On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union Address to a crowd of people, who either stood in support or remained seated in protest, throughout the 80-minute speech.
Trump talked of the expansion of American growth and the power of Americans, stating that “no people on Earth are so fearless, or daring, or determined as Americans. If there is a mountain, we climb it. If there is a frontier, we cross it. If there is a challenge, we tame it. If there is an opportunity, we seize it.”
And in that statement, Trump completely missed the flaw in his own words. He missed that this is exactly what makes America the greedy, selfish, unaware country that it was 200 years ago with its founding and is still prevalent today. It’s the thoughts and statements like these that influenced Manifest Destiny and sent Americans stampeding their way through Native American land, claiming it and destroying it for their own desires, and then mistreating those who came with the very same desire they once had – a better life.
And while many may claim such a thing is no longer happening, Donald Trump himself signed the order for the Dakota Pipeline. He allowed Native American land to be destroyed and industrialized for ‘American growth and prosperity’. Only in the process he ruined sacred land of Native Americans and threatened the only clear water sources the Sioux tribe had in a country that hardly cared for them as it was.
He found a frontier, and he desecrated it.
He claims to celebrate the military and the veterans as “heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support.” Yet he still attempted to ban a group of people who took up 1% of the military’s budget because the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” clearly showing his “unwavering support” in the people willing to sacrifice themselves in the name of the country.
Following with that, Trump continues to state “Americans love their country. And they deserve a Government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.” And he was right at least that it’s what they deserve, but he had not been one to return it in the slightest. He supports the use of censorship in the internet and the withholding of what was declared a basic human right in 2011 for nothing other than expanding his own gargantuan wealth. A man who declares himself to be an immense supporter of free speech is more than willing to snatch it from the American people, the moment it could benefit him and stuff more wealth in his already money-drenched wallet.
Donald Trump likes to claim his support of the people, but it’s not the people he loves, it’s in fact what they have – and what they could give to him. He sees the country as a business, not as a home for millions of real, actual people. If he did he wouldn’t have stopped supplying the people of our own territory, Puerto Rico humanitarian aids when they have no access to even electricity, he would’ve supplied Flint Michigan with clean, sustainable water, he wouldn’t help enforce stigma over Muslims in America like he so adamantly has, he wouldn’t have 15 women coming forward with account of sexual assault, and he wouldn’t mock and dehumanize reporters – even disabled ones – simply trying to voice news and opinions – something he claims to be in support of.
As long as it doesn’t make him look bad at least.
Donald Trump has claimed dozens of times throughout his presidency and even throughout the address that America is “being made great again”, but America never was great. It has always been flawed, corrupt, overzealous, and cruel to those who call it home.
However, the U.S. may just have the potential to be great. We just need a leader.