The Fifty-eighth Inaugural Address

I did not watch Trump’s Inaugural Speech but I did read it.

I had hoped to participate in the Mother’s March in Boston today; however, I could not secure transportation to or from the event. Apparently, every seat in every vehicle was filled with Ladies intent on marching. I wish them all a pleasant walk, filled with camaraderie, and sunny skies. I will fill my day with other productive activities.

Given the shallow nature of President Trump’s comments in his Inaugural Address, I thought it only fitting that I take a deeper dive into his meaning and see what there is here that Americans can expect over the ensuing next four years, assuming his presidency lasts that long.

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“Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.”

But hardly the only aspirations of the Nation, you leave out so much that it really makes me wonder what your life is all about, Mr. President.

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“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.”

This is rhetoric aimed directly at the Rustbelt. Moreover, where do you get off with making comments such as: “while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;” The US spends more on our military than the next eight countries combined.

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“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.”

Was Trump elected President of Planet America or The Unites States, the last time I checked we were a member of a global community.

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“We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work — rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.”

This was an Obama initiative that the Republican obstructionists refused to act upon! The hypocrisy is boundless. Perhaps Mr. Trump can succeed in this now that he has the backing of a Republican controlled Congress; a luxury President Obama never had.

Obama calls for $50 billion infrastructure initiative”, Washington Post, by L. Montgomery, 11 October 2010.

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“We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.

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.”

Err, excuse me Mr. President does this mean you intend to close Macy’s, Wall Mart, Target, Homegoods, Uniqlo – Country: Japan, H&M: Country – Sweden, Zara – Country: Spain, Sephora – Country: France, Mango – Country: Spain, French Connection – Country: Great Britain? All of these retail stores sell goods that are manufactured in other countries where the wages are so low that they could be considered slave labor.

Top ten import goods from China”, Universal Cargo, by R. Rau Posted, 22 May 2012.

Trump is long on rhetoric but short on thought! Trump’s speech is little more than a collection of sound bites that resonate with the disaffected middle class without any care for the How, Where, or the When he can deliver on what he speaks.

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“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones — and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

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.”

Yikes! “Total allegiance to the United States of America” I do not know about you but these words scare the fuck out of me. Sieg Heil, Mr. President, it is with statements such as this and Trump wrapping himself in the Bible and the American flag that fascism comes to the United States.

With lines such as these, the Orange toddler sought to inspire those who were there to witness, “The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.”

As I said above, I did not deign to watch the inauguration. Instead, I attended the Resist Trump Rally in Lowell, MA for an Inauguration Day protest event with my friend Danny Factor. Danny was asked by the organizers of the event to speak to the crowd. He acquitted himself admirably, despite the cold January night air.

Regardless of how you feel about Donald Trump as our forty-fifth President, he will have monumental challenges to overcome; not the least of which will be his own personality disorders. I hope that they will not be as destructive as I fear that they will be; however, judging from his cabinet choices I can see nothing positive occurring over the next four years. As the Brits say, “we will just have to suffer on then.”

It will be our task to look after each other, protect the most vulnerable among us, keep a wary eye on the actions of our government, and vigorously question the actions of those in power. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” ~ George Washington

2 thoughts on “The Fifty-eighth Inaugural Address

  1. Wow! Excellent analysis and excellent writing. I am scare sh******. My daughter is in D.C. I stayed at home, knowing that with my assorted orthopedic problems, I would not do well on a 4 hour march even in Boston. That made me kinda sad. Bill and I reminisced about marches to D.C. in the past.

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    • Thanks Louise,
      I am so gratified to read this comment from you. It means a great deal to me that you liked it. I too had hoped to attend the Mother’s March but I could not secure transport.
      I hope that you and Bill are well, I keep you both in my prayers.
      be well

      Dennis

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