State of the Union Address (SWA 3)

 

Foreign Policy Domestic Policy
· the United States Reciprocal Trade, which is in response to countries setting their own price on American goods and will establish the US in putting their own price on foreign goods.

·      Has decided to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

·      Has announced a second summit with Kim Jong Un.

·      Build the Wall, Trump promotes his vision for Congress to pass a bill that gives him funding for the wall over dangerous border activity in the south.

·      First Step Act, he is willing to sign this bill since it gives criminals to come back to society as productive, law-abiding citizens.

·      Paid family leave

·      Eliminating Gang-affiliated activities. (MS-13)

·      Appeals to Congress to begin an infrastructure plan.

·      Against Anti-Semitism

Power Dynamics

The Democratic Party currently holds the majority of the House seats. During the State of the Union address, Trump talked a lot about unity and working together with Democrats as he stated “we can bridge old divisions and forge new solutions, if we work together,” but many Democrats of the democratic party, like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have said he did not offer any plan, any vision, for our future. Trump said, “we must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good,” but what he doesn’t state is in what kinds of issues he would like Democratic opinion/cooperation. Much of what he was saying did not reflect on his actions. Many have even said, for example, Nancy Pelosi, about how Trump speaks words but have no meaning or value behind them. Trump’s way of asserting his power is through emphasizing how much he wants to continue making America great and how he needs funding on his wall because of how dangerous the southern border has become but in reality, those are not true. Attorney General of California Xavier Beccera delivered a response to Trump’s state of the union in Spanish focusing on emphasizing the difficult journey immigrants take in order to give their family a better chance at life. Beccera focused on Trump’s inability to understand that Democrats also want immigration reform but do not agree with how he is emphasizing building a wall as the only solution. He also brings up an interesting pattern that Trump continuously uses, which is walls. Walls against healthcare, separation of families, voting rights and medical services. Trump is putting up walls on our rights and the Latinx Community has started to notice, we intend to fight against this prejudice by going to the voting polls to be able to put more of us in Congress. The statement that I agree with Beccera is “whether it’s with marches on the streets or marches to the polling booths, with fights in the court or through Congress, we will do what’s needed to ensure a strong and vibrant national Union”. He brings up a wonderful point about unity that Trump refuses to understand.

My State Legislature

My state legislature has some differences in approaching immigration, education, and welfare. Iris Martinez is an advocate for Latinos and beginning initiatives concerning the welfare of senior citizens and of those who are disabled. She also is a huge advocate in expanding health care access; she has created a program in Chicago where children are able to get health check-ups, screenings, dental check-ups and immunizations at an affordable price. This is something that Trump does not agree in, he wants to take away Obamacare/any affordable health care services but has not gotten enough support to do so. He believes it is a waste of money for the government to spend funding on it but in reality, it has currently saved many lives which Trump tends to turn a blind eye.

 

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