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Trump: “America Will Never Be a Socialist Country”

President Trump in his State of the Union address Tuesday night declared that the United States would never go down the path of socialism.

“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” Trump told Congress Tuesday night. “We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country,” he said. 

“America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control.”

It was a Reaganesque moment. A line in the sand. It ranked with “Tear down this wall, Mr. Gorbachev,” and “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

The truly frightening thing is that he would even have to say it. But it needed to be said.

What were your favorite moments from this long, but extremely compelling, address?

Pelosi Suggests Trump Scrap His State of the Union Address

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday said President Trump should consider scheduling the State of the Union address after the shutdown is over or send it in writing, citing security concerns.

I’d say the main thing going on here, beside a gratuitous insult, is that Pelosi wants to deny Trump the biggest soapbox of the year to make his case on the shutdown and the border wall.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress,” she wrote Trump.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary KirstJen Nielsen said security was no problem.

“The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland,” Nielsen tweeted. 

NR’s Williamson: Stop the State of the Union

Sorry. I know you guys are sick of State of the Union commentary by now. But I just had to share this with you.

Employing devastating eloquence, Kevin Williamson of National Review shreds the State of the Union, douses the pieces in kerosene, fries them to a crisp, and spreads the ashes over the Indian Ocean.

Not Obama’s State of the Union address. ANY State of the Union address.

From the piece, titled Great Caesar’s Ghost:

The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen to a speech with no content given by a man with no content, to rise and to be seated as is called for by the order of worship — it is a wonder they have not started genuflecting — with one wretched representative of their number squirreled away in some well-upholstered Washington hidey-hole in order to preserve the illusion that those gathered constitute a special class of humanity without whom we could not live.

It’s the most nauseating display in American public life — and I write that as someone who has just returned from a pornographers’ convention.

Get the idea?

Williamson notes that through much of the nation’s history, the State of the Union was not delivered in person. It was Woodrow Wilson, the grandpa of our current statist predicament, who launched the modern annual imperial procession from the White House to Capitol Hill.

The State of the Union address, Williamson suggests, imbues the presidency with a regal aura that was never, ever intended and that is directly contrary to the point of our nation’s founding.

It’s expensive maintaining an imperial class, but money isn’t really the object here, and neither is the current occupant of the White House, unlikeable as he is. Whether it’s Barack Obama or some subsequent pathological megalomaniac, Republican or Democrat, the increasingly ceremonial and quasi-religious aspect of the presidency is unseemly. It is profane. It is unbecoming of us as a people, and it has transformed the presidency into an office that can be truly attractive only to men who are unfit to hold it.

George Washington showed the world that men do not need a king. We, his heirs, have allowed the coronation of something much worse.

It’s worse than the Oscars.

I don’t completely agree. I think Americans like a bit of pageantry, and better to have an elected official perform it that an actual monarch.

I think the State of the Union has the civic virtue of allowing Americans the chance to see the government in one place and watch their elected leaders engage with all the issues currently before them, even if only rhetorically. I think there’s value in that.

But Williamson’s points are very well taken. The presidency and the executive branch have become monstrous. Congress, and particularly the House, is supposed to be the soul of our government, not the president.

If the whole grand, pompous spectacle ended – replaced by, say, an address from the Oval Office – I might object. But quietly.

Moderate Democrats’ SOTU Reaction: Run!

The applause in the chamber for Obama was tepid. Republicans mostly sat on their hands. But one group – moderate Democrats up for reelection this year – had a less casual reaction.

Their political lives are on the line, and hearing that Obama plans to supplement his usual left wing ideology with overbearing executive action, they want to get as far away from him as possible. Because, they know, voters don’t go for that stuff.

Marco Rubio All Set to Pander to Latinos

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will deliver the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. That’s fine. He’ll deliver it in both English and Spanish. That’s not fine. Para Español, oprima numero dos! Despite the prevalence of such options when you call your cable company or your bank, THIS IS NOT A BILINGUAL… Continue Reading