What Do I Think About: The Trump Inauguration 1-21-17

What Do I Think About: The Trump Inauguration 

If you like President Trump or you irrationally hate (hate is a strong emotion based on deep knowledge about something or someone, knowledge that the vast majority of people probably do not have about the new President) him is irregardless. Yesterday I watched his inauguration, quite literally all day which is beyond unusual for me. I didn’t really love Trump when he was running I thought he had some good ideas but then he had some ideas that I didn’t really agree on. To be fair I didn’t really agree with anything Clinton believed in, or Obama, or Bush so it was a nice change to have at least some common ground with a candidate. I think what I enjoyed most about Trump was that he is rich but he didn’t come across as an elitist which is what all the Presidents, and most of the politicians in my life time have seemed to be. I don’t know him personally but he seems to be non-partisan which is oh so refreshing, because the two party system doesn’t work to progress America into a better country it only seems to divide and subjugate its people. George Washington said in his farewell address on September 17, 1796 “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” And I think that that has been shown to be true through the election of President Trump all the politicians seemed to hate him because he took on the established power structure and ran on giving the power and security back to the people. The politicians have so alienated the people who elect them, from corruption and self serving actions, that they have destroyed the trust (the engine) that got them there in the first place.

Yesterday in his Inaugural speech Trump held true to that message and with the establishment sitting right there he said; “Because today, 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. For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington [DC] flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left. And the factories 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. That all changes starting right here and right now…What truly matters is not which party controls our government but whether our government is controlled by the people.” To their faces he said that he wasn’t there to help them he was there to essentially dissolve their corruption and self-serving power structure. This simple thought, a thought that our country is fundamentally founded on that the people hold the power not the government, has not been conveyed by any president I know of in at least two hundred years. That is how Trump won, that is how Trump changed all those counties and states from historically voting Liberal (democrat) to voting for him under the Republican ticket (even though he really is a third party candidate).  In the United States the two party system has been dug into the political arena for many years, and accomplished little for the betterment of the country or the people.

He talked about putting Americas interests first, which again hasn’t been done in decades. Is it wrong for a governments leaders to look after their own peoples interests before trying to help other countries? No, in fact I think just about ever other country in the world (with the exception of maybe Germany and France maybe Greece?) look after their peoples interests and then they say, “ok now how can we help you” or they don’t even worry about any other country at all which is even more common. He also said “We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world. But we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. 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.” To me that says he wont be looking for fights he’ll have more of a Theodore Roosevelt mentality of “speak softly, but carry a big stick” Which essentially means that you look for peace, but if that fails then you have the ability to protect yourself. Which is a very realistic way of conducting even everyday life, you don’t look to make enemies but sometimes for whatever reason you will (competing for a job, a promotion etc) and if you do then you should be ready to defend yourself and put your needs above those of someone whom would wish you harm or failure.
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Another bit from his speech; “At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.” Again a very pro-American line which we haven’t really heard or felt from the leaders of America in a long time, mostly you are conveyed the notion that America is bad and you should apologize (like Canadians, no offence to the Canadians its just a stereotype that you say ‘sorry’ way too much) for everything. This line really conveys his view (and the view of a fair number of the American population) that in the last 8 years your skin color went from meaning very little to meaning a whole lot. Obama didn’t help unite the country but instead divided it deeper by constantly pushing “black” agendas and attacking the very foundation of what Americans have believed that all men (and women) are equal and should be treated equally. That means no special treatment based on your race, color or creed. No special programs that you can apply for only if you aren’t “white” or a man. In the last eight years (and to be fair quite a bit longer than that back to affirmative action and similar such policies) everything from college scholarships, social programs and hiring practices have been based on race and gender rather than qualifications and actual need. What Trump is saying here is that none of that matters; your race, your gender, your social status is irrelevant. All that matters is that you’re American and when you have that then you are judged fairly based on merit rather than on factors you can’t control. A very unifying sentiment in my view.

“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. We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget — that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.” Again he has a unifying theme here that no matter your race, your blood is still red and the blood of a patriot (which ties in to the earlier quote). This call to action for the advancement of what has been a (in relativistic terms) stagnant period in advancements and the renewed belief in America, was pretty well done. Everything about this speech was (in my view) quite straight forward, anti-establishment and meant to show that Trump was there for the citizens (even if you didn’t vote for him)of the United States not for his own gain and not for the continued gains of the politicians. This is by no means the greatest speech of all time but it is one that I think speaks to the normal person, the American that has been beaten down by the establishment and told that they aren’t equal, the person that has seen our education system crumble with the costs skyrocketing and the students learning less and less, the person who saw their health insurance costs go up sometimes two or three times what they were before and those that found it was cheaper to pay the government fee to not have health insurance then to pay those high principals. It was a speech that crossed lines, political lines, state lines, racial lines and gender lines. He didn’t say “put black lives first” or “put womens lives first” he said put Americans first and I think that really is what America needs to bring itself back to lead the world by example. So congratulations to Donald Trump, his family and his staff. May you work for the betterment of the American people and by thus doing so help improve the world.

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Jon

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