The Truth In the Inaugural Address
He may have sounded at times like a bombastic ass. And his delivery seemed more like a coach giving a locker room half-time come-from-behind rally rant. But President Trump’s inaugural speech as it was written, was unapologetically patriotic and therefor quite motivating for me.
“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.”
If you were to turn on the news today, they would have you believe this country is fiercely divided and on the brink of falling apart as a nation. “I am terrified” I heard one editorial expert say. While fear is certainly a powerful and legitimate feeling, it is seldom a solid foundation upon which to base ones decision making process. You can choose to believe the news, but I would like to offer you another perspective.
As a person who gets to travel this nation every week and meet its people face to face, I will tell you with absolute certainty we are NOT a nation divided. We are the United States of America. And last I checked, there were still 50 stars on that flag of ours.
“We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag”
Wether its oil-field workers in Texas, teachers in California, or financial planners in Connecticut, everyone I have met wants the exact same things. We all want to know at the end of the day we have made a difference and that our efforts have not been in vain. We search for purpose, to know we are a part of something greater than just ourselves. We work hard to ensure better lives for our children. Better communities for our neighbors. We want our country to be the best it can be, a land to be proud of. Granted, we certainly disagree on how we want to get there. But thats the beauty of the system we have in place.
“Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.”
So before we condemn the inaugural address as patriotic balderdash, I would ask we keep our easily offended feelings in check for a moment and take an honest listen to the words spoken on the steps of our capitol. The truth is in there. And where there is truth, there is God. So do not be afraid. We are in good hands.
“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.