Monday, January 30, 2017

Text of Trump's Inauguration Speech

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On the day that a president begins a four-year term, he delivers an 'inauguration' speech. Inauguration basically means introduction.

A couple of weeks ago Trump gave his inauguration speech as a type of introduction as to what he intends to do for the new four years.

On the following link you can read his entire speech and I have the most interesting vocabulary words listed and defined under the link.

Vocabulary to help you understand the text in the link:

an address - to address someone is to speak to him/her, so an address is, basically, a speech.

Chief Justice Roberts - he is the head or leader of the US Supreme Court. He reads the oath of office to the person who will become president and that person repeats the oath in order to officially begin as president. The oath of office is the promise made by the person who will become president that he will protect the Constitution and attempt to serve the American people well.

to restore its promise - basically Trump is saying that recent American leaders have been going in the wrong direction and he is going to 'restore' or bring America back onto the right path. America's promise means America's potential. Previous leaders have lost America's potential and he will get it back.

the course of America - the path, the direction in which America will go.

to confront hardships - to face or deal with difficult times.

the transfer of power - when one president takes over for another.

gracious - very kind and polite and supportive.

transferring power - Trump claims that his election was special because he will help bring power back to the people and take power away from the professional politicians in Washington D.C.

reaped the rewards - they have benefited from being in government.

borne the costs - the people have been paying for dishonest (corrupt) politicians to become wealthy. bear, bore, borne  (to bear is to carry or to endure)

Washington flourished - politicians in Washington did very well and made lots of money.

politicians prospered - politicians became rich but people lost their jobs.

the establishment - politicians who have been around for a long time, people who have been doing the same thing for many years.

a crucial conviction - an essential belief; crucial - essential, a conviction - a belief

a nation exists - Trumps states that the US government should be doing a better job of serving its citizens.

a righteous public - a public that believes in doing the right thing or moral things; if you are righteous you are a good person.

trapped in poverty in our inner cities - 'inner city' is a term used for the very poorest and often most dangerous part or parts of a city. If a person is trapped in poverty, that person cannot escape or overcome poverty.

rusted out factories - factories that have not been used and which are rusting (when metal starts to become covered with reddish dust) tombstones - tombstones are placed on the graves of dead people in cemeteries

flush with cash...deprived of knowledge - our education system has lots of money but children are not learning as much as they ought to. to be deprived of knowledge means not receiving knowledge.

carnage - destruction, horror.

allegiance - loyalty.

at the expense of American industry - Trump states that we have helped other countries develop their economies while hurting our own.

subsidized armies - he states that we pay lots of money to help other countries to protect themselves and that the US gets nothing in return.

depletion of our military - Trump believes our military has become weaker or depleted (it has lost strength).

infrastructure - bridges, roads, tunnels etc.

factories shuttered - factories closed down (to shutter something is to close it down).

redistributed - sent out to.

a new decree - a new order, a new set of rules.

ravages - destruction...Trump is stating here that in the process of other countries making goods which we buy we are becoming weaker.

welfare - when the government gives away free money, free housing, free food etc. to the poor.

to impose our way of life on others - to force others to live as we do.

eradicate - eliminate.

the bedrock - the foundation.

patriotism - a love for one's country.

law enforcement - the police.

to harness the energies etc. - to utilize or use the energies etc.

sprawl - something spread out very widely.

plains - flat land 

1 comment:

  1. Dear Daniel,
    I'm not sure if I'm supposed to take your blog on U.S. money seriously, or seriously question your writing skills and mental capacity.
    First, let's look at your points about Alexander Hamilton. You write as though Hamilton somehow had a direct link to the atomic age and the dropping of atomic bombs. I don't know if you know this, but he lived in the 1700's! If you are as great a writer as you seem to think, why not write about the direct links, (which there are none), that can be drawn from Hamilton to the knowledge of how atomic energy works to prove your point. Just because someone had the vision of America being a world powerhouse someday, doesn't link him to dropping atomic bombs as if he were flying the planes and dropping the bombs himself.
    Second, why all the profane words? If you are as great a writer as you think you are, you don't need profanity laced blogs to explain yourself in a manner that makes your point. Now, I'm not so conservative that a profane word offends me, but why someone who works for a university needs to use that many profane words to 'educate' or express ones self is beyond me. Are these the skills you teach at Columbia University? Does the university president know, that, regardless of your opinions, you use language like that to prop your beliefs up as your writing style? I don't know what you teach, but if it's writing, or English, or journalism, you need to burn your degree and get a new one to help your writing be more professional.
    Third, I thought you 'retired' from the 'Proletarian Art Snob' blog. Last year you wrote a long winded, insulting, and condescending 'retirement' letter to end your blog, then after I replied, you took it down and made sure only members of the blog could comment, and then you keep posting blogs. Are you retired or aren't you? Can't YOU decide? Let me do it for you.....if all you can do is write down to people or speak down to people, you probably should take the time you use to write blog entries to look in the mirror and tell yourself how great you are compared to everyone else.
    Having opinions are one thing. Shoving them down everyone's throats with profanity with the belief that only you are right, is something else entirely.