The Inaugural Address: A Tale of Two Parties

For Republican and Democrats alike, today was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. Although I did not vote for Trump, there were certainly components of his Inauguration that leave me excited about the next 4 years. It was refreshing to hear a President acknowledge the corruption of Washington and the abandonment of the American people. Watching Justice Thomas and Vice President Pence was a pleasant reminder that conservatives are closer to the White House than they’ve been in my adult life. And lastly, seeing President Obama leaving office should signal an end to big government interference in our economy. It is a time of hope that we can once again return to the limited government, free market principles that drive economic growth and prosperity. But the inauguration was also a time of doubts and uncertainty.

Yesterday I wrote about Steve Bannon and my concern about his impact in shaping Trump’s policies. Unfortunately Trump’s speech was clearly based on Bannon’s unapologetic big government populism. Today the 45th President of the United States laid out a plan to use government spending on infrastructure to drive economic growth. If that sounds familiar, it’s because FDR tried that in the 1930’s to no avail. What we heard today was literally a call for The Third New Deal. Yes Hillary Lost. Yes Obama is out of office. Yes the Democrats have lost control of all three branches of government. That’s certainly worthy of celebration, but it all means nothing if we can’t also rid ourselves of their big government policies.

I still have hope for the Trump presidency and the strong leaders he has surrounded himself with. I think he loves his country, he truly wants to do a great job, and he wants to listen to his advisors. Unfortunately I also think he has a deep liberal streak and has obviously surrounded himself with some questionable individuals. We should support the President, but we should also hold him accountable. For many people, that means they will sit on their hands and say “I told you so” after the fact, and that simply is not acceptable. We should be helping President Trump form truly conservative policy, and the best way to do that is to write your congressmen and demand they stand against Bannon’s big government ideals. You get to decide if today is a day of triumph for the party of free markets, or the outgoing party of big government. It’s time to write the next chapter.

“The conservatives are going to go crazy. I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan….We’re just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930s”~Steven Bannon

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Sam Thomas

Sam is a youth minister, writer, political activist, and an avid fly fisherman. He coaches debate at Clark Atlanta University where he was named the 2016-17 Georgia Parliamentary Debate Coach of the Year.

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