President Obama never mentioned Donald Trump by name, but he destroyed the basis for the GOP front runner’s 2016 campaign with one paragraph in his State Of The Union.
The President said:
America has been through big changes before – wars and depression, the influx of immigrants, workers fighting for a fair deal, and movements to expand civil rights. Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future; who claimed we could slam the brakes on change, promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control. And each time, we overcame those fears. We did not, in the words of Lincoln, adhere to the “dogmas of the quiet past.” Instead we thought anew, and acted anew. We made change work for us, always extending America’s promise outward, to the next frontier, to more and more people. And because we did – because we saw opportunity where others saw only peril – we emerged stronger and better than before.
What was true then can be true now. Our unique strengths as a nation – our optimism and work ethic, our spirit of discovery and innovation, our diversity and commitment to the rule of law – these things give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security for generations to come.
Donald Trump is trying to scare the country into electing him president, but his fear campaign ran into an Obama brick wall. The President is laying out a vision of where America is going and what the nation can be.
Unlike Trump, Obama isn’t scaring the country by playing on its darkest fears. President Obama is laying out a vision of leadership that will carry America into its next great decade.
President Obama didn’t have to mention Donald Trump by name. Everyone knew who he was talking about. Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is based on a fear of the future. Obama shined the light of truth on to that fear and revealed the empty words of a demagogue.
Obama’s last State Of The Union contained all of the vision and optimism that is missing in the Republican Party. President Obama has embedded hope into the soul of the Democratic Party, and it is this hope and optimism that will carry a new Democrat to the White House in 2016.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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