A call to greatness.

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President Donald Trump shakes hands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Vice President Mike Pence looks on, as he arrives in the House chamber before giving his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at the Capitol in Washington. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Tuesday’s State of the Union address was a triumph for President Trump. It was, subjectively and objectively, the best speech of his presidency.

From its opening stanzas it was clear that the president made the right decision when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi disinvited him during the budget shutdown. Many on the right were calling for the president to send a written message to Congress while holding a public, rally-like State of the Union event somewhere in the heartland.

The president held out for the House chamber – with its attendant majesty and tradition. It was the right call.

To be certain, the Democrats went a long way to make the president’s job easy. Their recent embrace of a horrifying position on abortion – a position rejected by close to 90 percent of the public according to recent polls – opened a lane for the president to resonate across party lines. Said the president:

Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”

Expect to hear that line a lot in 2020. Expect it to resonate with many Catholics who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The recent hard-left lurch by Democrats opened another lane:

Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

Bernie Sanders’ grumpy mug notwithstanding, that line drew extended applause.

But so did the president’s reminder that on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, there are more women in Congress than ever before. Even Nancy Pelosi and her posse of vestals clad in white had to stand and applaud that one.

Most important, however, Trump did, Tuesday night, what presidents are hired to do – call the country to be its best. When he opened with a reference to the coming 75th anniversary of D-Day I was a bit puzzled. But when he brought it full circle by tying the triumphs of those who have gone before to the triumphs that await those now here, he got the country behind him. To the dismay of the talking heads on CNN and other places, a snap poll revealed that fully three quarters of the country approved of the speech. As a pal said today, “It’s hard to get 75 percent agreement that puppies are cute.”

There were many great moments in the speech – too many to cover here. But if I had to pick a favorite it’s this one:

This is the time to re-ignite the American imagination. This is the time to search for the tallest summit, and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots.

This is our future — our fate — and our choice to make. I am asking you to choose greatness.”

A beautiful theme beautifully delivered.

More of that please, Mr. President. It works.

Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of Gleiser Communications, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The Team FM & KYZS in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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8 Responses

  1. L Miles says:

    I couldn’t agree more! President Trump laid down at least four of the foundations that make this country the greatest and most successful (prosperous) in World History. He pledged his best to protect and advance the following: 1) God given Human Life (both born and unborn), 2) the Sovereign borders of this country and the magnificent agents that protect us, 3) our magnificent Military and its heroes that also protect us and finally, 4) the Freedom or Right of the Individual to pursue Happiness (Prosperity) by supporting the Free Enterprise System (Capitalism) as opposed to Socialism and its legalization of government theft that ALWAYS destroys National prosperity. His real life examples to support these and other goals were the highlights of this incredible speech. Bravo, indeed!

  2. Buddy Saunders says:

    Paul, I agree with your take on President Trump’s address to the nation. An impressive deliver with welcome content by any measure. Not bad for a guy liberals/progressives and their media lickspittles see as incompetent and insane. I watched the state of the union speech mostly on Fox and OAN, but bounced between those two channels and CNN and MSNBC in order to get the left’s other-side-of-the-moon take, both just after the speech and later in the evening. No suprise there. A Congessional Democrat explained the 70% ranging favorables for the address by saying only Trump’s base watched the speech. And a commentator, the supposed house “conservative” at one of the big liberal papers–WP, NYT, whatever–panned the whole speech as uninspired and lacking ANY memorable sound bite or idea. So much for the head-in-the-sand left. On the other side, any fair-minded observer has to give credit where credit is due. In his state of the union address, President Donald Trump was in every way presidential except in one–he is the first president to speak honestly to the American people since Ronald Reagan.

  3. Holland Cooke says:

    Applause to WHOEVER got him to — for once — stick to the dang script.

    Which is not to say he won’t step on his own tail via Twitter now.

    • L Miles says:

      I’m glad that you are looking out for President Trump’s best interest by praising the puppet master that kept him on script. Maybe his Twitter tail will be tied around his back along with “half his brain” as he demolishes the Democrat Socialists and their Tyrannical dreams of OPEN borders and an establishment of a dependent and 3rd world culture.

      These Leftists intend to form a culture that needs a SUPER STRONG government in order to rule over the anticipated flood of “undocumented” new Democrat voters (illegal aliens). They need a subservient level of humanity that believes that their “Rights and Freedoms” come only from that all-knowing and “benevolent” power-hungry Government.

      It is a Logical Rule-of-Nature that the stronger the ruling Government over Humanity, the weaker the Rights and Freedoms of the Individual! It is no wonder that the despicable far-Left Democrats subordinate our Property and Individual Rights (including those of infants) to that of the STATE. Their vision for the STATE has become the epitome of their adoration for the COLLECTIVE: their omnipotent IDOL and replacement for God.

  4. R. Eagleman says:

    Anytime President Trump receives a 76 % approval from CBS & CNN snap polls for ANYTHING, one has to admit that the SOTU message was well-received! Although there will always be those not willing to give him credit for leading our country in the right direction, drastic improvement in all of the major indices and opportunities plainly reveal a pathological lack of integrity and an abundance of pettiness. Now, let me be a little petty,…….I hope that Speaker Pelosi will find enough funding in the budget to purchase a supply of dental floss, as it appears that she is constantly trying to remove food particles from her teeth. The incessant contorting of her lips is almost as distracting and disgusting as what she has to say! What a small-minded thing for me to say; could I be turning into a Liberal?

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