By Fallon Bursey
The State of the Union Address was viewed by millions and millions of people on Tuesday night. The SOTU, State of the Union Address, is a speech made by the president of the United States every year. The speech is made before a joint session of Congress. This year's address was delayed from January 29th to February 5th, due to the Democratic party not sending their invitation to President Trump to hold the State of the Union Address. The delay was also a factor of the government shutdown and a disagreement between Nancy Pelosi.
A BRIEF HISTORY:
Including Trump’s first State of the Union, there have been 95 State of the Union Addresses to this date, according to the U.S. House of Representatives archive. We have the State of the Union because due to Article II, Section III of our Constitution, stating the president of the United States is under the mandatory law to annually provide the Congress with information of the current state of the union. The State of the Union Address is also to provide the possible recommendations and the considerations for the national circumstances that is seen as necessary by the president. In this case, the border wall to divide America from Mexico.
To begin with, the State of the Union Address was to state information on the United State’s budget, the budget requests, the economical status, and the reports. Woodrow Wilson, in 1913, gave his speech live in front of the United States Congress. This broke the streak of giving the address in the written format, bringing back the live delivery. This also created a way to present an agenda and gain the support for such causes.
Due to the technological advancements, the address is able to be viewed by everyone, more than once, and analyzed for the American people to easily understand and to dissect. It is also available on repeat, thanks to the internet. Because of our new society, the State of the Union has been a way for the president to speak directly to the American people.
A FEW KEY NOTES:
Trump called for new funding into an AIDS cure and prevention of the disease, something Nancy Pelosi and others in the Democratic Party hold closely, according to The Washington Post. Trump declared he plans to propose a way to stop AIDS by 2030 by increasing the funding of the treatments and preventions. The plan has been reportedly worked on by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Dept. of Health and Human Services for months. Nancy Pelosi has also been passionate about fighting the AIDS epidemic ever since she first joined the United States Congress in 1987. Her district is one that has struggled with the epidemic. According to the Washington Post, her first floor speech was about fighting AIDS, saying Congress must “take leadership of course on the crisis of AIDS.’’
Another topic discussed during the State of the Union Address was asking Congress for a budget increase of $500 million over ten years for pediatric cancer research. One of his wife’s featured guests was 10-year-old cancer survivor, Grace Eline.
Trump also tried uniting over a bipartisan agenda, however his speech delivery was strikingly polarized.
The border control wall also made its well expected appearance in the State of the Union Address, with Trump relating immigrants to violence and crime. Some of the guests featured were family members of a crime committed by an immigrant. This furthered his relation of immigration to high crime.
He also acknowledged the rise of women in work force and in the Congress, who chose to wear “suffrage white” while sitting on the address. He also protested the prolonged endless wars are not for ‘great nations.’ “Our brave Troops have now been fighting in the Middle East for almost 19 years,” Trump said. He also announced that the United States has spent more than seven trillion dollars in that Middle East area. Trump also spoke out on socialism in the State of the Union Address. At first he seemed to be talking about Venezuelan leader, Maduro, however it quickly changed into socialism in America. Trump began saying, “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country.” He also continued on saying, “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” In the audience, Bernie Sanders looked perturbed by Trump’s declaration.