Forum: What Did You Think Of Trumps’ Inauguration?

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Every week on Monday, the WoW! Magazine community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Did You Think Of Trumps’ Inauguration?

Don Surber: The speech was the best inauguration speech in my life — unless Ike’s 1957 speech was better (I was 3 at the time). Never thought anyone would top JFK’s, which outlines conservative values well. No doubt there was more polish in Reagan’s two inaugurals and JFK’s, but Trump’s speech had heart, as he must bring a divided nation together.

But the rest of the inauguration is a celebration for the winners. I am the opposite of a party animal. This is a drug-free, smoke-free, alcohol-free White House that enjoys parties.
Trump and his family looked good, especially the women. Melania went with Reem Acra the first night, and Ralph Lauren for Inauguration Day. Ivanka and her mini-me, Tiffany, are also models, as were their respective mothers.

Lee Greenwood’s rendition of “God Bless The USA” still resonates in West Virginia 35 years later. The rest of the entertainers were of little interest to me.

Trump was Bill Clinton’s age when JFK became president. He inspired both. But in different ways. Clinton saw the perks. Trump heard the words: Ask not what your country can do for you…

The Razor :I usually don’t watch these things but I did this time.

Here’s what I noticed:

1. He used the pronouns “we” and “you” much more than “I”. This is classic Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends and Influence People. Politicians have become so self-absorbed that it’s almost impossible to grasp the importance of these relatively simple rhetorical tactics. I haven’t seen them applied at this level in years.

2. He spoke to his base – the voters in rural America and former steel towns who have been completely ignored by politicians since the 1980s. They put him in office and he’s girding to be their champion. For their sake I hope he will be, and so far I don’t have any reason to doubt his intent.

3. His speech was short and succinct – more Carnegie. He’s at heart a salesman who knows the best pitch is always the shortest.

4. He’s an alpha male. That podium must have reeked of testosterone after he spoke because he made it clear that he’s #1. If he had been a chimp he’d have pounded on the podium with his hands and feet and panthooted. Anyone who thinks he’s going to kiss Putin’s ass including maybe Putin himself underestimate him.

5. The Rabbi’s benediction was full of references to Jerusalem. I hope his words burned in Obama’s heart but that narcissist probably wasn’t even listening.

Rob Miller, JoshuaPundit: I pretty much said what I had to say about President Trump’s speech here. It was, for the most part, the kind of speech I expected, simply because our 45th president is no fool. He understands this is not a typical inauguration, not a typical presidency. Yes, he reached out for unity, but he knows the Left has declared war on him and everyone who supports him. This is a revolution, and Trump’s speech was in essence, a declaration of independence. The Left and the Elites understand that. Let no one think the war’s over and this, our second American revolution is a done deal. It’s our part to support this revolution and help where we can, something else the speech called for if you read between the lines.

How wonderful the actual speech was can be judged by the Left’s reaction. One thing I’ve always liked about President Trump’s speeches is that they (censoring myself here!)drive all the right people insane. This one did that in spades. I particularly loved how Trump first complimented President Obama for his gracious help in the transition (one of the biggest lies the Donald has likely ever told) and then ripped apart, without naming names, the inept and corrupt policies that have brought America to its current state.

One other special thing Trump did in his speech was to acknowledge that that the protection and prosperity of the United States of America depends not just on the actions of men, but on the divine providence of G-d. If you consider our history, our very founding,as far as I’m concerned truer words were never spoken. And that brought to mind another, long ago inaugural and an unlikely president who acknowledged exactly the same thing.

We have a chance to redeem our Beloved Republic and by G-d’s grace, a real leader. Let us all do what we can to bring that about.

Mike McDanie, Stately McDaniel Manor :It’s coincidental, but on Inauguration Day, I was teaching my 11th grade classes Patrick Henry’s historic Speech in the Virginia Convention. Among the points I made was Henry’s speech was brief, around seven minutes, but changed the world. So too–brief–was the Gettysburg Address, lasting only a fraction of the time of Henry’s speech.

It’s little known Lincoln wasn’t the featured speaker at Gettysburg. Instead, a man known at the time as the finest speaker in America* headlined–Mr. Lincoln was included only as a matter of decorum–and he spoke for more than two hours. No one remembers his name, or a word he said. But the beautiful and deeply heartfelt words written by Honest Abe, a simple, honorable and eloquent man, will live as long as humanity lives.

