Trump's 2017 address to Congress
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.
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
Under the new program to be proposed the
individual could buy the health insurance he needed, at less
Pre-existing conditions would be allowed under new
Health industries would be made to compete in an environment
where the customer and the market would be the determinants, not
For foreign affairs, the
consideration would be America first, Trump said.
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
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
Trump, in his speech, had withdrawn America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 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!
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
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
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
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.
she was the real anti-war personality and advocate of peace.
when it was pointed out to her that Trump had stuck to the
non-intervention policy of his campaign promises, Rosie had this
“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!
Woodward, another liberal icon of Watergate fame, surprisingly
claimed Trump “knows how to dominate a room.”
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
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,
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