President Donald Trump delivered his much anticipated State of the Union Address last night, Tuesday, February 5, 2019. In my opinion, it should be difficult to not admire what Trump has done for our country in just two years. However, there will always be people who refuse to commend him on his accomplishments just because they hate him to the core. The bottom line is the United States is not only in a much better position than it was under President Barack Obama (he had eight years by the way), but it is in a tremendous position in general. Below are various items President Trump discussed that I found to be the bigger issues amongst the average American, as well as some other important items during the Address.
Throughout much of his introduction, President Trump spread the idea of our nation coming together to accomplish our various goals, such as stronger border security, continuing our economic boom, reforming our criminal justice system, etc. Many people say President Trump has done much in his two years to further divide our nation and, to be completely honest, I agree. I do think he has done more to maintain the support of his base at the expense of the Democrats, rather than fixing his language in order to bring everyone together. That being said, I do believe he was sincere when he said last night that we must, “…govern not as two parties, but as one nation.” So yes, President Trump has said some things that have been divisive, but he has also done a lot to ensure that certain issues receive bi-partisan support. It’s just a bit difficult to get some things done when many Democrats would rather see President Trump fail than to see the United States succeed, but that’s just me.
Here are just a few facts from the Address that highlight how amazing our economy is right now. For starters, unemployment for African-American, Latino-American, and Asian-American citizens has reached its lowest point in recorded history. That is surely something to be happy about. I didn’t see a ton of clapping and excitement from the Democrat side of the aisle after that announcement though. Maybe because the party who claims to be the most tolerant doesn’t actually care to raise minorities up? Maybe they do care about raising minorities up, but they’re just mad because Trump has been the one to do it? Whatever the reason may be, it was a shame to see them so unenthused. To continue, the United States is the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world, we added 304,000 jobs last month, and women are benefiting tremendously from the booming economy. One century after women were granted the right to vote, there are more women serving in Congress than ever before, and there are more women in the workplace in general than every before. The economy is doing amazing right now and President Trump appears to want it perform even better in the next two years.
Securing the Border
Border security has been maybe the hottest topic of the last two years, but especially in the last two months with the longest government shutdown in our nations history. This is another situation, I believe, in which the Democrats want, and have wanted for years, increased border security with some kind of updated barrier. But, for some odd reason, now that Trump is President the Democrats have opposed an updated wall every step of the way. Actually though, it isn’t odd. It’s just another example of the Democrats opposing Donald Trump because they flat out do not like him. They prefer seeing our nation suffer over President Trump succeeding. Per President Trump’s speech last night, working class Americans pay the price for mass illegal immigration, gangs like MS-13 wreak havoc, and “In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings.” Democrats claim to care so much about the average citizen, women, minorities, etc. If that’s truly the case, there should be zero issue from them on building a wall. A wall and increased border security helps all Americans’ safety and financially.
Trade has been another big piece of President Trumps administration. For many years the United States has been taken advantage of in the trade department. It was nice to hear last night that we are working with China to work on a new trade agreement to reduce our trade deficit and protect American jobs. USMCA will replace NAFTA and will deliver for American workers, bring back manufacturing jobs in even greater numbers, protect intellectual property, and, as the President put it, there will be “…more cars stamped with ‘made in the USA.’”
The Middle East
As a Jewish-American who values Israel maybe as much as my home country of America, I truly appreciate President Trumps pro-Israel views. He too understands the importance of having a strong bond between the United States and Israel. That being said, last night he reiterated the fact that he recognized the true capital of Israel as Jerusalem, while also noting his opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. He also mentioned how we have liberated virtually all of the territory held by ISIS and how we will hold talks with the Taliban to end our near 20-year war in Afghanistan. We have also withdrawn from the absolutely terrible Iran Nuclear Deal and placed upon Iran the toughest sanctions ever imposed by the U.S. on anyone. Among other items that took place highlighting the anti-Semitism in our country (and even in our own government), President Trump stated that they (Iran) chant “Death to America” and call for the genocide of the Jewish people. There is no room for anti-Semitism in our country, as well as the world, and President Trump seems determined to curb it at all costs. It’s just more information to be excited about, on top of the fact that our President is actually working to stay good on his promises.
Other Important Items
Buzz Aldrin was in attendance, a truly great piece of American history.
There were several D-Day veterans in attendance as well. One of those in attendance was Herman Zeitchik, who helped liberate the concentration camp of Dachau. Sitting next to him was a Holocaust survivor, Joshua Kaufman, who was actually liberated at Dachau by the man sitting beside him, Mr. Zeitchik himself. It was truly amazing to watch.
Holocaust and Tree of Life shooting survivor Judah Samet was in attendance as well. It also just happened to be his 81st birthday the night of the Address. The entire room sang “Happy Birthday” to Judah to conclude a very touching moment for everyone.
Regarding the Tree of Life shooting, President Trump also honored survivor of the shooting, officer and first responder Timothy Matson. Matson was shot seven times and has had 12 surgeries so far. He is truly an inspiration.
President Trump also noted his ambition to increase the United States’ fight against childhood cancer. He invited Grace Eline, a ten-year-old brain cancer survivor. It was a very moving moment. President Trump concluded this portion of the night by letting the nation know he would be asking for 500 million dollars over the next 10 years for life-saving childhood cancer research.
President Trump bashed the state of New York for their horrible, new abortion bill and expressed his desire to eliminate late-term abortions.
The President noted his growing relationship with North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un, and is planning on meeting with him in Vietnam later this month.
Matthew Charles, the first person to be released from prison under the First Step Act, was in attendance as well. The First Step Act, bi-partisan prison reform, reformed sentencing laws that harmed the African American community and allows non-violent offenders to re-enter society as law abiding citizens. Alice Johnson was also there last night and is another individual who had her sentence commuted.
Towards the end of the Address, President Trump made the glorious statement that the United States will never become a Socialist country. He also struck down the new calls of United States citizens calling for the adoption of Socialism here, as well as stating his opposition to big government.