President Trump’s Inaugural Address: Declaration of War Vs Washington Elite
Friday, US President Donald Trump’s Inaugural address was a stirring call for national unity and a Declaration of War Vs the Washington, DC establishment.
The speech was vintage Donald Trump: politically incorrect, critical of both parties, amped up, biting, strongly delivered, and wildly ambitious. Anyone who believed Trump would change his beliefs or style when he assumed the office of the presidency was proven wrong.
He is not going to change, he will going to let up.
President Donald Trump espoused his worldview in remarkably few words. He is a critic of the post-Cold War international system.
Where the architects of that system see it as a bulwark of stability and global prosperity, President Trump sees it as diminishing the United States in favor of foreign countries and an international class of wealthy political and financial elites. Washington has been serving its own interests, he said, and not the people’s.
That ends now.
His America will turn inward, focusing on domestic stability, education, infrastructure, and jobs. The exception will be the fight against Islamic terrorism, where he is prepared to join with autocracies in pursuit of common goals.
President Trump forcefully rejected identity politics.
Racial and ethnic identities, he said, are less important than our status as American citizens. “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.” There are no hyphenated Americans in this worldview, only Americans and outsiders. And Americans are to be privileged over outsiders. It’s been said that American presidents are replaced by their opposites. What a contrast to Barack Obama’s second inaugural address, where he called for a “world without walls.”
This was not a programmatic speech. There will be more policy specifics when he addresses a joint session of Congress on his budget proposal.
His Inaugural address was Donald Trump distilled, nationalist, populist, and ready to fight hard for what he believes and what got him elected.
President Trump delivered a combative speech in the midst of the very establishment member he will overthrow.
Surrounded by Bushes, Clintons, Obama’s, Biden’s, and Ryan’s, donald Trump aligned himself with the crowd against the Celebrities and VIPs on the dais.
Mass rallies, social media, and sheer force of personality are his weapons as he attempts to defenestrate aka “throw out the window”, the ruling class in DC and bring a new Spirit of Patriotism to America.
He draws strength from his gut connection with Jacksonian America—a connection deepened and enriched by one of the most combative, polarizing, bold, evocative, and revolutionary inaugural addresses in American history.
Paul Ebeling, Editor
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