“And Believe, Once More, in America.”

It is so rare that one will agree with everything that an elected official does. I believe it is my duty as an American to point out the good actions that I like of my elected officials as well as the bad. My job however is not to be encouraging an official no matter their actions or hoping an official will fail no matter their actions. I am eager for Congress and the President to work together,  as the Constitution states. Several of the ideas President Trump presented in his address to Congress on Tuesday were feasible to be brought to Congress so that they could be done in compromise to meet the needs of all people. I want to see policies to go through Congress because as a conservative , the Constitution is the foundation of my beliefs. Each branch limits the other and President Trump must work with Congress to achieve what the people want. Elected officials serve to construct the laws on behalf of the people, which is why working with Congress is essential to complete that duty. 

On Tuesday, February 28, President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time in his Presidency. Many speculated about whether or not his speech would be Presidential. When the announcer introduced the President to the Speaker and the rest of Congress, I held my breath. As a Republican I had been waiting for this moment for the last 8 years and I could not wait to hear him speak. President Trump is known for his rogue speeches, especially on the campaign trail, but Tuesday was different: he was now in front of the 115th Congress of the United States. The 115th Congress is not any Congress, especially to a Republican President, because the Republicans hold the majority in both legislative bodies. President Trump began his speech talking about the resilient and optimistic American spirit. “All the nations of the world — friend or foe — will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free,” said the President.

The President discussed how he feels that some problems within our borders, such as the state of inner cities, have been ignored. He said that the infrastructure of America has crumbled while American money has too often gone to other borders. President Trump said that his election was a cry for change from Americans across the country, a cry to put American citizens first. “They were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand, that America must put its own citizens first … because only then, can we truly Make America Great Again,” he rallied.

The President described how he wants to reform the economy by reforming taxes and how the economy is already better. As of March 1, the DOW went up by 303.31 points and closed over 21,000 points for the first time in history. Massive companies, like Walmart and Ford, have decided to keep and grow jobs in the United States. He has worked with Prime Minister Trudeau to ensure the women entrepreneurs have the capital they need to start a business and succeed. “To protect our citizens, I have directed the Department of Justice to form a Task Force on Reducing Violent Crime,” said President Trump.

He is working for women to succeed. On Tuesday he signed a bipartisan bill from Congresswoman Comstock and Congresswoman Esty promoting women in STEM. President Trump wants crime to disappear to make our country better for all and to give all children the opportunity to succeed. He wants to make sure our citizens at home are okay so that America can be the world’s greatest leader abroad. For health care, President Trump wants Americans to have more choice by giving health savings accounts and allowing insurance to be bought across state lines in the new health care bill just as Speaker Ryan has said. “We should give our great State Governors the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out,” added the President. He discussed also how immigration needs to be reformed to make immigration easier and to restore integrity to the law.

Through these reforms, I see President Trump working for the American people while having opportunities to be able to go through Congress. President Trump must go through the people’s house not the White House.  I feel President Trump is going to fight alongside  Congress to give all Americans the opportunity of choice to promote life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness insured by our founding fathers through these reforms. I know I will not agree with everything that the President does because that it absurd to think. There is a slim chance that someone will agree with everything that an elected official does. It is the duty of the American people to point out the good actions that officials take and the bad actions that officials take. If and when President Trump follows through on those points, I will applaud him. I root for him to do well, not to fail. It baffles me when people root for him to fail because if he fails, what could potentially happen to the country?

Out of the entirety of the President’s speech, I deeply admired the patriotism the President displayed. He honored fallen Navy Seal, Officer William “Ryan” Owens, who died in a raid, and according to Secretary Mattis, Ryan was part of a raid that lead to a successful gain of intelligence. “Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity,” said the President. The President said that as the Bible teaches, Ryan showed the greatest act of love to lay one’s life for one’s friends. “Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom –- we will never forget him,” declared the President. Ryan’s wife was moved to tears as the Congress- and the country- stood to thank her husband’s service.  Later the President explained that we are one people, one nation, under one flag that needs to join together to dream big.

“And I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment and —

Believe in yourselves.

Believe in your future.

And believe, once more, in America.”

As a young American I was inspired. I have always believed in America. Studying our nation’s history shows that we can prevail through anything. Americans build from the ground up. Optimism embodies the American spirit. It is not so much that I believe in the President, I believe in the Constitution and the core of American values. 

About the Author

Abby Varricchio
Abby is a sophomore and a first year member of the BlueXpress. She is involved in writing, videography , and marketing. Abby enjoys politics and hopes to run for Congress one day.
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