'something measured, something great'
or what this girl likes to call, the next level after 'nothing ventured, nothing gained' in the natural order of a Trump public relations peaceful takeover.
what a night, what a night for America. psalm 2/28/2017 [and you'll just have to read back a few blogs, if you have no idea what I just did there....enjoy,]
And in case you missed the night...let me send you over to CNN (of all places...) to get the full text.
love how he begins...
Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation's path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.
Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice --- in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present.
That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.
and loved his redirection to what's ahead in America's near future, the context all Americans should be keeping in their hearts and minds, really:
In 9 years, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding -- 250 years since the day we declared our Independence.
It will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world.
But what will America look like as we reach our 250th year? What kind of country will we leave for our children?
loved the imagery and illustration as to how we, America, got here:
Then, in 2016, the earth shifted beneath our feet. The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds --- families who just wanted a fair shot for their children, and a fair hearing for their concerns.
But then the quiet voices became a loud chorus -- as thousands of citizens now spoke out together, from cities small and large, all across our country.
Finally, the chorus became an earthquake -- and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand, that America must put its own citizens first ... because only then, can we truly MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
loved this lead in...reflecting upon the promises made to America:
Above all else, we will keep our promises to the American people.and all of it is really good....you will just have to go to the CNN link for more, as this girl can't do all the work, you know.
It's been a little over a month since my inauguration, and I want to take this moment to update the Nation on the progress I've made in keeping those promises.
and of course, this reality check was well placed, and really, really huge:
According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country. We have seen the attacks at home --- from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon and yes, even the World Trade Center.
We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany and all over the world.
It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.
We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America -- we cannot allow our Nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.
That is why my Administration has been working on improved vetting procedures, and we will shortly take new steps to keep our Nation safe -- and to keep out those who would do us harm.
and umpteen standing O's later... he pointed out this lovely lady in the crowd:
Finally, I have kept my promise to appoint a Justice to the United States Supreme Court -- from my list of 20 judges -- who will defend our Constitution. I am honored to have Maureen Scalia with us in the gallery tonight. Her late, great husband, Antonin Scalia, will forever be a symbol of American justice. To fill his seat, we have chosen Judge Neil Gorsuch, a man of incredible skill, and deep devotion to the law. He was confirmed unanimously to the Court of Appeals, and I am asking the Senate to swiftly approve his nomination.
moving immediately into this reminder of what HE INHERITED from the Obama Administration:
Tonight, as I outline the next steps we must take as a country, we must honestly acknowledge the circumstances we inherited.
Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.
Over 43 million people are now living in poverty, and over 43 million Americans are on food stamps.
More than 1 in 5 people in their prime working years are not working.
We have the worst financial recovery in 65 years.
In the last 8 years, the past Administration has put on more new debt than nearly all other Presidents combined.
anyone remember what Barack Obama campaigned on in 2008? When he was in someone's backyard, saying it was UN-Patriotic for President Bush to double the debt during his eight years...and guess what happened during Obama's eight...DOUBLED THE DEBT of ALL 44 presidents to date, leading AMERICA into unsustainable economic territory totaling 20 TRILLION dollars in debt! So if A equals B and B equals C, then C equals A -- making Barack Obama the most UN-patriotic president ever.
and this was a good line...but again, you will need to refer to the CNN link for the context, as it's really pretty great...teehee:
They weren't even asking for change. But I am.
skip through a wee bit, and of course, more standing O's, we come to this:
Nations around the world, like Canada, Australia and many others --- have a merit-based immigration system. It is a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially. Yet, in America, we do not enforce this rule, straining the very public resources that our poorest citizens rely upon. According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America's taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.THANK YOU.
Switching away from this current system of lower-skilled immigration, and instead adopting a merit-based system, will have many benefits: it will save countless dollars, raise workers' wages, and help struggling families --- including immigrant families --- enter the middle class.
I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: to improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation's security, and to restore respect for our laws.
And then came this:
Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare.bada-bing bada-boom
Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America. The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do.
Our citizens deserve this, and so much more --- so why not join forces to finally get it done? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people.riiiiight?
and then, directing the audience to a young woman seated at the left hand of God and at the top of the chamber, a Megan Crowley... go T:
Today is Rare Disease day, and joining us in the gallery is a Rare Disease Survivor, Megan Crowley. Megan was diagnosed with Pompe Disease, a rare and serious illness, when she was 15 months old. She was not expected to live past 5.On receiving this news, Megan's dad, John, fought with everything he had to save the life of his precious child. He founded a company to look for a cure, and helped develop the drug that saved Megan's life. Today she is 20 years old -- and a sophomore at Notre Dame.Megan's story is about the unbounded power of a father's love for a daughter.But our slow and burdensome approval process at the Food and Drug Administration keeps too many advances, like the one that saved Megan's life, from reaching those in need.If we slash the restraints, not just at the FDA but across our Government, then we will be blessed with far more miracles like Megan.
