In Tuesday’s address, President Trump spoke of a “new American moment” in which “[t]here has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.” He touted the approximately 3 million workers receiving bonuses tied to his tax reform package as well as his desire for “every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work.” He also said: “Americans love their country, and they deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.”
During the address, which touched on divisive issues including immigration, taxes and national security, President Trump asked lawmakers “to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.”
“Tonight, President Trump reminded us that – by following the principles of freedom and liberty – America has experienced unprecedented growth that includes the lowest black unemployment rate in a generation, the fastest stock market growth in decades and GDP growth not seen in recent times. While major challenges remain, his stewardship over the last year makes it clear that we can build on these achievements and make Americans freer, happier and even more prosperous,“ Horace Cooper, co-chairman of Project 21, a former leadership staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and former constitutional law professor, said.
“President Trump wasn’t just presidential tonight. He highlighted the accomplishments of his first year while calling attention to our desperate need for bipartisan legislation to solve systemic problems facing the nation. At crucial moments, however, liberals failed to rise to the occasion – often withholding their applause or approval. Why wouldn’t liberals cheer on the lowest black unemployment rate in 17 years? Or the President’s resolve to eradicate the scourge of MS-13 killing innocent Americans?” said Stacy Washington, co-chairman of Project 21, a syndicated talk radio host on the American Family Radio and Urban Family Talk networks and a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Christopher Arps, Project 21 member, a principal with Red Tail Strategies and co-founder of the Move-On-Up.org black social network, stated, “President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight showed a president transitioning into the role of Commander-in-Chief. The country is currently very divided, and this speech went a long way in trying to repair that divide. I congratulate President Trump for a well-written and well-delivered speech.”
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“Whether you love him or hate him, President Donald Trump deserves to celebrate – brag, if you will – about his administration’s accomplishments. Yet, when the President brought attention to black unemployment being at historic lows, members of the Congressional Black Caucus remained seated with angry faces – without even a hint or gesture of acknowledging such wonderful news. One would think they would applaud the fact that many of their constituents are now gainfully employed. It shows just how ineffective black congressional leadership is on the left, and drives home the point that President Trump didn’t have to meet with the CBC in order to do for its constituents what the CBC members themselves were repeatedly unable to accomplish,” Derryck Green, Ph.D., Project 21 member with a doctorate in theology and spiritual leadership stated.
Rounding out statements by the black activists, Emery McClendon, Project 21 member and a Tea Party movement organizer who won Americans for Prosperity’s “Activist of the Year” award had this to say.
His primary focus was on opportunities that will lift up all Americans, and to outline a review of his accomplishments of his first year in office. His emphasis was mainly on five major policy areas. He addressed Jobs, Infrastructure, Immigration, Trade, and National Security.
Unlike the past, the address this year was surrounded by controversy, boycotts, and charges of racism. At least eleven members of Congress vowed not to attend the address and the boycott was led by the Congressional Black Caucus. With Representative Maxine Waters being the most outspoken critic of the President. At least five U.S. Supreme Court Justices will not attend. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the first to announce a boycott of the speech.
Other members of Congress and the President invited special guests to the historic event also. Most notable among those inviting guests was the U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. She vowed earlier to fill the House gallery with illegal aliens. Her promise has received a lot of attention from individuals and the media.
The most anticipated showdown began at 9:00 P.M. shortly after the House Sergeant at Arms announced the arrival of the President as he entered the Chamber, to the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. The famous line” Mister Speaker, the President of The United States” precluded cheering and a loud applause. The President then took the Podium and handed copies of the speech to the Speaker and the Vice President. The Speaker presented the President to Congress, and the speech began. He began by stressing that his Administrations goal is to make America Great Again for all Americans.
The President began his speech by recognizing the heroic actions of his special invited guests. He gave a special shout-out to Congressman Steve Scalise. He stated that we are building a safe, strong, and proud America, as he touted his record on jobs, highlighting Afro-Americans, and Hispanics.
He highlighted the companies that are bringing back jobs to America, and giving their employees raises and bonuses. Speaking of the American Dream he stated that as Americans, we can achieve anything under one flag.
He proudly recognized our Veterans and Military Heroes and pledged his support for them.
The President during this speech praised our flag, patriotism, and religious liberty. This is a message for all Americans and instills pride in each of us. The message of the night is good news for every American, and displays reasons why we must live and work together to keep our nation prosperous and strong.
Although the media showed us that there were protests outside of the Capital, those gathered inside remained calm and quiet. The President’s message is a message that people are curious about, and many of those who oppose him see that results speak louder than the fake news that they have been given by the media.
American citizens heard a message of hope and encouragement that includes opportunities for each of us. It is imperative that Congress and the public support our President and his policies so that we can all share in the furtherance of the American Dream.
The President spoke to Congress about the dangers of our immigration system and asked them to close the dangerous loopholes that cause that system to be broken. He spoke of his duty to make all Americans safe because Americans are Dreamers too.
The President pointed to four pillars in his Immigration policy to Congress. These pillars include:
- A path to citizenship over a twelve year period.
- Fully secure our border with a wall, and hiring more people to protect it.
- End the Visa Lottery and move to a merit-based system.
- End chain migration.
This was the only time that we heard any negative reaction from the room.
The president spoke briefly about our Opioid problem, and strengthening our Military, stressing that we keep America first. In brief, he also mentions the action that his Administration has taken to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, and how our military will be allowed to do its job unrestricted in the future.
The President promised to encourage us with a message to build a safe, strong, and prosperous America… He delivered! It is now up to our elected officials to follow up, and for every American to get on-board the Trump Train, so that we can indeed “Make America Great Again.”
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