Saturday, January 21, 2017

America Is Back!

"From this day forward a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward it's going to be America first. America is back!"
"The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the moment for action."
"Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed ... The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their hands and redistributed across the world."
"America will start winning again, winning like never before. We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American ... Every decision ... will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries, taking our producers, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs."
"[Overseas, America will] unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will completely eradicate from the face of the Earth."
U.S. President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017.
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Abandon Hope all ye who enter here,
Through me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye.

Dante Alighieri
divine comedy - hell

The photo above? the Gates of Hell. Well, Washington doesn't qualify. And although many have abandoned hope for the next four years, figuring that it will be four years at the very most, never to be extended to two terms, it is also likely, dare we hope, that the worst fears of those who read the new American President as a threat to the world, let alone to the United States of America, may be proven a trifle too alarmist, although it might also be said that many of the musings that have emanated from the flappy mouth of the winner of the world's biggest lottery will prove elusive to carry through.

We can hope that this man's aversion to 'political correctness' which in all honesty has been carried to excess will prove -- as expressions and thoughts of a lazy mind emanate all too often to stumble their way onto Twitter -- to represent the extent of the damage he is capable of producing. That in this real world of reasonable intelligence others appointed to proffer the wisdom of care and consideration and just plain decency will persuasively keep the beast in check. There are times when rough threats may be needed in an uneasy world of violence unleashed. But not if they result in unleashing unstoppable violence.

Although the United States is in fairly robust financial shape at this juncture, there are malcontents who feel their share of the national burden is insufficient, many of them with good reason. Yet these are the very same people who studiously look out for consumer bargains, when at no time is it a bargain to produce and sell goods made in a country with a high standard of living and living wages to support that high standard, producing goods too pricey for the middle class to pay the freight. It is a blood sport in America to buy cheap, and that translates to Chinese-made products.

The companies may be American, the designs American, the buyers American, but the workshops are no longer in America  to satisfy the purchasing demands of American consumers. So how can foreign countries where American manufacturers shop out their manufacturing be held accountable for what American entrepreneurship has wrought? Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States, if it can even be seriously contemplated, would result in consumer products that American consumers will refuse because of pricing reflecting high wages.

During the inauguration ceremonies there was an omen auguring potential problems for the near future. Even the heavens wept, as rain descended upon the hundreds of thousands who swelled and pulsated at Washington's National Mall. The ceremonies continued regardless of discomfort and annoyance with nature's inconvenient response to the solemn occasion. Even as the new president announced that January 20, 2017 would go down in history as an event of world-altering importance.

For on that day forward much would occur, from hardened national borders, to a reinvigorated military, to repaired urban infrastructure and returning employment. The triumph of America would be seen in an education system suddenly transformed into a shining beacon of the future, and where the urban landscape of poverty and crime would change itself as  crime dwindled and people became prosperous even in the ghettos. Because, of course, America First had arrived. "We are giving it [America] back to you" promised the new president to his adoring fans.

Changes are overdue. Which can be seen in the priorities and attitudes of the cabinet nominees that President-elect Trump had chosen. Each of whom appear to express their own opinions, often in conflict with that of the now-President. With the nominee for Secretary of State viewing Moscow as a serious threat to his country, and the nominee for Defense Secretary lauding the NATO alliance, while the nominee for Environmental Protection assures that climate change represents no hoax.

All of them a vital "part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before".

Tweet from Bernie Sanders

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