My Response to the Inaugural Address

The red bits are from the Address.  The 2017 theme doesn’t seem to break out quotes very well, so I have given them the redrum treatment.

Washington flourished — but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered — but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

It’s interesting that he blames this on politicians, and not the self-interested businessmen1 who sent the jobs away.  Especially considering that, while politicians have certainly profitted, the folks in his billionaires’ club are the ones that have truly prospered.2

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

That’s an interesting take from a man who got less of those peoples’ votes than his opponent.

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

Many of the policies Trump has espoused will hurt mothers and children.  His nominee for Secretary of Education is a billionaire who has never sent a child to public school or been to one herself.  Crime is at or near record lows.  The only area that has notably increased is mass shootings.3

We are one nation — and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

If this is the case- if this statement reflects how President Trump attempts to govern, it will be contrary to his party and every message he has previously pushed.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

Actually, much of it was ripped away with their homes during the housing crisis.  President Trump made money off of those foreclosed dreams.

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.

This feels pretty ‘Imperial’ in the Star Wars sense, right?  Does he actually believe his own rap, and not understand that America is one of the wealthiest nations in the world by multiple measures?  That the reason people are struggling is because of people like him?  The money isn’t gone, it’s just been super-concentrated into the hands of a relative few.

Speaking from an economic standpoint, ‘protection’ usually leads to weakness and inefficiency.

We will bring back our jobs.

No, we really won’t.  I’ve said it, and I’m backed by other people who are actually smart and know things.4

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.

This is us relinquishing the concept of leadership on the world stage.  I’m not sure it’s entirely undue, but it’s not something that can be done in the length of a Presidency without drastic consequences.  We risk losing the faith of the world in the idea of any treaty with us or decision by us lasts longer than four years.

unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

Thanks for writing next week’s ISIS recruiting brochure.

Considering that the War on Terror has been almost exactly as successful as the War on Drugs…  I’m going to call bullshit here.  The way you slow terrorism is by working toward a world in which people would rather live in than be willing to die to change.

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.

From the mouth of someone who comes off authoritarian and seems to believe every critique is an attack, this is a very chilling statement.  It makes me thing back to a phrase I saw in the comments of a story on The Atlantic this week:  “That’s the difference between liberals and Americans.”

Civil disobediance in pursuit of justice and peaceful, non-violent protest are two of the most noble and patriotic actions an American can take part in.  I hope that President Trump is not suggesting, nor goes on to suggest in the future, that people who engage in such a manner are somehow disloyal to the U.S.A.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

I firmly reject the idea of ‘national pride’.  I’ve heard it said that it goes before the fall.

we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms

Kinda-sorta.  This really depends on who President Trump nominates for the Supreme Court.

You will never be ignored again.

“A striking new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal finds that for the first time since 2009 or so, the American public suddenly thinks the Affordable Care Act was a “good idea.”

we will make America wealthy again

Wealthy enough to support the arts?  Or are those jobs not worth protecting?

Here is a link to the full text of President Trump’s Inaugural Address.

As I stated a few days back, I hope President Trump’s ability and desire to serve the people of the Unites States (and the world) rapidly expand to fill the new vessel he finds himself inhabiting.  I desperately want our country to prosper under his leadership.  I detest much of his rhetoric and what he stands for, and I will fight hard against many of his proposals, but it is always for the betterment of the nation and the world- never for a single person or party.

These will certainly be interesting times.

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