That's okay, though, because in the words of President Obama in his first inaugural address: "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long, no longer apply."
The ground has not only shifted again, it may have opened up to receive the failed policies that have caused the problems Trump addressed in his speech.
The new president reflected the views of his supporters when he said, "We are transferring power from
That should have made members of the establishment and politicians in attendance nervous. Perhaps they were thinking, "We survived Reagan's attempts to shrink government, we can survive Trump, too."
Mr. Trump said his "new vision" would place "America first" and that decisions will be made based on whether they benefit the
Perhaps his most grandiose pledge was to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the Earth. That's easier said than done, given that radical Islam is a philosophy tied to an apocalyptic religion with no headquarters and no single leader. He could start by following through on his promise of "extreme vetting" for people wanting to enter the country from nations that promote and export the terrorist ideology.
Another grandiose promise reiterated one he made during the campaign: to fix the inner cities, which have been run for decades by
Trump is unlike any president we have had, perhaps a bigger populist than
If he continually focuses on the problem, rather than the process, the process might be simply a matter of negotiation, which Trump has long claimed is his strong suit.
Every president starts his administration with a blank slate. Trump needs to keep problems front and center, moving quickly toward solutions. If the left denies these problems even exist, they lose.
Trump seems to believe, as
Trump's best chance at uniting will come when problems begin to get resolved. If the Left wants to oppose success, let them.