January 20, 2017
Donald Trump is now the President of the United States. Enough with the #NotMyPresident posts on Facebook and Twitter. Let’s stop calling Trump Hitler. He is now in the Oval Office. Signing executive orders. Speaking on the phone to other world leaders. Getting things done just over one week into the new job.
On January 20th, a new day was born in Washington DC. The politicians were put in their place after Mr. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president. He promised to return the reigns of power in our nation’s capital back to the people.
However, change and therefore the destruction of the DC-centric media and political establishment does not work for the left-leaning mainstream media and its many friends who amazingly called the inauguration speech “dark” and “apocalyptic.” Perhaps it’s time for them to start listening to what the president is actually saying. Or maybe it’s time for them to learn to “turn and face the strange,” as the late great David Bowie once proposed.
What inaugural speech were they listening to?
The Real Transfer of Power
“We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people,” Trump began in front of the steps of the Capitol. His punchline in the early paragraphs came with the real transfer of power no one is talking about.
“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 American People.”
Trump would then expound upon the monstrosity of the entrenched political class in DC that has profited mightily from the rise of big government over the decades while the populace has burden the cost and seen none of the benefits. The establishment were surely quaking in their boots as the Donald let them have it.
“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.” So true. The four richest counties in the US are in and around DC.
“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.” Politicians have profited while the people have drowned in an ever-increasing debt burden that is becoming increasingly unpayable. $19.96 trillion as of this writing.
“That all changes -- starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.”
Then, Trump daftly turned to his stated number one priority: jobs.
“One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire 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.” Things are certainly going to be different.
There were many notes of hope and optimism throughout Trump’s address. The Left just can’t take the fact that the Donald shocked the world. Oh well. People voted for a change.
Trump Cozies Up To Labor Union Leaders
Perhaps the distortion of his address was made because the president said, “From this moment on, it's going to be America First.” The media always seems to conflate that phrase with fascism, isolationism, and the faction of America that did not want to get involved in World War II in the 1940s because they were Nazi sympathizers. And of course taking us back to a time of slavery somehow.
In Trump’s speech, he promised to bring back American jobs to factories, in manufacturing, rolling back regulation to spur job creation and innovation, and opening up the oil and gas industry by building pipelines and investing in infrastructure projects around the country -- all viewed through the lens of putting America first and foremost. This is not selfish. This is not fascist. This is what most sane countries do on a daily basis to make sure they get the best deal for the most of its population.
Trump and the big labor unions met shortly after the president got to work in his new office. The union leaders, huge supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton during the general election, roundly praised Trump’s inaugural speech, saying it was really stoking hope in that their union numbers will grow in the coming years of deregulation and savvy economic decisionmaking from the business-proficient Trump administration.
Douglas J. McCarron, general president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC), praised Trump’s inaugural address, which three times mentioned the country’s shuttered factories. Many blue-collar workers feel trade has destroyed many job opportunities here in America and they have been overlooked by their elected officials.
“It hit home for the people who have been hurting,” McCarron said. This same president of UBC strongly endorsed Mrs. Clinton during the general election.
Trump is reaching across to this deeply Democratic sector of the business community. Other union leaders also praised President Trump on his pullout from the Obama-spearheaded Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Trump reportedly treated the leaders with great respect and now many of them are looking forward to working with the new president.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters president James P. Hoffa applauded President Trump’s move to crush TPP once and for all on Monday, the 23rd. He was the second major labor union leader to do so.
Hoffa — like AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka who also praised Trump on Monday — also praised President Trump’s efforts to work with Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The Media Meltdown
And yet, the media overreaction to the incoming Trump administration came on cue, painting his address on Friday the 20th as dark and dreary, nowhere near hopeful or inspirational. They continue to misinterpret “America First” and “Make America Great Again” as a move to the past when things weren’t so good for some people as opposed to seeing it as the rediscovery of our existing American greatness and superiority, as Ronald Reagan orchestrated throughout the 1980s.
Susan Page wrote in USA Today that January 20, 2017’s address will not be remembered as “the day the people became the rulers of this nation again," as the 45th president declared. Instead, Page called it “shorter in length, darker in tone and blunter in language than any inaugural address in modern times.” I really don’t see where in the speech she got the dark tone. Different perspectives I suppose. It was certainly blunt and short and sweet -- about twenty minutes. Still, she would raise the stakes quite a bit.
“The speech was reminiscent of the apocalyptic language he used in his acceptance address at the Republican National Convention,” wrote Page, “claiming a nomination that few had expected him to win. It had less in common with his relatively conciliatory remarks on election night, when he won the Oval Office against all odds.” Pointing out the improbability of his nomination and subsequent election is not apocalyptic, it is highlighting the facts and countering the constant attacks from the mainstream media who is rightly seen as the enemy by many in the Trump administration because it is just about always in line with the Democratic party.
