United States(US) President Barack Obama affirmed the democratic ideals of the American people in his final State of the Union address last night before the Congress, where he confirmed that the Union is strong.
President Obama said he trusted Americans to continue the ideals of freedom and of discovery as the nation confronts a future of "extraordinary change". He said the rate of change would accelerate and that Americans should not adhere to the dogmas of a quiet past.
In announcing a new "moon-shot" initiative to cure cancer, President Obama challenged the nation to look to the next frontier with confidence as he continues his agenda to reform the criminal justice system, fixing a broken immigration system and protecting American kids from gun violence.
The 44th President rejected the rhetoric offered by some Republicans running for his job that Muslims should be restricted or be barred from America. He also rejected the absurdity of carpet bombing civilians as well as the notion that the battle against the Islamic State(IS) represented a third World War. He rejected political divisions that have become prevalent in the present election campaign that have created rifts within the nation.
However, President Obama did warn of threats from Russia as indicative of its actions in Ukraine and elsewhere to attempt to resurrect a bygone time of tensions.
Yet, the President, who will leave office next January, was optimistic about the continued greatness of America and its democracy.