The Other Side: The Democratic Response to the State of the Union

Cole Bruhnke, Edi

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After every State of the Union address, the opposing party of the president gives a response. This year the Democrats chose Joe Kennedy, the grand-nephew of president John F. Kennedy, to be the one to give the speech. After the president gave his speech, Kennedy took the stage in Fall River, Massachusetts.  

Early on, he made it clear that the chaos in government was not merely partisanship and politics, but the administration’s attempt to target laws that protect the people.

One of the most memorable parts was when he accused the administration of inferring that the American people would have to choose between what they wanted, that they couldn’t have both. For example, they would have to choose between healthcare and citizenship for DREAMERS.

Speaking for the democrats, Kennedy said, “So here is the answer Democrats offer tonight: we choose both. We fight for both. Because the strongest, richest, greatest nation in the world shouldn’t leave anyone behind.”

Some of the speech focused on immigrants and how they were Americans too and how they contributed to society. Around halfway through, he spoke out to dreamers in Spanish telling them that they are a part of the American story. He promised to fight for them and not walk away.

This was a controversial move and drew some criticism because he sort of contradicted his own point. He said that dreamers were Americans but spoke to them in Spanish?

Either way, he made it clear that the Democrats would not back down on their policies for DREAMER citizenship.

Kennedy went on to congratulate the people of the United States for their bravery when they went to protest and when natural disasters occured.

The ending point of speech was “Politicians can be cheered for the promises they make. Our country will be judged by the promises we keep.”

Will the president and congressmen from both parties be able to keep the promises they made to the people?

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