Opinion: The speech Trump should have given to the Boy Scouts

President Donald Trump at the Boy Scouts of America’s 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, W.Va., July 24. (Doug Mills / The New York Times)

Thank you, everybody. Thank you very much. I am thrilled to be here. Thrilled. And if you think that was an easy trip, you’re wrong. But I am thrilled.

Nineteenth Boy Scout Jamboree, wow, and to address such a tremendous group. Boy, you have a lot of people here. The press will say it’s about 200 people. It looks like about 45,000 people. You set a record today. You set a record. That’s a great honor, believe me.

Tonight we put aside all of the policy fights in Washington, D.C., you’ve been hearing about with the fake news and all of that. We’re going to put that aside. I said, who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts? Right?

You know, I campaigned to be president with a simple slogan: Make America Great Again. And tonight I want to explain how all of you can do that. But this isn’t a campaign speech. It’s not. I’m sorry if that disappoints you, but it’s not. What I want to tell you isn’t about politics — well, it is but it isn’t. It is but it isn’t, because what I want to tell you is Americans talk too much about politics.

I live in Washington, D.C., now — I had to move there from New York after the election; they made me do it because I won — and politics is all anyone there wants to talk about. But not only there. Everything, everywhere, seems to be about politics. It wasn’t always that way. It wasn’t. When I was a kid people argued about politics, and often the things they argued about were important, just like today; there’s a lot that’s important going on, and we have to talk about it. We have to.

But you know, back then people would argue about those things, and then they’d stop. They’d stop. And they’d talk about something else. Or go do something else. And they’d get away from politics. You know, you can’t do that anymore. Everything’s about politics. You watch an NFL game, or the Oscars, or go to a concert, and there’s politics. You can’t get away. You want to, but you can’t.

America is about so much more than politics. It’s about the Boy Scouts, and schools, and faith, and businesses — great, amazing businesses, like mine — and so many other things. But today lots of people want to bring politics into all those things.

And it’s making us worse as Americans. It really is. We don’t know how to live with each other anymore, because we talk about politics so much, and we blog about it, and we — you know I love Twitter, I love to tweet — we tweet about it, and we just get so angry at each other. So angry. And it’s so sad.

We can have different opinions and still get along, but that’s hard when we bring our politics into everything we do. And we’re creating an America where it’s not just hard to get along, but where it seems like we don’t even want to, because we think we’re enemies. But we’re not enemies. We’re not. We’re Americans, and we can’t be enemies, because there are already plenty of people in the world who want to be our enemies, and we may have to fight them, so we can’t be fighting each other. So argue, debate, try to beat each other — you know I love winning, just like in November; so much winning — but be able to walk away from it.

I said I would tell you how to help Make America Great Again, and it’s very easy, so unbelievably easy: Don’t be like the adults you see in Washington, and on television, and on the internet. All of you here tonight from across America, don’t be like that. America needs you not to be like that. Be good citizens, be trustworthy, loyal — all those things the Boy Scouts are; I never learned them all, but they’re great things, really great — and participate in your government. Have an opinion, but don’t bring it into everything. You know, if even the Boy Scout Jamboree started being about politics, because I talked about it here, people would get very upset. Believe me. Very, very upset.

And I just want to end by saying, very importantly, God bless you. God bless the Boy Scouts. God bless the United States of America. Go out, have a great time in life, compete, and go out and show me that there is nobody, nobody like a Boy Scout.

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Atown21
Atown21

Kyle I really do try to give u a chance......but this is the worst piece of journalism if thats what u want to call it that I have ever read.  No opinion on what was said, no substance just garbage  about what u wanted him to say.  IDGI???

Eye wonder
Eye wonder


 He’s not strong and self-controlled, not cool and tough, not low-key and determined; he’s whiny, weepy and self-pitying.  He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic. He’s a drama queen.


I will note for the group that President Lyingscumbag's predecessor, one Barack Hussein Obama, is the polar opposite.

bu22
bu22

@Eye wonder  ???Obama was whiner in chief.  Never been such a whiner in the White House.  Never been someone so willing to blame everyone else for his failures.  Now if Hillary had been elected, she may have topped him in that self-delusion.  But for now, Obama is the uncontested champion whiner.

Caius
Caius

Trump spent a year and a half trashing McCain.  And he is surprised he did not get his vote.  Trump spent a month trashing Collins and Murkowski and seemed surprised he did not get their vote.  He has spent the last 9 months trashing Democrats. And he is surprised they will not work with him.

The big problem on health care is that the WH did not send their plan to Congress.  Congress has no idea what the WH wants. Pence was unable to tell the Senate Repub leadership what Trump wanted in a health care bill beyond repealing Obamacare.  Mainly because Trump does not know what he wants.

He is real good at crying in public. He is real good at bragging.  He is lousy at making a deal. In business most deals are one on one. In politics/government most deals are at best a half dozen on a half dozen.

Maybe Trump will learn. Then, maybe he does not want to learn. Or maybe he is temperamentally incapable of learning. Whatever, lousy first 6 months for his administration. On the bright side it has no where to go but up.