Am I saying President Trump’s speech was akin to these masterworks? No, but it was more than good enough, and it was the right speech at the right time. Of course, the Left hated and reviled it and him. They’ve had a long, running head start on that. Interestingly, it lasted less than 20 minutes, and Mr. Trump, as I observed in Man At Work did his ceremonial duties and then went right to work. Actually, the speech was his work, and it was exactly what America elected him to say:

“Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another — but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.”

That’s why we elected him.

“For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished — but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered — but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes — starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.”

That’s what we’ve been waiting for eight long years to hear. These are not eloquent words, nor are they the utterly empty, “soaring” rhetoric of Barack Obama, platitudes which, once actually read and considered, said little and meant less.

Extraordinary too is the fact Mr. Trump’s speech was not at all self-referential. Gone was Mr. Obama’s convention of referring to himself in virtually every sentence. These are the only instances of “I” evident in the speech:

“The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.”

And:

“I will fight for you with every breath in my body — and I will never, ever let you down.”

Perhaps we can allow him those, on this particular occasion.

The speech appealed to racial unity and national unity. It truly left no one behind, and if Mr. Trump is able to deliver, even somewhat, on improvement in the inner cities–the Dems that control them will do all they can to sabotage him, even though so doing will plunge their constituents into more misery–he will have done more for poor, urban black Americans than Democrats have done in a century. As Mr. Trump said near the end of the speech:

“So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.”

I believe him.

*(The headliner at Gettysburg was Edward Everett.)

Dave Schuler, The Glittering Eye: I didn’t listen to the speech but I did read it. I thought it was a non-partisan broadside against the political establishment. As such reactions to it are a pretty good barometer of how committed to the political establishment and the status quo you are.

Bookworm Room:I didn’t watch the festivities at all, although I did enjoy the picture of the lovely Ivanka in a dazzling ballgown:

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Instead, I limited myself to watching the moment that Trump and Pence were sworn in and I listened to Trump’s speech. Both made me happy.

I thought the speech was masterful. It represented a return to founding principles contained in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Lincoln summarized the core principle in his Gettysburg Address: Unlike all other nations, now or in the past, America is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Trump opened by reminding the people that government has become a self-serving entity that has no regard for the people’s needs — and their needs are great. Trump promised to return government to the people: to make it smaller and more user-friendly, rather than a vast behemoth that serves a narrow Blue segment in Washington, D.C., and America’s more expensive enclaves.

The speech also put America first in a way that we should all understand. “America First” does not mean nationalistic world conquest. In fact, when America is coming first, it means the opposite.

Since WWII, America has born the responsibility for caring for the rest of the world. It willingly shouldered that burden, both because it was the last intact First World country standing after WWII and because it saw its responsibilities as part of its own battle against communism in the Cold War.

Sadly, in exchange for America’s blood and money, the rest of the world has responded with insults and attacks. Moreover, now that the Cold War has officially ended and America is engaged in a hot war with radical Islam, the rest of the world — except for Israel — is not only insulting America, it’s routinely aiding and abetting this existential enemy. Even worse, for the last eight years, our own president provided aid and succor to anti-American forces through the world.

It is time, therefore, for America, at least temporarily, to stop being the world’s banker, policeman, and nanny. America has exhausted its financial resources and good will on a singularly ungrateful world. America needs to see to its own needs. That is, it really must put itself first if it is to survive. Once America has regrouped — strengthened its economy, secured its borders, and increased its national security, including helping its few stalwart allies around the world — then, and only then, can it see whether its future wealth and security will benefit from venturing forth once again into the greater world.

One last thing: For all the accessible vocabulary and sentence structure — that is, this was not an academically complex and erudite speech — it’s worth noting that Trump managed to pack an amazing number of important principles into those 20 minutes. As I learned long ago reading Supreme Court opinions, the best ideas, principles, laws, and facts are the ones that can be expressed in the most straightforward terms. When a writer or speaker gets very complicated and starts spinning vast webs of words, that person is outright lying to you or at least hoping you’ll miss various sins of omission.

Puma By Design: The sweetest words ever spoken (or that I’ve heard in decades):

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done…

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer…”–President Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States Inaugural Speech.

Every time I hear or read these words, I exhale:

“The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.”

Beautiful. Finally, Communism is forced to the back of the bus and hopefully in time eliminated, at least on our American shores.

I refuse to listen to media propagandists because no matter what our President says or what he does will satisfy them and their globalist masters.

Upon scanning my twitter and personal Facebook feed, fascist illiterate voters have declared war on the nation. Racists are levying allegations of racism while spewing hateful, curse-ridden rants, repeating propaganda full of historical inaccuracies.

