The text can be found here at Trump’s website. The actual speech is slightly different, because as always Trump improvised. No more Obama teleprompter reliance if Trump is president!
The speech is brilliant and something supporters can rally around. Previously we had been forced to cobble together our favourite statements, but that made for a rough advocacy of the candidate. Because it was said Trump says many things. With this speech, we have a solid, professional outline of Trump’s worldview and strategy.
My favourite parts:
“We left Christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide.”
Who would expect a president to dare defend Christians like that? How unPC; Trump is essentially saying Christians also matter!
Trump also focuses criticism on Obama-Clinton, not Bush. That is significant and highlights how he will go after Clinton in the main election.
“Many Americans must wonder why our politicians seem more interested in defending the borders of foreign countries than their own.
Americans must know that we are putting the American people first again. On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy – the jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.”
Wow! And Americans also matter. How unPC!
“Under a Trump Administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of foreign countries.”
There’s plenty more to like in that speech. Trump has essentially gone Paleo/Populist and America-First in all the right ways.
On divisive social issues like abortion and “gay” marriage, Trump is for returning them to the states, not dividing over them. And I believe that to be the appropriate position for such a diverse America. On education, Trump again wants the states and localities to direct their futures.
In other news, TrumpASAP has predicted Trump will now win. This is a reversal from before. The South might be Trump territory, but the North is clearly the Trump homeland! We have an odd East-West divide in the GOP, with the West a little more interested in Cruz. If Trump wins Indiana, he’s in.
David Stockman likes Trump better than Hillary. Quoth Stockman:
“So is there any chance at all that Trump will make America Great Again by erecting trade barriers, a Trump Wall on the Rio Grande and an end to America’s imperial beneficence and meddling abroad?
Stayed tuned. There may be more to The Donald than meets the eye.”
And in the comments section there, a conservative supporter of Trump, named Protogonus, makes an appropriate assault on Stockman:
“Stockman is a CLOSET ANARCHIST who believes everyone ought to live quietly in his own bungalow like Bilbo Baggins and IGNORE THE WORLD TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE.”
That is hilarious. Stockman says government is a “necessary evil”, but business is also a “necessary evil”. Man is fallen. In the ideal, we want an appropriate government run by the best and most virtuous in the society. Libertarians call for less government; socialists call for more government; and conservatives call for appropriate government. That’s how it’s always been. Conservatives are just fine with “statism”. We simply want a society that functions well, based on tradition and the tried-and-true. And in Trump, we finally have a conservative hero to rally around, as with Pat Buchanan.