Bipartisanship in the USA is a one-way street or so it seemed Tuesday at the State of the Union address – the first for President Donald Trump.
The president emerged last night during the address to Congress as a strong leader. That’s my opinion. He did not go off-script and in the process did not meet his opponents “expectations.” He touted the greatness of America, his administration’s successes and stuck to his guns on immigration and The Wall. He also offered a path to citizenship to about 1.8 million “Dreamers.”
And still, the majority of Democrats were hard-pressed to applaud the president. During the speech, the Democrat leadership mostly sat there, or as one commentator said, looking like their dog had died.
It was obvious politics and steely partisanship was alive and possibly immoveable in the nation’s capital. The Democrats will not give the president an inch, not as long as they want to take back the Congress in the next few years. But is that good for America?
I find Republicans like the president, the Speaker of the House and our own Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick speak often about bipartisanship despite the majority they hold in the House and Senate. They encourage it and work toward it on many issues as we have seen. But the leaders of the Democrat party are so bathed in anger and on a mission to disrupt or even destroy this presidency. All are geared toward 2018 and 2020 and that is less about governance, and more about blatant partisanship.
Above the noise, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan echoed the president’s message when he said in a news release: “Our nation is strong.”
Yet, he acknowledged there is more work to be done. “. . . the president laid out a clear agenda tonight with an open hand toward bipartisan cooperation. By working together to rebuild our nation’s military, boost infrastructure, develop our workforce, and fix our immigration system, we can continue making America safer and stronger for the 21st century.”
And then came the Democrat response by Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy, the latest and the youngest purveyor of gloom and doom. The grandson of Robert Kennedy tagged the GOP and the president as benefactors of the wealthy and enemies of the people, particularly immigrants who are here legally or illegally. Everything is worse than mud, I gathered. But I did not hear a single word about bipartisan cooperation or moving forward with plans to better the American landscape. I believe our Democrat politicians are in some parallel universe. How else to explain the irrational.
And, finally, why did Congressman Kennedy give the Democrat response while in a garage in front of a car with its hood open (?) and against the backdrop of a Bengals wall hanging? The young Kennedy was chosen because of who he is and most of all to tell us that under President Trump we’re going to hell in a handbasket.
Doubt it. “Our nation is strong.” -PW