In Case You Missed It

Trump’s Inauguration Speech (with brief commentary at the end):

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges, we will confront hardships, but we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today, we are not merely 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 back 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. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment, it belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.

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

January 20th, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: 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 all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the 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.

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.

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 nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own.

And spent trillions and 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 dissipated over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.

But that is the past. And now, we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, 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. I will fight for you with every breath in my body and I will never ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

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.

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. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate 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. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. 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.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining, but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions.

It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the wind-swept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they will their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.

So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words. You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together we will make America great again.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.

Thank you.

God bless America.

Overall impression? If you live in America … Paradise Has Arrived!

If you do not live in America? Screw you!

Lots of promises … which is not unusual for presidential inauguration speeches. Now we shall watch to see how much of it comes to pass.


32 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It

  1. My thoughts and message are simply this scene from V for Vendetta. It says everything for me at the moment…

    Yes, I’m not interested in anymore talk and rhetoric; I will not discuss our POTUS-CnC for another 2-years (midterm) then again in 4-years. My hope is that my gut instincts about what is coming are wrong… really wrong.

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    • In another comment you mentioned “V for Vendetta”. I never realized what the movie was. I had it mixed up with a 1970-80’s movie called “V”. It was about lizard people from space. Now I get what you were trying to say. Thank you. As I told others, this time the fight will be different as we have many more people on all fronts working together to protect all of us. No group will stand alone, and we present a united front as best as possible. Hugs

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      • Hahaha! A little different message with this movie, eh? 😉

        Agreed Scottie. But we must also remember NOT to stoop to repulsive tactics, verbage or violence, especially violence as seen by demonstrators destroying property today around the Inuguration parade. Respect and wholesome fear is attained by trained organization and private funding — not vigilante mobs or corporate donations.

        We’ll make it. Hopefully without body-bags or increased inequality. 🙂

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        • While I strongly support protests, when it gets violent and people begin destroying property and/or hurting others, then it becomes a riot … and my support ends.

          It’s very disappointing when this happens as the message the original (peaceful) protesters were trying to put across is quickly buried under the pushing, shoving, profanities, and destructive acts.

          Unfortunately, humans don’t always act like humans.

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        • I agree again, great minds? I hope. I was just watching an online news program that said the same thing. That violence and destruction turns our supporters against us. They said it might be some of it was done by people wanting us to look bad or to blame non tRump supporters. Just one thing I have to admit to a difference with you I think, depending on what you mean by verbiage? I try hard to see good in everyone, and I try hard to be civil. But I can not respect tRump. I can’t forget what he said, even though he denies saying those things now. I can’t forget the things I know he did. Also I will call out those people who insult or denigrate others without reason. I will agree to not be the first one to throw stones. I will call someone what they are, a racist or homophobe, or remark that I find their reasoning level some what on a turned down dimmer switch. Hugs

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          • Scottie, it’s amazing how humans can brilliantly interact and collaborate when basic civil respect is shared. 😉

            I too have a limit, a line regarding physical harm/lethal violence, especially when it comes to my two children, my widowed Mom, sister, my wife (if I had one), extended family, and finally my dearest friends where I will defend their safety. If I am a member of a military squad/platoon… my brother/sister-in-arms next to me have that same line of defense. I can never be provoked/heckled to initiate violence, but I will quickly respond to unprovoked (lethal) violence onto those I mentioned.

            Verbiage? When it comes to words, my line is so numb, so impervious that it is near impossible I will respond in kind. This comes from my 25-years in collegiate & pro soccer with opponent’s abusive fans domestically and around the world. They are easily tuned out. It also comes from my years working in psychiatric-A&D rehab and therapy. Mental-health is a horribly neglected field and sociopolitical problem in the U.S. That said, I am no Mohandas Gandhi; nowhere close! Hahaha 😉

            In all honesty, based on his well-known track-record with a highly diverse populace, tRump cannot even be a passing consideration in the tiniest way on how to humanely manage with empathy: poverty, poor education, much less criticism. He prefers impatient polarized elitism. An unprivileged unequal world has never been HIS world, ever. Perhaps he’ll get a hard dose of it over the next 4 years.

            P.S. Apologies Nan for the long comment(s), but Scottie is worth chatting with. 😀 ❤

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            • Professor thank you for the conversation. I am always happy to explore new ways of communicating and sharing ideas. I look at the goal I want to accomplish, such as convincing a detractor that same sex marriage will not destroy the world, will not force Christians to give their kids to gay pedophiles for molestation, nor force their church to hold month we love being gay meetings to name just a few. So how would you handle a conversation with a person who is insultingly comparing gay with all the worst things in society and claiming that being gay is a choice, it is the same as being a pedo, it is a violation of their rights to have to acknowledge a gay person has rights also. I have tried to be nice and tell them the the information they need but I have found that it simply is ignored. I tell them I am gay and it was not a choice, and ask them when they decided. IF it was a choice for me, it must be for them. They dispute this. I could list more but everyone gets the point. For some people such as S.O.M. I simply stop communicating with as he only wants to upset you and use the conversation to insult you. I simply ignore him. I also won’t read what ColorStorm writes as he won’t answer any questions, and tries to answer with a meaningless circle word salad that means nothing. So how do I communicate with them. I remember recently when I was still trying to talk to S.o.M. he proceeded to tell me what i could believe and could not. Not his opinion, but what he determined I could and couldn’t do. I was very grateful to Nan for coming to my assistance that day. Thanks again. Any help you or the others can give me is appreciated. Many hugs


            • Goodness Scottie! You don’t ask for much do ya!? 😉 😛 haha

              Let me think on this a bit then shoot you a private email. Deal?

