President Trump’s Inaugural Address
This is the transcript of Donald Trump’s speech to the nation on January 20th, 2017. It is the best case scenario I see in an address to the nation, providing maximum flexibility in actions undertaken in the future.
Honoured guests, my fellow Americans and citizens of the world. Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble, but I am truly humbled by the position fate has brought me. I promise therefore to devote all my energies to being the best I can for ALL Americans, and the rest of the world.
I have promoted the slogan of “Make America Great Again”. To achieve this goal, all citizens of this country will need to participate in this renewal. In some ways, I am channeling John F. Kennedy when he said,
My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
Greatness will be achieved when we come together, not from fear of a 9–11 like event, but when we make prudent decisions while not under pressure to react quickly. We will achieve the goals when all Americans participate, and our leadership shows the way by example, rather than strict high sounding rhetoric. Our leadership promise is to introduce a strict code of ethics for politicians, and the civil service.
We live in communities that should not be islands unto themselves. Our shared experiences are the basis of wisdom, and that shared experience should be celebrated by crossing any divide that might exist. As President Obama once stated, “We are not red states or blue states, we are the United States”, and uniting the people of this great country will make America Great Again.
We are a people who respect the rule of law. We must accept this responsibility as individuals, but we must also recognize that the rule of law has been misused and may in the future, and there should also be a price paid for this misuse. When some say “all lives matter”, it should not be interpreted that the special circumstances of a black community can be ignored. The respect for the law is universal and no one will be above the law.
If we change our stance with the international community, it is NOT because we are withdrawing from it, but should be interpreted as streamlining our engagement, and defining our relationships in a different way. We should not bear the burden of being the police or referee for all conflicts around the globe, but we should not shy away from injustices either. Our focus will be to use our strengths, moral, economic, or military, to work towards the higher goals of peace on earth.
The founding of this nation resulted from the immigration of people from other parts of the world. The early settlers were of European descent, but immigrants have always been welcomed from all parts of the world. In a sad part of our history, we imported slaves. With the emancipation brought about by President Lincoln, they are full citizens in this great nation. All those who have come before as well as the indigenous people, subsequent immigrants from all parts of the world, have contributed to who we are today. We will always maintain this tradition going forward. We must also maintain the right to control the legal entry of immigrants, while ensuring our security apparatus.
Ever since there has been movement between communities, there has been trade between them, benefiting both sides. We trade across the globe today, and this will continue. Initiating trade wars eventually lead to armed conflict which must be avoided. Our objective is to have trade that is fair to both sides. US based companies operate around the globe and profit from it. We must have our citizens also benefit from the trading relationships that exist. As a human species, we have traded for millennia and that will never change.
We will remove regulatory barriers to simplify commercial and personal ventures. This does not mean that regulation will not be there, but we do need to provide understandable regulation. Compliance with regulation would be far higher if it was understood and justified. Thus we can achieve, reasonable regulation, higher compliance through simplicity of the regulatory framework, resulting in business not being encumbered by regulation that serves no purpose. We will not need to compromise or sacrifice environmental concerns to achieve these goals.
In summary, we will achieve our goals through providing opportunity for the broadest spectrum of Americans, through simplified regulation and rebuilding our infrastructure nationwide creating more jobs. We will welcome legal immigration that assists our growth opportunities. We will introduce a health care system that is cost effective, but does not result in a need to declare bankruptcy over health care costs. We will provide security by assisting nations build their economies. In many places where opportunities are few, we see the formation of elements that may wish us harm. We do not need to war with these nations, but encourage these countries to develop sustaining economies providing jobs, much as we intend to do at home.
My fellow Americans, your country will support you in any endeavor where you work toward the greater good of the nation.