaway vignettes of people attending the STOU that had somehow suffered in life and linked by the thinnest of thread to greater government policy, designed to tug at the hearts of those who have difficulty separating thought from emotion.

But as a performance overall, the speech went well. Maybe even Ann Coulter liked it.

But there were these lines about three-quarters of the way through that still have me shaken:
Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence - not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. 
Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.
What in hell was that?

As I pointed out immediately upon Trump's election, socialists would be the big gainers and they have been.

But it is simply insane for the president of the United States to acknowledge the growth of socialism in a State of the Union address. I mean, the growth is real but it is by no means engulfing the country, yet.

But Trump just shined the biggest amount of focus on growing socialism that he could have, this side of calling out the National Guard and having them all shot.

Every socialist professor, every socialist high school teacher and every commie activist must have cheered. The damn president of the United States, who they think represents capitalism, just acknowledged their existence--and their growth--in the State of the Union address!

Hell, I'd buy a MAGA hat (I wouldn't wear it though) if Trump attacked anarcho-capitalism the way he just attacked socialism.

And speaking of MAGA, I think it really stands for "Make America a Gorilla Again."

Trump seemed to be proud in the speech that he is acting like a mad man and canceling nuclear agreements all over the place:
 As part of our military build-up, the United States is developing a state-of-the-art missile defense system. Under my administration, we will never apologize for advancing America’s interests. For example, decades ago the United States entered into a treaty with Russia in which we agreed to limit and reduce our missile capabilities. While we followed the agreement and the rules to the letter, Russia repeatedly violated its terms. It has been going on for many years. That is why I announced that the United States is officially withdrawing from the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty, or inf treaty.
My administration has acted decisively to confront the world’s leading state sponsor of terror — the radical regime in iran. It is a radical regime. They do bad, bad things. To ensure this corrupt dictatorship never acquires nuclear weapons, I withdrew the United States from the disastrous iran nuclear deal.
A comb-over mad man is driving the country to socialism. I'm not sure if God has a sense of humor or wants to teach us a big lesson.



  1. A truly remarkable sight was when he commented on the tariffs he's erected and the "unfair trade" that he's addressing, and how we will match foreign countries' tariffs dollar for dollar---followed by the exuberant clapping and barking of the trained seals in attendance. It was funny and sad at the same time: Here we are, lo 150 years or so since the triumphs of Cobden and Gladstone and others in discovering the blessings of free trade...and yet America---the supposed shining example of liberty---is turning back towards neanderthal protectionism.
    The cynic in me kept seeing a chamber filled with power-mad totalitarians, eager for power and control over their fellow Americans, and who couldn't be bothered to read a single paragraph by Hazlitt, Rothbard, Chodorov, Bastiat, Von Mises etc. And I kept imagining how much worse it will be in a generation from now, with even more vapid, callow, unread, miseducated fools, vying for the levers of power.

    1. Trump has said many times he'd like to have no tariffs. He is negotiating for lower tariffs. See the Chinese and autos.

      Austrians will tell you that the country with no tariffs still benefit from cheaper goods from overseas even if their trade partners charge a tariff on our products. Same argument with other countries subsidizing their industries.

      The reality is Trump must consider more than just the economics of tariffs. He's using tariffs as a tool to negotiate better trade terms for American businesses.

    2. But worse trade terms for American consumers. What gives him the right to use force to pick one group over the other?

    3. Oh, okay I get it: He's constraining our liberty so that the Chinese government is pressured to give its people more liberty. (eye-roll).
      Keep drinking the orange Kool-aid, Stuffed Pimento.

  2. --- "Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country." ---

    "And you can take my words to the bank, because I am such an honest purveyor of the truth, me, the New York con man and p×ssy-grabber."

    I heard the same thing you did, Robert: the idiot elevated the Socialists' status on Tee Vee for absolutely no valid reason.

  3. "As a candidate for President, I pledged a new approach. Great nations do not fight endless wars....Now, as we work with our allies to destroy the remnants of ISIS, it is time to give our brave warriors in Syria a warm welcome home.
    I have also accelerated our negotiations to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan. Our troops have fought with unmatched valor -- and thanks to their bravery, we are now able to pursue a political solution to this long and bloody conflict.

    1. Now THAT was truly the one great part of his speech. It took a lot of courage to stand there and say that to that crowd and to the American people (and with all those fuss-and-feather, be-plumed generals gawping at him, at the front of the crowd)...
      That, and his calling-out the deplorable abortion legislation that's being passed of late...

  4. Replies
    1. Well to be honest given the Cheeto in Chiefs lack of political intelligence he may have thought if he (wink wink nudge nudge) prompts his fan base to be aware of the demon socialism, they may be able to nip it in the bud for him and so ... whats wrong with that.

      I suppose ... in abstract

  5. I'm doubtful we have really benefitted from 'free trade'. What good is it if something is cheaper if you don't have a decent job to pay for it anyway? The libertardian assumptions and stupidity in the post and comments is amazing.

    1. Who is "we"? The American population consists of hundreds of millions of people. Protectionism uses force to favor a very small percentage of folks (in industries with the best lobbyists), who may benefit from short-term job security, but raises living costs and curtails job opportunities for a much larger percentage of folks.

    2. You're saying we haven't benefited from liberty?! Because that's all free trade is, is the freedom to engage in buy and sell and enter into agreements and exchange with each other. Furthermore, trade is the engine of economic growth, and of those JOBZ you crave so dearly; trade is the cornerstone of peace, prosperity and civilization.
      So no, its not overrated.

    3. The problem with the free trade is the currency value differences which allow other countries to exploit that defect in the system. If what you say is true, why were more jobs not created because of NAFTA?