The President gave his first speech to Congress. He did a bang-up job, according to the experts, because he managed to have a "better tone" and he "stuck to the teleprompter." Bravo for him!
I was listening to what he said. He got a weak concern for recent terrorism against Jewish Community Centers and Cemeteries, and also the horrendous racial attack that killed one Indian Immigrant and wounded another (plus, an American who came to their rescue). What he didn't say, was that there have also been Mosque's attacked, the most recent being burned to the ground, and that the attacker in Kansas City shot those men because he thought they were Muslims. He left Muslims off the speech, tonight. Big surprise, given he wants to try to claim they are the only ones who commit acts of terrorism, and therefore we need to agree with his ban. He also insinuated that illegal immigrants are violent criminals. We didn't hear about the tens of millions who live quiet, productive lives working here. Now, he is setting up a Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime unit. Great. Just like the Nazis did with the Jews. His emphasis on making taxpayers pay for school vouchers, even to religious schools, is concerning. After all, our Sec. of Education continues to make missteps.
Now, let's look at what he IS DOING rather than what he is SAYING.
For a summary, I am linking to this New York Magazine article.
He signed a withdrawal of EPA protections on streams. He wants to increase the military budget at the cost of the State Department budget, despite the fact that the one agreed conclusion of the Benghazi investigations was that the State Department is UNDERFUNDED.
The deportation round-up is horrifying, and more so when you learn that the people will be held in private prisons. Yes, prisons that love inmates because they make a profit off of them. Our new Attorney General has overturned President Obama's order banning the use of private prisons for federal criminals. The corruption potential here seems overwhelming.
Therefore, we must pay attention to what he does, rather than what he says.
Personally, I am just trying to keep up. I am trying to stay active. Our local Indivisible group held a powerful silent protest, just signs, as our Sen., Susan Collins left her radio interview at Maine Public Radio. There was also a town hall with Rep. Bruce Poliquin, which he did not bother to attend. It was dignified and recorded to provide to him.
P. S., There is this, for a little chuckle, if you have managed to gain back your sense of humor.