President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address was one for the ages.
The speech did not have flag-waving sentiment for how great this country is. Instead the President told all Americans that you have been lied to and taken advantage of for so many years.
That they have footed the bill for to long to make fat cats here and abroad wealthy. That America has lost its way as, “We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.”
The promise that Trump made to all Americans while painting a picture of unchecked power and rogue politicians from both parties who abuse their power at the expense of the people. “We are transferring power from Washington, DC. And giving it back to you, the people” — who “for too long . . . have borne the cost” of government while insiders reaped the rewards.
Trump painted a bleak American landscape where too many people have been harmed — most of those people ironically did not vote for Trump. As witnessed by these passages, “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 knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.”
He then said, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” Carnage is a bold word to use when you are sharing a stage with four former Presidents on who’s watch the carnage occurred.
In keeping with what I wrote a year ago about the “Great Fleecing” where the greatest transfer of wealth from the American people to Wall Street occurred, Trump had this to say, “The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.”
The president has a simple prescription for righting the wrongs of past administrations — both Republican and Democratic –“We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.”
The America the President laid out in his speech, is not the one any other politician would speak about ever, never mind in a Presidential Inaugural Address. Trump broke with all tradition, which is something we have come to expect. However, in a traditional speech writing fashion the President did finish up on a high note: “So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and 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.