Trump’s Inaugural Address
NOT his actual remarks, just what he should have said…or another title might be — Trump needs to hire a speechwriter.
I’m honored today to be standing here representing an idea that our founding fathers had – an idea so different it changed the world forever and is still changing it today.
An idea that contradicted everything the world knew up until then, an idea that would upset the apple cart of every king, queen, dictator, Fuhrer, emperor. or suppressive leader in the world — the idea that Freedom is not something our citizens get from our government as they choose to ration it.
Freedom is something else, something much bigger, something more important, something we possess on a metaphysical level as a gift from our creator and that we only then lend our government.
Even on loan, this endowment is measured, it ONLY grants power through our carefully constructed and constitutionally limited branch’s of the government, an organization owing it’s structure and origin to that same constitution.
This design was intended to keep the government fenced off from the decisions you make better for yourselves.
I respect that relationship and intend to honor it.
The freedom to worship freely, speak freely, peacefully assemble and publish a free press — are all concepts I don’t just respect, I’m one of those who thinks the government fences are in too tight on the people right now.
Today, just a few minutes ago, as I swore an oath to uphold that constitution which enshrines these concepts — I was making a promise to you the American people, all of you, the ones that voted for me (Thank you!) and most especially the ones who did not.
My promise to you Americans that did not support me, is that I understand how much power you want me to exert on your behalf as Americans AND how much pressure you don’t want me to exert.
Although I respect the constitutional boundaries on Presidential power; I also understand the scope of the grey areas. I’ll never violate the boundaries on the edges but my supporters elected the guy who wrote “The Art of the Deal” – for a reason and they expect me to work every legitimate tool I can muster — like a businessman would — who loves America and can’t help winning.
You the American people have the power in this system, I don’t just bow to that idea, my election was a miraculous result of that power.
So what do you the American people want done? and how can we come together as a country and do these things?
A safer America, a stronger America, a more prosperous America, an America that sees itself as Great Again, these are the reasons people voted for Republican candidates all across the country, and gave our party a sweeping victory that has consolidated the White House and both houses of Congress. This is a seismic shift, it has shrunk the Democratic Party Caucus to its lowest numbers in nearly 100 years — and while that represents an opportunity for real legal reform, and real regulatory change, and real tax law reform — it is also a grave threat.
The size of that threat depends upon my conduct, my behavior, my standards and my goals. Here today, as your President for the first time, I want to be clear about those things.
I will not enact major pieces of legislation which change large and important programs, or long standing policies or traditional behavior by our government, without bi-partisan support.
This statement is not a sign of weakness but of strength. The ideas that made America Great in the first place were forged from the consensus of the Founding Fathers and the ideas that will make America Great Again are based on common values, common aspirations, cpmmon sense — and are designed to help the common man.
While I am here, you are not forgotten.
Trade deals like TPP and NAFTA that robbed you of your jobs, will disappear or begin to change — as soon as this parade winds up. NAFTA will change, so the disparities are made fair, and I predict the Mexican government will not object. They know it’s unfair. They promised to keep their VAT tax, which is a form of import duty — at lower than 5% when we signed NAFTA, and today it’s at 17%.
Everyone single one of those little percents between 5 and 17 that we give away is thousands of jobs. And that’s just NAFTA. TPP was a threat to our Sovereignty, giving legal control of things constitutionally mandated to Congress and the President, to a foreign trade body. And that’s why I say WAS about TPP because tomorrow — or the next day — but definitely by next week, (laughter) I’ll sign a letter getting us out of that deal.
This does not mean I’m turning my back on trade or on the world. That’s just political propaganda. Here’s what I believe. That when any foreign leader or trade representatives sits down to deal with the United States, they have their citizens interests at heart when they negotiate. That is what they should do and they have been doing it with American negotiators who have had varied interests, but rarely the American workers, at the heart of their position. Putting America first in that context, as I plan to do everyday, is just being honest. Fair trade is good trade, right now we don’t have that, but we will.
Americans don’t want to take advantage of any other countries, they just don’t want to be taken advantage of themselves. This is not xenophobia or jingoism, imperialism or isolationism, again, it’s just common sense, the average American has common sense, and good values, in fact they have a value system I would put up any day — against all of those ISIL factions warring agsinst us worldwide.
America is a voice for Freedom, in a world lousy with dictators. America is a place of worship for all faiths, in a world where religion is variously outlawed, persecuted and/or worship is a death sentence. America has a free press even after collusion between one party and the main stream media existed for months — as demonstrated by their own emails.
America has freedom of speech, thought and pen, even as terrorists wage war on our citizens the world over. All of this is possible because from the first day the Founding Fathers cried “Freedom” to their King, America has always been an exceptional place to live, both as a reality, a genuine land of opportunity, and as a symbol to others the world over, that such a thing could be done. It’s not genetic or something in the water here, it’s a metaphysical thing all free people share.
Free people fix their problems, their towns, their mistakes and go on to fight for Freedom all over again. Sometimes that’s booting a King, sometimes it’s freeing the slaves, sometimes it’s giving women the vote, sometimes it’s fighting fascism, whatever the Freedom frontier, America hears the call.
It’s for these reasons — and the grace I believe God grants a people who strive to be just – that I am sure — together — we can make America safer, stronger, wealthier, and yes, we can make America Great Again.