I listened to President Donald J. Trump’s Inauguration Address yesterday and I was heartened. Funny how I didn’t see it as “dark” but saw it as real.
I listened to the pundits critique the address and I was surprised by their remarks, although I shouldn’t have been. If he’d floated across the podium after taking the Oath of Office the headline would be “Trump Full of Hot Air.”
No matter. Whether or not anyone else liked the speech, I did. I don’t think the pundits or critics have visited middle America lately. I’m sure they haven’t because they thought this paragraph was ridiculous and overblown.
[F]or 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.” President Donald J. Trump
Let me show you some photos of America, sorry not tourist destinations, just real America.
This is what President Trump was speaking to, this is what middle America looks like. In fact, you can find these images all across America, from New York to California, from Maine to Washington State. There are worse images than these.
And the poverty? Here are the facts.
Poverty in the United States. The official poverty rate in 2015 was 13.5 percent, down 1.2 percentage points from 14.8 percent in 2014. … Children represented 23.1 percent of the total population and 33.6 percent of people in poverty (Proctor 2016, p. 14). 19.4 million Americans live in extreme poverty.Oct 9, 2016“
Now let’s compare Barack Obama’s speech when he accepted the nomination back in 2008. I don’t think any of this happened? I’m not sure about the rise of the oceans. Did they slow? No?
Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. Barack Obama
We’ll have to wait a while to see what happens. Will the oceans began to slow their rise or will we rebuild America? I know what I think.