Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
"A wall by any other name is still a wall."
The American people have spoken, and they agree with President Trump.
Tuesday's State of the Union Address represented a pivotal point in the Trump presidency. It came amidst a government shutdown that the Left is still hoping would be fatal to the President's chances at getting reelected. It also came after a delay promulgated by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who insisted that 1) there would not be a dollar for the wall; and 2) there would be no negotiations while the government was shut down. Pelosi and her band of minions were confident that the President was losing. That he was in the wrong. That the American people were finally opening to her view that Trump was harmful to America and that his policies were insupportable.
Then the most magnificent thing happened. President Trump delivered his speech. He was magnanimous, strong, and bold. He painted a positive picture of America and of the people that make up the country. Immediately, the Left described the speech as discombobulated, petty, divisive, and even "dog poop."
But then an even more magnificent thing happened. The American people responded. A CNN poll found that 76% of those who watched the speech gave the President a favorable rating. A CBS poll also conducted after the speech arrived at an identical approval number.
CBS's poll showed 72% approved with the President on immigration policy, and 59% said the speech was not just one that they approved, but they ranked it as "very positive." And more ominously to the Democrats, the partisan breakdown of the approval numbers showed 97% of Republicans approved of the speech compared to 30% of the Democrats. And even more distressing for Pelosi and the Democrat Party, 82% of Independents, the group that Democrats continue to insist decide the outcome of elections, sided with Trump.
Undoubtedly, it is far too early to make any conclusions about the State of the Union Address's effects on President's chances of attaining reelection and of the Democrats' abilities to keep the House in 2020. Suffice it to say, that the results of polls conducted by organizations that consistently jibe to the left delineate an emphatic support for the President generally and for border security; a strong message to Speaker Pelosi that it is time for her to give up the ghost on her argument against barriers to our southern border and support appropriating money to build the wall.
This may explain why Pelosi said on Wednesday that she would abide by whatever recommendations were made by House and Senate negotiators in the issue of immigration, thus potentially opening an exit strategy for her on building the wall.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and served in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.comto arrange a lecture or book signing.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Dr. Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon and lawyer serving as State Representative for South Sarasota County in Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages