1 March 2017

Notes from Norm: I believe

Barely a month into the job President Donald Trump delivered the most powerful and important speeches of his young Presidency.

In doing so he left his critics on the left with even less political space by which to maneuver in blocking the will of the American people who chose a President that gave voice to their hopes and aspirations for the future.

His speech before Congress laid bare the empty partisanship of the political left in Congress.  Hoping for a speech filled with bombast and lacking presidential “stature” they were confronted by a President committed to bringing the nation together.

“From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears, inspired by the future, not bound by failures of the past, and guided by a vision, not blinded by our doubts.” promised the President before Congress, the American people and the world.

Opening his remarks before Congress the new President recognized the nation’s celebration of Black History Month, and strongly renounced recent waves of anti-Semitism in the United States

“As we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains…Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.”

The President’s steadfast commitment to Israel and his promise to take the fight to ISIS and Radical Islamic terrorism shows he will give no quarter to political correctness.

A promise to reinvest in our national infrastructure and a commitment to improve education and health care and opportunity for all Americans was bereft of ideology or partisanship.

Protecting our borders, reforming our legal immigration system and ensuring our nation’s safety abroad, but also at home.  These aren’t the words of a Republican or a Democrat.  These are the words of an American President standing up for America.

For eight years, the world has been treated to an “Apology Tour.”

No more.

That tour is done and the band isn’t getting back together anytime soon.

We are now at a pivotal point in American history.  One in which every citizen should be entitled to the tools they need to achieve the American Dream.

President Trump spoke of the need for opportunity for all Americans – and that means keeping Americans of all colors and ages safe from the scourge of crime in our inner cities.

There are clearly details that must be filled in and that is where the President’s critics will hang their hats.

Which is about all they have to hang at this point in the history of America.

There’s little to argue about when the President says he supports NATO and critical alliances we have with allies around the world but that the weight of those burdens must be equitable.

Only those with their head in the sands cannot see the continued collapse of ObamaCare.  It’s time to fulfill the promise of accessible and affordable health care for all Americans with policies that work for them – instead of against them.

The President reminded us once again last night that he was elected to be the President of the United States of America.

His first priority is to stand up for America.

It is true that America must lead in the world.  The President made it clear that we will, once again, do just that.

But, it will be from a position of strength.  Not from behind with our allies – and our enemies – wondering where we stand.

Being strong around the world means being strong at home.

For eight years, the previous President laid blame for every ill of the nation on his predecessor.

In one fell swoop President Trump outlined, in raw terms, the challenges we face in the years ahead:

  • “Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.”
  • “Over 43 million people are now living in poverty, and over 43 million Americans are on food stamps.”
  • “More than 1 in 5 people in their prime working years are not working.”
  • “We have the worst financial recovery in 65 years.”
  • “In the last 8 years, the past Administration has put on more new debt than nearly all other Presidents combined.”
  • “We’ve lost more than one-fourth of our manufacturing jobs since NAFTA was approved, and we’ve lost 60,000 factories since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.”
  • “Our trade deficit in goods with the world last year was nearly $800 billion dollars.”
  • “And overseas, we have inherited a series of tragic foreign policy disasters.”

After eight years of listening to everything we couldn’t or shouldn’t do to secure our borders, defend our nation’s values at home and abroad, invest in our people, stand up for our laws and stand resolutely with our allies and confront our enemies, there is a new hope for our future.

In a single speech before Congress the President gave us hope and a vision for how America’s future can be a better one for all Americans.

“I am asking all citizens to embrace this renewal of the American spirit. I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold, and daring things for our country…I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment. Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe, once more, in America.”

I believe.