As the President finished giving his first State of the Union address, something seemed amiss. At first, the “right” words to explain Trump’s inaugural “the state of our union is great, Comrades!” (which with every passing day seems less like a joke and more like a possible reality) was an authentic stuggle. Like any writer wanting to produce a quality work, yours truly took many notes and focused on the President’s speech. Unfortunately, this year’s version was so difficult to focus on, that a replay was in order immediately after the first go-around was complete.
Even after a second watch, there was something still not “right” not only in trying to write a review but also trying to understand the actual speech. What did it mean? What is the underlying value? A few days later, which feel like years in Trump land, it would become crystal clear. Before getting to the 2018 SOTU speech, please review excerpts from previous analysis on a couple of major Trump speeches.
First, will be Trump’s inauguration speech which was filled with dark, gloomy rhetoric with some bright moments for the lovers of nationalism and a faulty version of Trump “patriotism.” Trump’s inauguration was a pure joy for any writer wishing to flex their wordsmithing muscles. Consider, the following examples from the analysis of Trump’s inaugural address.
Reminder, Trump’s first national oration had three distinct parts:
1. “Thank You,” followed by
2. “Everything is Terrible,” and ending with
3. “I Shall Save You.”
Furthermore, yours truly was attuned to Trump’s mind:
The “Everything is Terrible” phase centered around despair. It would be reasonable for a paraphrased summary to read, “America has descended into a corrupt hell-hole ravaged by poverty and crime. You have no knowledge, our infrastructure has crumbled, and your town has turned into a rusted-out sh*t hole!” “Everything is Terrible” was also sure to include that American industries and good paying jobs have been sold out to foreign interests. Plus, our military has dwindled and weakened due to supporting our international allies.
**NOTE: Not the right country, but “sh*t hole!”–NAILED IT!
Now, let’s examine the President’s 2017 initial Congressional address. Once again, Trump’s speech was another prime opportunity for the wordsmiths to demonstrate their superior analysis, critiques, and observations. Check out the wondrous commentary:
The first thing that stands out is his use of the teleprompter. Of all the POTUS’s during my lifetime (Carter-Trump), Trump is the worst at public speaking. This deficiency even extends to his obvious unfamiliar use of the teleprompter. However, when he uses the teleprompter—it somewhat diminishes determining what his true meaning or feelings are. Instead, it just feels like he is reading the words of the writer(s).
The main takeaway from the speech:
Overall, the President’s speech would (and did) come across as his best to date. However, this may be largely due to his effective use of an extremely emotional moment.
Then, on the anniversary marking Trump’s 200th day in office, a reflection of Trump’s most exquisite moment would offer:
In the aftermath, many were stating Trump had turned that corner and made “the pivot.” At that time, my thought was, “Ok, because a guy read someone else’s words off a teleprompter without deviating to attack someone that makes him Presidential? Why? The bar has been lowered.”
Then, the write-up mentioned above goes on to recap how the Trump bump would last all the way–until the weekend after Trump’s 2017 address–when Mar-A-Lago Trump went on a Twitter meltdown.
As for Trump’s first official “the state of our union is strong” declaration before a packed Congress? My primary impression was it was ho-hum. Initially, how to turn my notes into an accurate and exciting work was a challenge.
In fact, the original plan was to work an “angle” (that’s a pro-wrasslin’ term) to highlight that Trump is the political version of a WWE wrestler. For instance, the State of the Union crowd would best match the reaction WWE superstar John Cena receives when he appears before a wrestling audience (verifying video). But the crowd reaction is where the Trump/Cena comparisons end as John Cena is actually good at his job.
Plus, Mr. Cena deserves much praise and respect for his years of dedicated service to fine charitable organizations. For instance, John Cena was honored in 2015 by the Make-A-Wish Foundation for reaching “a historic milestone: the granting of 500 wishes by one individual.” In Trump’s defense, who wants him considered as an admirable role model for the youth, even worse, who wants him engaging with real-life children?
In wrestling terms, Trump’s presidency would be viewed by some that Trump is the anti-hero hero that tells Vince McMahon off. Followed by flipping off the elitist WWE boss before giving him a Dotard Stunner as the adoring crowd roars their approval (in the demonstrative clip, Stone Cold Steve Austin will play the part of Trump as Donald Trump plays the part of Mr. McMahon–ironic, eh?).
Yet, in the eyes of others, President Trump is a real-life bad guy who loves “Mother Russia” as he generates boos for his superior “heel promos” (this version of Trump will be represented by the pesky “Russians” known as Lana and Rusev as they unload on President Obama–only to be interrupted by a real ‘Murican, known as Zeb Coulter). Trump will say anything, there is no lie he won’t tell nor any promise he will not break–while at the same time, he will claim to be the innocent, honest, and all-around good guy victim.
But the truth is, Trump’s speech was not worthy of being compared to anything. Here is why. The American public, the mainstream media, and the world need to recognize, need to acknowledge, and accept a simple truth:
EACH AND EVERY TIME DONALD TRUMP READS A SPEECH FROM A TELEPROMPTER THE WORDS MEAN NOTHING!
The above statement was precisely what was missing from Trump’s speech. See, in the past, many (myself included) actually thought Trump’s big speech ramblings might hold value. But this year, there was no such illusion. Honestly, who believes Trump means his teleprompter speeches?
Is this not the same guy that will read something such as “Nazis are bad, ok? Real bad, etc.”) only to follow up retweeting a Nazi group or denounce his Nazi denouncement?
