2017 Inaugural Address, President Donald J. Trump, Trump Inaugural Address, Trump's Plans & Promises
I listened to President Trump’s Inaugural Address, in part to be able to have one marker by which it would be possible to judge his presidency: what he wanted to do with his time in office.
Below are 27 plans and promises he made in his speech just after he was sworn into office at noon, Jan. 20, 2017.
While some of these statements are quite general, it is good that Pres. Trump has also given the country some pretty specific commitments.
I will keep them in front of me and focus on those and not on tweets, fake news, or alternative truths.
- Great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.
- We will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.
- We will get the job done.
- We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
- What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
- The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
- This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. (Great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs).
- The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans: it’s going to be America First.
- Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
- We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.
- 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.
- We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
- We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
- We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
- We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
- 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.
- We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
- We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement.
- Our country will thrive and prosper again.
- To All Americans: You will never be ignored again.
- Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
- 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.
- Together, we will make America great again.
Land Wayland said:
In addition to his promises in this speech, he has made other promises repeatedly and they were the principal reason he was elected.
1. A great wall will be built along the border with Mexico
2. Mexico will pay for this wall
3. ObamaCare will be repealed
4. A new medical insurance program will be created that will cost the insured person less while providing better coverage
5. The new medical insurance program will not penalize those who chose not to join it or be covered by it
6. Spending on the U.S. military will be increased with new programs to be created and implemented that will make the armed forces of the United States clearly the best in the world
There are certainly others that he repeated so often that there were widely understood by everyone who voted for him to be pledges that they were counting on when they decided to vote for Trump. They will be watching to see if any good faith effort is made to implement them.
Some of these promises are vague and can not be quantified and success can only be measured by the public’s sense that they were or were not accomplished. Others are yes or no propositions and even a minor failure to deliver will damage claims that he was successful.
If I were the Democrats, I would do exactly the same thing you have done here and run ads in every paper and post notices on every form of social media, fairly and honestly listing each promise, asking Trump if he wants to withdraw, modify, supplement, clarify and affirm each of them. and giving him or his mouthpiece the opportunity to shape the language but not to rewrite the promises made before JANUARY 21.
I would followup every six months with a score sheet listing each as a Trump success/failure/pending action/still under consideration/and no movement or discussion
Heck, if I could afford it I would do this myself with ads going in the Post and Times and serial twitter posts, You Tube etc. and letting any interested party reprint.
joseph chamberlin said:
Thanks Rick for breaking this down…my questions for each of these is when and who? Giving me power to do what…in the Catholic church we had three instructions: Pray, Pay and Obey…
His words are empty. The gap between his words and actions is too often a chasm.
Renee Shelton said:
Thanks Richard. What will be interesting and very important will be how this is measured. And, who will measure the success or failure, and who reports it.
Jim Kilby said:
If his intention is to provide more jobs, why is he putting a freeze on government jobs. Why do these presidents always pick on government workers, like they are over paid and unnecessary, just to make themselves look like they are doing away with fraud and waste.
Because too many of the wrong government jobs eat the seed corn. Take one federal job, that pays, say, 50k per year, plus another 30k or so in benefits/pension. How many private sector jobs must exist to pay JUST THAT ONE person? Each unnecessary government job means more resources for the private sector….maybe enough to employ three more people…..one new hairdresser in Seattle, one new lab technician in Raleigh, one new mechanic in Shreveport…..
The trouble is….the more unnecessary government jobs, the more power a given politician has. And….an unnecessary job in the private sector punishes the business owner; an unnecessary government job…no accountability.
“Each unnecessary government job means more resources for the private sector…”
I mean LESS