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At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

And that's why I have stacked my cabinet with incompetent people ideologically opposed to the very departments they oversee on a mission to deny Americans the services and health care they overwhelmingly want.

Americans want great schools for their children,

And that's why I put someone with no qualifications but that she donated millions of dollars to the Republican party in control of them.

safe neighborhoods for their families

And that's why I made a retired neurosurgeon the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.

Because refusing to participate in global trade worked so well for the North Koreans.

We will make America proud again.

And since most of America was pretty proud of most of itself for the last 8 years, by "America" I mean bigoted members of the Alt-Right who are terrified of things like women in positions of power, non-whites and Jews free to walk the streets and act different from them, and Muslims getting to exist.

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The President Donald Trump knows how to manage a successful corporation. This experience has taught him to appoint experienced people for the US Government

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The Republican Party sold its collective soul to elect this fraud because all it cares about today is power. It will own everything Trump, Bannon, Flynn et al do to this country, its heritage and its reputation.

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Dark and dystopian. And he will use that sentiment to continually screw the people he claims he's protecting.

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Utrack,

The President Donald Trump knows how to manage a successful corporation. This experience has taught him to appoint experienced people for the US Government

Do you know how many corporations have gone bankrupt under him? His idea of protectionism will bankrupt America.

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“We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you... the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please. Start by storming Blackgate, and freeing the oppressed! Step forward those who would serve. For an army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests, and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened. Spoils will be enjoyed. Blood will be shed. The police will survive, as they learn to serve true justice. This great city... it will endure. Gotham will survive!”

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The key line of the speech was, "you will never be ignored again". THAT was precisely the sentiment that won Trump the election. People felt ignored by their government, and he promised a more responsive way. Until the Democrats realize that singular truth, they are doomed to mediocrity.

You can see the results of ignoring people in the disaster that has occured over the past 8 years. The Democrats have lost the Senate, the House of Representatives, and finally the Presidency. They have lost so many governorships as well, if I recall correctly only 12 states have Democratic governors. Ditto for state legislatures- they are getting killed. It's a party that needs a rebuild from the ground up, and mouthing the same inane platitudes won't do the job.

Again, as I have asked others before, I will also ask Katsu78: given that you are not impressed with Trump's cabinet selections, who do YOU think would be better? It's easy to throw stones from the sidelines, but get into the game!

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If Trump was applying for a loan based on this speech, he'd be given short shrift.

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Again, as I have asked others before, I will also ask Katsu78: given that you are not impressed with Trump's cabinet selections, who do YOU think would be better? It's easy to throw stones from the sidelines, but get into the game!

Anyone who would have not filled the swamp back up would have been better. When it comes down to it, the outgoing administration is out. At that point the 'swamp' was 'drained'. Trump then filled it back up with even swampier guys than there were originally. We aren't the ones chanting about draining the swamp, he was. So it's not who we think he should have put it, it's who he did put in.

And before you get all frustrated with no concrete reply from on who would have been btter, remember how the past eight years the right complained about Obamacare, but never came up with a concrete substitute?

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During his campaign, Donald Trump stopped and listened to the forgotten people of America. Hillary Clinton just flew over them.

All the best President Trump. <>

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I think "the swamp" is a metaphor for "official Washington". The legions of bureaucrats and former officials who all hang around waiting to stick their snouts back into the public trough. The draining is the fact that very few of them were selected for major cabinet positions. Rather, people with accomplishments outside of the Beltway were nominated. It will be refreshing to say the least.

As for Obamacare and alternatives, we shall see. I think there are a few simple fixes that would start things off, such as allowing purchase of insurance nationally and not on a state-by-state basis, and also allowing more flexibility in choice of coverage, so that people can choose what they need rather than being told what they must buy.

A start, at least.

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I think "the swamp" is a metaphor for "official Washington".

Why would it be that? Trump was appealing to the regular man, who felt cheated by the higher ups who were stacking the system against them. It's naive to think that is only official washington folk, as anyone who is part of the status quo was causing that. Filling the swamp with CEOs is just a different type of swamp. It's water in which alligators have been crapping, rather than crocodiles.

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Have to say I didn't expect Trump to be so aggressive and vindictive in his inaugural speech. At times it actually felt like a DT campaign rally rather than inauguration day with the same antagonistic rhetoric.

Although I completely understand that his supporters would have loved his direct, simple, non-presidential style, I thought that today was probably the day to at least pretend he will be a president for 'all Americans' and acknowledge the millions of Americans who did/do not support him. I know it's a bit of a platitude but it's probably what you expect from a newly elected president/PM. Today there was nothing, not a single word for the anti-Trump whom also happen to be Americans. I thought it was a mistake.

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Once again CNN came through with their excellent predictions. They said Trump's speech was going to be short, simple and read from a paper with excerpts from JFK's inaugural address.

