President Donald Trump made specific promises in his inaugural address. He should be judged on whether or not he keeps these promises. Here are the promises:
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.
We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation.
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.
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.
We will shine for everyone to follow.
We will re-enforce 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.
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.
Source: Ian Welsh
If Donald Trump could accomplish these goals, he would go down in history as one of the great Presidents.
I will store this away and re-post it in 2020 if he runs again, and if this blog still exists. I don’t think he will keep these promises and I don’t think he can keep them, but I would be pleased to be proved wrong.
Trump blamed Washington politicians and officials for the USA’s economic problems, which is just. But he ignored the campaign donors, lobbyists and special interests who control the politicians and officials. His proposed department heads and cabinet officers are representatives of these special interests.
He said foreign countries take advantage of the United States, which is true. But the reason is that in China, Japan and other countries, corporations and government work together to make their nation stronger. The real problem is lack of such a spirit in the USA.
The prevailing spirit in the United States is that corporations should be free to operate independently of any national interest. The extreme example of this was the Seasteading Institute, whose goal was to create a floating island in the Pacific where corporations could operate independently of governmental regulation (as if the island would not have a government!)
Trump promised to form new alliances and unite the civilized world against Islamic terrorism. Inasmuch as Russia is part of the civilized world, I take this to mean he wants the USA and Russia to join forces against the Islamic State in Syria, which would be a good idea.
But “eradicate Islamic terrorism from the face of the earth”? This is not within the power of Americans to do. Only Moslems and Moslem countries can do that.
The main thing that struck me, watching the inaugural address on television, was how angry Trump looked. I would have thought this would have been one of the happiest days of his life. But his scowl made him look as if he was the one who lost.
What We Heard at the Trump Inaugural by Rod Dreher for The American Conservative.
Donald Trump Preaches Angry Nationalism, But He Practices Goldman Sachs Capitalism by Zaid Jilani for The Intercept.
Trump’s Inaugural Speech — Promises, Hopes and Opportunities by The Saker for The Unz Review. A Russian view.
The Trump Speech That No One Heard by Mike Whitney for Counterpunch. Hopes for peace.
Trump’s Inaugural Address by Daniel Larison for The American Conservative. Hints of perpetual war.
Translating Trump’s speech from the original German by Juan Cole for Informed Comment. About the overtones of blood-and-soil nationalism.
Five takeaways from Trump’s inaugural address by Annie Carni for POLITICO