President Trump delivered a great speech to Congress on the last day of February, 2017.
We quote an article by Larry Kudlow at Townhall:
The mark of great presidents is optimism – visionary optimism and transformational optimism. During Tuesday night’s remarkable speech before Congress, Donald Trump was brimming with optimism, from start to end. My guess is that his marvelous speech will imbue and inspire new optimism and confidence throughout the entire country.
Stock markets surged over 300 points the day after the speech, and I’ll bet the president’s approval ratings jump over 20 points. …
He was incredibly effective. In fact, he was riveting. You couldn’t take your eyes off him. … You didn’t want to miss a word.
President’s Trump’s speech was infused with civility, which is something we all hoped for as an alternative to the coarseness of American politics (and the rest of the culture, for that matter).
He made fact-based arguments on the economy, health care, education, immigration, national security, and public safety. And he did so respectfully. He attempted to persuade, and it was wonderful to watch. …
This was a unity speech, not a partisan one. The president asked for common ground and common good. …
All the Trump campaign themes were there. He intends to keep his promises. I thought he was especially convincing on merit-based immigration. And he set out the principles of health-care reform, education choice, and law and order everywhere – especially in the big inner cities where poverty has ruled alongside violence in a downward spiral that seems impossible to fix.
In recent days, the president has spoken to various business groups about 3 percent-plus growth, which would generate far more revenues and far fewer deficits than conventional, pessimistic economists argue. During the speech before Congress, the president stuck to his guns on both economic growth and tax reform.
On foreign affairs, he pledged to stay with NATO, but he reminded everyone that his job is to protect the interests of the United States first and foremost.
Kudlow is not in entire agreement with everything the president said.
On trade, his message was more ambiguous. Outright protectionism was muted, but the threat hangs in the air. The divisive border-adjustment tax looks to be part of a White House-GOP congressional deal, which is unfortunate. But let’s wait on that to see the full story.
There’s also the threat of a new GOP entitlement in the form of refundable tax credits. But let’s wait on that as well, until the budget details are released. …
The president concluded. “We want peace, wherever peace can be found,” he said. “The 250th year for America will see a world that is more peaceful, more just, and more free.” …
That is soaring rhetoric. It is vision. It is optimism. It is inspiring. It sounds thrilling. “That is leadership. And that is greatness,” Larry Kudlow writes. “Speeches like this can change history. Do not underestimate this president. Like tens of millions, I’m sure – I’m proud of him.”
We are glad the president said it.
But we doubt it is true.
President Trump can make America great again. Can, and – we think and hope – will.
He can inspire the peoples of Europe to throw off the yoke of the European Union – the Fourth Reich, we now call it – and rebel against the Islamization of their countries.
He can put an end to the long war in Afghanistan.
He might destroy ISIS.
He might cause Russia and China to think many times before making any more expansionist moves.
But the world?
More peaceful with the jihad still raging throughout the West?
More just while sharia law continues to spread?
More free while ever more women put on the veil and submit to the status of slaves?
We like to be optimistic, and we are – for America. We are delighted that the bleak Obama years are over and we feel it is morning in America.
But can even the great President Trump stop the incoming tide of war, injustice, and subjugation in the wider world?
Well, let’s wait to see.