In the Democratic Party response to President Donald Trump’s state of the union address, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, supported the views of people who said their generation will tear down the wall, referring to the border wall with Mexico.
He said: America, we carry that story on our shoulders. You probably marched together last weekend, thousands on the streets of las vegas, philadelphia and nashville. You set high atop your mom’s shoulder and held a sign that read “build a wall in my generation and we will tear it down.”
In a speech that is reminiscent of his grand father, Joe Kennedy said: Politicians can be cheered for the promises they make. Our country will be judged by the promises we keep.
The phrase would remind many of John Kennedy’s most famous phrase: “don’t ask what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.”
During the speech, the Democratic Party rep said many Americans have spent the past year anxious, angry, afraid.
“We all feel the fault lines of a fractured country. We hear the voices of Americans who feel forgotten and forsaken.”
This is perhaps the biggest response to Trump’s attempt to call for a united front both in the congress and the senate where he had to battle the Democrats and rebel Republican reps to put through his electoral promises.
While Trump got the entire house to clap their hands on his claims that the new tax cuts would offer average Americans a chance to earn more, Kennedy reminded the people of the American dream and their hard life.
“We choose the living wage, paid leave, and affordable child care your family needs to survive.”
“We choose pensions that are solvent, trade pacts that are fair, roads and bridges that won’t rust away, and good education you can afford. We choose a health care system that offers mercy, whether you suffer from cancer or depression or addiction.
“We choose an economy strong enough to boast record stock prices and brave enough to admit that top CEOs making 300 times the average worker is not right.”
He narrated how the American people battled their own quiet battles every single day. How they drag their weary bodies to that extra shift so that their families will not feel the sting of scarcity.
“You leave loved ones at home to defend our country overseas, patrol our neighborhoods at night. You serve, you rescue, you help, you heal,” he said to the applause of the crowd.
Full text here: https://www.npr.org/2018/01/30/580378787/fact-check-democratic-response-to-state-of-the-union