Jesse Rodriguez with MSNBC tweeted that tonight's address was the most tweeted SOTU ever. I'm inclined to believe it. The economy is booming, Americans have more money in their pockets and businesses everywhere are gaining confidence in the market. Spirits are high for everyone...except the Democrats.
During the entire 2016 election, Democrats scolded Republicans for "putting party before country." We were all subjected to ceaseless chants of, "When they go low, we go high." Well, it looks like all those enduring values held by the principled Democrats go out the window when America is winning with a Republican in office. This is because it doesn't matter to them if America is winning. All they see is a Republican in the Oval, and they're blinded with rage.
President Trump hit the ground running tonight talking about the soaring economy and plummeting unemployment numbers. The triumphant announcement of rising wages, the addition of 2.4 million jobs and a 45-year low in unemployment was met with scowls from the Democrats. Their brooding intensified when Trump pointed out that African American unemployment numbers are at a historic low. Shouldn't the party that claimed to be the champion for African Americans be overjoyed at this news? One would think...
Next came tax reform. Trump lauded the expansion of the child tax credit, and assured American middle class families that their taxes would be slashed. As Americans cheered, Democrats grimaced. Shouldn't the party that claimed to protect the middle class from the Wall Street puppets in the Republican party be thrilled about this tax break? Again, one would think...
Much to the Democrats' chagrin, Trump declared that faith and family were the center of American life–not government and bureaucracy. They remained firmly planted in their seats when our President encouraged us to stand for our national anthem. We saw not so much as a ripple among them when President Trump spoke in support of religious liberty. The Democrats could have at least pretended to love our country by standing when Trump expressed his commitment to serve our veterans by giving them more choices in their healthcare decisions; but sadly, they were unable to do so.
The list of victories for which Democrats couldn't be bothered to stand continues on. Among many other statements met with cold silence from the left were: the desire to give the terminally ill a chance at life by allowing access to experimental treatments, strong and well-enforced trade rules, paid family leave, prison reform, "Americans are dreamers too," decisive victories against ISIS and the announcement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Perhaps the most telling bit of sternness from the Democrats was that in response to Trump's rebuke of communist Cuba and socialist Venezuela. It should alarm the American people that the Democratic party was unable to publicly agree that these regimes are oppressive and exploitative. The government institutions that made those nations fail are exactly the ones Democrats want to prevail in the United States.
Why does this matter? Can't we just agree that Democrats were being brats and move on? While we will certainly move on quite soon due to the breakneck pace of the modern news cycle, it's worth noting what is already obvious to many: Democrats do not care about America. All they care about is being in power. The left showed its true colors tonight. They can't stand the fact that America is doing well because the government is shrinking. For every regulation the Trump administration has enacted, 22 have been removed. Power is being pumped back into the souls of American businesses. The people have more economic freedom. People are realizing that maybe, just maybe, government power grabs aren't the answer to our problems. The triumph of freedom is the Democratic party's greatest fear, and that is why they were so desperately unhappy tonight.
Democrats are unable to celebrate a successful America because it is only made possible by successful Americans.