In case you missed it, President Trump just gave us a teaser to the upcoming golden age of America. Trump gave his first ever State of the Union address in a unifying tone, featuring historic policy proposals to be expected in the coming months. The full transcript can be read here.
Trump started off by touting the economic growth that has occurred during his first year in office. The President talked about the rising wages, millions of new jobs, record low unemployment (specifically the lowest Black and Hispanic unemployment in history), and record highs in the stock market. Trump also applauded several large American companies for announcing that they’d be keeping or returning new employment to America. Trump also applauded congress for passing the massive tax cuts that he promised will provide “tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses.”
One of the highlights of the speech was Trump’s proposal to rebuild America’s infrastructure. Trump called for a $1.5 trillion bill to rebuild America’s roads, bridges, airports, and more. Trump wants the bill to “streamline the permitting and approval process — getting it down to no more than two years, and perhaps even one.”
Immigration was predictably the biggest moment of Trump’s first State of the Union. Here, Trump laid out a four-pillar plan to fix America’s disastrous immigration system.
The first pillar offers a path to citizenship for the 1.8 million DACA recipients over a 12-year period. This path to citizenship may be hard for some in Trump’s base to approve of, but what America gets in the next three pillars are key to any meaningful reform of our out-of-control immigration regime.
The second pillar offers necessary border security. The wall would funded and built, more border patrol agents enlisted, and loopholes like catch and release are ended. This would necessarily involve law enforcement cracking down on the intolerable obstinacy of so-called sanctuary cities.
The third pillar focuses on reforming the system. It ends the visa lottery and presupposes a merit-based immigration system. Through this system, Trump wants America to let in the people “who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country.” This alone would mean many people who come here now and are a drain on the country would not be welcome.
Finally, the fourth pillar focuses on the nuclear family. Chain migration will be ended and sponsorships will be limited to spouses and children. The threat posed by chain migration cannot be understated and removing it is absolutely key.
Overall, Trump’s State of the Union had a surprisingly unifying tone. While many of the President’s prominent speeches were regarded by some to be polarizing and divisive, this speech was met with praise of unity from both sides. A CBS News poll even found that 75% of Americans viewed it favorably.
Of course, there were many great unifying lines like “We all share the same great American flag,” “It’s the people that are making America great again,” and “We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity,” but there was one line that stood out from the rest. Alongside his policy points on immigration, Trump reminded everyone in one swift line that “Americans have dreams too.”
Trump’s words touch back to cries for an America-first agenda from the campaign trail all the way to his first State of the Union. Trump is definitely sticking to his America-first agenda and is not about to give up on any of his major campaign promises and themes. All in all, the President gave a powerful, unifying speech that brought back the American spirit. He blasted his booming economic success past the filters of the media and launched his immigration and infrastructure agenda for this year. 2018 is going to be an optimistic time for President Trump and the America people.
The economy is booming at record high, immigration will be reformed, the wall will be built, infrastructure will be fixed, foreign affairs may be resolved, and health care may see some progress. And, these are only a few of the many things to come in the coming years. This speech will be remembered as the moment the golden age of modern America launched with a booming start.