Amanda Head here, back with Friday's Rebel Buzz! Let's start off with a light topic for this week. And by light topic, I mean, it had no impact on the lives of practically anyone:
Well, it was pretty much the same at the Grammys. But trashier.
(Oh and Cher, a little tip, dear: you can't wear that anymore; I don't even know what you were wearing but unless it's a tarp and there's a tag on your toe, you're probably not dressed appropriately.)
Aside from heinous wardrobe choices, the show turned political almost immediately, with celebrities like host James Corden, Paris Jackson and Jennifer Lopez denigrating the current state of affairs in this country and, of course, President Trump.
In her speech, Jennifer Lopez said:
"At this particular point in history, our voices are needed more than ever. This is precisely the time when artists go to work."
Oh, really? That's rich coming from Lopez, who’s overpaid for what many consider a cushy dream job!
(Hollywood side-note here, but I've also been told by one of her reps that she's a royal pain in the bootylicious backside.)
Of course, the icing on the Grammys cake was when Hillary Clinton read an excerpt from Michael Wolff's salacious work of fiction, Fire and Fury. The saddest part of all is that Mrs. Clinton still thinks she's relevant. To be fair, in Hollywood, ostensibly she is.
But to the rest of America, she’s a bad joke with an even worse punchline. It's pitiful, albeit fully deserved for a woman who has lied, cheated, and stolen throughout her career as a public servant. I'd provide you with a list of the Grammy winners… but, there’s Google for that.
Moving on... possibly one of the best moments this week came during President Trump’s State of the Union address. It was one of the best speeches in my lifetime. I believe that if you're a conservative never-Trumper, or part of the Left’s “Resist” movement — if you heard that speech and didn't believe in what Donald Trump is trying to achieve for this country, you very well might just hate America.
I can come to no other conclusion.
He spoke of unity, equal opportunity and prosperity, and of a new tide of optimism sweeping across the land. He talked about making America great again, for all Americans.
Our president commended heroes of the Las Vegas massacre, the Cajun Navy in Houston, and the firefighters in California. Yet when he proposed to set aside differences, to seek out common ground with Democrats, Chuck Schumer scowled and Nancy Pelosi squirmed like her chamber seat was a fire-ant bed.
When discussing unemployment numbers declining, specifically among the Black and Hispanic communities, Democrats frowned and refrained from clapping...because TRUMP did it. Not them. Not their poster boy Barack Obama. And not their geriatric queen of failure, Hillary.
Trump covered many topics during his nearly hour-and-a-half long speech, which was interrupted over a hundred times by standing applause.
He discussed the influx of new jobs and companies moving or returning to manufacture on American soil. He talked about judicial appointments, Veterans reform, regulation rollback, the opioid crisis, and immigration.
The latter part of his speech covered our military and the new rules of engagement which no longer undermine our military with artificial timelines. And, taking a beautiful dig at the previous administration, Trump said that we will “no longer tell our enemies our plans."
After touting a few more promises kept, including recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel; and keeping detention facilities open at Guantanamo Bay, Trump closed with:
"As long as we have our confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will never fail. Our families will thrive, our people will prosper, and our nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free."
Cheers of "USA! USA! USA!" reverberated throughout the chamber as Democrats like Rep. Luis Gutierrez stormed out.
Which brings me back to President Trump’s plans for DACA.
Let’s be real. Democrats would likely boot the entire DACA population from our country if Democrats were not guaranteed their future votes.
Democrats don’t care about the DACA population’s well-being. If they did, they’d applaud Trump’s plans. Yet when President Trump spoke during his State of the Union Address about the "four pillars" of his immigration proposal, Democrats booed.
Yes, like drunk football fans, like petulant children, they booed.
Trump’s first "pillar" maps out a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were brought here as minors by their parents. They would have to meet education and work requirements and show good moral character.
Over a twelve year plan, meeting those requirements, they would be eligible for citizenship. So there you go, Democrats. But in return, "pillars" two, three and four require a fully secure border, ending catch-and-release practices, ending the visa lottery program and ending chain migration.
Seems reasonable, right? Nope. Liberals will fight it with their wilting clenched fists every step of the way. Because … it won’t deliver them enough votes in the end.
And let’s remember that five years ago under Barack Obama, the entire Democratic Caucus voted to build 700 miles of fencing along the southern border.
All in all, Americans were overwhelmingly pleased with the President's first State of the Union Address.
President Trump said he was reaching across the isle to democrats to overcome some major challenges and enact historical legislation. I'm hopeful that Democrats join him and other Republicans, but I'm skeptical.
My momma didn't raise no fool, but let's pray that happens...