Donald Trump was in full Presidential form last night.  While early in his Presidency he seemed stiff and uncomfortable delivering a scripted speech, last night he was comfortable and in command.  Ronald Reagan was the one who began honoring people who typify American values at the State of the Union, but President Trump perfected the practice last night.  He’s at his best when he’s interacting with people, giving them their due, telling their stories.  His guests represented some amazing, heartbreaking tales.  Their presence gave his speech both a heart and sense of theatre from the start.   Who will forget the moment when the audience broke into a spontaneous rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Judah Samet, a Holocaust survivor who also survived the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last year?  Yesterday happened to be Samet’s 81st birthday — a detail the President mentioned in his speech.  To everyone’s surprise, Congress interrupted Trump’s speech by singing.

Yes, there was theater and emotion and drama.  But there were also serious moments. The most impactful moment came when the President waded into the abortion debate.  The President went boldly, much further than any President before him.  Frankly, his boldness was breathtaking.  He specifically asked Congress to pursue legislation prohibiting late term abortions.  He called out Democrats who have been in the news recently passing laws and celebrating late term abortion.  He described these New York lawmakers as having “cheered with delight” after passing legislation to “allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth.”  Then, he specifically raised the issue of Gov. Northam of Virginia, who “basically” said “he would execute a baby after birth.”

The most impactful lines of the night were these: “There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days,” he said. “Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth:  all children – born and unborn – are made in the holy image of God.”

 

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.