President Trump began his state of the union address by walking into the chamber of Congress and being met with massive applause. Many prominent Republicans and Democrats could be seen applauding. I
A Call For Bipartisanship
President Trump then took to the podium where he opened his speech with “my fellow Americans. We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential. As we begin a new Congress. I stand here ready to work with you, to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans. Millions of our fellow citizens are watching us now, gathered in this great chamber. Hoping that we will govern, not as two parties. But as one nation.”
This is a powerful open. It really shows the President’s open-minded approach to unify the government for the greater good of our country. This was met with explosive applause from the crowd gathered within the chamber of Congress.
President Trump than continued with, “the agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican
- To defend American Jobs
- Demand fair trade for American workers
- Rebuild & revitalize the American infrastructure
- Making healthcare and prescription drugs more affordable
- To create an immigration system that is safe, lawful, modern and secure
- To Pursue a foreign policy that puts America’s interest first
President Trump then said, “there is a new opportunity in American politics. If only we have the courage together to seize it.” Yet again the President is calling for the unification of government on behalf of the American people. He then continued with, “victory is not
This is one of my favorite quotes (out of many) from the state of the union address. What a beautiful way to put it. After all, he is absolutely right. What is the most important goal is that we achieve greatness collectively for our country!
The President then acknowledged two anniversaries that are important and display the value of American pride.
- The Great Crusade – The
alliedliberation of Europe in WWII
- 50 years since the moon landing
He then went on to thank 3 WWII veterans who were in the crowd and Apollo 11’s Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
The President then said another awesome quote: “This year American Astronauts will go back to space. On American rockets.” It seems like the President was possibly hinting at missions/operation of the newly formed United States Space Force. Which is very exciting indeed.
The President then began to address that we can as a Nation make our middle-class stronger and more prosperous and create a better way of life for all of our citizens. He certainly understands how vital the middle-class truly is to our Nation’s economy, and by creating a stronger middle class. We thus have a stronger Nation as a whole.
“But we must reject the policies of revenge, resistance, and retribution. And embrace the boundless potential of co-operation, compromise, and the common good.” President Trump continued. “Together we can break decades-old stalemates. Heal old wounds. Build new coalitions and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make.”
He also addressed the failure of congress to act fairly when electing nominees to office. “This unfair treatment is not only unfair to the nominees, but to our country.”
Chuck Schumer can be seen with the smuggest look on his face after this was said. Let’s hope the President’s call for unification does not go unheeded.
This segment of the speech was an offer of bipartisanship if I’ve ever heard one. I am proud that President Trump is really solidifying the call for unification which he continues to do throughout the speech. Now is the time for the government to begin to work together to get the things America needs
He then began to explain how his administration has tackled problems that they inherited from multiple previous administrations. Among one of those complex issues was the economy. The economy today is the strongest it has been in decades. Some of the fastest growing sectors have been that of blue collar workers. The President vowed to fight for them on the campaign trail and truly has delivered on their behalf. Some economic achievements so far would be:
- Nearly 5 Million people have been lifted off of government assistance programs like food stamps.
- The US economy is growing 2x faster since Trump took office.
- The US is once again considered the strongest economy more than anywhere else in the world.
- The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in half a century.
- Minority unemployment, in particular, has reached the lowest level recorded in history.
- Unemployment for Americans with disabilities has also reached the lowest level recorded in history.
- More Americans are working now than at any other time in history – 157 Million people employed.
- Massive Tax reform passed to benefit the middle-class and working people of America. Within that comes the doubling of the child care credit, elimination of the death tax on inheritance, the repealing of the Obama-care mandated tax penalty.
- Passed the right to try act to allow critically ill patients to try experimental medications.
- Manufacturing jobs provided by corporations coming back the US due to the historic tax reform and the cutting of unnecessary regulations.
- The United States is now the #1 producer of oil and natural gas in the world. For the first time in 65 years, we are a net exporter of energy.
- Over 300,000 jobs were added last month alone. Almost double the number expected by economists.
