WASHINGTON, January 20, 2017 — After decades of a government run for the politicians rather than for the people, a newly-inaugurated President Trump promised that beginning today, the people are in charge.
Trump’s inauguration speech was on point. Starting today there is indeed a new dawn of optimism.
For decades, government inefficiency, which has led to higher costs and higher taxes, has been accepted as just the way things have to be. Asked why the military would spend $640 for a plastic toilet seat, Americans would shrug dispiritedly and conclude, that’s government.
When politicians have made campaign promises and promptly ignored them, Americans have accepted it as campaign rhetoric bowing to the realities of Washington. After all, we’ve concluded, one senator or one representative can only do so much. When politicians have done the opposite of what they said they would do, we’ve accepted it as normal, business as usual.
When a worker slacks off and doesn’t do the job, we joke, “that looks like government work.” It is frustrating, but we’ve learned to accept it in the belief that no one can fix it. “That’s the government”
Many Americans feel keenly that America has lost its national pride. For the last eight years, American leadership has pulled back from the world stage and apologized for aggressions—real or imagined—of the past. They’ve treated American history as a source of shame, unable to see it as a source of pride. Americans have lost their sense of patriotism as our leaders have seemed willing to put others’ interests ahead of America’s own.
In his inaugural address, President Trump said that this will change. Government will be accountable to the American people for actions taken and dollars spent. Americans will have their pride in American exceptionalism restored. He emphasized that he will make America great again, and declared that in any negotiation he undertakes, America will always be first.
“America first” and “Make America great again” are not just slogans. Neither are they idle promises that will be ignored after the election. These are mantras behind the actions Trump will take as president. They summarize his agenda: Make government responsive to voters again, and make it represent the people’s interests.
Said Trump: “January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became rulers of this nation again … The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. This is your day.”
Even among some of his detractors, there is confidence that President Trump will do what candidate Trump said he would do.
President Trump will follow his basic themes. But businessman Trump knows that to get things done, compromise is necessary. He will not make the big mistake of the Obama administration, which acted with high-handed disdain for normal political give-and-take with the opposition, as in its approach to passing the Affordable Care Act. He won’t take actions with no input from the opposing view, as Obama did with his executive orders.
Trump will consider opposing views and find compromises that are at least acceptable to his opponents while still adhering to his basic principles.
Those who oppose Trump or consider him an illegitimate president are filled with fear and uncertainty, perhaps due to his simple forthrightness. They fear that Trump’s goals differ significantly from theirs, especially with regard to those who are truly needy.
While his policy approach may differ, his goals are not that different.
Trump believes that to really help those in need, government should not provide more welfare payments, more food stamps, more free health care or government programs. Rather, government should provide opportunity. He believes that everyone should be afforded the dignity of buying their own food and paying their own living expenses and health care, and that they should have the opportunity to do it.
Trump’s goal is to provide a rapidly growing economy with enough opportunity available so that all Americans can follow their dreams.
Fear not, America. Take pride, America. President Trump will bring the country back and rekindle that lost American spirit.
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