Allen B. West

I just watched President Trump’s speech. I grade it…

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Just finished watching President Donald Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress, and he gets an A+.

He clearly set a vision for America and set his sights on America at its 250th anniversary of our Independence. There can be no debate that President Trump has had a rocky and bumpy start, and the expectations were very low this evening. However, it appears this may be the turning point in his first 100 days. President Trump spoke to our American spirit and challenged us to rise up realizing that we bleed the same blood, salute the same American flag as one people with one destiny…made by the same God. He made the case as to where we are, and why we are here, and what we need to do to go forward.

Let’s be honest, President Trump made the Democrats in the House chamber look foolish. They’re going to find it very hard to attack any policy point he presented. If you’re a progressive socialist taking a stand against President Trump’s vision as presented, well, good luck. You’ll find yourself not in line with the American people.

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And for new DNC Chairman, Tom Perez, good luck with that Jim Crow comparison — then again, any good Democrat should be familiar with Jim Crow. President Trump set the Democrats up and faked them out — and scored. The left was completely taken by surprise, expecting a bombastic in your face presentation…America got a president this evening. And having the former Kentucky Governor giving a response from a diner, c’mon man. Former Governor Beshear left that state in a mess between killing the coal industry and Obamacare.

President Trump did not rehash the campaign; he set forth a vision.

Here were the key points for me:

– Allies will find America is once again ready to lead…yes, as opposed to the years of Obama where we lead from behind.

– On several occasions he challenged the Democrats, once by saying, “what would you say to the American people for refusing to defend our borders?” The Democrats sat there looking dumbfounded. He also challenged them by saying, “why not join forces and get the job done, and get it done right? Unite for the good of the country.” If y’all recall, Barack Obama told the GOP to get to the back of the bus.

– President Trump signed an Executive Order today to support HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and he said in his address that “education is the civil rights issue of our time” and made the case for education choice. This is completely opposite to Barack Obama who cancelled the DC school voucher program, while his progeny attends Sidwell Friends. He said we need school choice programs for black and Hispanic children. He thoroughly emphasized that in order to break the cycle of poverty, we must break the cycle of violence…and used Obama’s hometown of Chicago as an example. BOOM!

– President Trump did an exceptional job in delegitimizing Obamacare and giving reason for its repeal and concisely explained the principles for replacement.

This was one of the great money lines: “My job is not to represent the world, my job is to represent the United States of America.”

And to watch the Democrats sit there in astonishment and present themselves as impediments to such simple policy solutions — well, it was priceless. And President Trump was truly the first since Ronald Reagan to elicit an emotional response during a speech — normally the Democrats are the ones who tug at the heart. Trump gave examples of several Americans to support his policy vision— impeccably masterful.

Let me ask, who would stand in the way of “setting free the dreams of our people?” Anyone who does — well, they’ll suffer the consequences in the 2018 midterm election first, then again in 2020.

Now, the hard part is to follow this up, and that means discipline. This could be the turning point for the Trump presidency, and of course now comes the darn details…but message to the GOP House and Senate majorities: don’t screw this up. President Donald J. Trump just made Americans want to be great again.

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