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The thing that struck me most about today is how President Trump kept saying "we" and "us." Not "I." And not in the context of "this is not who we are" either.
He's genuinely proud to be an American. He's ready to work for us.
As one of his first 3 official acts he signed an Executive Order proclaiming a National Day of Patriotism. Pride in America is something we haven't seen in at least 8 years. It's a nice feeling to have it back. Because America is the greatest country on earth. America is special. America is that shining city on a hill.
To borrow a phrase, it's morning in America again.
The sun is shining. The birds are singing. And President Trump spoke eloquently.
Today's ceremony, however, has 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 American People.
This presidency isn't about him. It's about us.
He made it clear that he sees power in The People, not in Washington, DC, and certainly not in himself.
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.
He spoke with conviction. And sincerity.
A nation exists to serve its citizens.
Such a simple, and yet immensely powerful truth. Has our nation served her citizens? Or special interests? I think you know the answer.
And he issued a new decree, "to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power" — America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
America First. Write it down. Remember it.
Then he let us know that we're all in this together. That he will be the president for all Americans.
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.
Again, simple words. Yet immensely powerful words too. America will be unstoppable. America will be great again. Because The People will be united.
Donald Trump is the captain of our ship. And once a long time ago during my childhood I watched a TV show where a different ship's captain captured the essense of We The People.
It is called Kirk's greatest speech, even if the episode itself is corny and contrived. It's a speech that I believe Donald Trump would heartily endorse, because I heard echoes of James T. Kirk from him today.
This was not written for chiefs. (general consternation) Hear me! Hear this! Among my people, we carry many such words as this from many lands, many worlds. Many are equally good and are as well respected, but wherever we have gone, no words have said this thing of importance in quite this way. Look at these three words written larger than the rest, with a special pride never written before or since. Tall words proudly saying We The People.
There's what this administration will proudly be all about. We. The. People.
God Bless America!
Donald Trump is determined to slash government spending. A lot. A preview of what's to come reads like a conservative activist's greatest fantasies. And why not? Most of it comes directly from our friends at the Heritage Foundation.
Every federal department will soon see its budget slashed and major programs eliminated. And get this, the first step will be to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and completely abolish the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities!
Yes my friends, no more taxpayer-subsidized lefty propaganda masquerading as "news" on NPR. No more cowboy poetry or homoerotic line drawings. "Artists" and "journalists" who want to produce that kind of crap will have to find a sympathetic liberal billionaire to subdisize their sophistry.
The goal is to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
To get there the State Department will say goodbye to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and funding for the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Justice Department will shed the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants, and the Legal Services Corporation. They'll also see huge reductions in funding for their Civil Rights, Environment, and Natural Resources divisions. And the Energy Department will roll back most funding to 2008 levels while dropping the Office of Electricity, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the misleadingly named Office of Fossil Energy which is actually dedicated to phasing out fossil fuels. Frack, Baby, Frack!
Four corporate welfare boondoggles are also on the chopping block: the Minority Business Development Agency, the Economic Development Administration, the International Trade Administration, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
That there is what those of us in the Drain The Swamp section call A Great Start.
But wait, it gets better! Because Trump has also pledged to reduce the entire federal workforce through attrition by implementing a hiring freeze. The unionistas are apopleptic of course. They consider every single federal job to be critical for government to function. Guess what? They're wrong.
There's a new sheriff in town and his two favorite words are "you're fired."
When it comes to our bloated federal bureaucracy that's music to my ears.