Democrats’ ‘Sit-In’ Is a Stain on Their White Coats


The success of the State of the Union tackle is normally measured in standing ovations, however President Trump’s 2019 speech is finest measured by how usually Democrats stayed planted of their seats.

The president challenged Individuals to “select greatness,” however the dour Democrats continued to decide on resistance, forgetting that cameras documented each occasion after they felt it inappropriate to have a good time the successes not simply of this president however of the American folks he serves. The impact was maybe exaggerated by the choice of the Democratic girls of Congress to decorate in white in honor of the ladies’s suffrage motion, which succeeded in profitable girls the vote 100 years in the past. They had been actually essentially the most seen faction within the viewers, and drew the eye they little doubt needed, however might reside to remorse.

President Trump started his speech on a notice of lodging. “We meet tonight at a second of limitless potential … hoping we are going to govern not as two events however as one nation. … Victory will not be profitable for our get together; victory is profitable for our nation.” The gauntlet was thrown down, and now it will be seen whether or not Democrats might reside as much as their rhetoric of working collectively or would as an alternative undertake the partisan path of resistance. Vice President Mike Pence stood to honor nationwide unity, as did the Republican half of the Congress, however Democrats appeared reluctant. Ultimately, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi begrudgingly rose and applauded, as did among the Democrats within the chamber, however most of the girls in white stay seated, setting the precedent for a lot of the night.

The Democrats did appear to agree with the president that “[t]right here’s nothing on the planet that may compete with America,” however when he received to the specifics, there was an enormous enthusiasm hole between the Republican imaginative and prescient and the Democratic response.

“We should reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the frequent good,” the president stated.

Right here, Pelosi stood enthusiastically and did her seemingly pretend applause of the president’s suggestion, however the brand new religious chief of the Democrats — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — sat sternly in continued resistance to the decision for frequent good, flanked on both facet by loyal foot troopers who regarded able to take a bullet for his or her younger basic.

Trump continued: “We should select between greatness or gridlock, outcomes or resistance, imaginative and prescient or vengeance, unbelievable progress or pointless destruction. Tonight I ask you to decide on greatness.”

It was a well-written exhortation to work collectively for the American people who was embraced by the Republicans within the room and, if the polls are to be believed, by the overwhelming majority of Individuals watching on TV, however that meant nothing to a lot of the Democrats. Nothing. Particularly from the white coats. No response. The way it should have aggravated them to have rogue Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia seated straight in entrance of them, the place he ceaselessly popped up and applauded the idea of getting issues finished to higher our nation.

However for the reason that white coats supposedly spoke for the common American, absolutely they should have applauded when the president informed the success story of the American financial system. No. You’ll be unsuitable to suppose so. Because the president recounted the historic lows in unemployment for blacks, Latinos and Asian-Individuals, the Democrats couldn’t be bothered to face and even applaud politely. There they sat. When the president introduced that “[u]nemployment for Individuals with disabilities has additionally reached an all-time low,” the digital camera panned throughout the white-coated exemplars of compassion and empathy to seek out them scratching their noses or pulling their ear lobes, in search of all of the world like they might not care much less.

It was comprehensible why the Democrats didn’t stand to applaud when President Trump celebrated the loss of life of the person mandate in Obamacare, however what purpose did they’ve for not becoming a member of him in celebrating the brand new “Proper to Attempt” laws that opened the door for the terminally in poor health to make use of experimental medicines? Presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stood, however the place had been her colleagues?

Vitality independence? When Trump introduced that “america is now the No. 1 producer of oil and pure fuel wherever on the planet,” you’d have anticipated a bipartisan standing ovation, proper? This, in any case, has been a objective of American financial and international coverage for many years! However the white coats of give up had been having none of it. Once more, solely lonely Joe Manchin stood and applauded, winking on the president for good measure.

Fifteen minutes into the speech, Trump weaved within the compulsory “The state of our union is robust,” and also you may need been forgiven for considering that the Democrats had been pawns of Putin for a way upset they appeared by the excellent news. When did a powerful nation turn into a partisan applause line? Undecided, however it should give Russian oligarchs some consolation to know that America’s leaders can’t even agree on one thing as basic as that.

Maybe it was no accident that President Trump timed his one reference to the Russia Hoax investigation instantly after he trapped the Democrats into doing Russia’s bidding.

“An financial miracle has taken place in america,” Trump stated, “and the one issues that may cease it are silly wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations. If there may be going to be peace and laws, there can’t be conflict and investigation. It simply doesn’t work that manner. We have to be united at house to defeat our adversaries overseas.”

These phrases little doubt aggravated his political enemies, however there may be additionally little doubt of their reality. Every single day spent attempting to take down this president is a day wasted in governing.

No higher instance of that may be discovered than in border safety. Everybody acknowledges that Democrats had been for a border wall earlier than they had been in opposition to it. The one factor totally different now could be that Trump was elected president by promising that he would truly “construct that wall” as an alternative of simply speaking about it. Democrats surmise that if they provide him the wall, they may even be giving him an open highway to re-election. Due to this fact, the president’s clear and forceful enunciation of the significance of a border wall was most likely essentially the most terrifying side of the night time for the opposition get together.

“Republicans and Democrats should be a part of forces once more to confront an pressing nationwide disaster. Congress has 10 days left to cross a invoice that can fund our authorities, shield our homeland and safe our very harmful southern border. Now’s the time for Congress to point out the world that America is dedicated to ending unlawful immigration and placing the ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug sellers and human traffickers out of enterprise.” Wild applause by Republicans and Homeland Safety Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Head-shaking by Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris. Scowls from white-coated suffragettes.

The president described the hazards of unlawful immigration, each to those that search a greater life in America and to these Individuals put in danger by immigrants who include lower than honorable intentions. But the Democrats didn’t seem to get it. To whom are they beholden? Why did they bitter when the president declared, “I need folks to return into our nation within the largest numbers ever, however they’ve to return in legally”? Can anybody clarify when it turned OK for America’s lawmakers to supply cowl for lawbreakers?

Maybe the spotlight of the night was the president’s vow that “America won’t ever be a socialist nation.” As he accurately declared, “America was based on liberty and independence and never authorities coercion, domination and management. We’re born free and we are going to keep free.” To shouts of “U-S-A,” the digital camera lingered on the face of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, who regarded like he would fairly be anyplace on the planet at the moment, possibly even in oppressive Venezuela.

For the remainder of us, it was a refreshing affirmation of the ideas that made America nice within the first place, and which ought to maintain us secure, sturdy and safe sooner or later — so long as we do certainly “select greatness.”

Frank Miele, the retired editor of the Day by day Inter Lake in Kalispell Mont., is a columnist for RealClearPolitics. His “Why We Wanted Trump” trilogy is out there at Amazon. Go to him at to touch upon this column or comply with him on Fb @HeartlandDiaryUSA or on Twitter @HeartlandDiary.