As I See It: The state of the union is ... sad
Have you ever gone on a family outing and had a teenager who decided he didn't want to go? And after being told he had to go anyway and that was the end of it, his petty, petulant attitude and behavior pretty much ruined what could have been and should have been an enjoyable time for the whole family.
We had a daughter who was an expert at this type of behavior.
While I was watching the State of the Union speech by President Trump, I felt like there were a couple hundred clones of our daughter sitting in the House Chambers. One turned his back to the president as he entered; a Hispanic congressman from Illinois walked out when chants of "USA, USA" erupted.
At least we didn't have to put up with Maxine Waters' constipated visage - she refused to show up.
I didn't think the speech was great, but I would have graded it very good. As I hoped, the president avoided the hyperbole and combative approach he has used on other occasions. The speech had a Reaganesque quality designed to get us feeling better about America again.
The speech was short on details and long on motivation and emotion. He was masterful in weaving little vignettes into examples of issues and problems that need to be addressed by the government. And he was not above a few polite but pointed barbs directed at the Democrats.
Meanwhile, the obviously irritated opposition looked like their underwear was too tight and full of thorns and they had been sucking on lemons and grapefruit so they couldn't smile or give any indication they were even listening. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi couldn't have been more tight-lipped unless she had another facelift.
Even one of the better-known Democrat-supporting columnists chided the party members for their childishness - very telling.
Why is it when Trump's critics are at a loss for what to label him next, they always come up with "racist" or "racism?" One of our more ludicrous local letter writers even used the term "convicted racist" in referring to the president. Another judge, jury and executioner in our midst.
The next morning and days following I was reading the editorials and listening to liberal pundits pontificate on President Trump's speech and my gyros were tumbled (pilot speak meaning I'm totally disoriented) trying to equate the criticism with what I saw and heard. It's like the reviews were written in advance.
Trump was supposedly "harsh" in his rhetoric! That one blew me away. He was as conciliatory as I've ever seen him. He said "America" far too many times. Was he supposed to talk about other nations in our State of the Union address?
Whether we like it or not, we always have a pretty good idea of where President Trump stands on an issue. He tells us what he thinks; not what he thinks we want to hear. There's no more "you can keep your present doctor," or "this program is going to save everyone at least $2,500 on their healthcare."
I read a good observation the other day: "Obama lied to us a lot - eloquently. Trump tells us the truth a lot - crudely. What's your preference?" I have to admit the president's lies are usually so audacious that people miss the points he's trying to make.
I recall the brouhaha over Rush Limbaugh's remarks nine years ago when he expressed the hope that President Obama would fail to implement the programs and policies on which he campaigned.
Today, there are so many politicians, media personalities and outlets, actors, actresses, singers, athletes, teachers, professors, women, government bureaucrats and others who have taken Rush's hope to a new and dangerous level. They don't want President Trump to fail; they are going to do everything in their power to make certain he fails.
We all have dreams. Most of my dreams are not for me but for my grandchildren. My fears are they will all become nightmares if we continue to ignore reality and morality in what we say and do - no matter who we are.
That's the way I see it.