Promises not kept at Trump’s State of the Union Address in 2018
In Trump’s administration, the truth is an elusive quality to hold onto, and at Trump’s first State of the Union Address, many times it did not exist. Many will call his claims during his speech misleading, but I call them lies.
At this point in Trump’s presidency where new scandals/falsehoods are constantly prevalent, many in leadership positions have been charged with breaking the law, and Trump will claim in 2018 that America is a prosperous and harmonious nation. Not only does he have the audacity to claim the government is running smoothly, but he seems to forget that at any hour of any day, he can be impeached.
With gun violence at an all time high in the country, and an opioid crisis engulfing the nation, Trump’s administration has no strategy, and no one has been appointed to lead these departments.
German Lopez of the VOX says,”Yet in the past year, there has been no move by Trump’s administration to actually spend more money on the opioid crisis. Key positions in the administration remain unfilled, even without nominees in the case of the White House’s drug czar office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).”
Trump gave one of the longest State of the Union speeches in recorded history, and he also clapped for him-self many times. This was one of the strangest things I observed, which was also one of the first that I can ever remember. Again, the truth was not important, but he did tell some good stories.
He started out by telling America that his polices is the reason Black unemployment rate is the lowest recorded in our country’s history. However, there was no mention of President Obama’s policies, or even a thank you, but instead he took all the credit.
Trump is still wondering why none of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) agreed with his statement, and many of the members wore kente cloths attached to their clothing. “Wearing kente cloth to the SOTU address with my fellow CBC members was to stand in solidarity with people from Africa,” says Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.
The members of the CBC were protesting the president’s policies and the direction he is taking the country. Once Trump was elected president, the leadership in the country changed from diverse to primarily white and corrupt.
“We eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 annually forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they could not afford governmental health plans,” said Trump in his speech. But this statement was not the truth, because repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate will now force more than 13 million Americans to lose their healthcare coverage. Not only will more Americans lose coverage, but the price of healthcare will increase upwards by 10 percent.
During the State of the Union address, Trump was constantly making various promises, but his words did not match his actions. Many of his policies are designed to hurt poor and middle class working families, and help millionaires and billionaires become richer.
In terms of immigration, Trump claimed that there were thousands of MS-13 Salvadoran-American street gangs killing many of Americans. There was no factual evidence to support that claim, but many Americans are now afraid that many young Hispanics are criminals, lawbreakers, and not willing to work.
But the truth is that the majority of Hispanics are hard workers, and they believe in the importance of family. President Obama talked about comprehensive citizenship to 11 million immigrants and Trump is only talking about 1.8 million immigrants receiving U.S. citizenship.
At the end of the speech, Trump talked about what makes the American people great, and how we have the ability to light up the world. But to keep America great starts with leadership and accepting the diversity of its people, and most importantly, the president’s words should line up with his actions.
George W. Bush won 537 popular votes more than Al Gore in Florida in the 2000 election, giving him the state’s 25 electoral votes for a total of 271, five more than his Democratic opponent.
Gore did win the popular vote, 50,996,582, to the Republican’s 50,456,062, but it is the Electoral College which decides the presidency. Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, though she got 65,853,516 popular votes to Donald Trump’s 62,984,825.
What was particularly noteworthy was that more than 500,000 Floridians, including 139,000 African Americans, could not vote because they are ex-felons.With blacks voting overwhelmingly Democratic and whites splitting their votes, a Gore victory was highly likely.
The election at once showed the need to vote and the rigged system in which it was held.
Florida has historically put mostly unsurmountable roadblocks to restoring exfelons’ civil rights. Herald/Times reporter Mary Ellen Klas has noted the system dates back to at least 1868.
The state’s post-Civil War constitution was required to include provisions banning slavery and guaranteeing the rights of former slaves. One result was that black registered voters outnumbered whites 15,434 to 11,148 to – which laid the early groundwork for political shenanigans to compound the stark racism.
Depriving former felons of the right to vote came with the English colonists, Klas reported in August 2016. And Florida was among states that expanded the exclusionary rules to include minor offences such as vagrancy and petty theft, along with manipulating the court system, Mother Jones’ Pema Levy reported in October 2015.
A crime crackdown under then Gov. Jeb Bush in the 2000s put disproportionately more blacks in prison and deprived them of their civil rights.
The Brennan Center in a December 2016 report cited by Kristen M. Clark of the Herald/Times said that 1.6 million Floridians were denied the right to vote, representing 10 percent of the state’s population; blacks accounted for one in three of them.
A Sentencing Project report which Levy cited said that 50 percent of all ex-felons disenfranchised nationwide lived in Florida. Nationally, the percentage for African Americans was 3.35; for Florida, it was 19.39.
Ex-felons are automatically deprived of their civil rights and unable to sit on juries, run for office or vote. But they can petition the State Board of Executive Clemency for restoration of those rights either online or in person for an allotted five to 10 minutes during the four hearings held annually.
The current clemency board comprises