Published January 20, 2017
Below is the full text of President Trump’s inaugural speech:
Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.
Why are we thanking the people of the world? They had nothing to do with his election.
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.
Since all the people attribute different meanings to platitudes it would be helpful if he was clear regarding what exactly he is going to rebuild in our country as it most likely is a state issue and not a federal issue.
What exactly is the promise our country is giving to all it’s people? I would really like to know what he means by statements like this – possibly it is not what I want or think is proper and it is too vague a statement like most of his to allow him to continue without clarity.
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.
Together – ?
We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.
Again – What job??
Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.
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.
How exactly does that work as it has always been that way – are we changing from a Republic to a Democracy? Again, statements like this are very concerning – we know that Democracy does not work and the people as a mass group are more often wrong. He never states exactly what he holds as ideals, principles and virtues so it is difficult at best to discern what this could mean.
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.
Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
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.
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
Some Congressmen getting wealthier are not our main issues and definitely not the reason that there are poor people or that we have had a slow economy. Should stop but not sure he knows what it is that should stop.
Politicians/Government should have no involvement in business growth or how they choose to handle their business. Nothing in the Constitution promises or protects anyone’s job or allows control of company decisions.
This is very concerning – his lack of economic understanding along with most of America has the potential to cause much long-term danger- stagnation- economic destruction.
I hope Congress can guide him better than his campaign or people around him have as what he states although sounding good to those on the down end of technological progress would be devastating for your country as a whole. People wake up before any of this becomes policy.
Further this is all based on the same kind of us versus them drivel you heard out of every dictator and wanna-be from Lenin to Hitler to Obama. The fact is that the beneficiaries of the government corruption has been certain segments of the people. Welfare checks didn’t go into the hands of welfare recipients, crony rules for unions went into the pockets union workers. Yes, it cost the beneficiaries of these programs that denied the higher advantages that a capitalistic system would bring them, but while there are union bosses who made money and politicians who grew fat off graft, it’s not like the people who voted for all these policies for so long didn’t get anything off of it. The people have been the ones asking for the people to be frisked.
As to factories closed, no economist on Earth blames economic slowdown on the things Trump blames it on. In fact, the things Trump has centered on (raising tariffs, universal healthcare, nationalizing the pharmaceutical industry) are the things that will hurt the economy even more. And his isolationist policies will ensure that more factories close in the long run.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.
This is your day. This is your celebration.
And this, the United States of America, is your country.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
I really am concerned about these types of statements…
How exactly do you give power to all the people and all the concepts/ideas that apply to all these people? Someone will not get what they want – that is why we are to follow the guidance of the Constitution, not peoples’ whims.
Yes, we should be controlled only by the people…or we could listen to Hamilton, Madison, and Jay that since men are ruled by men and not angels that we view government and rule of law to be supreme.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.
10’s of millions vs 300+ million – hmmm
Also, let us not forget the person who claimed to be for “The Forgotten Man” first was FDR whose plans for a government that controlled the market led to hurting the people he claimed to want to help.
At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
Where does it say that in the Constitution? Don’t believe it does.
Let’s check shall we…
form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,
Nope nothing there is making sure Americans have jobs, maybe securing liberty with as little regulations as possible to ensure that people have the opportunity to seek jobs could be read there…but it isn’t there to serve every whim. Only to protect you from those who hurt your right to pursue Happiness and set rules of the road for areas where liberty isn’t harmed by them.
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.
Great that would be up to local governments and state governments, private charities, churches, other non-government organizations, and personal responsibility – not the federal government.
The only thing a government can do for jobs is remove restrictions that stop business from growing. They do not provide jobs nor protect them from going out of business.
These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
No, they are not – people choose to provide education to children as that benefits the nation as a whole but it cannot be demanded but only provided by those people and their participation in the proper area – like their local schools. Also, understanding the education area – its finances and it policies and procedures along with what is taught and how it is taught would be important to a community. The government might if everyone agreed have minimum standards to be achieved by say graduation of high school but it would be up to local government/people as to how that is accomplished.
As I said previously safe neighborhoods are local matters not federal government matters. Jobs are not federal government issues either other than removing restrictive regulation – not supporting unions as that is a personal issue – everything else is local and to be determined by states or local government. The Feds should stay out of it.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
Another large demonstration he has no understanding of anything. People move in and out of poverty and most often are not the same people. This has been this way for a long time. It is government intercession in these areas that cause more problems – for example why it has increased under a democratic government. They can discuss what kind of safety net that provides the most benefit – Paul Ryan has been working on new policies and it appears that even local democrats/minorities feel they would be successful.
