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Journal News: Read: Full transcript of Donald Trump's National Prayer Breakfast speech
Donald Trump just can't stay within the bounds of decorum. Presidents have traditionally given speeches at the annual National Prayer Breakfast usually with a theme of how faith based individuals and organizations have helped make our country a better place to live...the usual feel good stuff for those of faith. Nothing controversial ever.
You can read the full transcript of Donald Trump's speech at the Prayer Breakfast at the above link. It is cringe worthy...partly scripted and partly off script. Onr can tell the difference in styles. Sheesh. I will extract a few paragraphs:
"It was the great Thomas Jefferson who said the God who gave us life gave us liberty. Jefferson asked, 'Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?' Among those freedoms is the right to worship according to our own beliefs. That is why I will get rid and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution. I will do that. Remember.
"Freedom of religion is a sacred right, but also a right under threat all around us and the world is under serious, serious threat in so many different ways. And I've never seen it so much and so openly since I took the position of president. The world is in trouble, but we are going to straighten it out. OK? That's what I do. I fix things. We are going to straighten it out. Believe me. When you hear about the tough telephone calls I'm having, don't worry about it. Just don't worry about it. They're tough. We have to be tough. It's time we're going to be a little tough, folks.
"We're taken advantage of by every nation in the world, virtually. It's not going to happen anymore. It's not going to happen anymore. We have seen unimaginable violence carried out in the name of religion. Acts of wanton slaughter against religious minorities, horrors on a scale that defy description. Terrorism is a fundamental threat to religious freedom. It must be stopped, and it will be stopped. It may not be pretty for a little while. It will be stopped. We have seen ... And by the way, General, as you know, James 'Mad Dog' -- shouldn't say it in this room -- Mattis. Now there's a reason they call him Mad Dog Mattis. Never lost a battle. Always wins them and always wins them fast. He's our new secretary of defense. Will be working with Rex...
We have to feel safe and secure. In recent days, we have begun to take necessary action to achieve the goal. Our nation has the most generous immigration system in the world. But these are those and there are those that would exploit that generosity to undermine the values that we hold so dear. We need security. There are those who would seek to enter the country for the purpose of spreading violence or oppressing other people based upon their faith or their lifestyle. Not right.
"As long as we have God, we are never, ever alone. Whether it is soldier on the night watch or the single parent on the night shift, God will always give us solace and strength and comfort. We need to carry on and to keep carrying on. For us here in Washington, we must never, ever stop asking God for the wisdom to serve the public according to His will.
Enough...read more at the above link.
When I initially read the story in the first link, I thought it was this year's speech, until I got to the mention of Mattis and Tillerson. If you are keeping track, there have been THREE defense secretaries since Mattis, who lasted until January 1, 2019.
Shanahan lasted from 1/1/19 to 6/23/19.
Mark Esper lasted from 6/24/19 to 7/15/19
Richard Spencer got the job on 7/15/19.
The last three are ACTING, rather than confirmed.
T Rex lasted until 4/26/18, when Pompeo took over.
The Garrison Keillor piece was GREAT.
Trump's phone call to the Ukrainian president was ONE DAY after Robert Mueller testified, so Trump is only going to get worse from this point forward. One clue to his future behavior is how he responded to the invocation at the prayer breakfast.
At the National Prayer Breakfast, designed to bring politicians and religious leaders together in a shared faith, the featured speaker, conservative columnist Arthur Brooks, reminded the bipartisan audience to “love your enemies” and put aside anger, sarcasm, and derision with love, and to “ask God to take political contempt from your heart.”
When Trump took the microphone, he said “I don’t know if I agree with you. I don’t know if Arthur is going to like what I’m going to say.” He then attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was sitting nearby, disparaging the idea she prays for him, and jabbed at Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who voted in favor of his conviction on the article of impeachment that charged him with abuse of power.
In July of 2019, Ralph Nader (who ran for president 4 times) said that Trump will defeat himself in 2020 if he is goaded.
I'm of the opinion that the key to the next election is the independent voters. Trump supporters are going to support him no matter what, and the Democrats will turn out in large numbers if the "Bernie or bust" crowd can be convinced to support the Democratic nominee whoever it is.
In Arizona, voters who are registered as independent are 33.14% of the voting population. Republicans have a slight edge, at 34.74%, and the Democrats are slightly behind at 31.29%.
As of December 2019, Gallup polling found that 28% of Americans identified as Democrat, 28% identified as Republican, and 41% as Independent. In 2008, Democrats had a solid edge over Republicans. Although that has ebbed since then, the Democrats overall still have a slight advantage over the Republican party.
If Trump continues to make an ass out of himself (which is inevitable) enough people in that 41% group are going to wake up to the fact that it's time for Trump to get tossed out of office.