- 58% of the new jobs created have been filled by Women. (later addressed in the speech)
- More Women are in the workforce than ever before. (also later addressed in the speech)
- First ever economic initiated to empower Women in the US and developing countries (also later addressed in the speech)
Incredible achievements for all Americans indeed Mr. President. All of that in only 24 months! That’s winning on
Unfortunately as to be expected. It doesn’t appear that everyone agrees. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar can be seen smirking at the list of accomplishments, except for when later in the speech when the white coats all cheered for the Women economic statistics.
President Trump then thanked our military and said, “the state of our union is strong!” This was met with another massive applause and chants of USA, USA!
Nancy Pelosi, of course, can be seen shaking her head in disagreement and her colleagues in white dress suits can be seen yet again smirking and not once standing to applaud.
“The US is experiencing an economic miracle. The only thing that can stop it. Are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations.” He’s absolutely right. These partisan witch hunt investigations are not only wrong. But they are wasting millions of taxpayer dollars.
The President also mentioned how important it is that we tackle prison reform and justice system reform. The example of his Presidential pardon of Alice Johnson touches upon the fact that some criminals if they have shown true rehabilitation, for non-violent crimes, should be given a second chance at life. That our prison system’s ultimate goal should be to rehabilitate people if possible, back into society. He also mentions his administration’s first act bill. Which gives offenders the ability, if reformed, to have a second chance at life.
The Opioid Crisis
The President also addressed how important it is for the government to unify to combat the opioid crisis. It is now statistically more likely that an American will die of an opioid overdose than in a car wreck. This just goes to show that we have to stop the flood of drugs coming into our country. Which ties into the President’s next topic.
In attendance during the speech were several Angel families. Angel families being the loved ones of a person slain by an illegal immigrant. President Trump thanked them for their attendance and said, “No one should ever have to suffer the heartache they have had to endure.” He’s absolutely correct. These deaths could have been avoided because the person who took their loved one’s life. Wasn’t even supposed to be in the country in the first place.
The President acknowledges the very real threat of MS-13 and the fact that we have to secure our southern border if we are to realistically tackle the problem of illegal immigration.
“I will never forget” President Trump said, “and I will fight for the memory of Jarold and Sharon (two victims previously named) that it will never happen again. Not one more American life should be lost because our Nation failed to control it’s own very dangerous border.”
The President then thanked ICE law enforcement for stopping 266,000 illegal immigrants from entering the country. Among those stopped included a staggering 100,000 plus convictions of violent assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 murders.
The President then gives us some more good news. That his administration has sent his bill (previously proposed) to Congress. The bill includes pretty much all the common sense reform and funding we need to get the job done (see the link to see what’s in the bill). Now we can hope and pray that this excellent proposal gets passed.
President Trump also addresses the fact that his administration is holding China responsible for their terrible trade deals and theft of intellectual property and trademarks. His administration’s efforts and new deals have caused the once roaring Chinese economy to grind to a slow trickle in comparison. This is an amazing achievement. This was
Some other amazing trade accomplishments so far have been:
- The renegotiation of NAFTA
- The introduction of the reciprocal trade act. Which would allow the US to charge a reciprocal tariff if another country has imposed one upon us.
- The introduction of legislation that will ensure the protection of American jobs and that American interest will come first in future trade deals.
Along with his coverage of the economy and trade deals. The President has also pledged to commit investment in the improvement of the American infrastructure. Including industries of the future (possibly green energy).
President Trump also said that it is his next priority to work on lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs and to protect patients with pre-existing conditions. The Trump administration’s efforts in 2018 showed us the biggest decline in the cost of prescription drugs in 46 years.
On the topic of high drug prices, President Trump said “We must do more. It is unacceptable that Americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs. Often made in the exact same place. This is wrong, this is unfair and together we will stop it. And we will stop it fast.” This could possibly mean that the government is looking into what they can do to regulate Big Pharma and their stranglehold on American patients.
The President then states that he was asking Congress to pass legislation that will finally take on the problem of prescription drug prices. He then says, within this regulation, we should also require pharmaceutical companies and hospitals to disclose real prices to foster competition to bring costs down. This is an excellent example of laying the policy foundation to force companies to compete within their markets to force the price of care and products down.
