To recap the big announcement by Donald Trump at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania yesterday, the speech he gave was part vitriol, and part old promises. What was lacking, and has been for some time, is how Donald Trump intends to keep the promises he makes.
We are engaged in a great civil war
Donald Trump is a man who has a plan for his own greatness, and only a vision for the future of America. He is a populist, who plays on the emotions of a frightened and angry segment of this country. His speech at Gettysburg was promoted as a major policy speech. It was a rehash of all the angry talking points of Donald Trump.
The first part of the speech echoed the rantings of an old white man who has been belittled by the ruling elite, and is sworn to destroy them. A man who is facing women who accuse him of sexual impropriety, if not out-right assault, and who threatens to retaliate in court. A man who believes he, and he alone can make this country great again. His enemies are everywhere, and they wish to defile him, but he, and he alone, is the light that will bring us out of darkness.
The rules are rigged
Just as this is a rigged election, the rules are rigged by the rich, for the rich, and against we the people. Our inner cities are war-zones. Unemployment is the mission of bad leaders, who rig elections. Millions of dead and illegal voters are on the rolls. Hillary Clinton should be in jail, not in office. Rigged systems keep those special interests in power. They are doing this for the money. Politicians have taken your jobs away from you. They have ruined your cities. They have opened that gates to the barbarians. Donald Trump is doing this for love.
The media is corrupt
The media is poisoning the mind of Americans. They lie and fabricate stories, mostly about Donald Trump. They make him look dangerous. They never mention his adoring crowds. Hillary Clinton has small crowds. According to Donald Trump, he is really in first place, but media conglomerates are out to sabotage this election, because they don’t want a change candidate. Hillary Clinton is the candidate of the status quo. Donald Trump will make America great. She will keep things as they are. Hillary Clinton is running against all voters. The Clinton campaign is sparking violence at Trump rallies, and someone should be prosecuted. The police knew about it.
The women who accuse me are liars
None of these incidents ever happened. All of these women will be sued after the election. These allegations have all been debunked. Eleven women have come forward and made similar allegations. It does not matter. They are all liars.
The second part of the Gettysburg speech was a list of all the promises the candidate has made during his campaign.
Honesty, accountability, and change in 100 days
- Term limits – a constitutional amendment
- No more Federal employees
- Five year ban on lobbying – no foreign lobbying at all
- Renegotiate NAFTA – No TPP agreement at all
- Drill baby, drill – Lots of coal in our future
- Expose Chinese currency schemes – expose unfair trade – impose tariffs
- Defund the UN
- Cancel all Obama executive actions
- Replace Antonin Scalia
- Eliminate sanctuary cities
- Suspend immigration from some areas – extreme vetting
- The middle class get a tax break – businesses rate goes to 15%
- 10 year American Infrastructure Act
- End Common Core – school choice for all – vocational schools
- Build a wall – jail immigrants who return after being deported
- More police, federal prosecutors
- Eliminate corruption in Washington – eliminate special interest groups
- Eliminate Obamacare – Health savings accounts for all
Make America Great Again
In other words, Donald Trump will turn the nation away from free trade, strangle the government, allow pollution in our air and water, revitalize the coal industry, build walls instead of bridges, and start a war in DC that will go on for four years. Millions will lose their healthcare. Millions will be deported. Your schools will be unaccountable, and will be able to teach whatever they want. The national debt will increase like never before. Millions of new jobs will be created as we cut taxes, even though that has never worked before. Donald Trump will make trickle-down economics work again, the same way he will make us great again. No plan, but plenty of promises. These are Santa Claus promises. People who want to believe, will. It is the essence of populism. Promise them anything they want.
Abraham Lincoln did not threaten anyone when he came to Gettysburg. He was truly a man who appears but once in a lifetime, in many lifetimes. For Donald Trump to insist that he is that man for this age is an insult to one of our greatest presidents, just as his promises are an insult to us all.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. -Abraham Lincoln