Example: A family member (college age) shared a rant on Facebook from a classmate attacking white people this morning.

Little Miss Snowflake was lambasting Caucasians for alleged double standards (I kid you not) in complaining about violent anti-tests which little miss snowflake likened to, i.e., white people throwing tea overboard in protest of a tyrannical ruling government while at the same time enslaving Black people?

It is at this point that I stopped reading little miss Black Lives Matter snowflake’s rant which besides its historical inaccuracies was laced with expletives, spelling and grammatical errors. Did I mention that this snowflake is in her second semester of college?

I have decided to pass up a niece’s wedding this spring because family or not, I do not want to be around wannabe Black Lives Matter idiots.

That being said, I hope that President Trump stands his ground when it comes to dealing with these domestic terrorists. Arrest. Detain. Convict. Sentence. Lock them up! Oh yes and protect our borders.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : The inauguration of our 45th president of the United States was simultaneously a rewarding culmination of the work we conservatives have done for years attempting to return our government to the people, but also a reminder of the massive job ahead for President Trump. His inaugural address was spot on and well received by the people who supported him. He promised to return our government to the people. We must make sure he keeps his promise.

The entire Trump family looked elegant and composed and I marveled at the energy maintained throughout a very long day. The powder blue coat our new first lady wore during the inauguration and the white gown she wore for the balls were exquisite and tasteful, a welcome change after eight years of what I can only describe as Michelle Obama’s “odd” fashion sense. It will be interesting to see how the media reacts to her fashion selections over the next four to eight years.

Many in the main stream media said Trump’s inaugural address was dark. I disagree. What was dark was President Obama promising the “fundamental transformation of America.” What was dark was these past eight years when he nearly succeeded. With a collective sigh of relief we can hope our country, under the leadership of President Trump, will be restored to a position of strength and respect in the world.

One disappointment was Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s hastily called press conference on Saturday. We know the press will be attacking and picking apart everything President Trump says or does. If he is going to pick fights with the media he better make sure his facts are correct. His response to the media’s comments about the size of the attendance at the inaugural ceremony seemed petty and inconsequential. It would be wise to be selective about what attacks from the media he chooses to respond to and save such responses for more important matters.

Hopefully the cabinet positions will be filled quickly and President Trump can begin to work through the many challenges facing him domestically and internationally.

Well, there you have it!
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Investigate POTUS 44, senior advisors and cabinet member crimes.

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Barack Obama, Obama’s administration, including the likes of Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, John Kerry and that racist scum, Harry Reid [in addition to his band of thugs down to state and local offices] have committed crimes against the Republic.

Obama’s legacy ended with a nation traumatized and divided because of his war and unconstitutional acts against Americans from the Operation Fast and Furious, IRS targeting, gun control, the war on gun owners, gun businesses, James Rosen, whistleblowers, Conservatives, Christians and worst of all, humiliation and dismantling of the U. S. military, the Veterans Administration scandal in which our veterans have been refused decent and TIMELY medical services, betrayal of our allies and the Republic and befriending Islamic jihadists. The list is of crimes is endless.

We, the people, must deserve and accounting and justice justice beginning with a full investigation of everything Barack Obama tainted during his tenure in the White House.

In addition, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has compiled reports of Barack Obama’s “Lawless Abuses of Power” which are posted on his website, Cruz.senate.gov.

Breitbart News wrote an article earlier this month naming Obama’s “top 18 major” scandals. Below is an excerpt:

Operation Fast and Furious: Obama partisans seem to think any given example of abuse or ineptitude by their man stopped being a “scandal” the moment it seemed clear he wouldn’t be impeached over it. Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration’s insane program to use American gun dealers and straw purchasers to arm Mexican drug lords, is a scandal with a huge body count, prominently including Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jamie Zapata, plus hundreds of Mexican citizens. Agent Terry’s family certainly thinks it qualifies as a scandal.

It is difficult to imagine any Republican administration surviving anything remotely close to Fast and Furious. The media would have dogged a Republican president without respite, especially when it became clear his Attorney General was putting political spin ahead of accountability and the safety of the American people. Remember, AG Eric Holder escaped perjury charges by claiming he didn’t know what his own subordinates were doing – a pioneering, but sadly not unique, example of an Obama official using his or her incompetence as a defense. For years afterward, we would hear some version of “I’m not a crook, I’m just completely inept” everywhere from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Veterans Affairs….

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A petition was posted last evening on the WhiteHouse.gov petition site demanding an investigation into the illegal activities of Barack Obama, his senior advisors and cabinet members. Please share.

