Donald Trump and Mike Pence were sworn in Friday, January 20, 2017 as President and Vice President of the United States. My congratulations to both men – I’m very pleased to see you take office. As with many who voted for you, I am eager to see you make good on the things you told us during the campaign.
The media and the Left in this country (yes, I’m largely repeating myself, there) have cast this event as a dark Armageddon for this nation. They would. The media in particular is still smarting from their sheer failure to control the narrative such that Hillary Clinton’s coronation could proceed as they planned. This loss has certainly exposed both their clear biases and the fact that they aren’t the kingmakers any more. They’ve never been of a kind to seriously think on what that might mean about their presumptions. At this point they are looking for damage control, attempting to delegitimize President Trump’s term (terms, perhaps?) before it even starts. Just look at the adjectives they’re using to describe the President’s speech after taking the oath of office: “Raw,” “aggrieved,” “angry,” “primal,” “divisive,” “a takeover,” “radical.”
So, I’m guessing they didn’t like it?
President Trump’s remarks were aimed squarely at the Establishment figures on both sides of the aisle who have steadfastly ignored the clear message from the people of the United States that the direction they were taking us, and the lack of action on matters that concerned us, were unacceptable.
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 American 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 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, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
I can understand completely why the people who have been part of the last 2 administration might feel these words to be hostile. They are. As intended. And as earned, as I see it. The media has felt the heat of this as well, mostly because they have been a large part of the establishment support system for the past 8 years.
It’s been said that if you want to see the media return to actually doing investigative journalism and working to keep the people informed about what’s actually going on in government, you simply must elect a Republican President. From what I’ve seen in the last 2 months, that’s a true statement. I guess we’ll see if they took the hint that simple badmouthing a president they didn’t support for election doesn’t qualify as “doing better.”
One of the items in the speech that is causing a lot of the hair-on-fire moments on the Left is the overriding feeling of militant nationalism. Basically it’s this:
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 nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own; and spent 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 disappeared over the horizon.One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future. 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 moment on, it’s going to be America First.
Given the blame-America attitude that has pervaded our government for the last 8 years, I can see how a clear call to put America’s interests first could be construed as “nationalism” but what are they really saying? That America should be putting someone else’s interests ahead of her citizens? (Ed.: Why yes, that’s exactly what they’re saying.) And whose interests should the American government put ahead of mine and my family’s? European? Middle-Eastern? No, that’s not how any other nation on Earth works and it shouldn’t be how we work. Now, we can debate what’s really in our best interests and I’m not going to agree with everything the Trump Administration wants to prioritize. But that debate should be held in the clear understanding that it is American law and American culture that should be the principle lense through which everything is viewed. I have no issue with that at all and I have nothing to apologize for in feeling that way.
I look very much forward to seeing the action the President spoke of.