Last night’s State of the Union Address by President Trump will go down as one of the most historic, unifying, and visionary peacetime addresses to the nation. It was delivered with passion, precision, and expressed with heart, making us feel the country will be safe and will move forward under President Trump’s dynamic leadership.
I have heard over a half-century’s worth of State of the Union speeches, and last night’s was exceptional in its comity, goodwill, and in its concluding soaring rhetoric linking our past with our future and our overriding destiny.
Three things stood out: one was the President’s courage in boldly pointing out the immorality of those not agreeing to build a wall and the obliviousness of elites in not being shaken by the devastating consequences of illegal immigration to ordinary Americans. He stood up for the right of fully formed babies to not have their life snuffed out immediately prior to birth. And, as any American president should, he declared that socialism is ruinous and antithetical to the American dream and can never be allowed to be part of America’s system.
No president has devoted more time to the scourge of anti-Semitism as did the President last evening when addressing survivors of the Holocaust, victims of the massacre at the Pittsburgh synagogue, and linking America’s history and identity with fighting anti-Semitism. The President did a masterful job because deep inside he believes in what he says, and because he loves America and its people.
Rabbi Aryeh Spero is a theologian and a political and social commentator. He is author of "Push Back: Reclaiming Our American Judeo-Christian Spirit."