Trump’s Gettysburg

Mirroring the Republican Party’s founder, Donald Trump made an amazing speech yesterday that reminded the voters why he is running in the first place – and more importantly, why so many voters are drawn to him. Donald Trump, rallying his supporters up, summoned rekindled passions pleading them to, “to rise above the noise and the clutter of our broken politics, and to embrace that great faith and optimism that has always been the central ingredient in the American character”

In the surprisingly sober and well-spoken speech, Donald Trump proposed a contract with the voters and the American people. Trump plays on another historical party moment when, in 1994, Newt Gingring and the House Republicans made a similar “contract” to win back the voters in the 1990’s. In the contract, Trump laid out very clear, and -mostly- very real plans to put more support and more meat in his campaign. Trump promised that, “on the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC” by

  1. Propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;
  2. Hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);
  3. A requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;
  4. A 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
  5. A lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;
  6. A complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

And to innovate the workforce, Donald Trump’s plan is to:

  1. I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205
  2. I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  3. I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator
  4. I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately
  5. I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
  6. Lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward
  7. Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure

His strongest support his due to his stern, powerful, and – to some voters – aggressive security plans. He reiterates this plan here with five points:

  1. Cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama
  2. Begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States
  3. Cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities
  4. Begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back
  5. Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.

I was lazily listening to this speech, trying to take a nap actually – but I was stunned by his articulate and realistic plans Trump laid out in this speech. If he was this collected and presidential the whole campaign, he may have had my vote. With that said, his speech did include some rash and ridiculous ideas that we are all too familiar with. For one, he actually threatened to sue the women accusing him of sexual harassment. There are few people who hear of their accusations and don’t have a moment to think that their testimonies are all too convenient. Secondly, Trump spat out the same brain vomit – not letting the voters forget that the system is rigged. This tantrum only makes his run for president less genuine and shows his true toddler -like character.

I think this will help his campaign recover, but with it so close to election day, a powerful gain is doubtful. Trump’s Gettysburg Address just reminds the voters how close he really is to becoming president – and how passionate he has become about his movement. He promised what every American wants to hear, that he will protect “the people themselves, the great and the small, without class or difference of kind or race or origin, and undivided in interest – their freedom, their right to lift themselves from day to day and behold the things they have hoped for, and so make way for still better days for those whom they love who are to come after them.” If only we didn’t already know better, he could be president Trump.

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