The State of the Democratic Party

Last week, President Trump gave his first State of the Union address. Here are a few things he pointed out:

• Since the election, 2.4 million new jobs have been created.

• Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low.

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• African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded.

• Hispanic-American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.

• The stock market has gained $8 trillion and more in value.

• 401(k) retirement accounts have gone through the roof. (This is where you, the average citizen, are invested in the stock market.)

• Three million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses.

• Apple has just announced its plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America.

• ExxonMobil announced a $50 billion investment.

• Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan.

• Toyota and Mazda are opening a plant in Alabama. (These last two are the manufacturing jobs we were told during the 2016 election were never coming back.)

• Last year, the FDA approved more new and generic drugs and medical devices than ever before in our country’s history. (This is the result of the over-regulations being cut back by this administration.)

• We have sent thousands and thousands and thousands of MS-13 gang members out of this country.

• The coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated very close to 100 percent of the territory just recently held by these killers.

One would think that this is good news from whoever was president. One would be wrong. For, as the pictures show in real time, not a single one of those statements was applauded by the Democrats. In fact, what you heard from the Democrats, as voiced by Joy Reid on MSNBC, “Church, family, police, military, the national anthem. Trump trying to call on all of those tropes of 1950s-era nationalism. The goal of this speech appears to be to force the normalization of Trump on the terms of the bygone era his supporters are nostalgic for.” This sentiment is not an outlier. For even as Trump announced the lowest unemployment number for black Americans, the Congressional Black Caucus sat there as statues.

Here is the statement made by President Trump that the Democrats have derided as racist and divisive: “So tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties—Democrats and Republicans—to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed. My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans—to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers, too.”

This statement is one of fact. It is what each elected official swears to do upon taking office. Their first duty is to the American citizens, not those wishing to be. Yet, to this modern Democrat party, this is now considered racist. I believe what drove the Democrats and their talking heads in the media nuts was that not once during the entire speech did Trump apologize for America or being an American.

In fact, to drive the point home, he stated: “The United States is a compassionate nation. We are proud that we do more than any other country to help the needy, the struggling, and the underprivileged all over the world. But as president of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my constant concern is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers, and America’s forgotten communities. I want our youth to grow up to achieve great things. I want our poor to have their chance to rise.” There was a time when Democrats echoed these same sentiments. Now, they sit as statues. That is racist.

He goes on to tell a story about Ji Seong-ho, who was in the audience: “In 1996, Seong-ho was a starving boy in North Korea. One day, he tried to steal coal from a railroad car to barter for a few scraps of food. In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger. He woke up as a train ran over his limbs. He then endured multiple amputations without anything to dull the pain. His brother and sister gave what little food they had to help him recover and ate dirt themselves—permanently stunting their own growth. Later, he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning from a brief visit to China. His tormentors wanted to know if he had met any Christians. He had—and he resolved to be free.

“Seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches across China and Southeast Asia to freedom. Most of his family followed. His father was caught trying to escape, and was tortured to death.

“Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors, and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears the most—the truth.

“Today he has a new leg, but Seong-ho, I understand you still keep those crutches as a reminder of how far you have come. Your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all.”

To their everlasting shame, when everyone in the hall was applauding such valor, the Democrats sat there as statues.

What kind of hatred for the president can one have to behave this way in the face of such courage? What kind of hatred could one have for this president to not even offer polite applause to the good news on the job front that is benefiting all Americans, regardless of color, nationality or sex? Yes, sex. Female unemployment is the lowest it has been in decades.

Yet, this hatred is what we are being told, day after day, is going to win the Democrats the House and possibly the Senate. Forty-three percent of Democrats who watched the speech had a favorable view of it. This is from a CBS poll, not a conservative think tank. This hatred is why the Democratic Party in Washington, and even here in New York, is out of touch with its own voters.

This is why it will lose.

This is what I say. What say you?

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