Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America

As President Trump began to speak, it began to rain.  In the Bible, torrential rains are a curse.  Light, even rains are a blessing.

I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing;
and I will cause showers to come down in their season;
there shall be showers of blessing. – Ezekiel 34:26

The rain that fell on President Trump and the others in attendance today was light.  It was sweet.  It was cool, but not cold.  It was refreshing, almost as refreshing as the words uttered by our new President.

The rain was a blessing, as were the words spoken by Donald J Trump, 45th President of the United States of America:

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Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power.

And we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition.

They have been magnificent.

Thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has a 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.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore 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.

That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment.

It belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day.

This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves.

These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.

But for 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 all knowledge.

And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation, and their pain is our pain.

Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own. And we’ve spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past, and now we are looking only to the future.

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. 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 product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

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 do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example.

We will shine for everyone to follow.

We will re-enforce 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.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

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. 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.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s 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.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.

So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: 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.

And, yes, together we will make America great again.

Thank you.

God bless you.

And God bless America

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Franklin Graham was one of three individuals who gave the closing prayer.  He shared an appropriate and relevant verse for our nation’s new leader:

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Tim 2:1-4

Donald J. Trump is the only clear choice for America

Whether Male, Female, African, Caucasoid, Northeast Asia, Arctic Asia, Southeast Asia, America, or New Guinea & Australia — whatever — I do not care. All I care about is ensuring my vote goes to the most highly qualified individual who actually stands a reasonable chance of being elected.
 
The following candidates have been (1) nominated by their party for the presidency and (2) featured in at least three major national polls:
 
Donald Trump (Republican) / Mike Pence
Hillary Clinton (Democrat) / Time Kaine
Jill Stein (Green Party, formerly Democrat) / Ajamu Baraka
Gary Johnson (Libertarian, formerly Republican) / Bill Weld
 
Countless objective, professional polls taken in each state, throughout all fifty states, consistently show both Jill Stein and Gary Johnson so far back in the pack they haven’t a snowball’s chance in hell of winning even one state, much less the election. Johnson consistently receives between 1/3 and 1/15, averaging 1/6 the results of either Trump of Clinton in all states. Stein’s votes average 1/3 of Johnson’s,for about 1/18 that of either Trump or Clinton. While both are way too far behind to ever win, votes cast for them can have a significant effect on whether Trump or Clinton wins. Case in point, today’s (August 26) results for Florida, with Clinton (44%), Trump (42%), Johnson (6%), Stein (2%), and other (6%) falls smack dab along the mean.
 
Jill Stein simply isn’t qualified.  She spent her entire career as a medical doctor.  She simply does not have either the education, training, or experience running large organizations.  With just 2% of the vote, a vote for Stein is a vote tossed out the window.
Gary Johnson is certainly qualified, but again, with just 6% of the vote, you’re tossing your votes out the window with him, as well.
Put simply, votes for either Gary Johnson or Jill Stein are WASTED. They could (and should) be used to select the better of the only two individuals who can actually win the election. If you honestly feel both Trump and Clinton are equal, meaning you do not feel one or the other would be better (or worse) for our nation, then by all means vote for Stein or Johnson. Or, you could stay home and save time and gas money. But if you believe that either Trump or Clinton is significantly better (or worse) than the other, please do your civic duty and make a difference by saying so with your vote, rather than tossing it away on the already lost Johnson or Stein.
 
When all aspects of both Trump and Clinton are examined, I see only one clear path to success for America’s future, and that’s with Trump. His leadership, business skills and financial/economic acumen far exceed those of Hillary Clinton. He is clearly the only one of the two who possesses the requisite integrity required for the position. Finally, because of Clinton’s deeply soiled reputation, she will not be able to attract anyone of noteworthy capability to the various economic posts, and those she does find will almost certainly be as unscrupulous and incompetent as she’s been herself.
 
This leads me to only one clear choice for our next President of the United States, and that’s Donald J. Trump.

It’s time We the People work smarter, not harder. Begin with reality and proceed from their. If Gary Johnson were in the running, I’d have no problem voting for him. But Johnson is not in the running. Trump is. There’s far too much at stake here, namely making dang sure that Hillary doesn’t win. There’s no way in hell I will fail to cast a deciding vote on that issue by wasting it on a candidate like Johnson who doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of beating Clinton.