Beyond the discussion about whether Joseph Kennedy III was drooling or just used too much lip balm prior to his Democrat response to Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, many are wondering if the silver spoon congressman was talking about the same country as the president.
Kennedy, the red-haired rising star in a family considered to be the Democrats’ political royalty, came across as something of a fear monger. Watch the speech here.
“Many have spent the last year, anxious, angry, afraid, we all feel the fractured fault lines across our country.”—Rep. Joe Kennedy III
He talked about struggling families as though he had a remote idea of what such a family experiences. With his pedigree, any familiarity with blue collar paycheck-to-paycheck households might be strictly accidental. Read a transcript here.
“You battle your own quiet battles every single day. You drag your weary bodies to that extra shift so that your families will not feel the sting of scarcity. You leave loved ones at home to defend our country overseas, patrol our neighborhoods at night.”—Rep. Joe Kennedy III
Many have suggested that if Kennedy’s grand uncle, John F. Kennedy, were alive today he might not be allowed into the Democratic Party with its current far left tilt that seems determined to perpetuate the victimhood mentality, rather than reach for achievement as Trump repeated in his speech.
“Over the last year, the world has seen what we always knew: that no people on Earth are so fearless, or daring, or determined as Americans. If there is a mountain, we climb it. If there is a frontier, we cross it. If there is a challenge, we tame it. If there is an opportunity, we seize it.
“So let us begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our Union is strong because our people are strong. And together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America.”—President Donald Trump
Some liberal pundits have accused the president of delivering a “dark” address, but others say it was Kennedy’s remarks, delivered in an auto garage with a car in the background, that had a foreboding tenor. He talked about “An all-out war on environmental protection (and) a justice department rolling back civil rights by the day.”
The president talked about “defending our Second Amendment” and taking “historic actions to protect religious liberty.”
In the final analysis, it will be up to the American public to decide whether Trump’s message or Kennedy’s rebuttal made the most sense. That decision may come in November.