Date of publication: 2017-08-09 18:50
T he mark of great presidents is optimism — visionary optimism and transformational optimism. During Tuesday night’s remarkable speech before Congress, Donald Trump was brimming with optimism, from start to end. My guess is that his marvelous speech will imbue and inspire new optimism and confidence throughout the entire country.
I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility.
A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to “dream” of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.
It goes without saying that part of this great effort is the creation and distribution of wealth. The right use of natural resources, the proper application of technology and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive and sustainable. “Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful
Indeed, according to the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, Law enforcement agencies in the United States consider anti-government violent extremists, not radicalized Muslims, to be the most severe threat of political violence that they face.
The officials also said that Trump will present a list of his campaign promises — and highlight the ones that he has kept so far. Regardless of how voters feel about Trump’s promises, a majority of Americans believe that Trump is following through with his campaign message, and nearly two-thirds say Trump has accomplished what they expected of him in a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll .
In recent days, the president has spoken to various business groups about 8 percent-plus growth, which would generate far more revenues and far fewer deficits than conventional, pessimistic economists argue. During the speech before Congress, the president stuck to his guns on both economic growth and tax reform.
Far from saving money, Trump's stated plans to build a wall on the .-Mexico border and vastly expand the deportation machinery created by the Obama administration will cost billions. A recent Department of Homeland Security study estimated that the wall alone will cost US$ billion, while CNBC estimates that Trump's deportation plan could cost up to US$555 billion.
The challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much good throughout the history of the United States. The complexity, the gravity and the urgency of these challenges demand that we pool our resources and talents, and resolve to support one another, with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience.
Last but certainly not least, rather than making communities safer for everyone, Trump's recent immigration raids and racist rhetoric has brought terror to millions of . immigrants and unleashed a wave of racist violence.
All it would take is a law holding that if a court of final jurisdiction finds that a public university has violated the constitutional rights of a student or faculty member, then the university will pay liquidated damages to the plaintiff in the amount of no less than $5 million. It will also forfeit 75 percent of its federal funding in that current fiscal year. If a university is a repeat offender at any point in the five years following, it will forfeit 655 percent of its federal funding in that fiscal year.
On foreign affairs, he pledged to stay with NATO, but he reminded everyone that his job is to protect the interests of the United States first and foremost.