Trump’s speech was populist in tone and likely scary to both Republicans and Democrats in Washington DC who for too long have taken the voters for granted, getting wealthy in the process. His election gives hope to rise of bipartisanship in DC again as Trump is not truly constrained by any one ideology and he is certainly not tied to one party or another. Every new administration of the opposite party from the previous one will paint the country somewhat darker than those on the other side see it. But this is what the people voted for.
The Huffington Post commenced calling the speech “Historically Dark,” without any hope.
Chris Matthews, however, would win the media meltdown day when he said the speech had a “Hitlerian background to it.” Game over. He mentioned the Fuhrer.
Really Chris? We are nowhere near there. And if we keep painting each Republican president as Hitler or racist or bigoted, then when a real bad apple actually comes around in the US, it will be like the boy who cried wolf.
And for historical accuracy’s sake, one should point out that China’s Mao Zedong killed around 45 million during his Great Leap Forward and the USSR’s Stalin is responsible for as many as 50 million deaths during his brutal regime. Hitler’s fascist regime exterminated 6 million Jews and was responsible for 11 million deaths during World War II. Nowhere near the Russian or Chinese atrocities of the 20th century of mainly civilians. But Stalin and Mao are on the left end of the political spectrum so they do not get mentioned nearly as much in the atrocity comparison game.
The Media Has Learned Nothing
While the media melts down over Trump’s speech and subsequent actions, a majority of the media conveniently ignores a recent Gallup poll that shows most Americans reacted positively and optimistically to Trump’s address. They also fail to mention an even more recent Rasmussen poll of likely voters that revealed 59 percent job approval of President Trump.
Trump's inaugural address highlighting "America first" went over quite well with America's citizens. This Gallup poll released Monday the 22nd showed that 53 percent of Americans who watched or read about Trump's inaugural address rated it as "excellent" or "good." Just 20 percent said the president's speech was "poor" or terrible." And yet, almost 100 percent of the media continues to call it dark and apocalyptic and divisive.
They’ve learned nothing.
While Trump's ratings lag behind those of former President Obama in both 2013 and 2009 and President George W. Bush in 2005, two percent more Americans are hopeful after Trump in 2017 than they were after Obama’s address in 2013.
Still, Trump's address did make a good amount of Americans more optimistic about the future, according to Gallup. While 30 percent reported feeling "less hopeful" after listening to Trump speak, 39 percent reported feeling "more hopeful."
The Left erroneously saw Trump’s inauguration as the coronation of a 21st century Hitler. This irresponsible rhetoric by my friends on the Left is increasing and accelerating the widening divisions in our country. Not surprisingly, the Donald is getting it from all sides because he ran against both parties, mounting a hostile takeover of the Republican party in the process.
Conservative commentator George Will, who dropped his Republican party membership following the nomination of Trump and whose contract with Fox News was not renewed, described it as “dreadful.” Former Bush speechwriter and current Atlantic writer David Frum, who coined the unforgettable phrase “Axis of Evil,” said Trump was the worst person to ever enter the White House—and that included “all slaveholders.”
“It was just a total meltdown for the anti-Trump wing of America,” according to Matt Vespa’s piece earlier last week in TownHall.
The overblown narrative from the mainstream media has whipped up anger and hate in the swelling anti-Trump wing of America. They have continued to demonize the opposition and the media has apparently learned nothing in failing to realize the real support behind Mr. Trump and their irresponsible coverage of his short political career. This will only keep us farther apart. It will not bring us together.
But “let’s be honest,” Vespa concluded, “if it were Rubio, Cruz, Walker, or Bush up there—these folks would have probably said the same thing. But since it’s Trump, the bias is on steroids.” This certainly shouldn’t be shocking. We’ve all heard what Trump’s been saying on the campaign trail for months. He has vowed to put America first and swing the power in DC from the political elite back to the people. He’s also said some pretty out there things. He’s politically incorrect. We all need to be mature about this and stop distorting reality.
Many fear change. Hell, I fear change. But this change will be good. Trust me.
“Trump is merely saying that he will put our national interests first when we decide on any venture with our allies across the world. There is nothing controversial about that statement.” We cannot keep twisting what Mr. Trump is saying and proposing with what the Left is portraying as an incoming administration focused on taking us back to a darker time.
We need to grow up. We need to listen. We need to think for ourselves.
The future of our country depends on it.
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Robert Carbery (author) from Seattle, WA on February 03, 2017:
Sanxuary - tell me how it is so bad for you right now? And how is it uniting the country by calling our president and his followers racist? Your pessimism discourages me. I don’t see how your comment and constant accusations of racism are constructive. Trump won. Deal with it. A dictatorship is not coming. Trump is different. He is stronger than Obama. He will do things in ways you are not used to. Strap in!
Sanxuary on January 29, 2017:
No comments yet? I hate to tell you this. He is much worst then anyone thought. Actually, I was never surprised. Its going to get worst and the only thing he might unite is everyone against him. All except the core of racist and haters who only want a dictatorship in this country.