President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union Address last night, after all the ballyhoo and macho posturing. Although I appreciated the topics the President covered, I don’t think he went far enough. The following is the State of the Union Address I wish he had given instead.
My fellow Americans, Representatives, Senators, Supreme Court Justices, Cabinet members, and most welcome guests…
I’m sure you all expect me to talk about how strong our country is, how well we’re doing economically and internationally, and a bunch of other happy talk, but we need to have a serious talk.
Our country is at a crossroads on several fronts. Economically, we have a debate over whether to keep the mostly capitalist society we have now or scrap it in favor of socialism of one form or another. Internationally, we are struggling to have, let alone maintain, a consistent foreign policy that both assists countries who need our help while protecting our national interests. Politically, actors on all sides of the ideological divide are treating each other poorly, even to the point of committing violent crimes against them. Racially, tensions have reached heights we haven’t seen since the 1960s. Morally, we have lost our way and given in to our baser instincts.
Put simply, America as a country, as a union, isn’t as strong as we need it to be. And I, as your President, admit to being part of the problem. I haven’t always acted in the best interests of this country and its founding principles, and for that I am sorry. I have been party to actions and words that have damaged the societal fabric and coarsened the discourse among people. For that, too, I am sorry.
What I am not sorry for is upholding a belief in this country and what greatness it can still achieve, both under my leadership and after I’ve left office. America is broken, but I cling to the idea it can and should be fixed. That is where you come into the picture.
My slogan since 2016 has been “Make America Great Again.” That can’t happen without you. America is great when its citizens rise to the challenges laid before us. In our relatively short time as the United States, we have fought in numerous wars that challenged the mettle of our men and women, been at the forefront of technological and social change, and been the innovators, inventors, and investors that turned 13 British colonies into a beacon of freedom and prosperity seen and dreamed of around the world for centuries.
Now, we are struggling to maintain our position in the world. New threats are replacing old ones. Our economic strength is on shaky ground due to short-sighted decisions by companies and government alike. That’s not your fault, but you are expected to live with the consequences because we keep changing what “normal” looks like. We need to turn our economic focus inward to shore up what we have and build up from there. This goes well beyond unemployment numbers the government puts out. This is a renewed focus on reestablishing America as a nation of doers.
Along those lines, I will ask educators and administrators to meet with me to not only promote trade schools and apprenticeships to rebuild our infrastructure, but to dig into the public and private schools to make sure every student feels he or she can be successful in a skilled trade, a professional capacity, or wherever their dreams may take them. I will also help promote STEM in public and private schools for boys and girls alike because the future requires big and bold thinkers who will constantly ask the question “Why not?”
This one educational step will have a ripple effect that will elevate many areas. With our military being the most advanced on the planet, having our military personnel know about the science and mechanics behind our technology will make them more effective. It will also provide useful vocations for after they leave the service or when there is peace. With more skilled labor, we can rebuild the manufacturing industry we used to have and start making quality products again, products we can be proud to sell each other and to the world. Also, this focus on science and technology will impact energy production by encouraging the next generations to be the outside-the-box thinkers necessary to bring about a greener world that produces power while protecting the planet as much as we can.
There are many other issues to tackle, but I want this commitment to America to be at the top of the list because it will take the longest to implement while having the biggest positive impact on our country and its future. In a little while, you will hear the Democrats’ response to this State of the Union, and I’m sure they will pick my speech apart. As you listen to it, keep in mind what I’ve said and how I want to improve the country for everyone. If the Democrats have better ideas, I’m open to hear them and debate them in a civilized manner.
That’s what makes us united.
Good night, and God Bless America.