• Quite a Contrast: Trump’s Memorable State of the Union — Dems’ Memorably Bad Day

    Surge Summary: The president delivered a powerful State of the Union address Tuesday PM – and many Democrats, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, disgraced themselves with their petty, vindictive behavior during it.

    by Gary Bauer

    Trump’s Address

    President Trump’s State of the Union address [Tuesday] night was one for the history books.  As he often does, this president brought his unique flare to a staid Washington tradition, and left his critics seething and his supporters cheering.

    The president boldly declared that “we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny.”  He celebrated record low unemployment for women and minorities, and declared America’s manufacturing renaissance and rising wages to be a “blue collar boom.”

    President Trump proudly defended the sanctity of life by pointing to one of his invited guests, Ellie Schneider.  Noting that Ellie was “one of the earliest premature babies ever to survive,” Trump declared that “every human life is a sacred gift from God,” and he again called on Congress to ban late-term abortions performed on unborn children like Ellie.

    On immigration, Trump slammed the so-called “sanctuary city policies” supported by many progressive politicians, including San Francisco’s Nancy Pelosi.  He declared, “The United States of America should be a sanctuary for law-abiding Americans, not criminal aliens.”

    In other memorable moments, the president promoted a 100 year-old Tuskegee Airman (Congratulations, General McGee!), honored Rush Limbaugh and welcomed home Sgt. Townsend Williams from Afghanistan.

    It truly was one of the most remarkable State of the Union addresses I have ever seen.  If you missed it, I urge you to watch it here.

    The Left’s Deplorable Day

    The political left did not have a good day [Tuesday].  First, progressives proved unable to count votes in Iowa.  Then, they proved themselves unable of observing the most basic levels of decorum and tradition.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke tradition by refusing to recite the standard opening at State of the Union addresses introducing the president to the Congress and the country.

    She refused to say that it was her “high privilege and distinct honor” to introduce the president.

    As the president’s speech went on, it became clear that the Pelosi and her fellow Democrats were loath to applaud anything the president had to say.  And it was really obvious when it came to the president’s guests.

    Ronald Reagan started the tradition of the honoring individual Americans at the State of the Union by highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to our country, and how they benefitted from his policies.

    Every president since has continued that practice.  And [Tuesday] night, Donald Trump took it to new heights.  Yet, some Democrats even refused to stand for these heroes.  Others only stood up to walk out.

    But the final act of sheer defiance occurred at the end when Nancy Pelosi tore up the president’s speech.

    She tore up the words that said our best days are still to come.

    She tore up the words honoring the historic achievement of women and minorities in this economy.

    She tore up the words honoring a 100-year-old Tuskegee Airman and our troops in uniform.

    But that’s typical of the left.  Progressives don’t want to debate the issues. They’re just good at tearing everything apart, whether it’s our history, our values, our Constitution, our country or the president’s speech.

    Remember Joe Wilson?  He was the GOP backbencher who was roundly condemned for a brief outburst during one of Obama’s State of the Union addresses.  He apologized to President Obama, but nevertheless was formally reprimanded by the full House.

    Newt Gingrich thinks Pelosi should be censured.  That’s not enough in my view.  I want her permanently removed as Speaker!

    I need your help to do that by retaking the House of Representatives this November!

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Screen Shot from WH.Gov; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjoxIPuEOoA

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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