 

 

Close Encounters With the Radical Left

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A must read by patriot/blogger Lady Penguin who witnessed, experienced and an unpleasant exchange with a member of the pink hat brigade. A worthy read and worth sharing.

Unified Patriots by Lady Penguin

The past few days have been a whirlwind of activities and adventures. Yes, it’s about the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. Specifically, the people we ran into while attending inaugural events.

My husband and I took the wonderful opportunity to attend the “Deplorable Ball” with a group of friends from across the country. Couldn’t get much better than that. We took a limo – managed by everyone contributing… and that’s where the adventure starts. First it was going to be a two block walk because the police had shut down several blocks surrounding the National Press Club because of protestors. The two blocks ultimately became 7 blocks, because protestors were causing more trouble and the unsafe zones were expanding, so no traffic was allowed. These are long city blocks – off came the high heels and hitching up the ball gown a bit, and I walked barefoot. One of our party stopped at the CVS and bought me a pair of booties to ease the discomfort. But we forged on ahead, and weren’t bothered until we actually reached the block where the ball was held. At that point, we faced the reality of what the police and security folks deal with every time the crazies “protest” when they don’t get their way. Obviously, Donald Trump winning the presidency wasn’t considered a “win” for them.

But these aren’t normal protestors – are there “normal” ones? These were radical, hate-filled people with signs – summarizing here – but “Nazi scum” describes the majority of the epithets thrown at us[…]

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Character Education Lesson for Inauguration 2017: Diversity of Thought/Political Beliefs Not Allowed?

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The double standards that has ensued over the past eight years, the demands for tolerance from the intolerant and the divisiveness forced upon us by Progressives who now want to pin discord sewn by the left on our 45th president and non-Progressives was on clear display the past few days and I have no doubt played out in school districts across the United States during Friday’s inaugural proceedings.

Missouri Education Watchdog by Gretchen Logue

January 20, 2017 was the inauguration of the 45th President. Whether or not you supported President Trump, it is remarkable that an inauguration has occurred every four years since 1789. (Here are a few interesting facts about some Presidential inaugurations). Yesterday’s inauguration included Missourians prominently participating in the ceremony. From The St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Senator Roy Blunt, the first Missourian to chair the Joint Congressional Committee on Inauguration Ceremonies since Congress took over the ceremonies in 1901 and a chorale from Missouri State University sang one of the musical numbers.

Flyover country usually garners little exposure on a national stage and Missouri participation in yesterday’s ceremony should be a history lesson, especially for Missouri students ….or maybe not. A Missouri teacher sent a report on how this inauguration was covered in her school district which is located in a conservative voting district:

Inauguration Day 2017

What a difference eight years make. In January 2009, our superintendent encouraged all teachers to show the presidential inauguration since every election is an historic event and as educators, we need to set good examples by allowing our students to experience the swearing in of our president as part of their civic duty. Those of us on the conservative side of politics were basically told to do the right thing and allow the kids to watch since every swearing in is American history in the making. As good conservatives, we showed up to teach our classes that day like we did every day. Except this wasn’t an ordinary day. The entire school was whipped into a frenzy and we were told we had an all school assembly in the gym to watch it as a building.

About two hours before the swearing in, all 800 students were ushered into the gymnasium and told to sit quietly while teachers tried to stream the inauguration events on two giant mobile SMART boards. It was a sight I will never forget! Teachers and staff alike were eagerly attempting to hear the events on phones, mp3’s, and old school transistor radios! Never mind paying attention to the kids, this was history. As the entire school waited in anticipation of the swearing in, the time was fast approaching and the wheel of death was still spinning on the SMART board. Apparently, MSNBC was overwhelmed with demand for the event and we couldn’t log on! Panic had set in, and common sense went out the window. In less than 10 minutes, Barack Obama would be sworn in as president[…]

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WATCH: Nasty Woman Kicked Off Plane For Harassing Trump Supporter

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I predict that in a matter of weeks Progressives will want to retire their proud self-imposed label of “nasty woman” which anyone with a lick of sense knows is nothing to be proud of.

Below is video footage of a proud “nasty woman” who began harassing a young man on the flight home.

The woman asked the man as he set himself beside her, “Did you come here to cheer or to protest?” The young man’s response, “I came here to celebrate democracy[i] ma’am.”

Oh buddy.  That old hag just got “triggered,” a label that Progressives created (I hate the term) and of which I have come to believe means that once “triggered”, they are not to blame for whatever comes after.

