The Best Part of Trump's SOTU You Probably Missed

Rather than a lecture from an agitated schoolmarm as we’ve enjoyed the previous eight years, this speech was about us.

I noticed something last night during President Trump’s State of the Union Address that was refreshing. It had nothing to do with policy, and probably went unnoticed by most political observers. But it was important for the future of our republic.

I noticed that the speech wasn’t about him.

From start to finish, the address focused on Americans meeting our problems collectively, and on America finding its appropriate place in the world. It wasn’t a lecture from an agitated schoolmarm as we’ve become accustomed to over the previous eight years. It wasn’t a ragged defense of personal policy objectives, foreign and domestic, as occurred the eight years preceding that. It was full of actual Americans, actual citizens who have suffered, persevered, overcome, and triumphed. If you really want to know the state of our union, that is a much better place to start than with a self-absorbed executive talking about himself.

There’s no denying that America has certainly abandoned the civic-duty, public service model of leadership and gravitated towards a dangerous narcissism in those we choose to put in places of significant public trust.

Who could forget the speech in Austin, Texas a few years ago when Barack Obama referred to himself directly 199 times? Or his first inaugural address where he talked about himself reportedly four times more often than Donald Trump? And obviously Trump’s sense of self-importance is well documented as well, like this glorious beauty from an interview with the Wall Street Journal:

Trump: “They dislike me, the liberal media dislikes me. I mean I watch people – I was always the best at what I did, I was the – I was, you know, I went to the – I went to the Wharton School of Finance, did well. I went out, I – I started in Brooklyn, in a Brooklyn office with my father, I became one of the most successful real estate developers, one of the most successful business people. I created maybe the greatest brand. I then go into, in addition to that, part time, like five percent a week, I open up a television show. As you know, the Apprentice on many evenings was the number one show on all of television, a tremendous success. It went on for 12 years, a tremendous success. They wanted to sign me for another three years and I said, no, I can’t do that. That’s one of the reasons NBC hates me so much. NBC hates me so much they wantd – they were desperate to sign me for – for three more years.”

WSJ: “Mr. President, you made reference to the book. Steve Bannon – ”

Trump: “Just – and so – so I was successful, successful, successful. I was always the best athlete, people don’t know that. But I was successful at everything I ever did and then I run for president, first time – first time, not three times, not six times. I ran for President first time and lo and behold, I win. And then people say oh, is he a smart person? I’m smarter than all of them put together, but they can’t admit it. They had a bad year.”

No one should embarrass themselves and pretend that both Trump and Obama aren’t raging narcissists. One thinks he keeps planes in the air, and the other thought he stopped the rise of ocean waters. Trying to decide which is worse is as fruitless as comparing photographs of inaugural crowd size.

What we should do is remember that a republic functions effectively only on the propensity of the people to overcome their varying self-interests and work collectively to promote the common good. That is a reality that has been rarely echoed in the halls of Washington, which is why it stood out like a sore thumb during last night’s State of the Union Address.

Republican or Democrat, if we’re wise, we’ll all be nodding in agreement and saying, “More of that. Much, much more of that.”

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Should Trump be a martyr if he can take out at least fifteen members of the swamp? Trump did say we, and you not I or me. Trump had a representative for almost every part of his speech. Trump hit on every issue that most Americans agree with but not fully on every issue.. Do the people want the full agenda of the Democrats? The FBI lost their integrity with the Hillary investigation. Hiding the memo can be as much or more about embarrassment than security. A biased investigation should not cancel the vote of the people. If one puts the pieces of what has said by the Democrats, you have: anti-life, anti-American tradition, protection as gun laws will stop all violence, we can't live our religious values, walls are no good if they stop terrorism,, human and drug smuggling; we can't put our current citizens and immigrants above the new people. Trump will pay the price for personal accusations, to protect his agenda that is best for the country. The swamp would include FBI, DOJ and some members of congress.


A president gets the credit and the blame. Democrats can't let even the issues they agree on because Trump would get the credit. Trump has accomplished much with strong opposition. The "swamp" mud was created before Trump took office. The mud was created by: FBI covering up Hillary's e-mails, the uranium deal, Benghazi, Bill Clinton's speeches in Russia, and meeting with Lynch; leaks from within the FBI of which Comey was a leading suspect. Is the FBI wanting the memo blocked because of security or embarrassment? The people in a majority of states voted against the stacked deck of the establishment and media. Comey showed malfeasance in the Hillary investigation and should have been fired. There is a line between not being loyal and backstabbing. The charges of perjury and obstruction of justice should be applied to FBI agents, as they have applied it.


Any person who would aspire to that position must be a narcissist to believe that he alone can do the job. Yes, Trump made that statement, but Obama made many similar to it.

Trump seems to be doing this for a sincere love of the nation, and her principles, not just as an exercise in projecting his personal vision. He is aiming to recover the civic virtues that were lost, and limit the machinations of the administrative state only to the areas they are genuinely needed to benefit the people.

Maybe I'm projecting that on to him, but he repeated use of "we" and "our" in the SOTU instead of "I" and "my" is a significant difference from his predecessor.

And a welcome one in my book!


It shows that Trump has a really high ceiling when he focuses the attention to the people and to his successful policy. He just enjoys wrestling in the mud too much to stay out of it.