Comments: The Inaugural Address

I don't have much regard for Trump's speeches, nor him in general. I loved the money quote of returning power to the great unwashed, and there was another about America as a symbol. I was unnerved by the whole 'America 1st' bit. Yes, one should strive and believe in it, but should one really have to say it so?

This will be an interminable 4 years if you take him literally. I'm most interested in how Pompeo handles CIA and the general bog remediation.

Posted by nanobrewer at January 22, 2017 1:52 AM

His latest tweet (I'm considering a collection nof the good ones, since I know my FB feed will regularly feature the bad ones) shows that he should not be taken literally, and that he - unlike those on the Left (or in the media) - genuinely cares about the great unwashed:

"Great to meet one of my earliest and most dedicated supporters! I am deeply humbled by the faith that millions of Americans have placed in me and our movement - and to those who did not support me, I ask for the chance to be your President too as we make America great again together."
The supporter in question is Shawn Bouvet, who reportedly got a $10,000 check from ... Trump, I guess, for his father's chemo. More than BHO ever gave his brother....

Posted by nanobrewer at January 22, 2017 10:33 AM

As I watched the address live on C-Span I found it inspiring. I had one regret - that while he said "America First" he didn't also say "when America prospers, the entire free world benefits."

Then I read the transcript, linked in my Inauguration Day "Otequay" and found that he did say as much, and almost in as many words:

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 for everyone to follow.

Quite the libertarian campaign plank, no? At least the second paragraph. But the first paragraph is pure Rand - rational self-interest. Only an altruist should object.

Posted by johngalt at January 23, 2017 4:30 PM

You said we have to talk. I love to talk! You also said you cannot think of a nice thing to say, but then you called the line about taking power from Washington to give it to the people "great."

But that is trifling. The Big Picture theme of your critique was the tone. It's interesting that you painted the inauguration as a "national religious service" because Don Surber, who called the speech "magnificent" cited a Matt Drudge report that "this inauguration featured more prayer than any past one." Then added his own observation that "We need God more than ever before, because we are in danger of losing our republic."

I never thought a new president could top JFK in 1961. Reagan came the closest in his two tries.

The Donald just did.

God blessed America when He gave President Trump that final nudge to run.

And now he is trampling out the vintage, where the grapes of wrath are stored.

We like to think we are bigger than the religious stuff. We like to think we have evolved. But as I look at the damage inside Americans - drugs, abortion, and hate - I realize we devolved.

This thrice married, nearly bankrupted, loud, and occasionally crude man is a gift from God. President Trump is far from perfect.

But we crucified the one perfect man on Earth God sent.

Let us stand behind President Trump not to blindly obey but rather to cheer him when he is right, help him see the light when he isn't, and get back to making America great again.

I don't think you oppose the idea of religiosity as much as I might. What I think sours you is that notion of "wrath." That seems to me where the debate should be centered.

Posted by johngalt at January 23, 2017 4:55 PM
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