In the first State of the Union address of his presidency, President Donald Trump failed to unite a divided nation and instead opted for divisive stances on immigration, religion and first amendment rights.
Of course, this is a shock to no one.
His speech didn’t feature his trademark word salad, but he chose to speak only to his supporters rather than make an attempt to address legitimate concerns people have had about his presidency. He weaved inspiring stories of tragedy survivors, grieving families, and military heroes between calls to upend modern American democracy.
He chose not to mention the current investigation into his campaign’s relationship with Russia. Instead, he opted for cheap applause and acclaim over Obama administration accomplishments that he’s foolishly trying to play off as his own.
Throughout multiple points in his speech, the president referred to America’s faith in God as universal. This traditional Republican value is jarring. There is, of course, no official religion in the United States. The melting pot of faith is essential to the essence of this country. Each person has the right to believe in the high power of their choice.
This also leaves opportunity for non-believers to have their own freedom in this regard as well. It’s simply un-American for any president to assert that this country is united under one particular being.
This was just an attempt to appeal to Trump’s largely Christian base. But it’s concerning nevertheless. Though the comments undermining freedom of religion were quick, they cannot be ignored given the president’s many attempts to undermine freedom every day.
President Trump’s comments on immigration prove further that he and his party cannot be trusted when it comes to reform despite Democrats foolish wishes for a compromise. One particular moment went stood out among the rest.
When urging Congress to unite for immigration legislation, Trump said “Americans are dreamers, too.” It’s unclear exactly what this means. The comments came in a section of the speech dedicated to reaffirming his dedication to helping the American people.
“I am extending an open hand to work with the members of both parties — Democrats and Republicans — to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion and creed. My duty and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber is to defend Americans, to protect their safety, their families, their communities and their right to the American dream,” said Trump.
His words here are meaningless given his stances on immigration. This is nothing but an empty promise and a feeble attempt at a commitment to diversity.
In fact, his comments likely allude to something much more sinister. The president made it clear in his speech that he was the leader of the American people and touted the idea of the American dream. It seemed as though he was saying that he only cares about legal citizens. He surely mentioned immigrants and stated a commitment to helping them. But he seemed much more confident in his promise to help Americans.
His policies and attitude throughout his entire political career serve to prove this as well.
Republicans have no intention of helping immigrants and the president only proved that further in his speech. His cheap political rhetoric means nothing when he still speaks of building walls to keep people out of the country. He used a family’s grief in a horrible attempt to build a case against immigration. He fed off of their tears and pain to create a political moment for himself and his party. Trump wanted to gain power and status in this ongoing legislative battle, and chose to do so at the cost of family that’s already been through enough. This alone proves who the president truly is and renders any hope of uniting the legislature for the common good utterly pointless.
The president was able to stay on script throughout the speech, but that cannot be applauded. It is not only the bare minimum for a presidential address, but the true meaning behind his prepared remarks prove he is just as dangerous polished as he is unhinged. His presidency has lacked leadership and courage since Day One, and his first State of the Union address proves that there is no hope for improvement in the future.
Viewpoint: There is No Problem with the #MeToo Movement
#MeToo is here to change America: Empowering survivors and giving their voice a platform.
Her first point was that it covered too much as it “descends the ladder from rape to bad dates making it a category big enough to be meaningless.” But there is an obvious difference between rape and a bad date and there is a huge gray area in between and the line is drawn with consent. I know too many men and women who are survivors of sexual violence. But I also know people who have had bad dates (myself included). A bad date is someone who’s rude or narcissistic or just not someone you’re interested in, Rape and assault are crimes. The difference is clear and no one tweets #MeToo over a bad date, they just “girl me too” to a friend.
Flanagan also mentions men who are unfairly caught in the crossfire among accusations of powerful men being brought to justice. She cites Matt Damon who said “groping someone’s butt was different than sexually molesting a child.” While Damon was correct from a legal standpoint, and that these two acts are different, both acts are acts of sexual assault or violence.
There is no excuse for assault or violence on any scale. The fact that Damon doesn’t realize this is a perfect example of how microaggressions find their way into our common media. Any act of unwanted sexual advances made by anyone is unacceptable.
To Flanagan, Damon is misinformed and part of the problem. But most of that comes from the fact that he was misinformed.
She criticizes women for thinking male power structure is part of the problem and suddenly smashing the patriarchy being added to the list of goals for the #MeToo Movement. You can only do so much good targeting individual offenders who have taken advantage of the unfair power structure stacked in their favor. Soon enough you need to address the root of the problem, and it often lies in our history of male centered power structures.
While we can’t undo history, we can work towards equal representation and allowing each individual to be able to thrive under a power structure instead of allowing the people at the top take advantage of everyone below.
Flanagan notes, “It seemed as though almost every woman had some sort of goal she wanted to add to the agenda. No problem was too small or too vague to be included–So long was a man was to blame.”
Have you stopped to think that there actually is a problem? If every woman can identify at least one time in their life where someone has made unwanted passes at them this is clearly a problem that needs to be handled.
Perpetrators needs to face justice and survivors need to heal.
This isn’t just a women’s issue: sexual violence affects everyone: More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
The #MeToo movement is about bringing those guilty to justice. Not attacking men.
Student Jailed for Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Frat Brothers Shown No Leniency
The former Albright College student argued that his sentence should be reduced.
A Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Friday that a student who committed multiple acts of sexual assault on his fraternity brothers while they slept does not deserve a break on his sentence.
Robert Convery Jr., a former Albright College student, was sentenced to 13-to-30-years behind bars in 2016. He had argued at his trial that the sex was consensual, but a jury disagreed.
PennLive reported that the assaults were committed in 2013 and 2015:
Both of the victims were his friends as well as his Pi Kappa Phi frat brothers… Convery assaulted one of them twice, and apologized afterward.
All three assaults followed the same pattern. The victims fell asleep after drinking and awoke to find Convery performing oral sex on them.
Convery appeared in court seeking a reduction in his sentence. His attorney argued that his harsh sentence was a punishment for taking the case to trial instead of negotiating a plea deal or admitting guilt.
Judge Mary Jane Bowes found there was no evidence that Convery was punished for going to trial.
There’s Another iOS bug Crashing iPhones, iMessage and Other Apps
Looks like we’ve got a few new bad Apples.
A bug discovered earlier this week is capable of crashing iPhones, iMessages and various messaging apps, like Facebook messenger and WhatsApp. The news was first reported by Italian blog Mobile World,
The bug is an Indian language (Telugu) character that can be sent through messaging platforms on any Apple product that runs iOS 11 or macOS. Apple users will be unable to open their message app once the bug has been sent.
According to The Verge, the only way for users to recover their message app is to have someone send another message, try to access messages and delete the thread of messages with the special character.
This discovery comes after Apple found multiple software issues before the end of 2017. Apple plans to address the new bug with a new iOS update before the spring release of iOS 11.3. While the bug crashes iMessages with iOS11 or 11.2, those with the beta version of iOS1.3 are immune to the issue.
Apple products encountered similar problems in past experiences thanks to other special characters, links or videos. 2015 brought a small string of text that would shut an iPhone down, in 2016 there was a 5-second video that crashed iPhones and 2017 had a link that would freeze an iPhone completely.
Apple will address these issues soon with an updated version of iOS 11.2.
I forgot to update my iPhone and someone bricked it with the Indian character bug.
— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) February 15, 2018
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High School Student Arrested After Grandmother Finds Journal Detailing Massacre Plans
Plans for a school shooting were thwarted just a day before the massacre in Parkland, Florida.