In our opinion: The state of the union is strong when America does the hard work in the middle

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 7:59 p.m.

    I know the conservatives here have a love fest with the speech and the president generally. But what has the president done as president or in his private life to suggest that he will bring people together. Whether it is days as a corporate raider, an owner in the USFL, to his days as a boss on The Apprentice, nothing suggests he is a unifier. If conservatives want to embrace his zeal to take on the system and win at all costs, well he seems to do that pretty well. Go with that but please stop pretending he will bring the country together or that you as conservatives and supporters of the president even desire this.

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    Feb. 7, 2019 8:14 p.m.

    Regardless of how great President Trump is doing, the left's constant *oppose Trump at all costs* philosophy will never allow any cooperation.
    God does not use perfect people. And I believe He is using Trump to do good for America. God bless Trump.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    Feb. 7, 2019 6:30 p.m.

    As long as the elite 1 percenters get what they want, everything else is just rhetoric.

  • Flipphone , 00
    Feb. 7, 2019 10:10 a.m.

    I cannot think of a More Memorable State of the Union speech than the one President Trump gave Tuesday night. The speech was very patriotic and reminded American's everything that makes America Great.

    Excellent Job Mr. President.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 5:15 p.m.

    As a state of the union address I thought it was almost flawless, and I enjoyed the whole thing and found it heartening. President Trump is taking the country the right way. The only thing I lacked enthusiasm for was all the hoopla about women in the work place. I grow a bit despondent about the flight into the workplace by women who have children at home, and even having to now have a special provision so pregnant mothers (and their husbands) have time to 'bond with' their new babies for a few days before returning to work. Sounds a bit like the communist/socialist America we are supposed to be avoiding. Just notice how the Democrat women rejoiced over that part.

    I think it would be better to be encouraging women to work part time from home if there is a need for two wage-earners. How will children avoid the consequences of neglect and the lack of that central emotional focus in their lives?

  • Reason?? Farr West, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 2:27 p.m.

    "Our country is built on cooperation..." Unfortunately yes. Cooperation and compromise toward righteous and true principals have strengthened this nation. Cooperation and compromise toward evil and tyranny has weakened it. The direction makes all the difference. The Liberal/Left/Democrat/Republican "never trump" stand does not provide for compromise. They preferred clear blatant hypocrisy (dishonesty), rejection of reason and common sense, and essentially all things that are "not Trump" for the sake of politics and power. The greatness of this nation was built by courageous patriots who were willing to stand for liberty and sacrifice all if necessary. Cooperation and compromise is NOT always the answer.

  • Reason?? Farr West, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 1:33 p.m.

    One of the most enjoyable and funnest SOTU speeches ever. The 70% plus positive reviews are telling despite the failed attempts by the left (media included) to explain it away. The Donald has in many ways upset the apple cart of Washington elite and will continue to do what needs to be done to save the nation from the corruption of DC. Far from perfect, you have to give him credit (thanks Mitt) where credit is due. Someone ask me "Can God work with and through Donald Trump??" I'm starting to think maybe ...

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 1:02 p.m.

    Ideology will always get in the way.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 12:58 p.m.

    @RedShirt: I think you may have confused me with someone else. My complaint was with the destructive negativity of the left and its propaganda arm, the mainstream press. Proclaimed as "the truth," I call negativity a lie.

    I appreciate your implicit reference to the phony "fact checking" employed by pop culture, which, by making President Trump "an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him," claim that he has told thousands of lies. It is terribly unfortunate that the gullible public believes this, but not altogether surprising. After all, the average IQ of 100 means there are about as many who are below that, as above it, so it's really not that difficult, in a highly complex world, for an all-out propaganda campaign to hoodwink the masses. People can be led to believe that virtue is vice, success is failure, victimhood is glory, and hatred is love.

    Thanks for participating, and may God continue to bless President Donald J. Trump.

  • Golden Rules Okay, OK
    Feb. 6, 2019 12:21 p.m.

    Great editorial.

  • Golden Rules Okay, OK
    Feb. 6, 2019 12:17 p.m.

    I loved the couple sentences he said about Socialism and wholeheartedly agree. Unfortunately, he is just not a leader that has the skills or desire to bring people together.

    Trump might have talked about unity but what he wants is attention --and he knows fighting is how he can get that.

  • Whale of Fortune Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 12:08 p.m.

    "The state of the union is strong when America does the hard work in the middle."
    Yes, in other words, America becomes great when government gets out of the way, for example, by reduced taxes and regulations. President Trump is the leader who understands that.

    Thank God for President Donald J. Trump and may the ways of his enemies be hedged up with thorns and with a wall, that they prosper not.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 11:55 a.m.

