a reply to: seagull
Yeah, I agree... Kennedy was about as bad as I could have imagined. In his defense, how does one refute a speech that clearly reached across the aisle
and offered deals that no true Republican pundit would ever have considered? That's why I voted for Trump... because I didn't then, don't now, and
never expect to see him as a dyed-in-the-wool Republican. He's more of a populist on the Republican ticket.
Had Kennedy had any sense, he would have thrown together something unspecific but agreeing in principle only with Trump's proposals, to save face yet
leave an opening to fight on when the details came out. But he didn't. Instead he threw out what sounded like a stream of consciousness of talking
points, with no reference to the speech he was supposed to be rebutting.
Overall, I am pleased with the general proposals Trump has laid out. He spoke on topic, with great segways and effective use of the people he invited
in order to drive home his points. He praised America instead of condemning us, something that was once considered a foregone conclusion but recently
has become far too rare. He challenged America to do better, and clearly explained what he wanted to accomplish to help us do better.
The Democratic response to him, both during his speech and afterward, was embarrassing. A refusal to stand or applaud those who have given and lost so
much... including a war hero, grieving families of crime victims, and a North Korean refugee who was trying to help those left behind, holding up the
crutches he had to use after North Korea amputated his legs without anesthesia. They came off, IMO, as beyond petty... spoiled, pouting brats that had
no respect for anyone but are full of irrational hatred for someone that loves America. The official response compared to Trump's speech like a crayon
drawing from a three-year-old compares to the Mona Lisa.
Maxine Waters did the smartest thing she could have done... bailed.
As others have mentioned, I want to see action now. Trump finished the easy part; he talked about it. Now do it. But based on his record so far, I do
actually have hope he will do it. I haven't had that in a very long time. It feels good.
I do believe this was the turning point for the 2018 elections, and the Democrats blew it.