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Trump's 2017 address to Congress

 

E. Ablorh-Odjidja

March 01, 2017

 

"My job is not to represent the world," Trump said. "It is to be the president of America."

Problematic or not, the statement was self-evident and had much to offer just by listening and watching how Democrats reacted to Trump as he spoke to Congress on February 28, 2017.

Overall, it was deemed a great speech.

The uncomfortable part of the speech for this writer at the time was casting his mind back to Africa and wondering when any recent presidential speech from this continent had been this bold, possibly in the attempt to be transformational.

In Trump's speech was a vision for a renewed America.

For the American domestic scene, it was for creating jobs, invigorating educational chances through school choice programs, making dangerous communities safer for citizens, building the crumbling infrastructures of America and repealing and replacing Obamacare.

With School Choice, the individual could have a say in where his child attended school, not a zip code assignment by bureaucrats to a deplorable school.

By repealing Obamacare and its mandate, the individual would also be freed from buying expensive health insurance policies planned by government officials.

Under the new program to be proposed the individual could buy the health insurance he needed, at less cost.

Pre-existing conditions would be allowed under new healthcare programs.

 

Health industries would be made to compete in an environment where the customer and the market would be the determinants, not government mandates.

For foreign affairs, the consideration would be America first, Trump said.

There could be some who might think little of this statement. They would label it selfish, uncharitable and inward looking argument that would do humanity no good.

But don't take the above complaints seriously.

 

Many in this same group had complained in the past that America was meddling too much in the affairs of the world.

 

The same didn't like President Bush for invading Iraq. Nor appreciated neo-cons like Vice President Cheney who thought the American ideal was the bedrock of liberty and the best example of democracy for countries in the world.

Trump, in his speech, had withdrawn America from this worldview.

In truth, what many in the anti-American globalist world would prefer best would be for Trump to preserve in his new foreign policy that part of the old American largesse, that of the drunken uncle with deep pocket full of cash the world could hit on at any given time.


Like it or not, that old America was the reason for a new America looking inward in Trump's speech.

From WWII until the last Middle East wars, America had extended itself beyond its shores, all in the attempt to be the world's super-power policeman.

 

And for as long as the cost in blood and fortune was borne by America, it was alright for many countries in troubled parts of the world.

The expense of foreign interference thus created a toll on American coffers.  Some 6 trillion dollars spent so far on wars in the Middle East alone and nothing concrete was achieved, not even mere gratitude gained!

No wonder there is an element of interference fatigue in America today.

And Trump channeled this in his campaign speeches. His part of this worldview became apparent speech after speech. America would no longer be interested in regime change.
 
But if America had to go to the defense of another nation in distress, Trump would expect that nation to carry part of the cost. No more free-loading by other nation states.

And NATO recently got this new message.

All members of the NATO group immediately agreed to pay their fair share, a preexisting understanding in the formation of NATO but one that had been ignored over the years by many of the members and past American presidents.

Surprising or not, there was much to learn about Trump's new approach.

He began his speech in Congress by honoring Black History month and seemed genuinely concerned about the plight of civil rights in America; a refreshing feeling, not one driven by political correctness..

Trump wanted to make America great again; one America and for all races.

After the speech, some dubbed it the best speech ever made in that setting.

And that it was “so thematic and consequential. “ It was Trumpism "without the affects," they claimed.

Some said Trump became "the United States president' on the night of February 28, 2017." 

But Democrat members of Congress were not so congenial in their reactions to Trump's speech.

Their reluctance to honor Trump in action was overt.

 

Few on their side of the aisle in Congress showed outward acknowledgment of the merits in points raised in the speech.  Only a couple or more of these members stood up to cheer now and then.

The majority watched and hoped that Trump would implode on the dais. And instead, he grew larger with every word he spoke and every point he made, many vastly unassailable.

Some said Democrats, by their reaction to the speech, "did themselves a disfavor.”

Liberal stalwarts like Rosie O'Donnell, who earlier before Trump's address at Congress was at a protest on a park across the street from the White House, still maintained Trump was undeserving of the presidency.  He was anti-woman and pro-war advocate.

Rosie insisted she was the real anti-war personality and advocate of peace.

But when it was pointed out to her that Trump had stuck to the non-intervention policy of his campaign promises, Rosie had this to say:

“Does he look like he’s doing anti-war stuff to you?” she said.

Trump, Rosie insisted, had no anti-war feeling in his soul.

With this gesture, Rosie claimed she was a real soul reader. Evidently, she knew Trump hated women as much as we already knew about her feelings for a real man!

Bob Woodward, another liberal icon of Watergate fame, surprisingly claimed Trump “knows how to dominate a room.”

The reality was, for once, Democrats in Congress were looking at a specter they had feared; not the demon they had created in their speeches - the Manchurian candidate the Russians brought to the American electorate.

They were looking at a man who looked more presidential than ever. 

 

The man they fought against as unfit, whom they hadn't spared five minutes worth of a honeymoon presidency, was standing there on the dais, speaking credibly from the heart.

In Congress as elsewhere, Democrats were looking at an incarnation of their worst fear, the strong possibility that a successful Trump's presidency might unfold.  

And Trump did it all with one speech.

 

E. Ablorh-Odjidja, Publisher www.ghanadot.com, Washington, DC, March 01, 2017
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