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Kung Fu Zu
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on: February 5, 2019, 19:44
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If you watched the State of the Union speech last night, you saw an amazing display by the president. Everyone liked to say that the Obamanation was a great speaker, and it is true he could say nothing about as well as anyone I have ever seen, but Trump is the best speechifier since Reagan. Maybe better than Reagan.

Trump was, unapologetically, pro-American. He praised our history without the usual, "of course we have made our mistakes" and other such qualifications.

My wife said that one of the main reasons she likes Trump is that he clearly and unashamedly loves this country. As a naturalized American, who came here legally and chose to become a citizen, maybe she has a better appreciation of this love than many of those of us who were born Americans.

The above is what I wrote about last year's State of the Union Speech. I just listened to this year's and can basically use my above comments for this year's speech. After the speech, I listened to a few lefty news commentators and they all said how bad the speech was. I had to laugh. They really are very stupid people or are so blinded by hate that they cannot see how Trump is speaking past them to the American people. As my wife says, "good, hopefully the fools will not figure out what is happening and continue to misunderstand what Trump is doing."

Trump's speech was unabashedly AMERICAN. He is much more pro-American than any other president I have seen since Reagan. And he drives this home with the people he invites to the speech.

I would say that there were three big themes to the speech.

1. The economy. I was very happy that he pounded on this subject. The Trump economy is significantly better than the Obama economy by just about every metric. He needs to keep pounding away.

2. Border security. He did not threaten to call a state of emergency but spent a good amount of time on this subject. I believe he must now follow through or else he is done.

3. He mentioned the abominable late term abortion/infanticide law in New York and stated that the governor of Virginia called for the execution of infants. He then called for a ban on late-term abortions nation wide. I do not recall any other president pointing directly at those who call for murder (Virginia governor) and coming out so strongly on this subject in a major speech. I think this is a big winner for him.

He also spent a few lines on socialism and made very clear that the USA was not built on socialism and will never become socialist. Again, I think this is a winner for him.

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on: February 5, 2019, 19:56
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My favorite moment came when he introduced the Dachau survivor, and then pointed out the D-Day soldier who was one of the liberators -- and he had them sitting next to each other. Very, very good staging -- and he used it to make a valuable point about American exceptionalism.

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on: February 5, 2019, 20:15
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I also loved the Dachau moment. My wife loved the fact that Trump was forcing the Dims to keep standing up because of the people he was introducing and the pro-American rhetoric. They must have hated it.

I also liked Trump's repeating the story told him by the man who had been a little boy in a concentration camp and was in a railcar about to be sent to another camp. The train suddenly stopped and this frightened everyone until the door was opened and his father yelled, "It's the Americans, it's the Americans!"

It was also eye opening to Nancy Pelosi trying to keep the Dims from booing and interrupting during the speech. She had to hold up her hand and motion for them to settle down a number of times throughout the speech.

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on: February 6, 2019, 11:31
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Trump: Love America (no "warts and all" disclaimer")

The Left: American is nothing but warts.

Most people even today have no idea of the deep and abiding animosity that the Left and Democrats have toward this country. Hate is their unifying force. Destruction is their means. Destruction is also their goal. They just hate while throwing themselves their own Indulgences for this hate and destruction by making idols of the poor, illegal aliens, and homosexuals.

On a large scale, this has me thinking about Satan lately. A lot of people would pooh-pooh the idea of evil incarnate….as do I in most cases.

And yet even if one is a complete materialist, the substance of what you and I are as a living human being is but an incarnation of some kind (both good and evil, for sure). Out of matter – by whatever means — has come us. It’s thus not so much of a stretch to imagine some kind of evil personified.

There’s no question in my mind that both Islam and the Left are doing Satan’s work and are fully infused with that dark soul. No question.

But given that most people today (even those who go to church) aren’t religious, this devil easily slips under their radar for, after all, they don’t really believe in these things.

As they say, Satan’s greatest achievement has been to make us believe he doesn’t exist. (I’m not sure that a true Pope exists either at the moment. Francis also is infused with the dark soul of Satan, or at least Karl Marx — same difference.)

It’s bad enough that they enthusiastically champion the killing of the unborn. But we see the dark heart of a Satan-infused movement when they begin even championing with gusto the killing of those who are already born.