Factories will continue to die off as the march of technology continues – look at ways of re-training or guiding people into directions that will not become obsolete. Do not recover these plants that represent stagnation from the past and ignore the future.
Our students are as good as they have always been – Trump and his supporters need to understand also that you can not compare students to the majority of other countries as they do not mainstream all students and most countries determine a path for students by 8th grade at the latest and then you are comparing only to the top students after that. When you take your top 10% they are equal or better than the rest of the world. Understand what you are actually asking for and then get involved locally. Top standards/goals would actually be beneficial to all students in the long run rather than pacifying them when they do not achieve what you want.
To stop the drugs you need to actually go where they are created and destroy them but that is not what the majority of these people want so you must either accept the consequences of peoples choices or continue to follow laws that place dealers in prison for long periods of time. All the states that are approving marijuana just demonstrate that this is not something the majority of the people want so there are only so many ways to handle this and it is not in the government purview other than the destruction of the drug cartels and poppy fields. And let us not forget that it is the government’s own war on drugs that has helped to create the powerful drugs he is complaining about. You can not fix things when you have no real understanding of the reasons they exist.
So how exactly is he going to stop all of this? I would be interested in hearing some actual detail.
We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
Let me tell you how unenthused I am to hear Bill Clinton’s “I feel your pain.” I am sorry someone else’s pain is not may pain – I may feel empathy or concern but not their pain and in reality our country is based on fact that we are individuals and it is a choice to help others not a required rule. As I said most everyone agrees that some sort of a safety net is good for America as a whole but not to the degree stated in this statement.
Everyone’s dreams are different the only one we probably all share is to achieve to our highest ability and pass that concept on to our children. I do not share in others success nor they in mine, but this is typical of the collectivist thinking that sees itself only a part of a Borg like group – this last statement is reminiscent of socialism/communism. Again, people can share in the enthusiasm for someone’s success but it is not the same as sharing in their success. And again, Trump’s choice of wording is very concerning.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
No, he took an oath to our constitution.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Which he does not think pertinent all the time. Everyone should have a problem with that as in a republic the Constitution and the law is supposed to come before the fickle wants and caprices of the people.
For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;
How? You mean because they can take over the lower expense jobs so Americans can have products at cheaper rates? This again is not something that involves the government – we are based on free trade, as that is what benefits the majority long term. Granted we could have an issue with all the foreign aid, but we know that’s not what he’s talking about—further if he had a problem with all those handouts he should equally have a problem with all the handouts we give in corporate welfare to our own corporations, but I doubt we’ll see much cutting there because that would actually be a commitment to actual small government.
Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
This occurred during Democratic reigns but since Eisenhower we have been buying by the friend with funding from our country – many that should stop – it does not work anyway. There are also two ways to view this, either in terms of his statement which he thinks NATO is obsolete, which could mean he intends to destroy NATO which will make Russia very happy…or he intends to cut military aid to the biggest beneficiary of military aid, Israel; that should make Russia’s allies of Iran and Syria very happy.
We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;
??? Yes, with Democratic reigns we have forgone our borders but the bigger issue is allowing welfare and subsidies to those who enter illegally. That should stop and would help a lot.
And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
Infrastructure should be a state to local issue not a federal issue. It’s also interesting how from one minute he goes from “their success will be our success” to let’s not help anyone. Yes proper foreign aid could be justified as investment to ensure a fertile ground for American business interest, which doesn’t fall into their success is our success thinking, but it’s bizarre to go from collectivist thinking to it’s opposite just because a border exists. But who was expecting consistency from this man?
We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.
I question this statement as most wealth comes from business and again that is a personal issue and the more we promote free trade and products around the world the more the world wants freedom and liberties to enjoy those things – that is always a good thing for America long term. We do not own businesses – they are privately owned and can do what they want. The Constitution does not allow you to control them – that is called Socialism/Communism. Also, economics is not a zero sum game. In free trade both parties benefit from exchange.
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.
Not as bad as you and the media has portrayed it but you should think about re-training instead of control or stagnation. Further this ignores that even without offshoring these jobs will be gone soon as technology will make them obsolete.
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.
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.
America will start winning again, winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.
Again, you do not control or own these companies and all you will do is destroy our Constitution, rights and liberties.
You can not gain wealth or feel good by forgoing what is right and virtuous.
