February 01, 2018
I’m not sure I have ever been so throughly disgusted with our political system.
When the leadership of the other major political party refuses to applaud the fundamentals of what makes America great … when they refuse to acknowledge basic accomplishments … when their behavior is pure rudeness, you have to ask why? I believe they’ve made it clear. They don’t necessarily hate the President, but they clearly believe that if they acknowledge any particular advance it would mean a decrease in their own political prospects.
If you watched his first State Of The Union speech, you know President Trump at least tried to reach out to ALL Americans.
If you watched, you have to at least suspect the following is true:
Democrats think taxes should be higher!
Democrats believe bad federal employees should be protected and not fired.
Democrats believe that the lowest unemployment among blacks on record is a bad thing.
Democrats don’t care that vets are receiving better healthcare.
Democrats don’t really want Americans to enjoy lower priced prescription medicine.
Democrats think it’s just fine if people disrespect the American flag and refuse to stand for the National Anthem.
Democrats don’t Like “In God We Trust.”
Democrats don’t want Americans who have terminal diseases to have access to new drugs and treatments.
Democrats don’t care that Black Americans are enjoying higher incomes.
Democrats don’t want fair trade.
Democrats are not pleased we’re defeating ISIS.
Democrats do not care that America’s economy is finally showing signs of strong economic growth, or at least don’t believe Republican policies generally, Trump specifically, or deregulation and tax reform have anything to do with economic strength.
Democrats do not want a strong national defense.
How do I know this? Democrats showed me — and every other American — during the speech as they sat on their hands and chewed their cheeks.
When President Trump said black unemployment is the lowest since we started tracking those numbers, Republicans cheered. Democrats scowled.
When President Trump talked about the new jobs that have been created in the past year for all Americans, Republicans stood and applauded. Democrats sat.
But the most striking example was when the President talked about immigration. President Trump proposed a handful of proposals to address the issues of border security and immigration. Democrats scowled, refused to acknowledge the compromise the President was proposing, they were hostile. Why? Because they see immigration as their best chance to score big political points with Hispanics, an increasingly important segment of the electorate. How can I say this with certainty? Because the President’s proposal almost exactly mirrored a bipartisan measure that had been passed by the Senate just a few years ago.
And, let’s not forget, the intensely cynical maneuver by Democrats just weeks ago to shut down the government over what they claimed was concern over getting a deal for Dreamers. In fact, Trump’s proposal increased by nearly three-fold the number of Dreamers who could qualify for citizenship over what Democrats were agitating for when they supported a government shut-down.
One could be excused for believing Democrats would stand and cheer when they were offered more than they were asking for just a few days earlier. Instead, you could hear crickets chirping over on the Democrat side of the aisle when the President offered his proposal. They sat on their hands. They scowled. They chewed their cheeks.
In their response to President Trump’s first S.O.T.U, Democrats in Congress showed the world, and much more importantly all Americans, just how little they care about America and Americans.
Shame on them!
John Philip Sousa IV is an entrepreneur, political activist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.