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State of the Union Address 2018

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Michelle Kleytman, Assistant Opinion Editor

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Trump gave his first State of the Union address last week. For some, it was a President showing he actually has the ability to maintain a presidential demeanor. For others, we questioned whether this was a State of the Union or a pep rally. One thing remained consistent: the star-crossed fate of the Democratic party kept on its path while Republicans still managed to finish the night off as victors.

Every President has used the State of the Union as a narrative for his agenda, and, as per the Constitution, “shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

Throughout the seemingly-longer-than 80 minute address, a bolt of incense hit me every time the left side of the room would start a pandemonium promptly after the President’s frequently inaccurate statements. It wasn’t surprising to find out shortly after that several fact-checking websites crashed and my Facebook timeline amounted to a compilation of “Fake News” articles. I thought to myself, “how could a room of our nation’s politicians, holding profuse amounts of power not only blindly follow but commend this man?” Is there an overflowing tap of kool-aid coming from the oval office I am unaware of? There is no “war on energy;” “clean coal” does not exist; I wanted to yell the name Reagan into the television screen when he began his soundbite on the, “biggest tax cuts and reform in American history,” but I remembered he has no sense of American history as he has no experience in politics. Oh, how could anyone possibly forget the new phrase he coined, bordering on neo-nazism when he said, “Americans are dreamers, too?”

But, as a devil’s advocate through and through, I frown upon the Democrats as well. I uncomfortably shifted in my seat as the poster boys–and girls–of America’s left wing remained seated, or even browsing their phones, as the President recognized and honored veterans and families fallen victim to MS-13 members. Their blatant disrespect for the nation’s heroes feeds the partisan stance that has overshadowed Washington and the divisiveness that has poisoned society.

To add insult to injury, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi chose Joe Kennedy to give the Democratic response. Rebutter-in-chief is already a losing position, but to pick a man who hails from a political dynasty, the Democrats set themselves up for failure. They didn’t choose Joe Kennedy III, Congressman representing the 4th district of Massachusetts, they chose the scion of their generation’s hero.

About the Writer
Michelle Kleytman, Managing Editor
Michelle Kleytman is a current senior and member of the Titan class of 2019. Working as Managing Editor, Michelle oversees the newspaper’s publishing operations, collaborating with and delegating work to the editorial staff. Diverging from her job title, Michelle works on an interview series for the Catalyst, “Spotlight,” publishing articles on adults in varying fields...
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2 Responses to “State of the Union Address 2018”

  1. JLoeffler on February 5th, 2018 5:19 am

    Has the US political system finally collapsed under its own grandeur?

  2. Quinn on February 28th, 2018 8:56 pm

    Not “inaccurate statements,” rather “alternative facts.” And he has the best facts, believe him, everyone’s saying it. Get it right, Kleytman. Good job otherwise…

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