I Thought This Too, But I Was Wrong. So Are You.

Today we'll hear grand things and high-mindedness about why the State of the Union speech matters. But it does not.

It was a great speech. For the first time in forever, to quote the lyric my nine year old sings at random times, Donald Trump was Presidential. He strode into the House of Representatives, took to the world stage, and delivered a great State of the Union address. He became President that night. His speech hit the right notes. The applause lines drew real applause for the most part. He showed he could become the President many of us were skeptical he could ever become.

The next day, everybody was talking about his speech. It was the major headline across news networks. Even networks that rarely say anything nice about the President were saying nice things about his speech, his delivery, and the reception of his speech.

Within forty-eight hours of his speech it was all gone; vaporized by his twitter feed. The President we saw in the House of Representatives that night was more Cinderella's stagecoach at the ball. Midnight struck and suddenly we're left with an orange mess.

I was wrong. I thought that moment in 2017 could be a turning point towards something new, focused, and disciplined. But it was just an act on a stage. The President fell back into his undisciplined behavior and caused a multi-day news cycle about his speech to spin off into insanity.

He will do it again. Events of his own design will overtake this speech. So tonight we'll go through all the pomp and circumstance America has to offer as a republic and by Friday we'll be on to the latest mean tweets. The speech will be all but forgotten and its agenda ignored. It makes you wonder if it is worth it. And, to answer that, it is not. The amount of taxpayer money spent to orchestrate tonight will be a waste and all the energy put into the speech will amount to nothing by Friday.

Events change things and this President is spectacularly successful and creating the events to change things all to his own disadvantage. It's kind of sad really.

But today, we'll hear grand things and high-mindedness from a lot of people who will tell us how it matters and why it matters. It won't matter at all.

People seem to think the Presidency is a popularity contest. George Patton got stung at every turn, correctly or not, but it mattered not because he did the job he said he would do better than anyone. Half the rubbish pandered by the MSM regarding Trump is simply untrue or unsubstantiated. I can't remember any president back to Eisenhower who had the guts to stand up to anyone and ask them point blank if they really wanted to go behind the wood shed with him.

Atta boy Eric-just keep giving the Dems fodder for being critical of Trump.

Look at the other new that doesn't involve Trump directly. Here is a list: 1. the resignation of FBI agent McCabe 2. the Nunus memo on Russia 3. the pro-life and anti-life states 4 Congressional scorecards 5 the blue states that are deep in red ink, 6 states that recognize that gun laws don't protect students 7 states that put immigrants above their own citizens 8 the no shows for SOTU 9 Incarnation rates 10 DACA and other illegals caught in human smuggling. 11. The cost of the Mueller investigation remains hidden. Democrats are calling transparency treason when national security is not an issue. McCabe resigns as the Inspector General is about to file his report, and new FBI director reviews memo Mueller, Comey, and McCabe could be three birds of a feather.

Once again, Eric, you demonstrate your tendency to assess events guided by the tenets of the 3P philosophy: the Power of Positive Pessimism.

Your misgivings are well founded, but perhaps a bit premature. Correct me if I’m wrong —and, of course, someone will—but I’ve detected a decrease in the reported frequency and tone of Trump’s ’tweets’ over the last year. To me, this may be a sign that he is heeding remonstrations about his predilection for hasty rejoinders; that he’s curbing his tendency to take the bait. We’ll see. One can only hope.

Without any assistance from anyone, Trump gives Democrats plenty of fodder for criticism. If you don't think Trump does more than anyone else to pull his agenda off message, you must not be paying attention. Only criticism from those who would like to be his allies will change that.

IT is sad that Erick has become so negative and critical. President Trump had one many good things. His tweets, to me are amusing in that so much emphasis is put on them. I think he just likes to poke the liberal bear, so to speak. He feeds them fodder and keeps them distracted, confused and shows how pathetic the Democrats are. Just remember during his speech when he said things like helping the veterans, giving some of the illegals a means to become citizens, etc., many of things the DemocRATS wanted and what did they do? They sat stone faced and did not even clap. Erick has lost focus and credibility. He is his own worst enemy. He could be a strong voice for positive change but has become just another tiresome dissenter. I grieve for him.

Hi Rick, Yes people and Presidents lie. We see ample evidence all through our history for various reasons. However the toll of lies this President has added to the lot is overwhelming. He lies everyday about simple things as well as large items even under oath and will likely pay the price eventually! It should not be about partisanship but to learn who we can trust the most to be a good leader. As humans we are all flawed!

Merrit, we should be above giving fodder as you say to whoever party we possibly don't like for personal reasons, but find where the truth is and support that! Its not a game or a sport of our favorite team, its vital that we are lead by the most trustworthy leaders and it certainly does not feel that we being lead well by trustworthy elected in recent times.

Would he accomplish more by pretending to be something he is not? He is not an actor, as is most politicians, he is a businessman accustomed to working with others who work together to accomplish the goals established for the success of the business. A place where those on the payroll know their job and do it well; and if not, they are given the opportunity to find a job elsewhere. Most of us know, if a large business operated like the federal government, it would be insolvent within the the first year.