From Here On In, It is ‘Only 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 product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.” – from U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s Inaugural Address

Posted January 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

For some it is a dark, divisive very disturbing address to his country and to the rest of the world.

To others, it was cause for celebratory cheers and for hope that those  who have seen their American dream dissolve for decades as factories and other businesses closed in their communities and re-opened beyond their country’s borders.donald-trump-speech

For Canada, almost right out of the gate of the Trump presidency, expect Trump to approve constructoon of the XL Keystone pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to oil refineries in the southern United States, a .total reworking or dismantling of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the possibility that American-based auto and other industries will bring some or all of their manufacturing operatiions back home, and one less partner country in the battle to curb climate changing gases to the earth’s atmosphere.

Here is the complete transcript of Trump’s inaugural address, then tell us what you think –

“Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

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.

Thank you.trump-new-president

Today’s ceremony, however, has a 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.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore 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.

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.

Trump supporters gathered in Washington for inauguration

Trump supporters gathered in Washington for inauguration

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.

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.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves.

These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.

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 all knowledge.

And the crime and the gangs and the 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.

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.trump-protest

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own. And we’ve spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. 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.

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From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, 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 product, 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.

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.

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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.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

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. 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 will be protected by God.

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. 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 allow anyone to tell you that 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.

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.

A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s 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.

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, 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.

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.”

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2 responses to “From Here On In, It is ‘Only America First’

  1. I refuse listen to his tripe. Imagine how many great novels, documentaries and movies I can digest in four years! Thanks Donnie Boy.

    No man (nation) is an island. Although I’m against pipelines and fossil fuels, I wonder what Trump would do if Canada decided to build the pipeline through BC and sell the bitumen to China thus leaving the US without access. Invade? Build a wall? They could return coal fired transport I suppose. They could tear their own land apart and frack for gas causing earthquakes. They could continue to destroy the lives of miners from black lung and mine collapses rather than teach them skills in green alternatives. Talk about regression.

    He has alienated the EU, UK, NATO, France, Germany, Palestine, China and how many others already? Canada has technology, resources and tons of friends eager to trade with us. The US can slam shut its doors and then see, as Sarah Palin The Rhodes Scholar says, “How’s that workin’ for ya”?

    He is trying to turn nations against nations, and will create chaos and financial instability at home and abroad. He has no intention of “uniting America” or the world except on his terms and for his profit. Globalization and multinationals have many negative effects but the US economy with its limited population and market cannot excel in isolation. It NEEDS trade but other nations, if bullied and coerced into unequal deals, will go elsewhere.

    He wants to “unlock the mysteries of disease” but thinks vaccines cause autism.
    “There should be no fear”. I guess that’s why he is fomenting it.
    “Harness the industries and technologies of the future” while denying climate change as a Chinese hoax.
    “A total allegiance to the USA”. Blind patriotism wrapped in a flag. No danger there.
    “There is no room for prejudice” unless you’re female (and not fat or a ten), Latino “rapists” whom he freely hires using visa loopholes, LGBT, Muslim or, above all, an Hillary loving anti Trump Libtard.
    “We will all be protected by the great men and women of our military” and “we all bleed red” except draft dodgers like him.
    “Debate our disagreements honestly”, like “Get him outta’ here, rough him up and I’ll pay for your lawyer”
    “Other countries making our products and stealing our jobs”. His use of Chinese steel for his buildings while the US steel industry flounders and foreign cheap labour for his clothing lines.
    “Buy American and hire American” again using a visa loophole to hire cheap foreign labour. He hired Polish demolition crews (he lied about doing so) to dismantle the Tiller building to build Trump Tower and was sued by the NY demolition union. He hired Mexicans for his Florida estate, cheaper, you know, again using the H-1B visa loophole allowing “non Americans to be hired when no Americans can do the job”. Laughable!
    “We will not impose our way of life but let it shine as an example”. You gotta’ be kidding.
    “We will reinforce old alliances” like destroying NATO, encouraging the breakup of the EU and negating trade treaties.
    “We will rebuild our country” but he does not pay taxes. He told voters in 2012 that those who didn’t pay taxes were losers, now they are “smart”.

    God bless America. someone has to.

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  2. “Other” Countries stealing American Companies? My God does this man know nothing about the teaching of economics in the American University’s Schools of Business? Where Professors of Economics teach the politics of “Supply and Demand” and where they teach that products should be manufactured in countries where the wages are starvational and the work force is over abundant. So!!! In essence Mr Trump it is NOT the countries but your OWN Corporations that are moving off-shore and they are the cause of so many abandoned and boarded up factories…It is called Bottom Line economics and it is happening not only in America but other wealthier Countries world wide.
    Greed is all consuming, infectious and wide spread in the Corporate Community.
    A very wise American gentleman wrote:

    “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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