The Inauguration and the Future

The Inauguration and the Future

By Siegrid Raible

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the forty-fifth president of the United States took place on January 20, 2017. After taking the oath of office, he delivered his first address to the nation and the world. He painted a vision of a dystopian America – its countryside littered with tombstone factories and its inner cities rife with carnage. He vowed that he would deliver on his campaign promise to “Make America Great Again.”

The following day in dozens of cities in America (and around the world), hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children of all stripes marched in what was called “The Women’s March.” They walked with signs delivering their dystopian take on the new leader of the free world.

If the president truly wants to deliver on his promise to the middle class, the promise of good-paying jobs, he must invest in America. And America is its people. He should be leading us in one task – uniting the public and private sectors in creating those good-paying jobs. There’s plenty to do. Young Americans need to be educated and trained for jobs in the new economy. Corporations must be willing to invest in its workers as jobs evolve. Older Americans left unemployed and underemployed must not be forgotten, as they have been, but supported as they transition into new jobs.

We can achieve these goals through cooperation. We must find common ground. Abraham Lincoln, a great Republican president, in his speech accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination as that state’s United States senator on June 16, 1858 admonished “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Mr. President bind this divided nation. End the angry diatribes. Let us work together for the good of the American people.

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