A State of the Union address is supposed to give us a road map for what’s to come in the next year. This State of the Union did just that while providing us a bit of entertainment, as President Donald Trump is known to do. If you read only the introduction of this column, here’s a quick breakdown.

President Donald Trump had hard stances on socialism, as well as his ongoing investigation and border security. He preached a bipartisan message on unity, cooperation and moving forward as a country. Then he had a triumphant message on women’s place in Congress, and women’s rights moving forward.

Some of the more meta pieces of the address were the cameraman with excellent zoom-in skills, Nancy Pelosi golf clapping and the Democrats wearing white to represent the women’s suffrage movement.

Needless to say, this address was lively and eventful, but also had some deeper meanings that we can hold onto for the next year. Let’s start with his hard stances.

“America was founded on liberty and independence and not government coercion, domination and control,” President Donald Trump said. “We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

This quote resonated with me. As an economics major, we learn that a command economy has never worked and that it likely never will. As an example, we can look at the current economic state of a place like North Korea, where it is common knowledge that they’re doing poorly. The closer we get to a command system, the more repercussions we’ll see as a nation, so this is a hard stance I can agree with.

I don’t think anyone’s perfect, and when watching the address I felt like the slight jab at his own investigation was unnecessary and not very tasteful. To protect one’s self is one thing, but a State of the Union Address is meant to be about policies and our future; leave the investigation to end on its own right with whatever result secures justice.

The wall was something I wrote about in the last column and remains an ongoing topic. President Donald Trump addressed this at length, making a point to say that tolerating illegal immigration does not show compassion, but a lack thereof for our legal immigrants and their wages. We’ll stay up-to-date on the progress of the wall as time goes on. For now, let’s cover the unifying and triumphant messages of the speech.

“We must choose whether we are defined by our differences — or whether we dare to transcend them,” Trump said.

Good quote. Lasting quote, and particularly important in today’s divisive political atmosphere. As a society, nothing is more important than a common goal and unified progress. Without it, we become a society of passive-aggressive claps and subtle jabs, of not giving the benefit of the doubt and not accepting an apology. Let’s transcend our differences, and do what’s best for the America of the future.

“Exactly one century after the Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in the Congress than ever before,” Trump said

Immediately after this, the crowd erupted into a roar of “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!,” and for good reason.

We can look at our Congress and at least start to see representation that is closer to our gender statistics. With diversity and new experiences come new ideas, and having more women in Congress brings that diversity to the table. This is really a great and deserving thing to recognize, and I’m happy it showed up in the State of the Union.

In my first column I established an economic basis for some policies presented by our administration, and in this column I showed you what our administration intends to do in the next year. Keep up with me and see this big, beautiful country improve or regress. Either way, I’ll be here.

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