PRESIDENT Trump began his ‘State of the Union’ speech on Tuesday night by repeatedly congratulating himself, saying, ‘Less than one year has passed since I first stood at this podium … Each day since, we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission – to make America great again for all Americans …’
He boasted of what he had done for some Americans. ‘We repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare … We slashed the business tax rate from 35 per cent all the way down to 21 per cent, so American companies can compete and win against anyone in the world.’
He called to the bosses: ‘This is our new American moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream …’ He added: ‘We have ended the war on American Energy – and we have ended the war on clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world.’
The adventurer exploited for all he was worth the current frenzied boom, and ignored the prospect of it turning into a massive financial crash and slump! He also announced the definitive ending of ‘send me your huddled masses’ saying, ‘For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities …’
On the Dreamers and immigration he said: ‘The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age … Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States.’ Not all the Dreamers will be allowed to stay! Young people are to live in terror of deportation!
He added: ‘The second pillar fully secures the border. That means building a wall on the southern border … The third pillar ends the visa lottery – a programme that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people.’
The fourth and final pillar ‘protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family … ’
It is to be Fortress America at home, deporting illegals, and imperialist wars abroad. Trump spelt out: ‘Around the world, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values … For this reason, I am asking the Congress to end the dangerous defence sequester and fully fund our great military. As part of our defence, we must modernise and rebuild our nuclear arsenal making it so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression.’
Plus: ‘In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield … So today, I am keeping another promise. I just signed an order directing Secretary Mattis to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.’
He continued: ‘Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate just months before: I recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America’s sovereign right to make this recognition. American taxpayers generously send those same countries billions of dollars in aid every year.
‘That is why, tonight, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to America’s friends.
But no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea. North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland. We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from happening.’
US workers will fight their proposed ruthless exploitation by big US companies fuelled by massive tax cuts, and will not stand by and watch mass deportations while their bankrupt cities collapse around them. Their main ally is the working class of the world. The strategy of both must be to carry out the world socialist revolution to put an end to capitalism and imperialism and go forward to world socialism!