The Gettysburg Address is a dedication to the men who fought and gave their lives so “that the nation might live”.
It is only fitting that Donald Trump’s speech have a similar theme. If honored, it will go down as a great moment in history.
It is insightful to look back on our country and realize even then, there were issues so divisive that men were willing to go to the battlefield and give their lives because they believed so strongly in them.
Because right now, that’s what the political landscape feels like. In his speech, Trump calls Americans back to their birthrights of freedom.
Denouncing the “Washington establishment” and vowing justice for the nation and himself, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump unveiled his Contract With the American Voter Saturday during an address near the hallowed Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg, Pa.
“On Nov. 8, Americans will be voting on this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our country, secure our communities and (restore) honesty to our government,” Trump said.
In the address, Trump said in his first 100 days, he would deport 2 million criminal illegal immigrants and ban immigration from “terror-prone” regions. His 100-day domestic agenda would include a tax plan he said would bring middle class families a 35 percent tax cut. He also vowed to end Common Core and promote school choice.
During his speech, he also said that he would not approve a proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner.
Near the spot where Abraham Lincoln spoke of a “new birth of freedom,” Trump issued a call to action with 16 days until the presidential election.
“Change has to come from outside this broken system. The fact that the Washington establishment has tried so hard to stop our campaign is only more proof that our campaign represents the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime,” he said.
“I am asking the American people 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. I am asking you to dream big,” he said.
Trump also made it clear that whatever the voters say, he will fight back against claims made against him by women who allege improper conduct dating as far back as 1980.
“Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign — total fabrication,” Trump said. “The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”
However, Trump’s speech was not about what had been said, but what needs to be done. Among his proposals was a seven-point plan aimed at workers he said he would implement within 100 days taking office.
Trump, who has denounced trade deals throughout the campaign, said he will either renegotiate or depart from NAFTA, which links the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He also will pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He also noted that actions will be taken against China and other foreign nations committing “trading abuses.”
Three parts of Trump’s plan reverse the Obama agenda on energy by “lifting the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.” Trump said he would allow the Keystone Project pipeline to move forward and “cancel billions” in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.
Trump also promised to cancel executive orders issued by President Obama and cancel funding for so-called Sanctuary Cities. Trump’s signature proposal to build a wall along America’s Southern Border was included in his plan, as was his call to replace Obamacare.
Trump repeated proposals he has made for ethics reforms on Washington officials that would impose term limits, limit the ability of officials to spawn new careers as lobbyists and keep foreign money out of U.S. elections.
Trump’s proposal is a nod to what our country is feeling like. Liberal running amuck, tearing the country apart with their progressive sanctuary cities, open borders, and other policies.
A huge notable is his eye on political corruption. He also wants to put term limits in place.
Our founding fathers did not desire that politicians were serving for 30+ years. Rather, it would have been coming to D.C. for a few years and then returning home.
And if Trump can accomplish what the Contract is supposed to do, it will certainly be a line drawn in the sand. But if the opposition to Trump has been this poisonous, imagine how much more the powers in place will try and stop him if he is elected.
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