WASHINGTON, October 22, 2016 – With Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and the legacy of Abraham Lincoln as his backdrop, Donald Trump took to the podium to present his contract with America. During his remarks, he outlined his policies on major issues as well as the actions he would take immediately after being sworn into office.
It will be a speech that will be remembered as being historically significant. If elected it could be seen as the turning part of his campaign. If not, Trump has clearly outlined how Washington, DC and politicians are working against Americans.
When President Lincoln gave his Gettysburg speech, the civil war had just ended and he faced a deeply divided country and re-election. Although the speech, at 272 words lasted only a few minutes, Lincoln reiterated the principles set forth in the Constitution that sparked the American spirit and made the country great.
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
“But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Trump wants to make the country great again.
Lincoln stresses equality of rights and opportunity for all Americans. Many citizens believed the speech declared “a new birth of freedom.”
Similarly, Trump’s speech was geared to close the currently bitter divide between Americans by clearly and concisely stating exactly what he would do to solve the problems and in what direction he would take the country.
While even his strongest supporters will not agree with all of his positions, we should all agree on the direction that he wants to take us.
The most serious issue is the state of the economy. Every economist will agree that to fix the economy we need policies that will stimulate economic growth. It has been more than ten years since the economy has had an annual growth rate of at least 3%.
Never in history has that occurred.
While there will be much debate about the specific policies that will increase growth, every economist will agree that lower taxes for all taxpayers, less government regulation and more global trade accomplished through fair trade agreements, will stimulate growth.
Trump will also increase government spending on infrastructure but will not add to the deficit because he will reducing spending in other areas mostly by bringing efficiency and ending costly, often corrupt, government practices.
Voters are also concerned about security both foreign and domestic. Trump said he would take a more aggressive action to defeat our foreign enemies. Previously he noted he would defer to the military’s top generals to come up with a specific plan to do that.
He has also said he will offset some of the increased military expense by asking the nations that we have defending for decades, to share some of the cost of that defense.
At home, he wants to make America safe again.
Terrorist attacks and the violent crime found mostly in inner cities have caused safety concerns for millions of Americans. Trump wants to restore law and order. For instance, cities that allow criminal illegal aliens to live there with no fear of being held accountable for their crimes, will forfeit federal funding.
Trump will be tough on criminal illegal aliens by imposing stiff prison penalties on those who have been deported yet choose to come back into the country illegally. He favors what is known as Kate’ Law.
To restore trust in government, he will cancel every one of the currently illegal or improper executive orders that president Obama has signed.
Trump went on to list numerous actions he would take in his first one hundred days in office and numerous goals he would set to restore America. He wants a country where government is “of the people, for the people and by the people” just as Abraham Lincoln said.
It is time for all Republican, concerned Independents and frustrated Democrats to put their support behind Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.
Even though none of us agrees with all of his policies, and after his election we will try to change some of his views, it is imperative for the health of the country and the future of this frail Democracy, that Donald Trump becomes the next president of the United States.