Many find him offensive. I find him refreshing.
Watching the inauguration of our 45th President, Donald J. Trump, I felt a true sense of patriotism. I am proud of this country, who we are, what we represent, and the history that has shaped us.
As a country, we made history in this election. We may not have voted in the first woman President yet, but we did vote in a true non-career politician. He is a businessman — not an army general, not a senator, not from a political family.
He is a man that has made his living working in this country, employing everyday people, dealing with our tax codes, our regulations on business, and understanding the important role government plays in the ability of a U.S. based company to succeed.
It's evident that President Trump truly loves this country. He is a proud American, is not ashamed of it, nor will he apologize for it. He is a shoot-from-the-hip type of guy which many find offensive, but I find a little refreshing.
He is tired of seeing our government sweeping its own people under the rug while allocating our money to fund infrastructure in other countries.
Cities in this country are crumbling and people are starving while we service the world. There are cities without clean drinking water, lack of access to public transportation, bridges that are structurally deficient, and dams that are considered "high hazard," not to mention the hundreds of billions of dollars lost annually due to congestion and delays on roadways, rail lines, and at airports.
The in-flight safety lecture comes to mind when thinking of our relationship with other countries: If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.
When we don't take care of our own citizens first, we destroy our workforce and our own ability to support Americans in need.
Many people have been confusing Trump’s inaugural address with nationalism instead of patriotism. He is not promoting that we are better than the rest of the world, rather, that we are one nation and we need to unite in our love for this country, to build strength from the inside.
At some point, we must face the hard truth: if we continue down the path we are on, we won't be able to support ourselves, let alone anyone else. It's time we put America first. It's time we stop the handouts and allow other nations to become more self-reliant.
Thomas Jefferson once said, "Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself."
President Trump is fighting to give America back to the people. Our forefathers designed our government with hopes that rights would not be given to the people by the government, but that the government would be given limited rights from the people.
President Trump, during his inaugural address, stated, "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."
This does not sound like a man who wants to control the world or destroy the great achievements of the of presidents before him. This sounds like a man who has witnessed the ever-growing stronghand of government slowly destroy this great nation and has had enough.
Donald Trump stepped up and was voted in to put the power back in the hands of the American people. He vows to give voice to those who have felt unheard for far too long. He is committed to amend a broken system that has failed us.
Each president seems to have come at a time when they were most needed. President Barack Obama helped this country discover and work toward rectifying many of the social injustices that plague this great nation.
Now, it is time for Trump to empower our workforce and help us rebuild our infrastructure and independence.
Founding father John Dickinson summed it up best: "By uniting we stand, dividing we fall."
United, we the people can steer this country in a direction that gives equality to every citizen — no matter race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. We can create policies that protect our environment without hurting industry or rural America.
We can rebuild our neglected infrastructure while providing support to impoverished citizens.
Every voice deserves to be heard and for that reason, I am proud to call Mr. Trump the 45th President of the United States.