So, in conclusion, yours truly must apologize for not being able to carry on the charade of Trump’s read speeches holding any value. Consider the ongoing Trump attack on the FBI’s credibility to benefit himself (or so he seems to be hoping it does) from having to face an honest investigation. But during his 2018 SOTU speech (like past speeches), Trump will read affectionate words to law enforcement officials–as he plays up to the crowd’s emotions, which in pro-wrasslin’ terms is known as getting an easy or cheap “pop.” But the truth is, Trump does not mean it. His only agenda is himself. Those he would fake cheer celebrate today, he would undoubtedly throw under the bus tomorrow–just to save his own ass.
Therefore, here’s a no punches pulled analysis on Trump’s 2018 speech and all of his speeches–they are worth nothing more than smartass commentary found within notes that were partially scribbled while the remainder were typed (an exceptional note taker does not wish to miss a thing).
Of course, subject to editor approval, the following are many of those notes in a relatively pure form, except with a few minimal edits for word choice (not going to lie aka Trump about it).:
The first thing written down was:
Trump no enthusiasm.
After around the ten to fifteen minute mark, Trump was so flat, unexciting and boring that just for fun–a decision was made to listen to the play-by-play of the speech by three Info Wars “experts” (no worries, there were no clicks on their links, so, no money for you, Alex Jones). The irrational decision was also documented in my notes:
- Going to brave it and listen to Trump’s speech with Info Wars commentators giving a blow by blow. Damn, even the “smart” Trumpers are kinda derpy doo–but they are cocky.
- WTF is with Trump’s sniffles? He on the coke or what?
- IF so, it ain’t working, he sounds like his normal reading self–no enthusiasm, nothing. He should go off the cuff, at least he’s got some energy and is often easy to laugh at–he might say anything, but this sh*t, ugh.
- Sniffles. “Cocaine is a helluva drug”–Rick James.
- In God We Trust, Tax cuts, hinting at NFL kneeling is bad, Trump got a dude elected to the Supreme Court, veterans, respect (unless one’s view is different than Trump and his ilk).
- Here’s some useful advice to Info Wars–get some new analysts. At least tonight, the play-by-clap crew was terrible, they sucked. Everything was “Nancy Pelosi” this, “Nancy Pelosi” that and liberals “hate America.” What the squad lacked in an intelligent analysis, they did make-up for in unreasonable confidence.
- As Info Wars offered up a call to “Drain the Swamp,” the President mentioned that “clean” coal was making a comeback–it’s the next big thing in backward technological progression. The future of technology is in the past or something, who knows? They said they liked Trump. Therefore, their love of black rocks, equals Trump saying “ok.” Or at least that’s how it seems.
- The auto industry is roaring back; also the Food and Drug Administration set a record for new drug devices and so forth.
- Trump vows for cheaper prescription medication–likely to help many having to cope with the thoughts of another year of a Trump presidency.
- Infrastructure (as promised last year) and paid family vacation (sounds familiar too).
- Criminals need an opportunity, followed immediately by victims of Mexican gangs.
- Not positive, but after Trump talked about “THE” Wall, defending borders, and then–did Trump say, “k-weed” instead of creed?
- Followed by Trump reading a screen offering a bland blah, blah, blah with little to no energy. #LowEnergy
- Israel/Iran blah, blah, blah–cheap pops.
- North Korea, blah blah blah, someone might blow up the world.
- Draft dodging p*ssy talking about loving veterans. HAHA. #SuchABraveP*ssy
- Why hasn’t that House GOPer from South Click jumped up and called Trump a liar yet? Oh, because that guy is a hypocritical s***bag.
- Last’s year’s speech was a lot better. This is boring, blah blah, blah
- We will win our trade deals! But America Judicial laws or LAWS on sanctioning Russia–we will ignore that sh*t, LOL. #PutinsBiglyB***h
For some reason, Alexis de Tocqueville quotes appeared and well, here are a few quotes that came to mind (that were added to the live notes):
“Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” Alexis de Tocqueville
Later, this Tocqueville quote seemed relevant:
“It is above all in the present democratic age that the true friends of liberty and human grandeur must remain constantly vigilant and ready to prevent the social power from lightly sacrificing the particular rights of a few individuals to the general execution of its designs. In such times there is no citizen so obscure that it is not very dangerous to allow him to be oppressed, and there are no individual rights so unimportant that they can be sacrificed to arbitrariness with impunity.”
? Alexis de Tocqueville
Then, the not so bigly
collusion, err, no collusion, conclusion:
- HAHA, Trump is stopping green cards for women to marry him. HAHA.
- Probably because he is in hot water (or is it Stormy weather?) for paying that porno chick for her having an affair with him while Melania was at home with the newborn. Care to lecture me on some morality, there Trumpeters?
- This speech sucks, boring.
- Indeed, last year’s speech was better.
- Plus, Trump’s reading is blah and always is. I’d much rather he go off script and just say his normal dumb stuff–which at least more interesting than this b.s.
Then, the notes would conclude with a simple: “sniffle.”
Please remember that the 2018 mid-term elections are another day closer. As of this moment, President Trump is winning by merely being able to do anything he wants. The man is trampling on the American “checks and balances” system. There are no checks, no balances as Congressional “leaders” such as Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan will do nothing–ABSOLUTELY NOTHING–that even remotely could upset Trump. They seem determined to ignore the Trump ridiculousness so that they can pass their agenda.
One can easily observe that these two men (along with many others) are intentionally putting their party agenda above the nation’s greater good.
Nobody is saying that everyone has to vote Democrat, but the only way to hold Trump to any account for his neverending improper actions is to flip the House and the Senate away from Republican control. That is not a partisan position; it is a save America position.