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The State of the Union – Lookin’ Good!

Has there ever been so much negative rhetoric about an American President?  Have we ever witnessed so many protests?  Have we ever seen such division in the country? When was the last time we experienced so much turmoil and unrest within the government, people in key positions being fired or resigning? And when was the last time we heard teenagers making their opinions known concerning political issues? Wow! What an exciting time to be an American! No, I’m not being sarcastic--I’m serious. What makes a democracy strong?  Diversity--diversity in ideas, opinions and perspectives. Citizens getting involved in issues, laws and policies strengthen our country.  Not since the Vietnam conflict have we witnessed so much active citizen participation in political affairs.  When was the last time we had a president that was so robust and unpredictable, disrupted the status quo and shook us to action? When was the last time the rest of the world was reminded that America is truly a world power? The sleeping giant is no longer asleep! 
Of course, this president is not loved by everyone, maybe not even by the majority. That’s because this is no ordinary president. He is no ordinary politician. He is confident to the point of conceit. He is not concerned about public opinion.  He is unpredictable, sometimes talking without thinking, sometimes stretching the truth, sometimes missing the truth altogether; he is brash and abrasive and he is exactly what this country needs at this time in history to force the kinds of changes that need to be made. Don’t agree? Well, look at the economy.  One can say that the current upturn is only temporary but that’s no more than opinion.  The facts according to CNN Money (August 8, 2017), a reporting service that is not normally pro-Trump, are as follows:

The unemployment rate is 4.3%, a 16-year low. The economy has added more than 1 million jobs since Trump took office.
Housing prices are “red hot”. The average price for an existing home in June was a record $263,800, or 6.5% higher than a year ago. And borrowing money to buy a house remains relatively affordable, despite recent interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. The average rate for a 30-year mortgage is just 3.93%, according to Freddie Mac, down from 4.02% three months ago.
Lending is up. Consumers aren't borrowing just to buy homes. They're taking on debt for cars and using credit cards for lots of other things.
Americans had $3.843 trillion in loans outstanding in May, up from $3.766 trillion at the end of last year, according to the Fed.
And businesses are borrowing more, reversing a trend from earlier this year.
Trade is doing well. The trade deficit fell slightly in June from three months ago, to $43.6 billion. That's the lowest since just before the election.
America's suddenly vibrant oil industry is a big reason the balance is shifting. Thanks to technologies like fracking, the United States exported more crude in June and imported less.

This week, America, along with its allies, orchestrated a missile attack on Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons against their own population.  Our position as a world power is resounding around the globe.  Even North Korea is thinking twice about their relationship with America and other countries around the world. 

Okay, so many people don’t like his moral behavior. Two of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct have confessed that their affair was consensual.  Then they accepted money to keep it quiet.  Let’s see, consensual sex, taking money…we used to call that prostitution!  But no one wants to call these women what they are because of the MeToo movement and political correctness. We should call it for what it is. Daniels is a porn star.  That means she engages in sex for money and does it on videotape! So, why do we care about who she screwed off-camera?

So the guy likes to screw around.  Morality is a subjective thing. Prostitution is permitted in some religions and in many cultures.  Of course it usually goes by other names.  On April 9, 2018 the Business Insider wrote: “More than a third of the men who've occupied the Oval Office have been either accused of sexual misconduct, alleged to have had an affair, fathered a child out of wedlock with someone they were conducting such an affair with, or boasted of their extramarital sexual escapades.” These presidents and their sexual behavior is well documented; just Google “Presidents and Sex Scandals”.

So what’s the big deal?  If we want a president who conforms to our moral standards we’d have to elect Jesus and he’s no longer available. Good ole James Comey says that Trump is morally unfit to be president. As far as I know, we’ve never set moral perfection as a prerequisite for the presidency.  In fact, there are so many opinions on morality such a standard would be impossible to draft. A man or woman’s personal life is their business. 

It seems people are always crying out for transparency within our government. How much more transparent can a man be then President Trump? If you want to know how he feels, what he thinks or how he stands on an issue, just look at his tweets! You don’t get much more transparent than that.

I guess there are those who have their own criteria of how a president should act but, quite frankly, I want a president who puts America first, who builds our economy and protects our citizens.  Like him or not, in Donald Trump we have that president.

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