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To summarize the speech:

1) Fear the other (conveniently undefined) 2) Only I can protect from the other 3) Pray that you do not become the other

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It does sound like he wrote it himself. I don't get the impression that he's into fancy words nor trying too hard to be sophisticated or intellectual or whatever. He's not reading off from someone else's script. The US has this extreme negative bias against the Republican party and its candidates. I don't understand it. Both parties are cut from the same cloth but Democrats people got it really easy because the MSM supports them and paint this beautiful picture for them whereas the Republicans got the short end of the stick and got demonized in worst possible ways. It's so terrible. People must be blind or brainwashed so bad that they don't see the blatant discrimination.

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but Democrats people got it really easy because the MSM supports them and paint this beautiful picture for them

Are we watching a different Fox News from each other? I've never seen Fox support the democrats or paint a rosy picture of them.

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Are we watching a different Fox News from each other? I've never seen Fox support the democrats or paint a rosy picture of them.

Yes that's the only one and from what I heard not many people watch Fox News because it's taboo or uncool or against the grain or whatever. Or are you trying to say Fox News somehow represents the whole spectrum of MSM?

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Yes that's the only one and from what I heard not many people watch Fox News because it's taboo or uncool or against the grain or whatever.

I'm not sure where you go that, they are one of the biggest news organizations in America.

Or are you trying to say Fox News somehow represents the whole spectrum of MSM?

No, but you made a comment about what the MSM does, and when I watch the Mainstream Fox News Media, I don't see them doing this at all, which is why I pointed it out. So I'm not understanding what the issue is here, were you maybe meaning MSM to represent news organizations that do not represent your political views, rather than actually referring to media that is main stream?

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Thank you very much everyone. For all indications the discussion strayed from the address and its contents to opinions and criticism of Trump and the politics that surround the presidency.

You ave also shown that most of the participants here are liberal and that is OK. The site itself and the entire International Media is being fed by Associated Press which is by nature liberal and idealistic.

However, it would be nice if you stay away from personally biased, tunnel-visioned and self-righteous opinions and discuss and argue the contents of the address and what it may mean within the context, situation and circumstances within which it was said and may have been intended, in a rational and pragmatic (practical and applicable) manner. There are those of us who want opinions that give us meaningful perspectives with possible expectations but not finger pointing criticisms.

After all... everything that is happening does directly and indirectly affect our lives. And, the President of the US affects the entire world/ That President has said something which we know will affect us. Sp let us be critical, but be rational about it with the kind of perspective that does not judge, but allow us to look at the alternatives, options, etc. and how we may approach the rest of our lives. That is what I think this site could offer.

Thank you.

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No one is suding him for bankruptcy. People knew Trump was not Pres. when they were bankrupted if any.

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Crazy: " The Republican Party sold its collective soul to elect this fraud"

Pffft! What about the Republican Party not getting behind Trump until virtually the last minute, and the Democratic Party sold what to try to elect the most corrupt candidate in history?

Oh my...

Donald Trump Inauguration Protesters Cringe Compilation Jan 20, 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjbuuJZ4qzo

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Dark and dystopian.

I never thought Schadenfreude could be so much fun. The overwrought hysterics from the American Left has been so telling of their mindset. Our way or the highway. If you don't do what we want you are a fascist - Hitler even. No compromises, not even a willingness to participate in the peaceful transfer of power. The American people are watching and seeing the Left move ever further to the extreme. The reactionary response from the Left could get Trump re-elected if they don't wise up over the next four years.

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While they were late, there were live shows continuous.

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Sp let us be critical, but be rational about it with the kind of perspective that does not judge, but allow us to look at the alternatives, options, etc.

All we know for sure is that market watchers were looking for a more free market approach in his remarks. Going down the path of trade tension is what will definitely not put Americans first. But it is way too early to say any more at this point. Just don't kill the small car market in the US !

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Trump said "We will make America Great again". I just wonder,,, When was America great last time? 1930s? 1945? 1960s? 1970s? or Independence 1776? I think none in the past as America has had wars/fights for a long time. Or victories of wars seem great America?

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Trump said "We will make America Great again". I just wonder,,, When was America great last time? 1930s? 1945? 1960s? 1970s? or Independence 1776? I think none in the past as America has had wars/fights for a long time. Or victories of wars seem great America?

3 words..."The Marshall Plan". Many consider that a great idea.

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"The Marshall Plan".

That was 1948. Are you saying that was the last time America was great?

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Feeling feisty today Stranger?

Last time? No

Kennedy's and LBJ's civil rights actions were great. But LBJ's acquiescence to the warmongers and Vietnam was a step back. Reagan's pushing the envelope to get the Soviet Union to "tear down that wall" was great as well. After that, nothing stands out. Any additions?

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Feeling feisty today Stranger?

Always :)

But I was just trying to pin down a time - anytime that question is asked, no one ever gives a response. Your follow up above is literally the first one I've seen. Thank you for that.

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Always :)

LOL

I'd also add everyone involved in the labor movement from the 1870's to the 1950's.

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