    To "HSTucker " if it is a lie, prove it to us. Your ilk constantly claims that everything Trump says is a lie. Well, it is time to prove it. Give us the verifiable evidence for each item that you think is a lie to prove that it was a lie.

    To "marxist" it was the communist and socialist policies that caused the collapse in the first place.

    You keep telling us that Socialism is the way to go, but you have yet to show us that it has ever worked. Now, to show us that it works, you will have to show us where it was implemented without Capitalism to fund it. If it requires capitalism to fund it, that means it doesn't work. Sort of like saying you have a functioning Corvette, but the only way you can drive it is by towing it behind a working vehicle.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 10:48 a.m.

    "The state of the union is strong when America does the hard work in the middle."

    Probably true, but this doesn't tell the whole story. As the 30's demonstrated the hard left needs to be present. I don't mean the left should dictate, I mean it needs to be a presence. The communists and two socialist parties helped get us through capitalism's collapse during that decade, and led to important reforms like social security. And we didn't mind the communists' helping to defeat Nazism.

    But with the end of WWII, capital's visceral fear of socialism led to a purge in American life. First the communists were excised, then the socialists, and finally labor unions. The result has been the withering of the middle class, and privation for the working class. We need a viable socialist or labor party. Ironically, American capitalism depends on it.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 10:46 a.m.

    "But it's the truth."
    No, it's not. Rather, contrived negativity about Trump's America is a craven lie. After decades of moral relativism and double standards, many on the left have lost the ability to discern objective truth. To the left, up can be down, right can be wrong, men can be women, and delivered babies can be mere clumps of tissue.

    The left has been wrong about absolutely everything.

  • Flipphone , 00
    Feb. 6, 2019 9:37 a.m.

    What a memorable State of the Union Address given By President Trump. And his statement that Americas were born Free and will stay Free and Will never become A socialist State. And of course, the only ones who would disagree are Democrats.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 9:30 a.m.

    To "Prometheus Platypus" well, then maybe next year when the Democrats have their rebuttal they will take your advice to heart and not try to keep us divided 364 days a year.

    To "Yuge Opportunity Here " if you want some fun, compare Trump's approval to Pelosi's.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 8:39 a.m.

    Talk about questionable statistics. The editor writes: "As a result, only 1 in 5 Americans trust the way Congress is running the country, according to Gallup, and the president’s approval ratings hover near historic lows."

    Our approval of Congress has been low for as long as I've been voting. And Trump's approval compares with Reagan. I guess the precious polls can give you whatever answer you want to write about.

    And this newspaper has been filled with "prebuttal" jabs at Trump for days now, finding this pundit or that to attack the president.

    It's almost like the editor has been asleep for the last three years.

    It is indeed the hard work in the middle, not just opinions the day after the SOTU.

  • bass679 Novi, MI
    Feb. 6, 2019 7:47 a.m.

    But it's the truth. Whether you like it or not, whether you consider it positive or not doesn't matter. Extremism is bad, whether it be on the left or the right. Our country is built on cooperation, to make matters worse people excuse this behavior in their own party by pointing to the behavior of the other party, as if that's some kind of justification.

    A house divided will not stand. That doesn't mean every Republican has to agree with every Democratic proposal, nor does it mean the Democrats have to bow to the Republicans. But it means working towards a consensus, not refusing to bend or worse, moving the goal post when the other side tries to compromise.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 7:10 a.m.

    The speech meant nothing to those paying attention.

    You can't spend 364 days of the year dividing us, then give a speech about unifying America, it's called blatant hypocrisy, and one would be a fool to believe such a person.

    Just before his "Unifying" speech, he was still tweeting out his usual name calling of other, in a unifying way?

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Feb. 6, 2019 6:19 a.m.

    In a state wherein the GOP is the dominant social force, this paean to the President should have been expected. Indeed, required.

    However, it takes real guts to say this "Trump’s sincere call for unity is welcome". Trump has never demonstrated a "sincere" desire for unity. His life, his career and indeed his Presidency is defined by division, discord and damaging his perceived opponent.

    The DN then goes on to say we need trust and nanny wags at the Senate Minority Leader for a pre-SOTU comment regarding the veracity and intent of the President. As if the GOP never did such a thing.

    Sincerity is demonstrated by modest acceptance, and trust is garnered by taking it on the chin (so to speak) to earn that credence. Words without action are meaningless.

    We all know Trump said a few nice things, but will revert to his standard bully behavior, braggadocio and divisiveness. That's really all he's got.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 11:13 p.m.

    What a disappointing commentary on an excellent, unifying speech.

    I wish the Deseret News would stop with the negativity. It is very unbecoming of the Church's newspaper.