Watching CNN yesterday, it was clear what the political Establishment wanted Trump’s inauguration speech to contain: Ample praise not only for the overrated Barack Obama, but also for Crooked Hillary Clinton; focus on “unity” at the expense of delivering on his campaign promises; and an overall change in tone. This of course was nothing but concern-trolling – Trump is not going to become a successful president by rejecting the political message that made his earth-shattering victory possible in the first place, or by pandering to people inexorably opposed to him.
Thankfully, Trump again showed that he’s not willing to play by rules that have been dictated by his enemies, instead delivering a populist, nationalist speech that was the complete opposite of what the Establishment wanted to hear. Not coincidentally, it was Trump’s best and most important speech so far:
Ironically, this was in its own way very much a “unity speech” – while Establishment figures of all stripes despised it, there was something here for anti-Establishment types of various political persuasions to appreciate – be they Ron Paul libertarians, Bernie Sanders leftists or Ross Perot centrists:
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.
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 defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own.
And 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. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first — America first.
Trump’s speech represented a stunning rejecting of Establishment policies, not just in terms of trade and immigration, but (which I found even more encouraging) a rejection of decades’ worth of disastrous US foreign policy – Trump’s assessment of the bipartisan US foreign policy consensus of acting as World Police, engaging in frequent “humanitarian interventions”, nation-building, subsidizing deadbeat allies and doling out billions in foreign aid was as damning as anything Ron Paul has said. It also very much confirms what I’ve been saying about how Globalists, not the Nationalists, are the great warmongers of this age, and the ones that pose a threat to global peace and stability.
Perhaps even more surprisingly (at least to people who have swallowed the Globalist propaganda), Trump also made clear that true nationalists recognize the right of other countries to pursue their legitimate interests, the same way an American nationalist like Trump will pursue US interests. In keeping with his past rhetoric, Trump won’t pointlessly try to undermine a great power like Russia by attempting to topple its ally Assad in Syria – but he also won’t let countries like China and Mexico screw the US over on trade. And instead of destabilizing the world by attempting to spread “democracy” through the barrel of a gun, Trump would rather bring countries together by focusing on the common threat we face from Islamic terrorism.
Having made clear that a resurgence of nationalism would produce less, not more, conflict abroad, Trump for good measure also explained how nationalism, far from spreading hate, is a powerful source of solidarity at home.
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 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.
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…never forget that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.
This is the speech that MSM hacks, Establishment types and SJWs have been labeling “hateful”, “dangerous”, even “fascist” – and as spectacularly dishonest as that is, I can understand why they say so: Can you imagine how devastating for the Establishment left-wing cause it would be if right-wing populism and nationalism successfully managed to take up the mantle of (actual) peace and tolerance? Their policy prescription of “Invade the world, Invite the world”, recently spiced up with gender-related lunacy, is already profoundly unpopular – the only way the Western left can even remain electorally competitive is by convincing a decent number of people that right-wing nationalists are Literally Hitler. If they lose that, or even worse, if it becomes clear that THEY are really the hateful warmongers – well, that’s game over for them.
Of course, we still don’t know how Trump will actually govern. The deep state will inevitably make itself felt, and Trump is sure to receive lots of awful advice about the need to intervene abroad, pander to billionaires and big companies, and play ball with the political Establishment – but the fact that he has repeatedly defied conventional wisdom, and benefited enormously from doing so, gives us reason to be hopeful that he can stay strong in the future as well. Trump voters could certainly not have asked for more from his inauguration speech.