President Trump's Address to Congress

In his speech to Congress last night, President Donald Trump accentuated the importance of improving the lives of our nation’s children. As the United States approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, he asked, “what kind of country will we leave for our children?” He lamented that “we’ve financed and built one global project after another, but ignored the fates of our children in the inner cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit—and so many other places throughout our land.”  He exhorted Americans to work to help “every American child who deserves a brighter future.”

To accomplish this, Trump called for making “childcare accessible and affordable,” ensuring that “new parents have paid family leave,” investing in women’s health, enabling children to grow up in safe environments, and improving education.

Labeling education “the civil rights issue of our time,” Trump called on Congress “to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children. These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them.”  He highlighted the story of Denisha Merriweather who was a special guest at the address. “As a young girl, Denisha struggled in school.”  She was able, however, through the help of a tax credit scholarship program to enroll in a private center for learning and became the first in her family to graduate from high school and then college.  Denisha will soon complete her masters’ degree in social work.  “We want all children to be able to break the cycle of poverty just like Denisha,” Trump declared.

In a nation where 22 percent of children live in poverty—14 percent of white children, 33 percent of Hispanic children, 37 percent of Native American children, and 39 percent of African-American children—it is imperative that we work vigorously through both the public and private sectors to improve their lives.  Providing them with better socialization and education is pivotal to lifting them out of poverty.  In Suffer the Children we describe many exemplary schools that are giving low-income children a quality education and better opportunities in life. We pray that the president follows through on this commitment to our nation's children.

Gary SmithComment