Unlike George Will, I liked the pithy, punchy Trump inaugural speech. I didn’t see anything fascist in his claim that it’s time for America to repair herself before dashing out to be the world’s savior. That is, I see nothing peculiar in an American president making America’s economic health and national security — matters that affect all citizens regardless of race, color, creed, sex, or sexual orientation — his top priorities.
It wasn’t until I read Virgil’s analysis of the Trump inaugural speech, though, that I realized why Trump made so much sense to me. Virgil describes the speech’s core this way:
Virgil believes that Trump’s speech marks a watershed in American history. That is, in recent decades, it had been possible for a president to natter on about America’s duties to the world as a whole, and yet it was seen as gauche to talk about America’s duties to itself, and to her people. But that all changed today. It was Trump who spoke of “carnage” in our cities (and what other word could one use to describe, for example, the nearly 800 murders in Chicago last year, part of an overall 14 percent rise?). It was Trump who spoke also of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.”
“America first,” therefore, isn’t about white supremacy or world domination. Instead, it’s the simply recognition that the Left’s belief that America’s past sins have been so bad that she must repair the world before she can care for herself and her citizens is a recipe for disaster, both at home and abroad. And that’s where those in-flight safety videos come in.