May 28, 2017

A New Era Began with the Swearing-in of Donald J. Trump

President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as President on January 20, 2017 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Donald J. Trump took the Oath of Office on two bibles being held by his wife Melania as his ten-year old son watched. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the Oath of Office.

At noon on January 20, 2016, President Donald J. Trump took Oath of Office presenting a completely different agenda than that of Barack Obama. He promised to take rapid action in implementing his bold new agenda to make America great and safe again. On his first day, President Trump signed an executive order directing agencies to reduce the burdens of the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus directed federal agencies to impose an “immediate regulatory freeze.” Earlier President Trump had stated in his inaugural address on the West Front of the Capitol, “The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.” It was clear that the era of business as usual was over in the nation’s capital. President Trump presented his America First nationalist vision in his speech to the nation. The official White House website switched immediately as President Trump delivered his inaugural address, reflecting a new agenda for the new administration.

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President Donald J. Trump delivered his inaugural address as tens of thousands braved the rain and the cold weather to see the swearing-in ceremony and listen to the speech of the 45th president.

President Trump delivered a short Inaugural Address and stated the following:

“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 to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 the just and reasonable demands of 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 knowledge; and the crime and gangs and 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.

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 nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own; and spent 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 disappeared over the horizon.

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

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire 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 moment on, it’s going to be 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 products, 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 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. 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 are 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 let anyone tell you 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 our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

It is 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, and 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 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.”

A new vision for America

On January 20, 2016, Judson Berger wrote on FoxNews.org an article titled “Trump pursues new vision on first day as president.” He explained that a top of the issue was President Trump’s “America First Energy Plan,” which included a commitment to eliminate Obama’s policies to curb global warming and regulate U.S. waterways. The Trump administration considered these regulations “harmful and unnecessary policies” that hurt the economy. “Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next seven years,” the White House website now states. The White House website also posted plans for the military, foreign policy, the economy and more. The jobs plan committed to “pro-growth tax reform” including a reduction in the corporate tax rate.

Berger pointed out that President Trump signed nomination papers for his Cabinet choices and he also signed his first legislation allowing retired General James Mattis to serve as Defense Secretary. The Senate later confirmed retired General Mattis to lead the Pentagon, as well as retired General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Democrats refused to consider more Cabinet nominees on the first day.

Berger explained that anti-Trump protesters in Washington D.C. smashed the windows of businesses, burned a car, and clashed with police– who used pepper spray and tear gas to try to control the crowds. However, tens of thousands of President Trump supporters also came out, watching the 45th president’s inaugural address from the National Mall and later the parade.

The West Dade Trump Victory Office volunteers celebrated President Donald J. Trump inaugural events

Trump supporter Martie Mees raises her hands in victory as President-elect Donald J. Trump is inaugurated president of the United Stated at a Las Vegas Restaurant celebration party on Coral Way in Miami on Friday, Jan. 2, 2017. On the left is Frank De Varona.

This writer and one of the volunteers of the West Dade Trump Victory Office, Martie Mees, watched as Donald J. Trump became the 45th president of the United States at Las Vegas restaurant in Miami. Martie raised her arms in excitement as Donald J. Trump took the Oath of Office. Roberto Godoy, a Miami-Dade Republican Executive Committee member, stood behind this writer who is also an elected member of the Miami-Dade Republican Executive Committee .

Rene Espinosa, 76, proudly looks at the television monitor as he witnesses Donald J. Trump become the 45th president of the United States at Las Vegas Cuban Restaurant on Coral Way in Miami on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

Another volunteer, Rene Espinosa, held an American flag as he watched with over 100 volunteers and friends of the West Dade Trump Victory Office in Miami. This writer was Office Manager of that office, one of three in Miami-Dade County and one of 29 in Florida.

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One volunteer does a victory sign and Magaly Alfonso, a member of the Junta Patriótica Cubana, held a sign Cubanas for Trump. This writer showed a Trump Pence sign, one that he kept for himself of the hundreds he distributed when he served as Manager of the West Dade Trump Victory Office in Miami.

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Miguel Alvarez, former President of the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association, Eli César, a Brigade member held the insignia of the Brigade 2506, and this writer also a brigade member displayed a Trump Pence sign.

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Antonio D. Esquivel, President of the Junta Patriótica Cubana, and his wife Gloria shared a victory sign with this writer during the Watching Victory Party at Las Vegas restaurant in Miami.

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This writer appeared in this picture with two hard working volunteers Maria Magdalena and Marcelino Totorica, a member of the Junta Patriótica Cubana. Marcelino came to the West Dade Trump Victory Office every day.

Conclusion

President Trump presented his America First nationalist anti-globalist vision in his speech to the nation. The president criticized how in the past America subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own; and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

President Trump criticized severely the Washington establishment saying that 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. He promised to improve the economy so that he forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

President Trump promised to work on his agenda rapidly and said he time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. It was clear that the era of business as usual was over in the nation’s capital. The president said that he 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. It is very important to note that unlike his weak predecessor, President Trump used the term “radical Islamic terrorism.”

President Trump said that every domestic and foreign policy will have to place America First. He said that every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. The president promised to bring back jobs and wealth to America. He vowed to improve America’s neglected infrastructure by building new roads, and highways, bridges, airports, tunnels and railways across America. President Trump said that he wanted to get Americans off of welfare and back to work — rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

It is clear to this writer that Donald J. Trump will be one of our finest president and commander-in-chief. He will bring back prosperity and jobs and will Make America Great Again and America Safe Again. A new era in our beloved country has started abandoning the failed domestic and foreign policies of Barack Obama.

Frank de Varona is an educator, historian, journalist, and internationally known expert on politics, economics, foreign affairs and national security issues. He was born in Cuba and, at the age of 17, he participated on the Bay of Pigs invasion in an effort to eradicate communism in Cuba. After spending two years in prison, he returned to the United States, where he earned three college degrees. He is married to Dr. Haydée Prado, a clinical psychologist, and has a daughter Irene and a grandson Danny.  Professor de Varona had a 36-year career in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a social studies teacher, principal, region director, region superintendent, associate superintendent of instruction and interim deputy superintedent of schools. He also was an associate professor of social studies in the College of Education at Florida International Education for seven years.  Professor de Varona has written 22 books and over 400 hundred articles in newspapers and magazines. His most recent book is entitled – The Gathering Threat of Russia, China, and Their Allies to America (2016) –  Frank de Varona is a Director of Bear Witness Central in the Miami-Dade area.

 

 

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