There is no protection offered in the Constitution other than defense of infringements upon your person or rights – there is no control to make you individually happy. Protection leads to loss of rights/liberties and thus you will not be happier or more prosperous. Most certainly you will not be strong if you are afraid of the world and what happens when you participate in it fairly. And to hell with America being Reagan’s shining city on the hill, a beacon for the world.
We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.
Why? I can certainly see states and local government working to improve the quality of some these which are in need of repair. But why new ones? We already have an infrastructure, that while falling apart, can handle the load of the world’s largest economy. Why do we need additions to a system that already can handle the load? And railways is especially odd as, unless he plans to build high speed rail (something better done by the private sector) it’s inefficient at best. But this is just more liberal public spending for the sake of public spending. In the past few days he’s claimed he’s going to cut government, but make no mistake this is a re-emergence of the New Deal in all it’s big government low liberty glory.
We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
Why would we buy American if the best product at the best price is from elsewhere? Same thing with hiring someone.
Is this just the Federal government or is he talking about passing laws with these restrictions because if that is the case another freedom gone away.
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.
That statement right there precludes any agreement possible unless our interests are exactly the same – unusual for trade. But this is what a bully sees friendship as.
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.
This is right unless he means that we will no longer assist those in need…further you can’t shine when your policy is short-sightedness, incorrect economic policy, big government, and a denial of the individual. What Trump is proposing are the very things America is supposed to shine against.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
That might be close to genocide as if you read the Quran it is the actual teachings – would it not be better to infiltrate with business and goods to encourage people to seek civilized society? Would it not be better to have sanctions and close off those areas that refuse to participate in civilized society? Or the other question after we go into these other nations and take out the terrorists? He has already said we’re stopping aid and building infrastructure in other nations, but the lessons of WWI were that when you don’t rebuild a nation you will find it is only a breeding ground for an even worse evil. The only way around that is full genocide of every person in every nation with Muslims. 1.3 billion people. I do not think American will be able to live with that type of a solution …
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
I will say it again we should have allegiance to the Constitution only.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
??? Conflating two different concepts. Patriotism which he does not stand for, and nationalism which he and many prejudiced people throughout history have stood for.
The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
Actually, the Federalist Papers, #10 in particular, are quite clear the system is set up to create factions and that can’t be avoided unless you just kill your opponents. This is where education should be – learn the Constitution and its meaning.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.
I have an issue with the word protected. I have an even bigger issue with the word solidarity. I can be polite and friendly with a liberal but I will never be in solidarity with them. Since I believe that political beliefs develop from one’s own principles, standards and virtues then how could you truly be in solidarity with someone with opposite principles, standards and virtues?
The other question should be if we are unstoppable what are we going after? Economic prosperity clearly isn’t the goal as that would require free trade, neither is individual liberty, certainly not individual Happiness…so what is our goal that we can’t be stopped from achieving?
And it is one thing to have faith that God has protected America…but quite another to use this to justify a particular plan.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
It is not the nation that should be striving, it is individuals. Government is there only to protect from outside forces. And government protecting jobs that are no longer needed is antithetical to such individual striving. So, what is the nation as a whole striving toward?
We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
The time for empty talk is over.
Now arrives the hour of action.
Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
How? What details have been given? What strategies have been given? What steps have been given?
We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
Yes, the whole world is standing at this new millennium but we are discussing closing ourselves off from the rest of the world, off from new technology as it hurts jobs – how will that benefit America?
A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.
Wouldn’t that be nice – means nothing.
It is 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, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.
Kind of thought there were some other colors in there – but it’s still kind of racist listing them off this way… I guess you can see where his focus is. As to the glorious freedoms we all enjoy, what if I wanted to engage in trade with another nation, or exercise my dissent against the mandated unity?
And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.
So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:
You will never be ignored again.
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
So long as you agree with Trump. If your voice, hopes, and dreams were for capitalism, liberty, and a vision of the Founders, you’re screwed.
Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America Wealthy Again.
We Will Make America Proud Again.
We Will Make America Safe Again.
And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.
Just think how much we could possibly save in taxes if the Fed turned over so much to states as it should be. Then there would be no strings attached and people could deal with it as they wish.
These platitudes either make no sense or are meaningless but the ones that do are scary if you take them to mean exactly how they are presented.
When people ignore actual words used then you had better pay attention to actual action (so many have been ignored to date as in so many minds they did not reach the level of a Clinton or by rationalization they did not) from this point forward because actions have consequences and far reaching effects.