In fact, our children will grow up in a Nation of miracles.great story, and it made a perfect lead in to education..."Education is the civil rights issue of our time," he said, and more.
But to achieve this future, we must enrich the mind --- and the souls --- of every American child.
And quickly pointing out Denisha Merriweather, a young woman who is well on her way to getting her Master's with the help of being able to choose her school with the help of a tax credit scholarship program! This stuff could happen every day, folks, every single day.
and it was quite entertaining when the president turned toward recognizing our men and women in uniform who protect our cities every single day, leading him into announcing a new program -- and half the chamber making the roar of boo's....and it wasn't from the right...
Police and sheriffs are members of our community. They are friends and neighbors, they are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters -- and they leave behind loved ones every day who worry whether or not they'll come home safe and sound.to where he added another redirection of our eyes....saying:
We must support the incredible men and women of law enforcement.
And we must support the victims of crime.
I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims. The office is called VOICE --- Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.
Joining us in the audience tonight are four very brave Americans whose government failed them.
Their names are Jamiel Shaw, Susan Oliver, Jenna Oliver, and Jessica Davis.
and briefly telling us about a day in the life of these four Americans.
THEN came the moment of the night, it was HUUUUUUGE...bigger than big, larger than life, even in death:
Finally, to keep America Safe we must provide the men and women of the United States military with the tools they need to prevent war and --- if they must --- to fight and to win.
I am sending the Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the Defense sequester, and calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.
My budget will also increase funding for our veterans.
Our veterans have delivered for this Nation --- and now we must deliver for them.
The challenges we face as a Nation are great. But our people are even greater.
And none are greater or braver than those who fight for America in uniform.
We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero --- battling against terrorism and securing our Nation.
but really, to understand what just happened, you really would have to be there. Carryn Owens received the honor and the blessings and a ruckus applause for what may have been two minutes and a day, not kidding. And my favorite moment, as many of you could well imagine, was probably this:
Ryan's legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom --- we will never forget him.At this point, Carryn was standing, taking it all in, with tears streaming down her cheeks and the president looking up to her with his full attention and honor. What a moment, what a moment it was to bear witness.
love this, too:
Free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people --- and America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America. But we know that America is better off, when there is less conflict -- not more.
America is willing to find new friends, and to forge new partnerships, where shared interests align. We want harmony and stability, not war and conflict.and this:
We want peace, wherever peace can be found. America is friends today with former enemies. Some of our closest allies, decades ago, fought on the opposite side of these World Wars. This history should give us all faith in the possibilities for a better world.
Hopefully, the 250th year for America will see a world that is more peaceful, more just and more free.
Imagine the wonders our country could know in America's 250th year.
Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people.and this, leading us into the big finish, big finish indeed:
...When we have all of this, we will have made America greater than ever before. For all Americans.
This is our vision. This is our mission.
But we can only get there together.
We are one people, with one destiny.
We all bleed the same blood.
We all salute the same flag.
And we are all made by the same God.
And when we fulfill this vision; when we celebrate our 250 years of glorious freedom, we will look back on tonight as when this new chapter of American Greatness began.
The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us...
...I am asking all citizens to embrace this Renewal of the American Spirit. I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country. And I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment and --"THE TIME FOR SMALL THINKING IS OVER. THE TIME FOR TRIVIAL FIGHTS IS BEHIND US."
Believe in yourselves.
Believe in your future.
And believe, once more, in America.
Thank you, God bless you, and God Bless these United States.
you can say that again, say that again.
We are all made by the same God, as one people, as individuals, as each and every one of us grows to being in alignment with whatever purpose God has graced us with.... "in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Note the context of these words, cemented into the very foundation of this nation.
Generally speaking, our founders built our future -- the one also etched into eternity -- upon large ideas, ensuring the freedom for all, in the small, to figure it all out for ourselves with pure, unadulterated freedom. The Constitution of the United States of America requires a duty; that being active duty, to steal a phrase and context of the military -- an active, faithful, enterprising, independent spirit and duty from all of us, in order for each generation to be guaranteed this level of greatness. This is no small task, and yet, we have allowed the citizens of this great nation to become distracted.
Last night was entirely about re-direction for the nation; and oh, how splendid did it feel?!
"If the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?"
I believe this president, President Trump, understands a thing or two about foundations.
And even though my trust is fully in God Almighty, above all things and everything -- day by day, this girl is surprisingly growing to love this president. love love love
...And might I be so bold as to believe that every purpose under heaven is singing it's praises today.
Make it a Good Day, G