How I Took the State of the Union


Andrew Capossela

This past Tuesday our President, Donald Trump gave the historical address to the nation on its current predicament.  This is how I personally took wholesitically and not in a political sense.

“Here tonight is Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who noticed that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day. He decided to change that, and started a movement that has now placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our great heroes. Preston: a job well done,” said Trump

President Trump introduced a number of different people that invoked many different emotions.  Hearing about such a wide range of stories I think casulated the positives that this country has seen over the past year.  My only concern though was that positives can’t always outweigh negatives and I feel as though if the president tried to incorporate stories that showed the tension in america, rather than just the stories that were good, he would have definitely gotten a better response from the entire room he was presenting to, and in fact the nation.  Some of the democrats rallied against Trump and tried to not applaud him or acknowledge his statements that they felt were incorrect.  But what I think was nice about the stories that Trump did use was that it was hard for people to choose not to clap in solidarity because they were heartwarming and also very interesting to learn about.  

“It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century,” stated Trump.  

Immigration has been such a controversial issue in this country that I would think rules should be changed accordly but, what bothered me about Trump’s address to this topic was making it sound like these individuals were all criminals or members of gangs.  This troubled me as I listened because I could not grasp the fact that our PResident would think with such a mindset when he in fact is leading the largest melting pot of cultures in the world.  I would hope people no matter their political situation could understand the benefits and goods that have come out of our immigration program and how the American Dream has been achieved by these same individuals.  

Trump also exclaimed, “One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs. In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States. That is why I have directed my Administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of our top priorities. Prices will come down.”

Now I know that I am a young adult who really does not have the medical expense worry that other people do have, but I do live with an elderly father who is in need of medicine that is astronomically priced.  Hearing Trump address this issue was very interesting to my family and I because we have had this conversation a lot about how expensive medicine is and how really in order to survive some people depend on it.  These drug companies hinder people’s ability to live sometimes because they can’t afford a medication or they can only afford the medication and not a positive livelihood.  So I think Trump’s priority in addressing this issue is one that is very favorable for all people in this country truly.  After looking back at the transcript of Trump’s State of the Union I feel okay about it.  I will say that it just sounded like the same information we hear over and over again but there was a lot of optimism in his tone and in his words that I hope this year is better for our country as a whole.  Lastly, something I would have found great about his speech would be a pledge to delete his twitter account which has stirred a pot that is so troublesome and could easily be put to rest if he took such measures.  These were just some general thoughts I had after listening to the speech and I have faith that our country can come together and make necessary changes that help benefit everyone and not leave one political group having an advantage over the other, or people constantly spreading the hate that is seen today.