              I’ll say this here though…
              …despite the fact that every year and most definitely every 5-10 years, all scientific medical fields are increasingly showing/demonstrating collectively that pure-gender & orientation is anything BUT binary. Period! In neurology, endocrinology, maternal and perinatal studies, genetics, physiology, etc, etc, all are indicating the immeasurable spectrum and varying degrees of sex/gender. It’s not fixed; never has been. To believe in a static purely binary system is simply ignorance or blatant denial of all life forms, especially human. See this incredible story in the Dominican Republic about “Guevedoces“:

              But I hear you Scottie and deeply empathize. Trying to courteously share this clear growing science is sometimes like talking to a fence post. And sure, that’s their choice to wear permanent horse-blinders, right. :/

              Alright, off to shoot ya an email Sir. ❤

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            • I found the BBC article to be a wonderful read. Truly an example of how complex our bodies really are. Sadly I can’t find the show online. I can get episode 1 and 3. But not episode 2 which has the story of these children. Thanks for the link. Hugs

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            • It is a great story, eh? Yes, unbelievably complex… along the lines of 7.5 billion bodies of trillions upon trillions of genes complex! All acting differently in varying degrees! LOL 😮 😛

              Which show? The one referenced in the BBC article or 9 Months That Made You?

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            • The one in the article. THe episode about the boys who don’t have the hormone they need to develop until puberty. I found the one “the nine months that made you” on two places and I am watching it now. Not so much to try to argue with anyone but to learn more about the science of being “Born Gay”. Hugs

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  2. Trump has a knack for “accidentally” telling the truth just as he most tries to hide it. This is the function of his shadow and its irrepressible projections, to use a reference from depth psychology.

    It is a Freudian slip kind of thing, only somewhat more involved and sometimes less obvious. E.g. his tweet about “unpresidented” incident with China a few weeks back revealed unwelcome truth about his own status, in the Freudian-slippage way. Similarly, everything he says about people he dislikes is directly applicable to him as it describes him to a T.

    And when during the RNC convention in the summer he bleated about “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness” ruling the nation, he was more accurately describing the contents of his psyche — and also, I believe, warning us of things to come — rather than the state of the country (even though he was not totally off in his assessment of what goes on in the US).

    So when I hear him mention “this American carnage,” I’m chilled to the bone, because it sounds like a portent of things to come under his rule. He’s issuing us one of those un/subconscious warnings, letting the truth slip out while trying to conceal it and/or attribute it to something or someone else.

    The man is evil. Not metaphysically / religiously / otherwordly, but in very concrete, humane, and easily demonstrable ways: evil.

    May fates help us.

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  3. As an Australian we had taken comfort that our alliance with the United States (ANZUS) is the only alliance that President Trump has not criticized….Though it might just mean he has is not aware that it exists?

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  4. In politics, as in religion, facts seem to have little impact on what people believe. I was staggered to find that most Trump supporters consider that unemployment has risen under Obama, this is despite the fact that it has actually fallen significantly. Indeed there has been 75 consecutive months of jobs growth, a truly amazing statistic, but hey don’t let facts alter one prejudice.

    I heard an interesting interview with academic Arlie Russell Hochschild who spent time in a Trump supporting county in the South. She was seeking to understand why people were voting against their own best interest. The conclusion was that the major motivation for those low class white voters was the feeling that minority groups like blacks (affirmative action) and migrants were getting preference in the pecking order.

    She started researching this before Trump was on the scene and has written a book on the matter:

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    • Peter, it is an undeniable and rather sad fact that many who believed the employment issue (and this is only one example) simply take what they hear as truth. Few take the time or effort (and some simply don’t have the education) to investigate the facts for themselves. Plus, many would prefer to believe a lie if it supports their natural prejudices.

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    • I loved the comment about the faberge egg not falling far from the tree. In fact I do feel sorry for the little boy Barron. He does seem lost and dejected. Even in the picture of him at home on the lion, he seemed detached from everything. I wonder if there is much fun in his life? Poor kid. Hugs


      • I have a hunch that because he came along so late in tRump’s life that he doesn’t get much “fatherly” love and attention. His dad is far too busy groping women, building golf courses, licensing his name, writing tweets, and NOW “Making America Great Again.”

        Poor kid.

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  5. I don’t care what he says; I watch actions… or lack of them. His cabinet is a high school bully’s gong show that is as dysfunctional, ignorant, and misguided as is possible. His policy direction is towards social anarchy, de-regulation of business, disempowerment of government oversight, and a stronger military.This is a recipe for despotism.

    At the end of the day, I see conflict with China as inevitable and Batshit Crazy Pence as the back-up plan. Talk about a lose-lose situation.

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  6. ‘Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength’

    There is a saying, ‘those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it’. Protectionism was used in the 1930’s as countries pursued a ‘beggar thy neighbour’ approach to trade and economic self interest. Did not work out so well then, I wonder how it will go this time?

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