Friday, January 20, 2017, saw the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States of America. On January 25, 2017, I hesitantly pushed the publish button — sharing my thoughts with the internet with my first piece: “I am a Feminist, but I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton.” Therefore, Trump’s ascendency and my writing debut are forever intertwined. Of course, these milestones are not coincidental. If Trump’s election had not been my tipping point — personally, professionally, and politically– I am not even sure if I would have become a “blogger.”
A year later, I continue to write, and Trump remains in power. As a high school social studies teacher, this year-long journey has brought both continuity and change. On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, President Trump made his first State of the Union Address to the American public. I chose to read his speech instead of listening to the president’s delivery or viewing his appearance. I have often analyzed presidential statements in this way, and I think the method helps me to internalize the message without as much emotional influence.
So, what is the state of our union?
Firstly, it was a well-written address using many examples of specific citizens and in the case of immigration a clearer path forward than just two weeks prior (when the president reportedly used a vulgarity to describe Haiti and African nations). Of course, few presidents write their speeches, but President Trump’s message was clear: employment is increasing, wages are rising, and taxes are cut. The president’s refrain: “If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.” President Trump highlighted workers, veterans, police officers, and a patriotic twelve-year-old boy, but where were the public school teachers? How come 3.2 million educators across this great nation were not mentioned? In fact, education was only spotlighted twice. Once when citing how a worker in Ohio, Corey Adams, can now save for his daughter’s education (good luck with that, Mr. Adams); and another instance when the president proclaimed: “Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential. ”
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