Speaking to a formal crowd in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where President Abraham Lincoln delivered an 1863 address now memorialized in our American annals of history, Donald Trump invoked the political divide of the past. In his vision for the first 100 days in office, he charted a roadmap that would bridge our present political divide by restoring an American government that is of, by, and for the people. By condemning career politicians, Washington insiders, special interests, lobbyists, multinational corporations, and unions as the obstacle to popular government, Trump made his case in more detail than ever why his vision for the future is the one in which public officials serve the will of the people and not powerful individuals and organizations with objectionable access.
The first 100 days of a Donald Trump administration would drain the swamp, investing large sums of resources investigating the inner workings and corrupt practices of Washington. The administration would work to safeguard free speech on the airwaves and in the media by limiting mega-mergers of corporations like AT&T because it concentrates too much power and communications in the hands of too few. Additionally, a Trump administration would level the playing field between small business and corporations like Amazon. Trump said his White House will investigate the unfair advantages Amazon receives by bypassing tradition commercial taxation, claiming it hurts small business and mom & pop shops that are forced to pay taxes and increase prices in a way Amazon does not. Trump would direct his administration to investigate and prosecute individuals and organizations that have committed conspiracy to incite violence. Invoking the recent Project Veritas videotapes that have uncovered Democratic operatives admitting to undemocratic acts that seek to deny people their first amendment rights to political assembly, expression, and free speech. Lobbyist groups that have had the most access are those able to fund career politicians; their interests have been put ahead of the American peoples. Donald Trump remarked, “I have no interest but you, the American voter.”
Do we choose to repeat the mistakes of the past, or do we choose to believe a great future lies ahead.
Trump referred to his policy speech in Gettysburg as the “100 Day Action Plan to Make America Great Again”, firing specific policy details on trade and the economy, infrastructure and immigration, and ethics reform. Together, these plans would “bring honesty and accountability back to Washington D.C.”
Ethics and the Federal Government
Seek a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress. Implement a hiring freeze on all federal employees, exempting public safety, health, and the military. For every new federal regulation, 2 must be eliminated. Place a 5 year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after their service. Decree a lifetime ban on lobbying on behalf of foreign governments and a complete ban on foreign governments funding U.S. elections.
Trade and the Economy
Protect American workers by renegotiating NAFTA, withdraw from the deal altogether if “Fair Trade” cannot be implemented. Announce the withdrawal of America from the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TTP). Direct the Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator–but expressed it was not China’s fault they were able to get away with this for so long, the fault lies with America’s feckless politicians. Moreover, Trump would direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. trade representatives to use every tool at their disposal to end trade abuses against American workers. To create American jobs and tap America’ vital resource needs, Trump would lift restrictions on the production of 50 trillion dollars’ worth of energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas, and clean coal. He would end the Obama roadblocks to energy infrastructure, and allow the Keystone Pipeline to be built. Trump would focus American dollars at home on the environment, canceling billions of dollars in payments to the UN for Obama’s climate change deals and use that funding to repair America’s environmental and water infrastructure.
Work with congress to introduce the passage of middle-class tax relief and simplification—the largest tax reduction will be for the forgotten middle class. He would seek the simplification of the tax code from 7 brackets to 3, and simplify tax forms that are so complicated only lawyers and accountants can understand them. The business tax rate would be cut to 15 percent so companies can bring their overseas profits back to America instead of parking it abroad. Trump would seek an end to the Offshore Act and establish tariffs as a consequence for companies. Continuing with infrastructure, Trump would seek the passage of an American Infrastructure Act, a public-private partnership aimed at rebuilding America’s roads, bridges, and airports.
Security, the Constitution, and Immigration
Cancel unlawful executive orders issued by Obama. Begin the process of selecting a SCOTUS replacement for Justice Scalia from his list of 20 potential Justices. Cancel federal funding of sanctuary cities. Begin removing 2 million criminal illegal aliens from the country. Cancel visas for nations that won’t take them back. Enact the End illegal Immigration Act, which would fully fund the construction of a southern border wall that Mexico will reimburse the cost of. Initiate a 2-year mandatory federal prison sentence for those who reenter the US. 5 years for those with 2+ prior deportations or if criminal offenses. Reform our visa rules to ensure jobs are offered to US workers first. Create a task force aimed at helping local law enforcement handle drug addiction and gang networks. Expand military investment and protect vital infrastructure from cyber attacks.
Donald Trump pledged to “end common core and bring education supervision to local communities.” The School Choice and Education Opportunity Act would redirect federal funding, allowing parents to choose their child’s school. Trump spoke about expanding vocational and technical education in addition to making 2-year and 4-year education more affordable. Repeal and replace Obamacare Act: replace with health savings accounts, purchase insurance across state lines to create competition, let states manage Medicaid funds, speed approval of lifesaving medication and cut red tape at the FDA– 4000 drugs are waiting for approval in the bureaucracy.
If we follow these steps we will once again have a government of, by, and for the people – Donald J. Trump
The people overwhelming agreed. On November 8 2016 Americans voted for their next President and overwhelming gave Donald J. Trump a victory. Trump flipped traditional blue states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, penetrating the Democratic firewall or Blue Wall, in addition to winning every battleground state–Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina.
View his humble victory speech after it was clear he hurdled over the required 270 electoral votes: