Importantly though, President Obama took a strong stand for recalibrating our diplomatic and military instruments, saying, "I strongly believe our leadership and our security cannot depend on our military alone." As he noted, diplomacy has been one of America's greatest strengths and should continue to be at the forefront of how we face today's new threats.
Some may consider 2014's State of the Union speech heavy on domestic policy but too light on foreign policy. For any European, it struck an ideal balance.
For too long the link between those policies and our national economic success, as well as the success of our families, has been ignored. Until last night.
In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said he would use his authority to protect more pristine federal lands. This was a welcome statement given Congress' failure to protect these important public lands.
Like the president, I believe the state of our union is strong because of the determination and ingenuity of our people and businesses. Yes, we've come a long way back, and we will continue our mission to help the millions who most need help. We are indeed open for business.
I have become a single-issue voter. It may not be best for democracy, but I have come to measure all actions through the lens of whether we are doing ...
Recognizing the dignity of work requires ensuring that a full day's work gets a fair day's pay.
This State of the Union was all about inclusion. The President acknowledged that the economic gains after the Great Recession have gone largely to those at the very top, excluding most of us.
What are America's long-term strategic objectives? Relative U.S. decline has created a paradox: by exposing America's growing inability to underpin the international system, it has also cast greater light on the (present) inability of any other country or coalition to replace the U.S. in that role.
The State of the Union should be the start of a new era in which lawmakers from both sides of the aisle work together to make all our lives better.
Today's minimum wage is 22 percent below its late 1960s peak, after adjusting for inflation. Raising it to the $10-an-hour range would help to offset some of the unfavorable trends facing low-wage workers, including stagnant or falling real wages and inadequate bargaining power that leaves them solidly on the "have-not" side of the inequality divide.
With President Obama calling for expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for childless workers, as he did in last night's State of the Union spe...
Just maybe our own leaders can take a clue from the leaders of the ancient world, and open their hearts and minds to embrace the power of humility and collaboration for the betterment of us all.
Congress should embrace the positive growth elements of the president's address because our nation needs more positive action, not more partisan bickering.
This must be a year when we rise together peacefully and not only let our voices be heard, but let our actions unequivocally speak for themselves. For the only way to fight against inequality is to bring about more justice for every man, woman and child.