(UnitedVoice.com) – In his annual state of the union address on Tuesday night, President Trump sought to inspire the country as he announced that we are in the midst of “the great American comeback.”
At the beginning of the speech, Trump stated that his vision is to build the most prosperous and inclusive society in the world, where everyone gets to participate and benefit. He positioned himself as a champion of blue-collar workers and American families throughout the speech.
“Three years ago we launched the great American comeback. Tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results… The best is yet to come.”
The president laid out the facts of the last three years and painted a prosperous picture of the future. Meanwhile, Democrats sat and often shook their heads or made expressions of deep displeasure. They didn’t even seem pleased with policies that they claim to champion as Trump extended an olive branch on issues they should have common ground on.
Sitting directly behind the president, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) often made her displeasure with the speech, and even at times with her own party, known. Several times she could be seen silently telling Democrats to settle down or restrain themselves. At one point, she even reprimanded a fellow Democrat by pointing and scolding the person.
Notably absent in Trump’s speech was any mention of impeachment and acquittal which is expected to take place on Wednesday when the Senate convenes.
On the Economy and Prosperity
With just nine months to go before election day, Trump said looking back, “In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline… We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago, and we are never going back!”
Claiming a “blue-collar boom,” Democrats sat in disbelief as Trump shared one economic success story after another to the constant applause of Republicans:
- The average unemployment rate is the lowest in American history
- Unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians are at an all-time low
- African-American youth unemployment is at an all-time low
- Poverty among African-Americans is on the decline and at the lowest rate ever recorded
- The unemployment rate for women is at the lowest level in 70 years and in 2019 women filled 75% of all the new jobs created
- Veteran’s unemployment is at a record low
- 7 million American’s are no longer on food stamps and 10 million are off of welfare
- 3.5 million working-age people have joined the workforce
- The net worth of the bottom half of wage-earners has increased by 47%
- Workers have seen a 16% increase in pay since 2017
- The stock market has soared over 70% and added $12 trillion in wealth, impacting people with 401(k)’s
- Former prisoners are getting jobs and a fresh start thanks to criminal justice reform
- America is energy independent and energy jobs are flourishing
- 12,000 new factories are being planned or have been built, and 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been created since 2017
A Message of Unity and Bipartisanship
In the midst of great division, Trump encouraged lawmakers to overcome their differences and find common ground.
He reminded American’s that “we are pioneers, we are the pathfinders, we settled the new world, we built the modern world and we changed history forever by embracing the eternal truth that everyone is made equal by the almighty hand of God.”
In closing, the president then said that in America, anything can happen and anyone can fulfill their dreams while reminding us that “The American age, the American epic, the American adventure has only just begun. Our spirit is still young. The sun is still rising. God’s grace is still shining. My fellow Americans, the best is yet to come.”
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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