Having just been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump gave his inaugural address to the nation. He started by stating, “Together we will determine the course of America for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships, but we will get the job done.”
The new president continued, “Today’s ceremony has very special meaning, because we are not 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 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 flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth … The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country …. January 20, 2017 is the day that will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”
The president added, “This moment is your moment. It belongs to you …. The forgotten men and women of this country will be forgotten no more.”
Several pundits referred to statements like these and commented that the inaugural address was a speech for “the forgotten man.”
President Trump spoke of the sadness of the loss of jobs in America and the industries and corporations that have left the United States for other countries. He observed that there are “rusting factories scattered like tombstones across our landscape.”
The 45th president addressed our failing educational system, the need to protect our borders, the carnage wrought by drugs, gangs, and crime, the excessive spending abroad while our physical infrastructure deteriorates, and the prevailing threat of radical Islam and stated, “…[T]hat is the past. Now, we are looking only to the future.
“We are now issuing a new decree and a new vision – America first! … We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny …. When you open your heart to patriotism there is no room for prejudice.”
It was then that the new president made his first reference to God by quoting Psalm 133:1: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
President Trump is well aware of the constant threats Americans face on a daily basis and talked about protecting the nation. He explained, “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.”
There may have been a not-so-veiled comment about Georgia Representative John Lewis, who along with some other congressmen boycotted the inauguration and to whom the president had already addressed on Twitter when he stated from the Capitol platform, “We must think big and dream even bigger. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining, but never doing anything about it.”
Near the end of his address President Trump stated, “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 hearts with the same dreams and they are infused with the same breath of life by the same Almighty Creator.
“So, to all Americans near and far in cities small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again … together we will make America strong again. Together we will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And, yes, we will make America great again. Thank you and God bless you and God bless America!”
There were many things I liked about the inaugural address. It was brief. It was patriotic. It was in keeping with his campaign promises. It expressed the convictions of his heart. It was an expression of his faith. It was well written and well delivered. It addressed the people and recognized the desires and needs of the common man. It was inspiring. It offered hope. It reflected vision and purpose. He used “We” far more than the frequent “I” which he used so often during his campaign..
One commentator said that the president’s inaugural address was “populist, anti-globalization, hostile to Washington and its elites, and unapologetically, blatantly nationalist.”
Those comments provide additional reasons as to why I liked the President’s Inaugural Address so much.