The state of the union of the American Republic has often been good and strong - secured under the institutions and systems of democracy, preserved by the practices of freedom, equality, opportunity and the rule of law.
For many years, the cherished humanitarian component of the character of the United States (US), has facilitated the Republic's rise to the world's largest economy via cutting edge innovation and great advances in science and technology, while under the protection of a world-leading modern military that has ensured tranquil domestic habitation and protection to overseas interests and allies. During the time, America's greatness has always been clearly identified as being within its kaleidoscope of peoples (immigrants).
From the early years of Washington and Jefferson, to Lincoln, reaching to FDR, to Kennedy, to Johnson, to Carter, to Reagan, to Clinton, to Bush and to Obama, the health and founding principles of the US have always been promoted and safeguarded, thus leading to a strong Union. America has withstood a war of Independence, a bloody Civil War, a Great Depression, segregation, two World Wars, ideological wars, a Cold War, terror events and a financial meltdown to always emerge as a united front.
Recently, though, despite some strong economic gains, the US has re-emerged in 2018 as a divided nation clouded under possible influence of Russian meddling and collusion. Hate is on the rise as the Executive has failed to discourage hate mongers. President Donald Trump has sparred with international allies, withdrawn from nuclear and environmental pacts and sought to erect a wall on the southern border with Mexico. A trade war with China still looms.
Therefore, while the resolve of the American people to maintain a strong Union is surely bigger than that of any Executive who would close the government down for 35-days in a fruitless rage to get a wall, today's reality underscores that the present State of the Union is: concerning.