Information Liberation by Chris Menahan

Epic viral video shows a nasty woman get kicked off a plane to cheers after a bold Trump supporter triggered her with his mere presence.

Leftists are literally going insane due to Trump’s presidency.

Scott Kotesky wrote Saturday on Facebook:

Just had the craziest experience ever on an airplane:

I’m boarding my flight from Baltimore to Seattle and approach my seat. I had an upgraded seat that I paid a little extra for because of the long 6 hour flight. As I approach my row I smile and motion to the husband and wife sitting in the aisle and middle seat that Imy seat was next to the window. I put my backpack in the overhead and the wife with a very stern voice says to me:

“Did you come here to cheer or to protest?”

“I came here to celebrate democracy ma’am”

… I knew this was going to be a long flight at this point. She then proceeded with: (somewhat paraphrased as my memory allows)

Her: “You put a crazed man in charge of the nuclear codes! You should be ashamed!”

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When the woman realizes that she’s not to get away with her abusive behavior, she pulls out the victim card telling the stewardess that she and her husband are on their way home and his mother has just died, as if that excuses her abusive behavior.

 

[i]               I take it that since Hillary Clinton lost the election the word “democracy” although the United States is a Republic is now passé amongst Progressives but then die-hard Marxists can’t help but be who they are.

Canadian protesters blocked at U.S. border after admitting plans to join Women’s March.

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What has become business as usual under the Obama administration at U. S. borders is no more, as six Canadians and two French nationals found out last Thursday after they were held up eventually denied entry into the U.S. border upon informing border patrol agents they were traveling to Washington, D.C, to participate in the Women’s March.

Daily Mail

…The group, six Canadians and two French nationals, say they were very upfront when asked why they were trying to cross into the U.S. at the border that connects St Bernard de Lacolle in Quebec with Champlain, New York, on Thursday.

But when they told the border agents of their plans, they say they were pulled over and detained for two hours as their cars were searches, cellphones examined and they had their photos and fingerprints taken.

The French citizens were turned away and told they would now require a visa to 2enter the United States. While the Canadians were told to go home, and warned that if they tried to cross the border again this weekend, they would be arrested. 

‘And that was it, they didn’t give a lot of justification,’ Dyck told the Guardian.

‘I think it’s a shame. I think the U.S. has historically been a very open country — open to other ideas or open to other people[…]

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Of course, these non-American jackasses are used to crossing our borders freely and without question.

Sasha Dyck (Facebook photo).

Sasha Dyck (Facebook photo).

Another reason to be thankful that the era of Obama has ended.  Sasha Dyck, of Montreal one of the men turned back took offense at being denied entry because after all when he crossed the border back in 2009 to attend Barack Obama’s inauguration, he was welcomed in with open arms…or so he says.

For the record, others attempting to gain entry to attend protests were also denied entry because attending a protest (and I agree) is not a valid reason to allow entry into the United States.

Border patrol also asked those seeking if they were anti or pro-Trump.  Good move.

Cross-posted on Wow! Magazine.

INSANE Anti-White Rant at Anti-Trump Protest in Chicano Park (video)

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More vile racists, during an anti-Trump protest of Communists many of whom are in this country illegally attacking Caucasians, i.e., “the white man” levying allegations of oppression and racism while themselves espousing racist attacks and pushing an ideology that is the poster child for oppression, death and despair.

The woman speaking in the video is Jackson Hollingsworth, president of the local Uhuru Solidarity Committee.  Hollingsworth is a self-loathing white female.  Not sure what she sees though when looking in the mirror.

Published on Jan 20, 2017 by Patriot Fire

Jackson Hollingsworth, president of the local Uhuru Solidarity Committee, delivers a revolutionary racialist rant against white people at a protest against Trump on Inauguration Day in Chicano Park in San Diego. She demands ethnic cleansing of whites from the American continent. Oddly, she is a white person, herself.

The Uhuru Solidarity Committee has been described as a “political cult.” It is an organization for extremely self-hating, white people.

https://www.facebook.com/USMSanDiego/

Chicano Park is a La Raza site, where Chicanos openly claims the Southwestern United States as its national homeland, called “Aztlan,” in the murals and by speakers. That the Chicanos (Mexicans) own Aztlan is a fundamental part of the Chicano ideology.

Chicano Park was designated a National Historical Monument in January, 2017. This was done by yet another illegal executive decree by the Obama administration, since the bill to consider awarding the status had died in Congress.

H/t Robert Trent.