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Review: Donald Trump's inauguration speech

Review: Donald Trump's inauguration speech
President Donald Trump addresses the crowd at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017.
Photographer: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

FIRST PLACE

On January 20, 2017, the 45th president of the United States was inaugurated. He, as all presidents have done, gave an inaugural address in which he identified the problems he wants to focus on. It gives me hope when he described mostly about improving America, but the things that made me pessimistic was what he didn't say. I mean, ending terrorism is on all politicians' to-do lists. None of them have ever achieved this goal, so I don't understand how Donald Trump, a glorified real estate agent, is going to do anything different.

Yet, he managed to give a speech that shed just a little bit of hope. "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."

You start to wonder, okay, maybe he understands more and cares more than thought. you think he might maybe just care about the American people Your heart rises more as he says, "It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag."

Then you're sure and you are thinking how the world is not so bad and you don't need to be worried about the next four years. Then your stomach drops as you realize some things he said show his true colors. For me, it was here: "We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it."

My first thought was, what if he just described himself? Then I had a worse thought: What is he does take action? What if he does build a wall, and take action on his rash half-baked ideas. What if he's himself?

 

Then you get to the part of the speech where you just want to go, there's the selfish, xenophobic, snobby rich guy we know and hate. "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."

I understand the president's main concern is the well being of American, but that does not mean that he should be allowed to shut out the people who can't afford to immigrate. The people who come the United States, like many did in the old days, were seeking the American Dream. It is also the president's duty to spread the American Dream to those who need it most. The American Dream was not made for the American citizens, but those seeking hoping, trying to rise from the ashes of oppression and poverty, to be a free person. Every stone, brick and post you lay on that wall is one step closer to killing the American Dream.

The problem that most concerns me is not what he did say, but what his speech utterly lacked. Not once did he mention the only problem that could actually cause the end of the world. The true apocalyptic modern day issue is global climate change. A topic Trump appears hopelessly oblivious of. He is not just denying climate change, but encouraging it. I fonly Donald would remember where he grew up, his home of queens, he might understand the concept of light and air pollution. A child living in the urban sprawl of Detroit will never see the same night sky as a child on the windswept plains of Nebraska. A child from Detroit would be lucky to ever get to see a star much less the same ones a child would see in Nebraska.

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