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Trump’s Failed 2019 SOTU Shows GOP Contempt

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Orenthal James “OJ” Simpson mug shot following his arrest for double murder 17 June 1994.

With Voter Dissatisfaction of the President at an all-time high, Trump’s government-shutdown-delayed, failed 2019 SOTU demonstrates his utter contempt of the GOP, and disgust for the American people.

About halfway through his alleged SOTU speech last night (Tuesday, February 5, 2019), I was expecting the POTUS to say something like “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” which was the hackneyed pithy phrase that Defense Attorney Johnnie Cochran coined in his defense of Orenthal James “OJ” Simpson at the murder trial for Ron Goldman, and Nicole Brown Simpson, his estranged and former wife, and mother of their two children.

Later, of course, while found “Not Guilty” by a jury of his peers in that double murder trial, OJ Simpson was later found found liable for both deaths in a 1997 civil suit, and ordered by the court to pay $33.5 million in punitive damages to the Brown and Goldman families.

Next, he was evicted from his residence after defaulting upon the mortgage, and all his possessions – including his 1968 Heisman Trophy – were ordered to be publicly auctioned to pay court-ordered debts to the Goldman family.

Then, the house and land were sold, the purchaser razed the structures, and renumbered the address.

Thereafter, the Internal Revenue Service found he had evaded Personal Income Taxes, and owed over $700,000 dollars to the United States Treasury;
• The State of California California Franchise Tax Board found that he owed them $1.44 million in taxes and in response, placed a lien on his property;
• Was arrested February 2001 in Miami-Dade County, Florida and charged with simple battery and burglary of an occupied conveyance;
• After the FBI searched his residence, they found equipment that defrauded satellite television service providers, and he was sued in Federal Court;

First Official White House portrait, aka “the scowling portrait”

• Was arrested again in Miami-Dade County, Florida July 2002 for speeding through a manatee protection zone, and failing to comply with proper boating regulations;
• Was sued by satellite television network DirecTV, Inc. in March 2004 and accused in Federal Court of using illegal electronic devices to pirate their broadcast signals, and plead guilty;
• And in 2007 was found guilty of Kidnapping and Armed Robbery in Clark County, Nevada and imprisoned, with convictions upheld by the Nevada Supreme Court;
• And was granted parole 9 years later.

He also published a ghost written book in 2007 entitled “If I Did It,” which was not received well to critical review, and was thought by many to be a confession of sorts, and all royalties from the sales of that book were ordered by a court to be awarded to the Goldman family.

So yeah… perhaps it’s time to “OJ” the Liar-in-Chief POTUS Trump.

My opinion of the POS45’s 2019 SOTU was about the same as that of Republican Alabama senior Senator Richard Shelby, who on May 6, will become aged 85 this year – another Old White Man in the GOP:

Alabama Republican Senator Richard Shelby shares remarks following Trump’s government-shutdown-delayed 2019 SOTU.

“I thought it was OK; I thought he was not incendiary. We’ve heard it before. I haven’t heard anything new tonight. The president is always going to talk about a wall. We call it a barrier, a fence, a whatever. But we’ll see what happens.

“He reiterated his position, which he’s continued to do. Tomorrow, we might create a dynamic to move us together, or we might not, but we’re going to hear from the professionals.”

“The tone – I mentioned this earlier today – seems to be good. I talked to Nita about five or six o’clock today. I think they want to do it. We want to do it. We’re working hard at it.”

He was referring to House Appropriations Chairwoman Representative Nita M. Lowey, D-NY17.

Trumpanzee’s words and thoughts were rambling, disjointed, had no cogent or coherent unifying message, and in context, was delivered amidst a background of opposition from within, and without the GOP, and by Independent voters.

He’s DEFINITELY NOT an orator of any kind, and his messages, no matter their subject, are rarely convincing. His penchant to lie and distort the truth, has not served him nor the American people well, and practically everything he says – regardless the topic – is suspect. He is specious, vacuous, and inflammatory – NOT the hallmark of a diplomat, nor of a seasoned senior executive.

President Donald Trump turns to Speaker of the House, Representative Nancy Pelosi D-CA12, as he delivers his State Of The Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches, Tuesday, Feburary 5, 2019.

However, to his only meager credit, he did mention that the Congress passed, and that he signed the “Right To Try Act,” which physicians and others say will do little to help patients, because mechanisms have long been in place to do precisely that, by and through the Clinical Trials system for medications.

And when he said, “but we must reject the the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good,” and then turned to face Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, many thought that she earned another star in her crown as Queen of Internet Memes and imagined that she sarcastically “clapped back” at him. However, when later questioned about it, she said, “It wasn’t sarcastic. Look at what I was applauding. I wanted him to know that was a very welcome message.”

When he mentioned open prices for medical and healthcare procedures, he showed his utter ignorance and contradiction, because the PPACA, aka “ObamaCare,” does precisely that through Physician Sunshine Laws, and other measures to encourage openness and competition among healthcare entities like hospitals and clinics. And so, when he boasted about destroying the ACA (Affordable Care Act), he never mentioned the numerous outstanding and wonderful things it has already done. He and the GOP (in large part), simply pick away at it like a little boy continuously picking his nose, and then wondering why it bleeds.

Newly elected Democratic women symbolically wear suffrage white as President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019.

Increasingly, the GOP is becoming the Racist Old White Men’s Party, and Trump only obliquely acknowledged that when he looked at the newly-elected women – all Democrats, who symbolically dressed in white for suffrage – and said, “Don’t sit yet. You’re going to like this. And exactly one century after Congress passed the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before. (Applause.) (U-S-A chants.) That’s great. Very great. And congratulations. That’s great.”

And for a man whose primary existence is concerned with how he looks and outward appearances as much as he is, he was certainly blind to how he looked with his long red necktie askew (which NO ONE told him about), which I though of symbolically as “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

No one said anything to Trump about his askew tie before he spoke, which symbolically was much like the moral of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” fable.

And then, he simply couldn’t help himself, and departed from his prepared remarks by saying “They do bad, bad things,” in unsubstantiated accusation of Iran, claiming they’re state sponsors of terrorism, which all of our nation’s intelligence chiefs have testified before Congress under oath, and said is blatantly false. His phraseology sounds much like something one would say to a 3-year-old child, not a group of adults.

Of course about it all, I share the same opinion as late, former POTUS Theodore Roosevelt who, after his presidency wrote a regularly appearing column for the Kansas City Star newspaper.

In the May 7, 1918 edition published shortly before his January 6, 1919 death, he wrote an Op-Ed entitled “Sedition, a Free Press, and Personal Rule” which stated in pertinent part that,

Former POTUS Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) and grandson Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt, Jr. (1916-2000), c.1916 September 26.

“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”

(Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star: War-Time Editorials by Theodore Roosevelt; 1921, Ralph Stout, editor; p.149)

Truth.

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