Trump is now the President of the United States.
It’s finally over. The eighteen month long journey that saw candidates from all over the political spectrum fight tooth-and-nail to decide the direction of the country for the next four (eight?) years finally ends. A lot of people aren’t happy with the result. Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president in recent memory.That being said, the inauguration of our 45th president was a solid experience, though it was filled with an atmosphere of both hope and strife.
An energetic crowd stood in the rain today to watch Trump take the Oath of Office. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed, and Roy Blunt gave an introductory speech. The speech discussed the “commonplace and miraculous” nature of Democracy and the peaceful transfer of power. Mike Pence recited his oath and was sworn in as Vice President, and formalities continued until 12:00 pm.
Then it happened.
Trump became the president.
I still can’t believe this is all real. It’s one part funny, one part scary, one part inspiring. Then, Trump gave his speech, where he maintained his strong positions in front of the entirety of Washington.
He talked about giving power back to the people, while demeaning a “small group in the capital who’ve been reaping the government’s rewards” while everyone else suffered. Donald continued to criticize the establishment while the establishment sat about five feet behind him. He touched on trade, foreign affairs, and the maintenance of our military. It was clear his position on each of the subjects was largely inspired by isolationists, though his call for stronger domestic security was a refreshing change of pace.
Of course, he also proudly stated that he would wipe Radical Islamic Terror off of the face of the earth. Hearing a US President say “Islamic Terror” was refreshing. Hearing them say they would destroy it was, quite frankly, awesome.
And, in true Trump fashion, he finished, stating:
“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. God bless America.”
The crowd cheered, the bands played, and Trump began his four years as President of the United State.
Was it the same stuff he said during his campaign? Yeah. But, it doesn’t make it any less effective. It was those kinds of speeches that put him in office. Also, to hear a president promise to wipe out Jihadi Terrorism was also rather nice.
Does this mean he’ll follow through with his campaign promises? No. Should we remain skeptical? Of course. It’s our job to hold Trump accountable. If Trump’s policies mirror the ones promised in the speech, then we may actually be in for an excellent four years. If we’re lucky, the swamp will be drained, the wall will be built, and America will be restored to greatness (assuming it ever stopped being great).
Right now, though, we’ll have to wait and see. Here’s hoping that the people will regain control of their government.