Inaugural Balls

Finally, to borrow a phrase from another presidential transition, “our long national nightmare is over.”

That was quite a speech Mr. Trump gave today (video here, transcript here). Yes, it had its moments of hyperbole — we will not, for example, be eradicating Islamic terrorism from the face of the Earth any time soon, I think — but how refreshing it was to hear an American president, or any Western leader, even say the words “Islamic terrorism”!

(Another contrast with what we’ve had to get used to over the past eight years: in his speech, Mr. Trump said ‘I’ only twice. He said ‘we’ thirty-two times.)

The speech was strong, and it was blunt, and it was clear. It was virile, in a way we haven’t seen for quite some time.

This evening we drove from New York to Wellfleet. We got in around eleven, and I stopped off in a convenience store to buy some milk for the morning’s coffee. There was a young man with a ponytail working at the register. I asked him how he was doing.

“I’m excellent,” he said. “It’s a beautiful day in America.”

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  1. “I’m excellent,” he said. “It’s a beautiful day in America.”

    What he said.

    God bless America.

    Posted January 21, 2017 at 2:03 am | Permalink
  2. Whitewall says

    I’m encouraged there is such a man like that in the state of Massachusetts! I have a second cousin who lives with her husband and son in Hingham, Ma. She says the ratio of liberal bed wetters to conservatives is depressing.

    Posted January 21, 2017 at 8:25 am | Permalink
  3. Whitewall says

    “Andrew Jackson is mad as hell and isn’t going to take it anymore”.

    Posted January 21, 2017 at 11:10 am | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Robert, the Walter Russell Meade article you link to above is a very good summary of this Jacksonian resurgence.

    Above all, what should be understood by everyone is that it needn’t have come to this. Had the Left in America and Europe not been so greedy and bullying about it all, and hadn’t been so eager not only to defeat their political enemies (and let’s be clear, their political enemies are the founding peoples and cultures of these Western nations), but to humiliate and subjugate them, they might have run the show for decades to come. Anyone with any awareness of history and human nature who was not blinded by hubris and cryptoreligious moral zealotry would have seen this coming; it is a perfectly natural reaction.

    Posted January 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm | Permalink