If we lived in a perfect world 

SOTU

In a perfect world, for a State of the Union (SOTU) address, we likely would’ve heard a president who actually made sense and who likely would’ve been truthful, even if we disagreed with the content of what he said.

We’ve learned to set a low bar for No. 45; he goes beneath it consistently! About 500 years ago Michelangelo said, “It’s not that our aim is too high, and we miss it; but that it’s too low and we reach it.” He must’ve had someone like No. 45 in mind when he said that. At this year’s SOTU, some of us expected him to try to be civil and tell a few truths. But the longer he talked, the more lies he told.

Immediately following, a shining star did what we would’ve expected a president to do. She delivered a powerful response to No. 45’s SOTU message. She was inclusive and even said she didn’t want No. 45 to fail.

Kind to the president

She was being overly kind to No. 45, and refused to stoop to what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said about President Barack Obama when he said he wanted to make Obama a one-term president, determining that it was the single most important thing for his party to do. McConnell wanted Obama to fail! Stacey Abrams was better than that with No. 45.

Stacey, who ran for governor of Georgia, captured our imagination in that race and won the hearts of people all across the nation, was better than that McConnell was to a man who didn’t deserve to be spoken of kindly. She was forceful and truthful without expressing meanness or hatred.

Stacey’s remarks were forward-looking. She represented the needs of all Americans. She made us feel included. She spoke to those who were impacted by No. 45’s shutdown of the government. She left no stone unturned and ran circles around No. 45.

She spoke against hateful acts and policies. She spoke of a party expanding the electorate and preserving the right for all to vote, “We must reject the cynicism that says allowing every eligible vote to be cast and counted is a power grab.” She supports the right of all to healthcare, inclusiveness, fair pay and the right to basic human dignity.

Knocking down barriers Stacey made us proud as the first time a Black woman had the opportunity to deliver a SOTU response. Despite challenges, Black women continue to knock down barriers because all that we ever needed were opportunities. Stacey is an example of what former First Lady Michelle Obama meant when she said, “When they go low, we go high.”

No. 45 spoke like a dictator with his attempt at being poetic. One of his most memorable remarks was, “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation.” In 11 minutes, Stacey’s remarks were far more meaningful than No. 45’s 90 minutes of rambling. In a perfect world, he would do his job and allow Congress to do theirs.

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Dr. E. Faye Williams is national chair of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. Contact her via www.nationalcongressbw.org.

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