(January 20) Several critics describe Trump's inaugural speech as having "dark tones". However these dark tones describe the past and present. Most of the speech is glowing about the future claiming that the people now have power and will make America great again.
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|The Huffington Post reports the full speech available at many sites. The Post talks of the speech striking a dark tone, speaking about "American carnage" in the past. The speech says just before using the term "carnage":|
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.The description coheres with themes stressed in his stump speeches. Most of the speech is replete with rhetoric about the bright future of America. After all, one of his slogans is to make America great again, hardly a dark picture.
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.
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.Of course, Trump will carry all this out through an administration that contains many from Wall Street, several generals, and long-time Republican officials who decided it was time to get aboard the good ship Trump. They are mostly part of a conservative establishment with no liberals. Trump is replenishing the Washington Swamp with his own creatures.
The work of opposition starts now – and here’s how it might work. At the front of the queue, as it were, are the press. There’s no doubt Trump sees it that way. With Clinton out of the way, the media has become his enemy of choice. The media’s very existence seems to infuriate him. Perhaps because it’s now the only centre of power he doesn’t control.The role of the press is not to report events as objectively as it can but to serve as an opposition to Trump. Trump is apparently already in control of every center of power but the press. Trump holds that the press is out to get him not report the news and Freeland's response is to admit in fact he is correct. It remains to be seen how much control Trump has even of Congress. Many Republicans disagree with his ideas even more than Democrats do on issues such as free trade, and expensive infrastructure projects. It remains to be seen how much control over his own cabinet he will have as many have quite different views from him. Trump seems to enjoy having a team who are bound to battle with each other. Trump should find the presidency quite enjoyable.