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“The for­gotten men and women of our country will be for­gotten no longer,” Trump thun­dered in his inau­gural address. “From this moment on, it’s going to be America First” — as if an American pres­ident could rule by any other creed. But the people erupted, hearing a pledge foreign to their ears.

With this simple promise, Trump espoused a vis­ceral under­standing of the Con­sti­tution in a way his Ivy League pre­de­cessors did not: Power resides in the people. Trump’s cam­paign cen­tered around one “crucial con­viction: that a nation exists to serve its cit­izens.”

And on Jan. 20, we wit­nessed not a transfer of “power from one admin­is­tration to another” but a transfer of power from an out-of-touch political class to an admin­is­tration cham­pi­oning the “just and rea­sonable demands of a righteous public.”

Trump’s con­ser­vatism is not one of airy plat­i­tudes. It is tied to real people and a par­ticular nation. He seeks to con­serve some­thing con­crete in our republic by reestab­lishing the people as sov­ereign masters of gov­ernment.  

He lam­basted the squirming politi­cians sitting around him. But he was not speaking to them; he looked out over the crowd of cit­izens, and to them alone he spoke. He pointed out their obser­va­tions: Wash­ington has thrived, but they have not.  

In light of the people’s righteous anger at a political class which shows them only disdain, Trump realizes “what truly matters is not which party con­trols our gov­ernment, but whether our gov­ernment is con­trolled by the people.” He presents a clear dichotomy not between Repub­lican and Democrat, but good and bad.

All those who said he was unfit for office were right. He is unfit for their system. But that’s the point.

The crowd erupted yet again when Trump uttered three words all Amer­icans know but our last Com­mander-in-Chief refused to say: radical Islamic ter­rorism. The enemy’s impetus has been named, a sword has been driven through the heart of political cor­rectness. No more will our dia­logue bend reality to accom­modate a false vision.

In his first week, Trump has advanced boldly. Oba­macare has been gutted, awaiting a final death blow from Con­gress. He has with­drawn the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Part­nership, a 5,000-page sup­posed “free trade” deal which jet­tisons our sov­er­eignty to foreign insti­tu­tions and under­mines our working class.

In the same spirit, reports say Trump is drafting an order to cut funding to inter­na­tional insti­tu­tions such as the U.N. The Mexico City Policy has been revived: no more American dollars will go overseas to non­govern­mental orga­ni­za­tions that encourage abortion. He ordered a freeze on all new reg­u­la­tions and federal hirings, as well as EPA grants. The Dakota Access and Key­stone pipelines have been approved, and Trump has announced his hopes to cut taxes and slash reg­u­la­tions by up to 75 percent.

Most impor­tantly, Trump has kept true on the defining issue of his cam­paign: immi­gration. He ordered the con­struction of the wall, and is moving to strip sanc­tuary cities of federal funding. Reports say he plans to unveil a tem­porary ban on immi­gration from seven volatile Middle-Eastern coun­tries.  

In all of these actions, Trump has been careful to issue only exec­utive orders in con­formity with the law as it cur­rently exists. Every­thing he has done has been within his just and legal authority.

Trump’s first inau­gural address was ruthless and opti­mistic, and his first week has been equally ambi­tious. With an unapolo­getic reliance on God and a heartfelt appeal to patri­otism, he cleanly broke from the status quo.

The political class, the “experts,” writhed at that sacred guar­antee: “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.”

Thus far, Trump has kept all of the promises he made on the cam­paign trail. It appears Donald Trump is going to govern as Donald Trump. All of his pre­dic­tions are coming true, except perhaps for one: No, Mr. Pres­ident, We the People are not tired of winning. Not quite yet.  
Mr. Grisedale is a sophomore studying pol­itics.

  • Acci­den­tal­Catholic

    Awesome job, Gar­rison. It is refreshing to read an insightful and well thought out article written by a young person such as you. You are welcome at my dinner table anytime!