On Tuesday, February 28th, President Trump delivered his first speech to Congress, and while it wasn’t a State of the Union Address, it came pretty close to it. It came close because by the end of his speech, we could feel the spirit of the American dream, and we could once again see America as a nation that puts its citizens first, and as a nation that every citizen can be proud of once more.
After a hotly contested election, and a few setbacks during the first few weeks of his administration, President Trump personified a true world leader during his speech, stating that “our allies will find once again America is ready to lead.”
President Trump focused on America’s crumbling infrastructure, mentioning President Eisenhower’s expansion of the interstate highway system. I order to rebuild America’s infrastructure, President Trump said he would “be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States.” While this type of legislation would create thousands, if not millions of jobs, it would be more beneficial for America if we cut down on discretionary spending, and reallocated that money to fund a project of this magnitude.
Another area of focus by President Trump was on repealing and replacing Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. This issue has caused many town halls around the country to become hostile environments for congressmen and women, as constituents have mixed feelings about the effects of repealing and replacing Obamacare. When addressing this issue, President Trump said that “[the Congress] should help Americans purchase their own coverage through the use of tax credits and expanded health savings accounts.” He also emphasized the importance of guaranteeing individuals with preexisting conditions must have access to coverage.
Immigration was another issue considered on Tuesday, and while no concrete plans were unveiled by President trump about how to deal with illegal immigration, he provided some guiding principles as to how the Congress should try to address it. These principles focus on the goal to “improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation’s security, and to restore respect for our laws.” Another facet of immigration reform was the creation of VOICE, the office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, which President Trump has asked the Department of Homeland Security to create with the purpose of “support[ing] the victims of crime.”
Finally, President Trump reiterated the importance of investing in our military, and making sure homeland America continues to be safe, stating that “to keep America safe, we must provide the men and women of the United States military with the tools they need to prevent war.” That is what America should strive to do towards the end of the decade. It must be the superpower it once was, and it must instill democratic values around the world, and a Trump administration can do exactly that.
It was also a relief to see President Trump not make claims about the prevalence of “fake news.” While it important to keep the media accountable, that is the job of the people, not the president, and the best thing President Trump did was focus on solutions to America’s problems. If he can successfully make America great again (and with a unified government, I don’t see any reasons why he couldn’t), the “fake news” networks won’t be able to ignore the progress we make together as a unified nation.
Thank you, President Trump, for reviving the American Dream.