Chairman’s Corner by Scott McGraw

What a great speech President Trump gave for the State of the Union address a couple days ago. We had a great gathering at the KGOP office for the speech and had plenty of food from some great cooks we have in this party! Ann Davey Koomans and Wanda Arbuckle really went over the top by preparing a smorgasbord instead of just bringing a dish to pass. Thank you, ladies!

Now, I thought I had a really good speech at our January luncheon – talking about the State of the KGOP. Of course, I’m a little bias toward myself. Then, I was fortunate enough to get invited by State Sen. Margaret O’Brien to attend the State of the State address by Gov. Rick Snyder. I have to admit, Snyder did a better job than I did with his speech. In fact, it was probably his best speech over the seven years of his leadership.

I’ve attended three of his State of the State addresses and I have been critical of the governor for the other two I went to. In fact, I think he got it all wrong two years ago when he basically took responsibility over the Flint water crisis. It was a brave and noble thing to do, but it changed his legacy and defined the issue for the Democrats: Blame Rick Snyder. I believe it would have been better to define the issue between the locals and the Feds who allowed it to happen – but he didn’t ask me.

President Trump fared much better with his first State of the Union address; of course, the Democrats and mainstream media will tear it apart over the coming weeks. The speech focused largely on jobs and the economy in touting what he called a “new American moment.” It was a classic Reaganesque speech.

“There has never been a better time to start living the American dream,” he told Congress on Tuesday night. “We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work; we want every child to be safe in their home at night, and we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we love,” Trump said.

He struck several chords with his base, a mix between conservative Republicans and the fed-up working class. With patriotic tones throughout the address, Trump unveiled the dawn of a new era of making it politically correct to love our country again.

“We celebrate our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support,” he said. After honoring a young boy from California – who had placed American flags on the graves of fallen soldiers for Veterans Day – Trump praised the lad for reminding Americans of  “why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.”

I am very proud for what this country stands for and that our President is standing up for what is right about the United States. It’s the American people who make this country great and Trump is bringing the United States back to the forefront of what the “dream” is all about.

The media can talk all day long about his approval ratings and how Trump is hated in this country. It doesn’t bother me. Good leadership is not a popularity contest. Parents’ approval ratings are the lowest amongst their kids when they are doing a good job parenting. I think the presidency is probably very similar. When did being liked equate to being a good leader?

I really loved his statement about American citizens being dreamers, too. Over this nation’s history, it has been her people that made this country achieve success in so many ways. The people – not the government – have made this country great. This is so apropos with his slogan to “Make America Great Again!”

President Trump’s closing remarks said volumes about what his vision for this country will do for its people: “So, to every citizen watching at home tonight, no matter where you have been or where you have come from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, be anything. And together, we can achieve absolutely anything.”