Trump’s Inaugural Address
Even before Trump had been sworn in, the lunatic left was up to their standard antics. Police pepper-sprayed “protestors” who were busy breaking windows while denouncing capitalism. Their protests, of course, being organized on various products of capitalism like iPhones, Androids, and tablets. I’m sure there was little self-awareness of the irony.
There were also the leftists who are in favor of anything, as long as it hurts America or her allies. There were the knuckleheads with the orange jumpsuits, protesting on behalf of the terrorists that Obama had not yet released. There was the anti-Israeli contingent, with their “Free Palestine” signs, as well as the climate change protestors, Black Lives Matter, and feminist groups.
But aside from that, the 58th Presidential swearing-in ceremony went off smoothly.
Notably, Trump laid out a few core principles in his speech. And some tolerable insights that he would do well to remember as his term in office progresses.
First, I would note his statement that, “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.” I’m not sure that Trump realizes it, but what he invokes here is more than mere populism. Trump is appealing to the principle of subsidiarity; that is, the principle that government ought to be exercised at the lowest level possible, since that is the level most directly accessible and responsive to the citizen.
Second, his statement that, “At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens.” If by “serve” he means a continuation or expansion of an ever-growing welfare state, he would be wrong. If, however, he means that a nation has certain duties that inhere in its very essence, such as defense, civil order, and the like, then he is correct. Especially if he means to reinforce the principle that governments are “instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” I would hope the latter, since it is the people that create the state, and not the converse.
Third, the statement that, “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.” I believe this to be not only a right of a nation, but a paramount duty of any nation. This goes hand-in-hand with the principle of the preceding paragraph.
Finally, he ends with an appeal to unity, at least on a racial basis. Between him saying, “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice,” and “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,” I believe he is calling to end the increasing divisive nature of racial politics that drive us ever-nearer to an irreparable fault line.
Now, granted, these are all words and they may mean nothing in the long run. But I think it would be hard to argue with the principle involved. And, if Trump sticks to these principles, I can’t help but think that every one of us, and by extension, America, will be better off.