title =”Brian Greenspun contact page “> contact) Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018|2 a.m. View more of the Sun’s viewpoint area The state of our union is … teetering on the brink.
I will presume that a great deal of Nevadans saw President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. I will likewise presume that the variety of Americans who tuned into Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s response was substantially less. And so, as a public service to our readers, I will attempt to compare and contrast the 2 speeches.
When President Trump humanized his speech with real-life American stories, he got high marks. When he tried to control my fellow countrymen into thinking that he loved the “Dreamers” and hated the Russians, he fell far short.
While it is not a critique of substance but of style, I would suggest to our president that if he desires me to believe he is sincere when he states things he doesn’t believe he should, at least, look me in the eye. Whether he couldn’t learn more than a couple of words at a time from the teleprompter, or simply had an aversion to looking straight into the electronic camera, I don’t think he invested more than a complete minute of the 80-minute speech looking into the eyes of America. That’s not very wise for a truth TELEVISION star.
Contrast that with the grand son of Bobby Kennedy, who looked us directly in the eye when he discussed an America that needs to be united not divided, and that the richest nation in the world” should not leave anyone behind,” and the design and sincerity points go to the guy who spoke from Fall River, Mass., and not to the fellow speaking to a joint session of Congress.
Kennedy discussed the risky political times in which we find ourselves. This was prior to that elementary-school level memo that congressional Republicans conspired with Trump to launch on Friday. Release of the memo was opposed by the Department of Justice as well as the FBI because it triggered “serious issues about product omissions of reality that basically effect the memo’s accuracy.”
Congressman Kennedy stated, “Lots of have spent the in 2015 anxious, upset, afraid. We all feel the fractured geological fault across our country.” He added, “We hear the voices of Americans who are forgotten and abandoned. We see an economy that makes stocks skyrocket, financier portfolios bulge and corporate earnings climb however fails to offer workers their reasonable share. A federal government that has a hard time to keep itself open. Russia, knee deep in our democracy. An all-out war on environmental protection. A Justice Department rolling back civil liberties by the day. Hatred and supremacy proudly marching in our streets. Bullets tearing through our classrooms, performances and churchgoers, targeting our safest and sacred locations. And this nagging and sinking feeling, no matter your political beliefs, that this is not right, this is not who we are.”
He likewise stated that “this administration isn’t really simply targeting the laws that secure us, they are targeting the really concept that we are all deserving of security.”
When Trump attempted, unsuccessfully, to encourage the nation he had helped to divide that he wanted to merge us, Kennedy announced that “we are all equivalent, that we all count in the eyes of our laws, our leaders, our God, and our federal government. That is the American promise.”
He even more separated his vision of America from that of our pretend populist of a president when he said, “They are turning American lives into a zero-sum game. Where for one to win, another need to lose. … We are bombarded with one incorrect choice after another. Coal miners or single moms, rural communities or inner cities. The coast or the heartland. … So here is an answer that Democrats use tonight. We pick both.”
Kennedy’s words, his vision and his challenge to Americans soared while those of our president just stumbled from one self-congratulatory sentence to another. While Trump talked about significant progress in combating America’s opponents overseas, and for which every American should be grateful, he hardly, if ever, mentioned the challenges of climate modification and the environmental outrages being checked out upon our communities by his administration’s callous actions.
The young Kennedy did provide a vision worthy of our consideration:
“We pick the countless American neighborhoods whose roadways are not paved with power or privilege, but with a sincere effort, with good faith and the willpower to develop something much better for your kids. That, that is our story. It started the day our Establishing Fathers and moms set sail for a new world running away oppression and intolerance. It continued with every word of our self-reliance, the audacity to state that all males are developed equal. An imperfect pledge for a country struggling to become a more best union.”
Now, that is the type of vision delivered with genuineness that can join our country, instead of the words of our existing leader who chooses to divide us.
Two ideas for America while our nation teeters on the brink.
There is no warranty that our democracy or any democracy makes it through from one century to another. A democracy takes hard work, understanding and the commitment of its people to work every day to make sure that the government of, by and for individuals “will not die from the Earth.”
Friday, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives and President Donald Trump fought with the FBI and the Justice Department. Congressman Devin Nunes and every Republican member of your house Intelligence Committee, assisted and abetted by the president, released a memo that was planned to do something and something just: obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller’s examination.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., decried what he claimed was a partisan attack on our country’s police.
“The latest attacks on the FBI and the Department of Justice serve no American interests– no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s,” McCain said. “The American individuals deserve to know all the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why special counsel Mueller’s investigation need to proceed unimpeded.”
McCain continued, “Our country’s chosen officials, consisting of the president, should stop taking a look at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and producing partisan sideshows. If we continue to weaken our own guideline of law, we are doing Putin’s task for him.”
Today, we discover ourselves at a crossroads. Not given that the scourge of Joe McCarthy has our democracy been so threatened. McCain, unfortunately afflicted with a brain tumor, has more guts and intelligence than the speaker of your home, the GOP members of the Intelligence Committee and, yes, the president. They are obstructing the rule of law instead of advancing it.
President Trump said all Americans are dreamers. He ought to just understand exactly what I am dreaming about today.
Brian Greenspun is editor, publisher and owner of the Sun.