Saturday, January 21, 2017

AMERICAN CARNAGE: Trump’s Short, Dark And Ugly Inaugural Address (VIDEO)

Today at his inauguration Donald Trump took an already deeply divided nation and again pulled at it's jagged edges and tore it's wound wider.

Trump delivered what is almost universally being called a dark, dire and dystopian address once again making it clear that he is not here to heal but instead to divide and conquer.

In his first words to the nation and the world after being sworn in Trump delivered a populist manifesto that depicted the United States as a land of abandoned factories, economic angst, rising crime and dystopian "carnage."

In short, dark and blunt language Trump vowed that: "From this moment on, it's going to be America First."

One wonders if Trump knows that his "America First" slogan was the rallying cry of an anti-Semitic nazi appeasing movement that rose up in America during World War II.

The 16-minute address was nothing more than the the dark vision and divisive rhetoric he has been delivering at campaign rallies for 16 months and his supporters who gathered on the National Mall cheered much as they did on the campaign trail.

Speaking in coded language, as he did through much of the campaign, Trump spoke of "A new national pride". A phrase obviously designed to appeal to the Americans who voted for him and included little to reach out to those who didn't.

The speech was also relatively free of any conciliatory remarks.

Though Trump thanked former president Barack Obama for his "gracious aid throughout this transition," he never expressed appreciation for anything Obama actually did during his own presidency.

Trump did not even acknowledge the presence on stage of his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Let it be noted that as former secretary of State Clinton walked on the dais Trump supporters engaged in a well known refrain of "Lock her up, lock her up".

Trump's remarks were a rebuke of anyone he deemed a foe. This included not only the outgoing Democratic administration but Republicans and the Washington establishment in general.

"For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost," He then claimed he was leading "a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before."

Trump's speech delivered an ugly vision of populism and nationalism which clearly and rightfully unnerved the GOP congressional leaders who sat behind him on stage.

Even more stunning was that Trump never once referred to the Republican Party.

He painted of the nation he will now lead as doomed...

"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 all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the 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."

Watch Trump deliver his condemnation of our country here...

This despite an economy that is in recovery and an unemployment rate that is low by any  historic benchmarks.

Trump shouted that he would bring back jobs, tighten the borders, strengthen the military, rebuild infrastructure and ignite a new era of prosperity never once mentioned how he would achieve any of it.

To cap it off he even closed with his signature motto of his campaign...

"We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make American safe again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again."

This speech will go down in history as the "American Carnage" address. Let us all hope the dark imagery of those two words never comes to fruition.


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