The deplorables get it! We heard what President Trump said, we understood, and we are glad someone in Washington, D.C., finally said what we have been saying for decades.
Mr. Trump offended America’s ruling class that wields power over government, politics, academia, and media. Washington Post’s headlines: “Trump’s America is a rotten place;” “Trump’s inaugural address offers nothing to soothe the worst fears about him;” “Donald Trump has assembled the worst Cabinet in American history;” and George Will’s column, “A most dreadful inaugural address.”
America and the world witnessed a stark transition of power from the ruling class filled with “I-dolls” to a President who said “I” only three times in his inaugural address. What a refreshing change to hear a leader speak without continually referring to himself or herself!
After the requisite acknowledgements, and literally surrounded by the very establishment he would decry, Mr. Trump announced, “Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning 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.”
Mr. Trump’s thesis for governing is to serve ‘the people’ rather than to ride the people. President Trump continued, “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.”
Mr. Trump observed, “At the center of this movement 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 just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.”
After briefly reviewing some of America’s failures, Mr. Trump turned toward the future saying, “We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first.”
In comments about foreign policy, Mr. Trump 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.”
Regarding national unity, Mr. Trump said, “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.”
Mr. Trump referenced the Bible and said, “most importantly, we will be protected by God.” He noted that regardless of skin color, “we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.” He spoke about the dreams of our children regardless of where they live, noting they all “are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.”
The weekend was filled with fireworks and patriotic hymns, prayers and invocations, parades and even a Deploraball. America has not seen that much patriotism in a long, long time.
Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, Miss. He can be reached at [email protected]