Joe Kennedy III in 2018 State of the Union address


On Civil Rights: Don't measure worth by the gender of your spouse

This administration isn't just targeting the laws that protect us--they are targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection. For this administration, dignity isn't something you're born with but something you measure. By your net worth, your celebrity, your headlines, your crowd size. Not to mention, the gender of your spouse. The country of your birth. The color of your skin. The God of your prayers.

Their record is a rebuke of our highest American ideal: the belief that we are all worthy, we are all equal and we all count. In the eyes of our law and our leaders, our God and our government.

That is the American promise. Today that promise is being broken. As if the parent who lies awake terrified that their transgender son will be beaten and bullied at school is any more or less legitimate than the parent whose heart is shattered by a daughter in the grips of opioid addiction.

Source: Democratic Response to 2018 State of the Union address Jan 30, 2018

On Immigration: Build a wall and my generation will tear it down

Our story began the day our Founding Fathers and Mothers set sail for a New World, fleeing oppression and intolerance. It continued with every word of our Independence--the audacity to declare that all men are created equal. An imperfect promise for a nation struggling to become a more perfect union. It grew with every suffragette's step, every Freedom Riders voice, every weary soul we welcomed to our shores.

America, we carry that story on our shoulders. You swarmed Washington last year to ensure no parent has to worry if they can afford to save their child's life. You proudly marched together last weekend--thousands deep--in the streets of Las Vegas and Philadelphia and Nashville. You sat high atop your mom's shoulders and held a sign that read: "Build a wall and my generation will tear it down."

Source: Democratic Response to 2018 State of the Union address Jan 30, 2018

On Immigration: To all the DREAMers: Vamos a luchar por ustedes

Many 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. A Justice Department rolling back civil rights by the day. Hatred and supremacy proudly marching in our streets. And that nagging, sinking feeling, no matter your political beliefs: this is not right. This is not who we are.

It would be easy to dismiss the past year as chaos. Partisanship. Politics. But it's far bigger than that. This administration isn't just targeting the laws that protect us--they are targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection.

[The Trump] administration callously appraises our worthiness and decides who makes the cut and who can be bargained away.

To all the "Dreamers" watching tonight, let me be clear: Ustedes son parte de nuestra historia. Vamos a luchar por ustedes y no nos vamos alejar. You are a part of our story. We will fight for you. We will not walk away.

Source: Democratic Response to 2018 State of the Union address Jan 30, 2018

On Welfare & Poverty: The world's greatest nation shouldn't leave anyone behind

We see an economy that makes stocks soar, investor portfolios bulge and corporate profits climb but fails to give workers their fair share of the reward.

For this administration, dignity isn't something you're born with but something you measure. By your net worth, your celebrity, your headlines, your crowd size.

[The American ideal that we are all equal]--today that promise is being broken. By an administration that callously appraises our worthiness and decides who makes the cut and who can be bargained away.

They are turning American life into a zero-sum game. Where, in order for one to win, another must lose. We can cut taxes for corporations today if we raise them for families tomorrow. Coal miners or single moms. Rural communities or inner cities. The coast or the heartland.

So here is the answer Democrats offer tonight: we choose both. We fight for both. Because the strongest, richest, greatest nation in the world shouldn't leave any one behind.

Source: Democratic Response to 2018 State of the Union address Jan 30, 2018

The above quotations are from 2018 State of the Union address to Congress, plus the Republican Democratic Feb. 28, 2018.
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