In the midst of ongoing protests, yesterday the 45th President of The United States, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office. In his Inauguration speech, he declared that it's time for the American people to take back their power from the Washington establishment.
Here is some of what he said:
"We the citizens of America,are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore it's 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 aide through this transition. They have been magnificent."
"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 DC 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 borne 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 nations 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 State 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."
"Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are the 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 nations. And education system flushed with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crimes, 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."
"One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind."
"The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire 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."
"I will fight for you with every breath in my body. And I will never ever let you down."
"When you open your hearth to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when gods 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."
"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."
To the people who are overworked, underpaid and struggling to get by, or those that are still drinking toxic water in Flint, Michigan, or dealing with gun violence in Chicago's South Side, or living in the midwest and have lost their jobs in manufacturing, some of President Trumps words sounded somewhat hopeful, right? Not so fast.
Soon after giving that speech, President Trump sitting at the president's desk in the Oval Office began making good on his campaign promise to overturn all of President Barack Obama's Executive Orders. He signed the following orders: Minimizing The Economic Burden of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Obamacare) - Allows agencies to waive or defer provisions that “impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.” This order is likely aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act "Individual Mandate," requiring Americans to purchase health insurance. Although, presently the Affordable Care Act has 14 exemptions allowing the requirement to purchase health insurance be waived.
Suspended FHA Program That Discounts Mortgage Insurance Fees - Cuts fees for home-buyers with less-than-perfect credit scores, or who put down small down payments, especially helpful for low income and first time home-buyers.
In the words of then presidential candidate Donald Trump, "This is only the beginning."