Trump is a braggart, a liar, a womanizer, and a vulgar person. He’s a demagogue and representative of some of the worst aspects of pop culture. But I don’t have the feeling that he shares the dark heart of the awful Nancy Pelosi, for instance. Like Satan, he has a liar’s tongue. But he seems to be generally a force for good, even if he doesn’t understand why this is so himself.

I won’t put too much into the theatre of the State of the Union. This liar still hasn’t built the wall. We should be careful that we aren’t rope-a-doped by Trump playing right against left for affect. Build the damn wall and then I’ll get exited about shaming the Democrats. But at least he is doing that – something the feckless RINOs never will.

As much as it might give us pleasure to see the evil Nancy Pelosi publicly ridiculed, I think we have to be very careful that we’re not just being drawn into The Daily Drama. Build the damn wall, Donald. But although he speaks with a forked tongue, I don’t think he’s actually holding a pitchfork like these other bastards.

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on: February 6, 2019, 11:48
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Fredric Brown once wrote a very short story in which someone offered a $20 bet that an irreligious man at heart really did believe in -- or at least consider as possible -- the devil. He demonstrates it by offering to buy his immortal soul for that sum. The guy decides not to take the chance. Of course, as I've noted before, in the Twilight Zone episode "Printer's Devil" the devil uses this approach more successfully, partly because the newspaper editor really hardly has a choice (or so he thinks).

Today, a lot of people would willingly sell their souls. They'd better hope the devil never does come -- but then, why should he bother? Such people are probably already going there anyway. (This came up in Sunday night's hour-long Twilight Zone episode on MeTV, "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville".)

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on: February 6, 2019, 12:51
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Today, a lot of people would willingly sell their souls.

The abortion issue alone proves that.

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on: February 6, 2019, 12:58
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One of my favorite "Deals with the Devil" stories involves a guy who gets a fortune selling someone else's soul. He accidentally called up a demon and arranged to win a series of football pools. The guy running them saw that he was over a barrel and signed over his soul. He wasn't too upset about it, though, because the demon showed a lack of business acumen, either failing or being unable to check his files. "How do you think I got the money for this in the first place?"

As for Botox Nan, she wasn't as bad as I expected. She clapped politely on occasion, and (like most of the women) was very happy when Trump brought up how many women there are now in Congress. Of course, in that case they were basically applauding themselves.

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on: February 6, 2019, 13:18
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I won’t put too much into the theatre of the State of the Union.

I would extend that to speeches in general. Rhetoric is by definition manipulative. This is one reason people instinctively dislike politicians. It is a subject I broached very slightly with Edmund Barker the former Minister of Law for Singapore. When I mentioned how politicians used a lot of rhetoric he was a little surprised at my irritation and said something to the effect "But it's a politician's job to convince people in order to get things done."

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on: February 6, 2019, 14:58
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Mr. Kung, I didn’t wish to detract from your sincere and enthusiastic post with my negative vibes. Sometimes it’s just enough to have a politician unabashedly proud of his country in the face of these America-hating Marxist assholes.

I just have to remind myself, perhaps, not to mistake the rhetoric for action. But I like that Trump (according to you) painted an implicit contrast between himself and these America-hating Marxist assholes.

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on: February 6, 2019, 15:17
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I didn’t wish to detract from your sincere and enthusiastic post with my negative vibes. Sometimes it’s just enough to have a politician unabashedly proud of his country in the face of these America-hating Marxist assholes.

I did not take your comments amiss. In fact, I am very skeptical as regards speeches. I cannot help but pick them apart as they are being made, sifting through the high-sounding banalities (the greater percentage of political speeches) in order to find the occasional meaningful statement. In truth, I think much of Trump's speech was manipulative and I can't help but admire the way he handled things. While most of what politicians say in such situations is cynical fluff, I understand that it is often necessary fluff.

Trump's speech was a very heavy-handed slap in the face of the Dims. He spread the pro-Americanism on very thick and dared the Dims to respond. Such is the nature of speechmaking. One doesn't inspire a country with a recitation from the Federal Register. High-flying language is part of the deal and I am, frankly, surprised at how good Trump is at this sort of thing. He doesn't do details in his speeches and that is certainly good for mass politics.

After hearing more of the silly opinions expressed by the pundits after his speech, I can't help but be amazed at how completely disconnected from reality they are. One significant cause of this stupidity is their intellectual arrogance.

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