“… Trump is seeking to parlay his first State of the Union address on Tuesday into cash for his reelection campaign by offering supporters a chance to see their name flashed on the screen during a broadcast of the speech.” – The Washington Post, 29 January 2018
First thought: What re-election campaign??? The next presidential election is nearly three full years away! And I do not expect to see Trump’s name anywhere on that ballot, but hope that he is but a dim, albeit terrible memory by that time. Second thought: Are we paying him to run this country or to campaign for a chance at another four years to bring about our destruction? Why is this ‘man’ running his campaign on our time and money? Third thought: He is using the State of the Union Address to advertise for self-gain???
Who knew a single sentence could be so thought-provoking?
While my first and second thoughts are certainly important, it is the third that is most appalling. He is selling advertising on the State of the Union Address. For his own personal gain. He is using what is meant to be a serious address to Congress and the nation to solicit funds for himself! Never before in the history of this nation has a president stooped to such moral lows. Take a look for yourself: Trump’s solicitation
What’s next? Advertisements for Trump’s hotels on bills he signs? Ads for Trump Towers on official White House correspondence? Maybe a billboard on the front lawn of the White House? Perhaps by next year, Moe and Larry will join the circus, or Bugs and Mickey! He is using our government for his own personal gain, and I, for one, am incensed. Perhaps this is not the worst thing he has done in his single year in office, but it is a blatant slap in the face to We The People, a demeaning of the office we should be able to respect.
I was not planning to watch the State of the Union Address anyway, for I cannot stomach seeing his ugly mug, but if I had been planning to, my plans would have changed now. I sincerely hope that very few will tune in, but instead read the key points (if there actually are any) or the transcript after the fact. Of course, even if the ratings are low, Kellyanne and Sarah will no doubt tell us tomorrow that it was the most watched program in the history of television, just as they told us that his inauguration was the best-attended. Alternative facts, folks … might as well get used to them.