David Bruining

The State of Our Union

The State of Our Union

Photo by AOL.com

Photo by AOL.com

Speed, radical transparency, nationalism, exhibitionism, prideful conservatism, and, above all, a relentless positivity – these are the values and practices of today’s administration.  The State of the Union, presented earlier this February, is our nation’s promised vessel of truth. Carrying the message of our prosperity, President Donald Trump powerfully elucidated that the American people have the power to choose between continuing our greatness or abandoning it in partensenship.  While calls for unity are often met with sporadic integration, President Trump insightfully outlined accomplishments that all should be happy for, problems that all should stand for, and principles that all should exemplify. 11 Americans honored; 4 calls for unity; nearly 30 different topics covered; Congress proudly chanting ‘U.S.A.’ 4 times: this State of the Union may have been the greatest address our generation has ever seen, and possibly one of the greatest ever given.  Emotional and impactful, yet factual. Sharp and fierce, yet embracing. We The People ought to be proud Americans after this address. Not only for our phenomenal accomplishments; but rather, for what they represent.

The myriad of economic and social advances that have been made over the course of 2 years is majestic.  It is indicative of the cultural shift the United States is undergoing: societal innovation, not hedonism; a state of contribution, not parsimony.  With unemployment at its lowest rate in over 50 years, minority unemployment at its lowest rate in history, women employment at its precipitous, and economic growth at nearly double since 2017, it is fair to say that our Union is moving forward with unflagging validity.  

Undeniably, a focus of this address was national security.  President Trump will not give to seed to the manifestation of crime, poverty, drugs, and a lowering quality of life for Americans.  His recognition of ICE border patrol agents, representation of hypocrisy in wealthy politicians, and statistical evidence behind the border problem give way for bipartisan support.  In recent weeks, many Americans began to question his promise of increasingly stringent security. It has been made clear in this address that the safety, well-being, and security of the citizens of these United States is a top priority in the President’s eyes.  With increased security funding, a greater number of troops stationed at the border, and several security-centered bills being presented to Congress, it is fair to say that our Union is regaining its sovereignty with indefatigable support.

Spearheads of this great nation are intended to be servant leaders, guiding the nation, as a whole, to a shared, common goal.  Previous leaders and representatives were willfully ignorant for embracing trade deals and prolonging wars that only bore calamity.  President Trump is preparing new trade deals with China, so they may no longer steal American jobs, American industry, and American intellectual property.  With the rebuilding of the American infrastructure and military, and an allocation for a greater military budget, the U.S. can continue its domination of terrorism and rescinding of ISIS.  Work and family are at the center of Americans’ lives, the foundation of their dignity as free people. Socialism, terrorism, and lengthy wars threaten these values everyday. President Trump contended these arguments in his reasoning for reworking NAFTA, withdrawing from the INF, ending a war in North Korea, recognizing the new President of Venezuela, and confronting anti-semitic nations.  With familiarity breeds content – President Trump will not stand to let Socialism be familiar, to let terrorism run rampant, to let trade deals ruin the U.S. economy. It is safe to say that our Union is standing for what is just with unshakable resolve.

This State of the Union was not simply a call for unity.  It was an exposition of where America is headed. Where some will choose greatness, others will choose gridlock.  Where some will choose incredible progress, others will choose pointless destruction. President Trump rejoiced the accomplishments of the American people and of the nation.  He stood for pro-life legislature and anti-Socialist behavior. He stood for the common good. With the majority of the room cheering on patriots, applauding nationalism, and daring to stand for principles, it is fair to say that our Union is making America great again for all Americans.

ORIGINALLY published in turning point usa’s 2018 yearly recap news letter