President Donald Trump gave a masterful inaugural speech that resonated with the people who voted for him and for whom he is a beacon of hope.
Trump laid down the law and underlined why he won:
“Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another – but transferring it from Washington DC 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. While they have celebrated there has been 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 today.”
Trump let it be known that he holds both parties and past presidents responsible for the mess in which America finds itself today. Tough words, but they needed to be spoken.
That’s why he pointedly drew attention to the problems Americans face – from the loss of jobs to the carnage in many inner cities.
And so he promises to deliver:
- Safe schools and neighborhoods
- Affordable health care
- New infrastructure
- Fair trade policies
- Border security
- Sane foreign policy
In making these promises, Trump cuts across ideological lines. He will not please conservative purists, nor will he please liberal purists either. But he stands a good chance of pleasing the American people who are not driven by ideology.
The new president is facing an incredibly rough couple of years. He needs to grow the economy by at least four per cent per year and create 25 million jobs to make a dent in the deficit and ultimately the $20 trillion accumulated debt.
It can be done. He is a businessman and his cabinet is filled with businessmen. They know what to do.
If Trump can secure a few big victories earlier on, he will win over his detractors. He deserves a chance to try.
After all, Americans gave Barack Obama two chances to keep his promises and still he failed.