A conservative friend says he liked this quote from Trump’s address: “At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.”
But I ask: What defines disloyalty and who defines it? My suspicion is Trump defines it based on whether you agree with him or not.
My social media friend says he will agree with me if Trump starts to crack down on dissent, but then proceeds, to post about the excesses of the liberal fringe, demonizing or representing the opposition to Trump as simply silly and extreme, a way of saying their dissent is illegitimate. “I will believe you when you are defending the rights of even the foolish to dissent,” I wrote.
I didn’t think much of Trump’s inaugural address. The King of Narcissism declared to the world that it’s not just “me first,” it’s “America First
,” a throwback slogan of American anti-Semites, fascists sympathetic with Nazi Germany or too isolationist to recognize the threat posed by Hitler. Trump claims not to know the history of the phrase, so we shall see how this plays out.
Predictable disdain from liberals for Trump’s inaugural speech is less significant than criticisms from conservatives. Liberals have little power in government today. Conservatives call the shots, so we are dependent on the thoughtful and independent-minded ones with intellectual integrity.
Jonah Goldberg, National Review, flagship conservative publication: Trump “made America sound like Gotham. (He may not have meant anything sinister by ending the speech with an upraised fist, but I don’t think it was a good look.)…This simply was not a conservative speech and it was barely a Republican one — at least going by how those terms were conventionally defined up until, say, 2014…“Liberty” was nowhere to be found. Limited government? Not really…His talk about how the establishment took care of itself could have been delivered by a President Sanders.”
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/444066/donald-trumps-inaugural-speech-america-first