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Friday, January 20, 2017

President Trump made JFK and Reagan stand and cheer

President Trump's magnificent inauguration speech should stand the test of time, as will his presidency.

Short, sweet, and to the point, President Trump made it about the people who elected him -- as well as the people who did not. Standing on the steps of the Capitol, he spoke to the rafters.

And when you are outdoors, the rafters are Heaven Above.

He began powerfully.
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 people.
That was an excellent statement a new CEO should make to his new bosses, his shareholders.

And that is what we are. We, the People, own America.

President Trump said "I" three times -- "we" 45 times.

He explained why he ran.
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 then made this promise:
That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment, it belongs to you.
And minutes later, he expounded on that.
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 day forward, it's going to be only America first, America first.
He made specific promises about jobs, and rebuilding infrastructure. Then he reached out to Heaven.
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.
No room for prejudice.

We have had those moments in our history.

We landed men on the moon. They were not black nor white nor anything but Americans.
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.
Damned straight.
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 will be protected by God.
God. Matt Drudge reported this inauguration featured more prayer than any past one.

We need God more than ever before because we are in danger of losing our republic.

Evangelicals were overwhelmingly in favor of President Trump. They knew, dear readers. They knew.

So did we.

He closed this remarkable speech perfectly:
Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America 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.
I never thought a new president could top JFK in 1961. Reagan came the closest in his two tries.

The Donald just did.

God blessed America when He gave President Trump that final nudge to run.

And now he is is trampling out the vintage, where the grapes of wrath are stored.

We like to think we are bigger than the religious stuff. We like to think we have evolved. But as I look at the damage inside Americans -- drugs, abortion, and hate -- I realize we devolved.

This thrice married, nearly bankrupted, loud, and occasionally crude man is a gift from God. President Trump is far from perfect.

But we crucified the one perfect man on Earth God sent.

Let us stand behind President Trump not to blindly obey, but rather to cheer him when he is right, help him see the light when he isn't, and get back to making America great again.


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  1. It may be a small thing, but note that he didn't use any first-person singular pronouns, unlike his predecessor who seemingly spent most of his time trying to figure out how to shoehorn "I", "me", and "my" into every speech as many times as (in)humanly possible.

  2. Trump has game, but he left game a long time ago. He understands the importance of restoring dignity to the office and restoring the civil religion. Pietas in the chief ruler has always been fundamental to maintaining order and harmony in the state. The president has to be a form of pontifex maximus, just like Augustus. Trump knows this.

  3. A great speech by our new President, and a great post from our Don.

  4. Had an obligation this morning but heard the speech on the radio on the way back home. Amazing. Incredible. Probably the best I've ever heard. And his delivery was totally impeccable. We picked a winner, y'all. WE did. Now let's get to work!

  5. Trump may be crude, but he knows better than to put his shoes up on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, that I can guarantee.

    The Inauguration Address sounded to me more like a campaign speech than was necessary. It should have been shorter. It was also harsher than it needed to be. It was a knife to the gut of the outgoing office holder, twisted time and again. Agonizing in its list of failures of his predecessor. Painful to watch. Don't misunderstand me, the criticism of Obama is fully deserved....and true. But on this occasion, it was painful to hear it all read out chapter and verse. A bit too ungracious, I think.

    1. Again this was Trump doing the job others wouldn't do. There was never going to be any repudiation of the former administration on the part of the press or the cowardly establishment Republicans. He's out there on his own. Making the case for what he's about to do means giving it justification on its own terms as well as saying why it has to be done in the context of the past. No one but trump was going to give that context. He knew going in that this was the case and did what had to be done.

    2. Then perhaps Barry should've played by the rules and not spent the time from the election to now badmouthing his successor. What goes around, comes around.

    3. What DaveP said.

      - Mark S.

  6. Congratulations on seeing all of this come through, Don. You did your part.

    -Mikey NTH

    1. Thanks. We did our part. Readers do more than read. They encourage and inform. My email and these comments are great.

  7. That inauguration sure brought some good feelings back, it's been a long while.

  8. Stephen Miller came through.

    I just knew it.

  9. Tell me you didn't surge to your feet and tell "Yeah!" at the TV during that speech. Go on, tell me.

    And BTW, if you look at the closing words of the speech ... the crescendo of "We will's" ... it's obvious that bust of Churchill will be back in the Oval Office post-haste.

  10. I think we'd all enjoy this:!.html

  11. Normally the pendulum never swings back and when in control the Rinos circle the wagons and protect the status quo.
    Rinse repeat.
    Maybe not this time. Hell of a gauntlet thrown by Mr. Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America.
    Now, lets hold his feet to the fire.
    Unlike Libtards we are not cultists.

  12. For so long the progressives would take 2 steps forward, a conservative would take it 1 step back, but the progs were still ahead. Time to erase that ill-gotten lead.

  13. I loved the speech! Short and to the point! In Trump's style, he also leveled the entire lineup of former presidents and called them out for their globalism, open borders nonsense, and elitism. I heard today someone saying they wanted to hear more about "freedom" and "liberty." I say BS. Talk is cheap. I loved how Trump mentioned radical islamic terror, and immigration and borders. Very practical and results focused. I have had enough lofty wrapped-in-the-flag, say one thing do another, BS rhetoric to last a lifetime. Let's get to work!!

    1. and 3 cheers and a toast to Don!! I read a lot of blogs and sites, and no one who has been more on point, direct, courageous, and patriotic than Don Surber in supporting Trump since the ride down the escalator in the Summer of 2015. As far as I am concerned, the rest of the media is sucking up Don's fumes and burnt rubber. Well done, Don, and I know all the commenters here join me in our congratulations, respect and admiration, and comaraderie! All for one, and one for all!! Salut!!

    2. BIG Plus One on that comment, Farm Boy! Big D chose to go where no man has gone before. He's our Captain Kirk. Don Tiberius Surber. If you were an early Trump supporter, I'm sure you took a lotta shit from family, friends, co-workers, etc. But as the old saying goes...

      He who laughs last, laughs best.

      We did it. WE did it.

  14. Today is T-Day. It's like D-Day. Trump's army has landed on the beaches of the nation's capital and is attacking the defenses of the Obama Reich. We will be victorious. We will defeat the last holdouts of the Obama Party in their civil service bunkers. A new day is dawning with the liberation of America from the oppression of Obamaism.

  15. Maybe, I'm a little too obsessive about this, but I just don't know how it is that JFK became a conservative cult hero. He was not regarded as either a hero or a conservative by the conservatives in his era.

    I know that JFK's brand of liberalism is more palatable than the liberalism of today, but palatable liberalism isn't conservatism.

    As far as Trump's speech itself is concerned, I thought it was fine. I note how Never Trump -- principally its Capo de Capo in George Will and its information sheet, National Review -- have panned it as an awful speech.

    I guess that promising to delegate power back to the people and promising the people that their voices would be heard over those of the political class...and that the victories of the political class were not the peoples' victories...

    I guess those concepts weren't conservative enough for Never Trump.

    - Never Trump

    1. Correction: I'M not Never Trump.

      - Mark S.

  16. President Trump's speech was, well, the new St. Crispen's Day speech from Henry V.

    Powerful. Evocative. Easy to understand. Not subject to interpretation.

    I admit that I wept openly with renewed hope for this country that, before this election, I felt was truly dying, if not dead but still warm only. If Trump only gives us breathing room to start the climb up, he will have done more than enough to ensure his place as a great man.

    I have watched the speech three times, and read it at least ten. It is just as good the umpteenth time as the first.

    May God please protect this man from evil, so that he may lead us from the gates of Hell.