So, Donald John Trump has been sworn in as our 45th President of the United States. He’s the 44th man to hold the office, not the 45th – Grover Cleveland was elected president non-consecutively, making him the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.
No matter what number Pres. Trump is, he’s certainly the most unusual president ever elected to these United States. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering how badly governed we’ve been these last eight years. Obama was also an unusual president, in a very different way.
Hard feelings abound among the Liberals and the Marxists. But for the Forgotten Men and Women, whom Trump invoked in his inaugural address, he’s a welcome change and a breath of fresh air. He may be a billionaire but like Harry Truman, he really seems to be a man of the people, or sincerely wants to be.
A little known fact is that he opened up at least one of the inaugural balls to the common people, charging only fifty dollars per ticket, allowing thousands of people to jam into the ballroom and enjoy the unique entertainment offered. No Hollywood stars “graced” the stage; only original, uniquely American talent, like the Pelican Boys. They were great.
We must offer up a note of thanks to CNN’s Anderson Cooper for cutting away to the entertainment as much as possible. His competitors on other networks surprisingly either talked over the entertainment or worse, focused on the destructive antics of the protestors. It was CNN, incredibly enough, that focused on the American people and what they really wanted to see.
Thank you so much, Mr. Cooper, for honoring the spirit of the inauguration as it’s meant to be observed – peacefully, respectfully, and sensibly.
Pundits judged Mr. Trump’s inaugural address to be “dark.” That would be a reference made by Trump to “rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation”. And so they are, if any of the pundits ever bothered to set foot past the Hudson or Potomac Rivers. In New York, they don’t have to travel very far to find abandoned factories, office or industrial parks. New Jersey is littered with them.
His metaphor was superbly visionary. Trump also spoke of taxpayer dollars dissipating beyond the horizon. “We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon,” he said. Not only did use multi-syllable words but he used triads. Well done, Mr. President and speechwriter.
The best part of his speech is that it was brief. He didn’t harangue his audience as so many past presidents have done. What’s more, if pundits didn’t find his speech “inspiring”, at least the Forgotten Men and Women found it gratifying to know that the leader of the free world recognizes them.
“The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.” In case the pundits missed it, Trump was castigating the United Nations various plans to rob American wealth and redistribute it to Third World nations. Not bad for someone whom they claim is a “clown.” Don’t feel badly, Mr. President; they said the same thing about former Pres. Reagan.
“We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people,” Trump announced. From any other speaker, this would have been mere rhetoric. Yeah, sure, where have we heard that before? Trump, however, was wise to employ the word “we” implying that he is not separate or above the American people.
“…we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people,” he continued. A daring declaration for someone who must face a Capitol filled with representatives who also claim they represent “the people.” Let them prove it. So far, their record isn’t very good, as the Americans for Prosperity Congressional Scorecard can attest every year.
Trump then challenged them outright on their “record.”
“Politicians prospered,” he noted, “ but the jobs left and the factories [and offices] closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs and, while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.”
But that was all about to change, he assured us, right then and there, because “this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration, and this, the United States of America, is your country.”
Trump then extended an invitation to the Democrats, one they’re unlikely to accept, to join what Trump has named “The Movement.”
“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.”
“At the center of this movement,” he declared, “is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are [the] just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.” (If I’d been his speechwriter, I would have stopped him right there, because it was such a strong statement – almost Jeffersonian in its declaration – that no additional commentary was needed.)
Then, Trump gave us the literary illustration, if not beautiful, certainly accurate:
“Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. “
“Carnage.” How’s that for a billion-dollar word? Who thought Trump didn’t have a word like that in his vocabulary vault? They were wrong.
Next, Trump, the verbal marksman, without alluding to them by name, took dead aim at past administrations and their foreign policies.
“We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.
“We’ve defended other nations’ borders, while refusing to defend our own, and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas, while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.
“We defended other nations’ borders…” Boy, oh boy. My mother has been complaining about that for decades. Did he happen to board my mother’s bus at some point while she was in Atlantic City and listen to her rants?
“Dissipated.” Isn’t that a great word? I LOVE that word. What’s more, he didn’t just say “dissipated” but “dissipated over the horizon.” Hot dog! Ring that Jimmy Stewart soda fountain bell!
Many pundits will take issue from his next interesting paragrah. They would say it smacks of protectionism. Not only does it, but he calls it by name.
“From this day forward,” he declared, “it’s going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.”
The truth is, we don’t manufacture enough to export our “excess” products and materials anymore. Nor do we have enough wealth enough to purchase imports. We do import but only the wealthy government bureaucrat class can afford to do so.
“We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism.”
Did you know that was the original “import” (if you’ll excuse the expression) of the Statue of Liberty’s message when she was first conceived? She was supposed to stand as a beacon to the captives of tyrannies across the seas to overthrow their monarchies and tyrannies and live themselves in freedom.
But that last phrase in that paragraph has most emboldened and enheartened the Forgotten Men and Women of American: “Radical Islamic Terrorism.” Trump called the threat by its rightful and true name. He didn’t shilly shally and dance the Politically Correct Polka around it. Radical Islam is a terrorist threat to America and to all freedom-loving nations around the world. They know they are. We know they are. High time someone had the courage to say so, and that brave person is none other than the new President of the United States of America, Donald John Trump.
Hail to the Chief, indeed.
Trump, the man everyone has accused of having an oversized ego, didn’t hail himself though. In the next section, he named the Big Chief, Himself – God.
“The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when god’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and most importantly, we will be protected by God.”
OMG! Did Trump just say, “God?” The God? As in God Almighty? The Big G? The Creator of the Universe? Jehovah? Jahweh? The Politically Nameless One? Well shut our mouths. He sure did. Right there on the steps of the Capitol itself. What’s more, he didn’t apologize, take it back, or slap himself silly.
“Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving… Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again… A new national pride will lift our sights and heal our divisions.”
“We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag.
“And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky. They fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator. So, to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.”
Still a skeptic? Still think he didn’t write and deliver a good speech? He called again upon the higher authority of God, assuring us that he’s not likely to be the fascist dictator Democrats have invoked and that he understands of government of, by and for the people. In the last two [admittedly condensed] paragraphs, he “delivered” the requisite visionary promises dreaming and striving, spoke of America and dreams, challenges, and pride. He spoke of freedom and prosperity, and united the imagery of urban sprawl and windswept plains, mountain to mountain and ocean to ocean.
Then he summed it up with the inspiring lines: “And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.”
He finished up with his long-standing campaign mantra, wrought into an iron-clad policy of making America great again. Once you analyze it, Donald Trump delivered a decidedly well-crafted speech in short order.
Not bad for a former casino owner and Capitalist.