A Rallying Cry for the Left Behind

As if it needed to be made any clearer, Donald Trump’s inaugural address proved again that he doesn’t lack for guts. Standing in the heart of Washington, D.C. and staring into the eyes of the ruling class, Trump stood up and repudiated them all. “For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has…
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Trump Promises to Return Power to the People in Inaugural Address

President Obama concluded his first inaugural address by recalling a quote from a Thomas Paine pamphlet that George Washington ordered read to his troops when it looked like the revolution was about to be crushed. “Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could…
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Trump Inaugural Address Theme: Unity

Almost immediately after an out-of-nowhere Election Day blowout, Trump saw the need to unify the nation. It had been a divisive and brutal presidential campaign, one marred by deepening disaffection among the electorate. “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division, we have to get together,” a triumphant Trump announced the day…
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Partisan Tone Poisons Obama’s Second Inaugural Speech

The Louisville Courier-Journal mocked the stump speech of presidential candidate Thomas Dewey, summing it up, “Agriculture is important. Our rivers are full of fish. You cannot have freedom without liberty. Our future lies ahead.” The critique is true of many inaugural speeches. They are full of trite clichés gussied up by tried and true speechwriting…
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