By Jenine Samara ‘22
This year’s State of the Union Address left much of the country with a question mark over their heads. At the onset, the lack of assurance in the President’s speech was certainly evident. Certain elements that remain fixated in President Trump’s ideas were strongly conflicted during his address. Contrary to his tweets, Donald Trump proselytized a lot about bipartisanship and his desire to stride for a country whose limits exceed those of a specific political agenda.
However, his tweets and declarations tell a different story. The President’s tirades of scapegoating the Democratic Party for various political, social, and economic problems are far from the political unity he spoke of during his address.
Another notable aspect of the State of the Union Address was the frequent discussion of the economy. Although there were several components to his speech, it felt as if every issue, regardless of the sector, was returned to a discussion of economics. In addition, Mr. Trump ceased to regard the critical issue of climate change once. Trump’s attention to the economy has always been significant, but has it reached a point where his fixation on the economy has “trumped” other important issues?
On a lighter, more inspirational note, The State of the Union was an event that provided a great sense of female unity. Women in Congress coordinated with one another and wore white as an homage to the suffragettes. During the era in which women fought for suffrage, women wore white dresses in order to establish a universal identity and press coverage for themselves. Kudos to the congresswomen who used this event to channel the empowering and inspiring message of the women who paved the pathway for our liberties.
By Jenine Samara '22
The Midterm Election of 2018 brought us into some uncharted territory. It was a night of many notable firsts.
An especially monumental event took place in Staten Island and Bay Ridge, where candidate Max Rose (D) shifted the 11th Congressional Seat to the Democratic Party. Since the 11th Congressional District is primarily comprised of Staten Island, it tends to lean Republican. However, Max Rose (D) brought a “blue wave” to the district, which kept both Staten Island and Bay Ridge as the topic of political conversation throughout election night.
This local shift was indicative of a bigger change that happened later that night. Although the Senate majority remained Republican, the House flipped in favor of the Democrats. This will have striking effects on the way that Washington operates and we can only wait to see what the next two years have in store.
In addition to the astonishing partisan shifts, women also created a wave of their own, emerging victoriously with a number of firsts. We have witnessed the first Muslim congresswoman, the youngest congresswoman in US history, the first Palestinian congresswoman, the first Latinx congresswoman, the first female senator of Tennessee, and the first Native American congresswoman.
This bodes well for us as young women. The glass ceiling that has hovered above women throughout time is slowly yet surely being shattered by ambitious women such as these. All in all, it was an evening of shifts, swerves, surprises and most importantly, strides toward change.