BTC
BTC

@Caius - Since he knows more than everyone else, he doesn't need to learn anything

- There is still plenty of downside

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@Caius

I disagree with your concluding sentence.  With these numbskulls in power, there is no bottom.  That ought to scare the bejeesus outta all of us.

Uncle-Billy
Uncle-Billy

But he did not say that, Kyle. What do you think about what he did say?

justaniceguy
justaniceguy

@Uncle-Billy He's obviously ashamed of what his tiny handed man-baby prezzy said to the boy scouts, or else he wouldn't have felt compelled to offer us up an alternative speech.

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vufekacut

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AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

It is what got Trump and all the other Republicants elected over the last 6 years, so I am not alone in identifying the "problem."

breckenridge
breckenridge

@AndyManUSA#45 

The problem is that far right extremist such as yourself, as well as those on the far left, consider the political opposition an enemy.  How many times have we heard libs hate America or cons hate America on these pages?  That's just plain stupid. The political opposition is just that - the political opposition. They don't hate America, they're not demons, they just have a different political perspective.

I'm sick and goddam tired of the whole goddam lot of them.

Caius
Caius

From Peggy Noonan in the WSJ:

"July 27, 2017 The president’s primary problem as a leader is not that he is impetuous, brash or naive. It’s not that he is inexperienced, crude, an outsider. It is that he is weak and sniveling. It is that he undermines himself almost daily by ignoring traditional norms and forms of American masculinity.


He’s not strong and self-controlled, not cool and tough, not low-key and determined; he’s whiny, weepy and self-pitying.  He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic. He’s a drama queen. "


breckenridge
breckenridge

Fixing health care=saving obozocare.

Thanks but no thanks, clepto.

You are not part of the answer. But you are part of the problem.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Only one to make note of it, now we have the democrats on record voting no to save Obama care, skinny as it may have been.

Roll the campaign commercials.

😂

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@AndyManUSA#45 They were voting on a bill and trying to approve it but they did not want it to pass the House. Now isn't that insanity?

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

"""""In 2015 Ms. Murkowski’s office put out an encomium to her many efforts to unwind ObamaCare, which she voted against in 2009. (See nearby.) Ms. Murkowski has co-sponsored bills to delay the individual mandate and to nix the law’s “Cadillac tax” on expensive plans. She bragged about her vote to eliminate the medical device tax and published op-eds on the “harmful impacts” of ObamaCare. This was apparently make-work for her staff.""""

Should Mr. Trump not have expected them to put a bill on his desk to sign? Is he a human lie detection machine?

Not his fault.

skruorangeclown
skruorangeclown

@AndyManUSA#45 Biggest bunch of horse manure you produced so far. Big difference about those efforts and voting for that fraudulent 'skinny' bill with no real debate or preparation and no intention of it becoming  law. 


A TOTAL FRAUD!

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

That's why I didn't mention the skinny bill, Albert.

breckenridge
breckenridge

If we had a president that was a leader, instead of a crass punk National Enquirer devotee, he might actually try to bring the two parties together to fix healthcare.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Fixing health care=saving obozocare.

Thanks but no thanks, clepto.

skruorangeclown
skruorangeclown

Once again the Black guy from Kenya prevailed last night. Cons sure can't  put him down like they want. Must be Black magic.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Eye wonder

Yea, that was back in another lifetime before he was indoctrinated into true politics.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

I believe someone posted earlier in the week that McCain was a problem before brain cancer and is a problem with it.  Me. 

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@JohnnyReb

You need to learn to have a little respect for our men and women in uniform, son.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Eye wonder @JohnnyReb

McCain has not been in uniform for decades, plus his RINO ways has nothing to with him being a military hero.

It's the stupid voters of Arizona who lack respect.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Obama was for a stronger military and increased energy production 😂

The things you learn on these blogs!

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

He really wanted to defeat al qaeda too 😂 but like the mueller "investigation" these things take time.

Like, 4evah.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@AndyManUSA#45

Wassup whiny whiny IReport.  How's it hanging this morning?

Weren't you on record, just last week, predicting the repeal effort would succeed?

How'd that work out for ya?

Winning?

Or is your mouth filled with the stench of Republican failure?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Yes, I suffered my first failed prediction of this decade, I failed to recognize the depths of the depravity in our backstabbing legislature.

I'm still 99.5675% correct overall.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@AndyManUSA#45

Yeah, sure, IReport, whatever. You better get used to the taste of crap in your mouth. You're going to be eating a ton more crow.

justaniceguy
justaniceguy

@AndyManUSA#45 Well... except for your "sure thing" prediction of Obama's conviction for placing a wire tapp on Trump Towers...

justaniceguy
justaniceguy

@AndyManUSA#45 Don't anybody take that action. 

Andy is a known welcher when he loses... and he always loses...

skruorangeclown
skruorangeclown

Next Clown promise going down to defeat: Mexico will build the wall became  a $1.6 billion dollar expenditure by us the taxpayers in the House budget.