Friday, 20 January 2017

Read the full text of President Donald Trump's inaugural address

Chief Justice Roberts, President
Carter, President Clinton, President
Bush, President Obama, fellow
Americans, and people of the
world: Thank you. We, the citizens
of America, are now joined in a
great national effort to rebuild our
country and to restore its promise
for all of our people.
Together, we will determine the
course of America and the world for
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 aid throughout this
transition. They have been
magnificent.
Today's ceremony, however, has
very special meaning. Because
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, D.C. and giving it back
to you, the American 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 nation's 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 States 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.
Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to
become part of a historic
movement the likes of which the
world has never seen before. At the
center of this movement is a crucial
conviction: that a nation exists to
serve its citizens.
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 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 nation; an
education system flush with cash,
but which leaves our young and
beautiful students deprived of
knowledge; and the crime and
gangs and 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.
For many decades, we've enriched
foreign industry at the expense of
American industry; subsidized the
armies of other countries while
allowing for the very sad depletion
of our military; we've defended
other nation's borders while
refusing to defend our own; and
spent trillions of dollars overseas
while America's infrastructure has
fallen into disrepair and decay.
We've made other countries rich
while the wealth, strength, and
confidence of our country has
disappeared over the horizon.
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 moment on, it's going to
be America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes,
on immigration, on foreign affairs,
will be made to benefit American
workers and American families. We
must protect our borders from the
ravages of other countries making
our products, stealing our
companies, and destroying our
jobs. Protection will lead to great
prosperity and strength.
I will fight for you with every breath
in my body -- and I will never, ever
let you down.
America will start winning again,
winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs. We will
bring back our borders. We will
bring back our wealth. And we will
bring back our dreams.
We will build new roads, and
highways, and bridges, and
airports, and tunnels, and railways
all across our wonderful nation.
We will get our people off of
welfare and back to work --
rebuilding our country with
American hands and American
labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy
American and hire American.
We will seek friendship and
goodwill with the nations of the
world -- but we do so with the
understanding that it is the right of
all nations to put their own
interests first.
We do not seek to impose our way
of life on anyone, but rather to let it
shine as an example for everyone
to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and
form new ones -- and unite the
civilized world against radical
Islamic terrorism, which we will
eradicate completely from the face
of the Earth.
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.
When you open your heart to
patriotism, there is no room for
prejudice. The Bible tells us, "How
good and pleasant it is when God's
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.
There should be no fear -- we are
protected, and we will always be
protected.
We will be protected by the great
men and women of our military and
law enforcement and, most
importantly, we are protected by
God.
Finally, we must think big and
dream even bigger.
In America, we understand that a
nation is only living as long as it is
striving.
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.
Do not let anyone tell you it cannot
be done. No challenge can match
the heart and fight and spirit of
America.
We will not fail. Our country will
thrive and prosper again.
We stand at the birth of a new
millennium, ready to unlock the
mysteries of space, to free the Earth
from the miseries of disease, and to
harness the energies, industries
and technologies of tomorrow.
A new national pride will stir our
souls, lift our sights, and heal our
divisions.
It is time to remember that old
wisdom our soldiers will never
forget: that whether we are black or
brown or white, we all bleed the
same red blood of patriots, we all
enjoy the same glorious freedoms,
and we all salute the same great
American Flag.
And whether a child is born in the
urban sprawl of Detroit or the
windswept plains of Nebraska, they
look up at the same night sky, they
fill their heart with the same
dreams, and they are infused with
the breath of life by the same
almighty Creator.
So to all Americans, in every city
near and far, small and large, from
mountain to mountain, and from
ocean to ocean, hear these words:
You will never be ignored again.
Your voice, your hopes, and your
dreams will define our American
destiny. And your courage and
goodness and love will forever
guide us along the way.
Together, We will make America
strong again.
We will make wealthy again.
We will make America proud again.
We will make America safe again.
And yes, together, we will make
America great again. Thank you.
God bless you. And God bless
America

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