Can a political speech actually be based in reality? This question seems to be one that many cynics of the mainstream media are forced to answer “no” to. The reason is simple enough – the MSM largely concerns itself with rhetoric and opinion more than it concerns itself with facts and plans. While it is often the case that strictly the facts is not an attractive source of speechmaking material, the showmanship of sheer political rhetoric also is discouraging because it creates lots of emotion but no direction and hence, no practical plan of action.
So when a speaker involved, not only in politics, but actual policy, speaks, and is able to make the material interesting, entertaining and engaging, this is quite an accomplishment.
President Donald Trump did this in style and he delivered an amazing speech that delighted attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, on Friday, February 23, 2018.
Speaking for about 74 minutes, the American president started with a speech that appeared to be more or less following the scripted plan, but after about 20 minutes, the President, already engaged with the crowd greatly, decided to forego the scripted speech, simply saying, “it’s boring.” From this point on, the already relaxed President setlled into a policy-laden, yet utterly engaging talk with his crowd, and point after point reinforced the necessity of keeping the work that he has been able to do going.
At times, the speech was broken by campaign-style chants like “USA!! USA!!”, or “Lock her up!!” referring to former candidate Hillary Clinton, and of course “Build the wall!” referring to the standing plan (that the President re-affirmed will happen, in fact already is, as shown here).
In the speech, President Trump detailed the accomplishments of the first year of his first term, and also very successfully and clearly made the case for the Conservatives to be vigilant and to be at least as energetic in the 2018 midterm elections as they were for his election in 2016.
Naturally, the media on the left completely denigrated the speech. Vox said that Mr. Trump’s departure from the script showed that he is not “really in charge of the White House”. NBC News decided to fact check Trump’s off-script statements against his scripted ones and, of course, made every attempt to find fault and misleading comments. The Guardian gave the best screamer headline with “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers Is Complete“, editorializing about how the populist president has somehow corrupted the conservative movement by his involvement in it. The list, no doubt, goes on and on, as the left is consistently unable to accept the reality of the situation it faces.
That situation is that the new President has scored some major successes. Money talks, and a great deal of money has been earned, created and brought back to the United States in just the first year alone. The financial markets have risen by some 37% in one year, far more than was predicted by quite respected financial analysts. This has brought even committed Democrat business leaders into at least tacit agreement with Mr. Trump’s policy decisions.
Being “red pill” in this matter is interesting because one might be led to associate “red pill” with strict, discursive truth, and lists of facts. However, to limit the Trump phenomenon to this is what the MSM has tried to do, and this is one reason that they fail to understand what is happening (in addition to the fact that they just don’t want to understand and accept it).
The Trump phenomenon is for conservatives much like Barack Obama’s alleged lofty speaking style was for liberals. Personal political bias prevented me from being able to absorb or be moved by Mr. Obama’s speeches – for me they seemed good examples of deceptive honesty, because Mr. Obama was able to successfully lay out many of his policy positions that it turned out many people did not like, but he did it in a way that made his listeners think that they were actually getting what they wanted. Obama, like most liberals, was a man that attempted to appeal to emotions of cynicism, self-doubt, self-recrimination and therefore guilt and discouragement, and somehow, he managed to make such a worldview seem like a moral obligation for Americans to carry. And to his credit, the American nation carried it for eight years. It came really close to making that at least 12 years, because Hillary almost won the presidency.
Trump appeals to emotions as well, but he appeals to the “can do” attitude that made the United States the most successful nation on earth, while yet less than 250 years old. Mr. Trump tapped into this attitude, and he augmented it with amazing support for the can-do attitude of the American people themselves, independent of government. His policy, if it could be distilled into three words, is “let ’em loose!”. This is not a new, false attitude that the American people have been deluded by. It is the real energy that Americans have had through their whole history, which decades of liberalism had squelched to the point where many of us no longer believed it even existed.
Finally, in listening to the CPAC speech, we see something so simple that the intellgentsia of the elite media class and liberals once again, just miss.
President Trump talked to the American people as an American talking to other countrymen. In other words, he was real and himself. Not a stilted statesman and not a rhetoric-filled politician. While the United States has benefitted at times from great statesmen and even rhetoric-filled politcians, this is not what the American nation needs at the present time. For many Americans, we feel as though we have one of our own in the White House – fallible, honest, brash, and courageous, and a man who is unfettered by what others think of him. In other words, we have an American in the White House and those who see this as it is are delighted and refreshed by this experience.
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