I have to say that it is truly amazing that we have a President who is willing to tackle and stand firm on the issue of abortion. He opened this topic by speaking about Virginia Governor Ralph Northam who literally said that his state’s abortion bill would allow for physicians to literally execute an infant after it was born. He then called upon Congress to pass legislation that would federally prohibit late-term abortions in our country.
“Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life.” The President said. “All children, born and unborn are made in the holy image of God.”
Let us hope and pray that as a nation we make it a reality to protect the unborn.
The President also covered the vast topic that is National security. He begins by acknowledging the massive rebuilding of the US military after it was gutted by the previous Obama administration. $700B was appropriated last year and $716B this year to make this happen. A lot of this funding has been provided by the US requiring other nation’s to pay their fair share of the global security the US military provides.
As part of the military build up the US is developing a state of the art missile defense system to protect our homeland. This is an incredible development for our safety as a Nation against foreign attacks. Particularly nuclear missiles that could be launched at us by an adversary.
The President also addressed the denuclearization agreement between the US and Russia also known as the INF treaty. He stated that the US followed the agreement to the letter and Russia did not. Russia has continued to violate the terms of that treaty for many years. The President then announced something huge. He announced that the United States is officially withdrawing from the INF treaty with Russia. This was followed up by the President stating, “perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement. Adding China and others. Or perhaps we can’t. If we can’t, we will outspend and out-innovate all others by far.”
Now this is both good and bad of course. Most geopolitical topics are never black and white. Russia has indeed been violating the terms of the INF treaty for years and has actually increased their nuclear stockpile and the deadly efficiency of the weapons within that stockpile. As a result of Russia’s actions we have to withdraw from the treaty and attempt to renegotiate something that will again be adhered to by both Nations. Until then we should also build up our nuclear stockpile and create our state of the art missile defense system.
The President continued in his speech by
The Trump administration has also officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela. Deeming their new President as Juan
Socialism In The US
Amazingly, after speaking on Venezuela. The President addressed the ever growing threat of socialism within our country. “America was founded on liberty and independence. And not government coercion, domination and control. We are born free and we will stay free.” He then followed up that incredible statement with another even more incredible statement. “Tonight we renew our resolve. That America will never be a socialist country.”
This is just incredible. If we play our cards right we will NEVER be a socialist country. On the other side of the isle. Just look at the priceless expression on Bernie Sander’s face. They also didn’t show her but I bet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s head was spinning.
The Middle East
After destroying socialism. The President tackled the also vast topic of US involvement in the middle-east. Starting with stating that his administration has officially recognized Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel. That we will officially move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
He addressed that the US has been fighting in the middle east for 19 years. This has resulted in the deaths of 7,000 American soldiers and the expenditure of $7 Trillion dollars.
Almost all of the territory once held by ISIS (who President Trump called, “blood thirsty monsters”) has been liberated. Now as we work with our allies to destroy the remaining remnants of ISIS. The President then stated that we must give our troops the much needed warm welcome home from Syria. His administration is also in negotiations to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.
On the topic of the
Coming off of the previous topic of Iran the President addressed anti-semitism. Referring to the tree of life synagogue attack. He honored the officer who was shot 7 times while in a
The President also honored Judah Samet who narrowly survived the same shooting. He also is a Holocaust survivor. It was also Samet’s 81st birthday in which the crowd beautifully sang him happy birthday.
President Trump finished the topic by calling anti-semitism a poison that needs to be stopped.
In his powerful closing address for the state of the union. The President had this to say:
“How will we be remembered? I ask the men and women of this
I have to say in closing that this has to be one of the best if not the best state of the union address I have ever heard and witnessed. President Trump not only tackled the vast topics previously stated but also laid out his administration’s ambitious agenda for the next 24 months. He called for unity and said many inspiring quotes throughout his speech. If the Democrats cannot put aside their selfish desires and differences. Than they are truly lost. I honestly believe that President Trump just secured his re-election victory in 2020. Absolutely incredible.
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