What is in Store for the Future of America?
By: Steven Morris
President Trump, in his first State of the Union address as the President of the United States, declared in his speech “The state of our Union is strong because our people are strong.”
His address to the nation was a speech that was intended to encourage unity in an ever-divided country.
“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,” said President Trump, after calling for unity among Americans.
The address was a different kind of speech than what the American people are accustomed to. The President’s speeches are often unscripted and filled with divisive language.
However, this speech was scripted, in an effort to make the President look more like a politician and an elder statesman.
The message in his address to the nation was to bring the country into “a new chapter of American greatness.”
Light on details, President Trump in his speech also shared his vision of the future and propositions for the United States.
On infrastructure, President Trump called on Congress “to produce a bill that generates at east $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment we need.”
On immigration, President Trump offered “four pillars.”
The first pillar of President Trump’s bipartisan immigration reform plan is to “offer a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age… those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens.”
The second pillar, according to President Trump, is a “full secure of the border.”
The third pillar would be to end the diversity visa lottery program, created as part of the Immigration Act of 1990 and began in 1995.
This program makes 50,000 visas available to immigrants from countries with low rates of immigrants, in an effort to diversify immigrant population.
The fourth and final pillar to this plan is to put an end to “chain migration,” a process in which immigrants are able to petition Immigration Service to bring over their relatives.
President Trump also called on Congress to “fully fund” the military, rebuild the nuclear arsenal, and a commitment “to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need.”
As expected, democrats had numerous issues with the President’s address.
Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III gave the official Democratic response to the State of the Union Address.
In this speech, Kennedy stated that “The state of our union is hopeful, resilient, (and) enduring,” and that “Bullies may land a punch. They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future.”
Also, in his speech, he spoke to “Dreamers” and promised those who were watching that “You are a part of our story. We will fight for you. We will not walk away.”
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who ran against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, had his own State of the Union response.
In it, Senator Sanders heavily criticized Trump, noting the differences between then presidential hopeful Trump versus President Trump, and highlighting “Trump’s broken promises.”