Donald Trump's Speech

July 22, 2016 |

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The 2016 GOP Convention is over. Despite the Democrats’ and the media’s herculean efforts to distract Americans with nonsense (Queen was mad that Trump used their song! Trump kissed his Veep! Melania plagiarized a few clichés from Michelle! Donald Trump Jr.’s speechwriter plagiarized a line from himself! And dumbest of all, Laura Ingraham’s wave was really a Nazi salute!), there were no train wrecks, other than Ted Cruz running over himself. Donald Trump’s kids impressed the entire nation. A very convincing case was made to America that Hillary Clinton shouldn’t even be trusted to be president of the Justin Bieber Fan Club. And Trump himself gave a serious, hard-nosed, 76-minute acceptance speech, one of the longest on record – and he didn’t even go off-script. 

Trump’s speech was short on memorable rhetoric, but that’s as it should be. He’s not a honey-tongued politician. He’s the blunt, no-nonsense contractor from Queens that you call in to fix all the expensive disasters after you make the mistake of letting a leftist academic whose only talent is for speechmaking take over your house for a few years. Trump wasn’t there to soft-soap us with flowery verbiage and politically correct pussy-footing, he was there to assess the damage, deliver the bad news, and tell us straight what had to be done to fix it. Some commentators described it as a “macho” or “alpha male” speech, but that’s not quite true. It was just a speech by someone who knows a lot of problems have been festering and who wants to get to work fixing them before it’s too late. It was a builder’s speech.

It was easy to tell what the DNC talking points memo must’ve said, since the media write-ups all included the exact same focus group-tested words: Trump’s vision is “dark,” “fear-mongering” and “dystopian” (there’s a word you’ll never hear in a Trump speech!) Why, he thinks there are all these things wrong: the economy is stagnant, terrorists are attacking us at will, other countries are ripping us off, open borders are allowing in not just cheap labor but crime and formerly eradicated diseases. I guess from a corner office at the New York Times or a 20,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills or Silicon Valley, that’s all ludicrous: to those writing the anti-Trump op-eds and celebrity tweets from behind their security walls and armed guards, everything must look just peachy. Hillary Clinton will try to convince us that everything is going so well, we should sign up for four more years of it. But for most Americans, Trump wasn’t fear-mongering, he was being refreshingly honest. And the ultimate message of the speech was upbeat: our problems are bad but fixable if we replace the people causing them, and we can get past the politics of division, unite, and make America great again. What’s so dark about that?

I think Trump’s speech will go a long way toward convincing not only reluctant Republicans but also blacks, Hispanics and working class Democrats who’ve been left twisting in the wind by Obama to consider supporting Trump. That’s why I’m expecting Hillary to run the most vicious negative campaign in history: with her record and public image, what else can she do? Her only hope is to keep convincing the public that Trump is a cartoonish villain scarier than Freddy Kruger and even more racist than Democratic Party founder Andrew Jackson. In other words, even worse than her. Her problem is that the more they see Donald Trump, the more they’ll realize that’s not what he’s really like. And the more they see of Hillary Clinton, the more they’re reminded of what she really is like.

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  • Rochelle Parask

    08/06/2016 05:16 AM

    Donald has only to focus upon the utter failures of Brahma Bull and his temper. Hillary also has a temper. D.T. should hone in on the failures and how much he is going to do for the economy z d our safety. Just a few subjects at each speech is good enough. He cannot shove all his knowledge down the public's throats at once. Stop screaming and yelling and he will win. In North WI are mostly advertising Trump in Windows and yards. Some Trump people delivered me two signs . Within a few nights someone stole and ran away with them. I put up my own on bright tag board inside with does now. We cannot afford to have another regime of Obama Bull in office and or both Clinton's. I wonder if anyone forgot it was Billy boy who gave those North Koreans the rods to make nuclear war fare

    I am a female flight engineer of Korean War. AND yes it was war not a conflict.

    You were great standing in for Hsanmity.

  • Darrel Lemke

    07/24/2016 11:35 PM

    Dear Mr. Mike Huckabee,

    I believe that all “77” counties of the State of Oklahoma not voting for Barack Hussein Obama two elections in a row is relatively homogeneous.

    Is the State of Oklahoma One Nation under God?

    You may or may not reply.

    Darrel Lemke

    na·tion-state
    NOUN
    a sovereign state whose citizens or subjects are relatively homogeneous in factors such as language or common descent.

  • Darrel Lemke

    07/24/2016 11:03 PM

    Dear Mr. Mike Huckabee,

    I believe that which is herein may be true.

    The State of Oklahoma is One Nation under God, and a member of the Union of the Constitutional Republic of the United States, yet not a member of the United Nations.

    Darrel Lemke

  • Darrel Lemke

    07/23/2016 04:40 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,

    I was informed today that Hillary Clinton’s Vice Presidential pick defined her as being for everything that Mr. Trump is against. Mr. Trump has been defined as “The Law and Order” candidate; therefore he should be against “Lawlessness and Chaos”.

    Darrel Lemke

    From the Amplified Bible:

    II Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness [rebellion against divine authority and the coming reign of lawlessness] is already at work; [but it is restrained] only until he who now restrains it is taken out of the way.

  • Joanne Reese

    07/22/2016 03:58 PM

    It was a great speech and Trump's delivery was outstanding. Hope people now have a peek at the real Trump and not the one mainstream media portrays him to be.

  • John Shindlebower

    07/22/2016 02:56 PM

    What I saw at the RNC this week and particularly last night, was that the Republicans under Trump want to drastically distance themselves as the party that defense Christian values.

    Last night, the party embraced the LGBT agenda, gave only token acknowledgment to Christian conservatives, and Trump never once mentioned protecting the life of the unborn.

    Instead, we we told that silly culture wars were unimportant. I think our Founders would wholeheartedly disagree.

    Trump may want to make America more prosperous again, but in order to make America great again, will require a return to God. What I witnessed last night was a couple of giant steps in the opposite direction.

    I hate that Mike Huckabee seems to be walking lockstep down this path.

  • Janice May

    07/22/2016 01:58 PM

    I will vote for Trump, but I don't really like him. Mike mentioned about Laura's "Nazi salute" but watching her wonderful speech I did not see it! As for Ted Cruz, he had every right NOT to endorse Trump, the person who maligned his wife and as much as said his father was connected to JFK's assassination, and then never apologized. Trump is vindictive and is out to ruin Cruz's career because he came in second! Grow up, Trump!

  • Sue Bigsby

    07/22/2016 12:20 PM

    Excellent, honest and straight forward commentary on Mr. Trump's acceptance speech, Governor Huckabee!

  • Shoshanna Mann

    07/22/2016 11:59 AM

    I agree with Mike, and am glad he's made at least a 90 degree turn toward the people's choice. I want America to be great again, as I'm sure Mike does in his heart! Let's put down our weapons of Republican animosity and agree to help Trump help America! United we stand!

  • Seth Spofford

    07/22/2016 11:39 AM

    What is your thoughts about his support of LGBT? It is that group that on the surface has been most antagonistic toward true freedom in this country and he seems to be embracing that intolerance. They insist on criminalizing religious freedom and legislating from the bench.

  • Kimberly Robinson

    07/22/2016 10:37 AM

    I hope and pray that people wake up and realize that we need the help that Donald Trump is asking to give.
    God Bless America!