First things first: as I mentioned in my World in 2017 blog, we are just beginning a 9 world cycle. This is a cycle for reform. This means that any reform President Trump initiates is likely to stick around, with only minor changes, until the next 9 cycle (2098-2106). The last 9 cycle was 1936-1944, and President Franklin Roosevelt certainly initiated reforms that have stuck around to this day – welfare being one of the biggest. Second, this blog is long – the speech itself is just over four pages long. Third, keep your eyes open for statements that have to do with the numerology of our nation. Here’s a quick overview of the basics: Self-expression (how our nation tend to go about its business) – 99/18/9. This is the ultimate expression of humanitarian energy. It also has a great deal to do with culture and counseling. As a result, we have a tendency to get into everyone else’s business, welcome or not. The negative expression indicates selfishness, self-centeredness, insensitivity to the needs of other nations, the appearance of being aloof, and a lack of involvement. I also note that 9 is the number of religion – which, in its negative aspect, turns to zealotry. Personality (how other nations see The United States of America) – 22/4. We are master builders. Not only do we build things we know how to build, but we take on jobs that everyone else thinks are impossible and get those done, too. Thus, other nations tend to turn to us when they do not see a way out of a situation, and that can bring us a great deal of wealth. We tend (as a nation) to be tactful and diplomatic as well as extremely influential. The negative side of this is a tendency to be rigid, dogmatic, domineering, to limit ourselves, and to discipline other nations with too much force. Soul (how the citizens of the U.S. see our nation) – 32/5. We are always pushing the boundaries, usually with optimism and diplomacy. We see ourselves as adaptable, enthusiastic, resourceful, and progressive. Freedom is our watchword, and we tend to use a lot of imagination as well, which makes our nation a bit unpredictable. With freedom comes travel – thus, yet again, a tendency to be everywhere but in the U.S. The negative side of this is impatience, restlessness, lack of routine, and a tendency to drop things – particularly responsibilities – to take on new interests. So, on to the breakdown: “Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world: Thank you.” Standard greetings. “We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.” He wants to apply that personality number to ourselves. Given that we are in a reform cycle, this will be much easier if he finds a method for rebuilding that is very different from what we are used to. “Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.” America, most certainly. Other countries will also have a say in determining the course of the world, but we are likely to try to influence them. “We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.” Yes, yes, and not during Mr. Trump’s presidency – though he will make great headway on whatever he thinks the job is. The job will not be completed until 2025, with some probable spillover into 2026. “Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.” Well, sometimes it’s 8 years, and if a president is killed, it’s often less than 4 years, but in the normal course of things, that is correct. As for praising the previous administration, that is par for the course in a speech like this. “Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the American People.” I doubt that. First, Washington, D. C. is still where the laws come from – and thus, where the power comes from. Second, in order for the people to truly have power over what those laws are, you will need to put every single one of those laws to a nationwide vote – a long, tedious, and expensive process, which is the reason we have representatives in Washington, D.C. in the first place. “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.” Well, not all of the people reaping rewards were in the capital, but a fair portion of them were. “Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.” There have been quite a few normal, everyday citizens who have recently had victories due to decisions made in Washington. The most obvious are the homosexuals who now have the right to marry. However, there are enough people who feel disenfranchised for these statements to seem true. Then again, there always seem to be large numbers of people who feel disenfranchised heading into any 9 cycle. If they weren’t, then there would be no reason for reforms. “That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.” Given what I have seen in the news, a great number of people feel very much like not celebrating. “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. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.” Pure hyperbole. First, since America has traditionally been founded on government by the people and for the people, every American politician wants you to think you can personally influence them. However, it is extremely rare for any group of voters to be unanimous in their agreement. As a result, representatives typically get mixed messages, and so do whatever they think is best. Second, there is no definition of who the ‘forgotten men and women’ are, and there is no way everybody’s names can be recorded in the history books. Third, not everyone is listening – great numbers of people have chosen not to listen, and it’s not the people speaking, it’s President Trump. Fourth, there may or may not be tens of millions in his movement, but we have seen similar movements in history with an equivalent percentage of people in them, and there are other modern movements with tens of millions of people. “At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.” That has been at the center of every movement during a 9 cycle in American history. In fact, it’s the main point of the Declaration of Independence – which was signed during a 9 cycle. “Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves. These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.” Several of many just and reasonable demands. “But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.” This would be the list of issues. This seems to be the meat of his speech. By the way, not all school districts are flush with cash. Many have pared back as much as they feel they can and still struggle with the budget every year. “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny.” This is the promise for reform. I, for one, will be interested to see how he enacts reform in these areas. Remember, whatever he does will be the way the nation will go for the next 81 years. “The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.” This line seems to go more with the beginning of the speech. “For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; We've defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own; And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.” There appears to be a great deal of evidence to back these statements up. I wonder: is President Trump planning to pay for reforms by withdrawing support from other countries, or even from the United Nations? Remember, we have a tendency to immerse ourselves in the business of other countries. On the other hand, there is evidence that we may have gone too far in that direction, in which case, pulling back for a year or two might be a good idea. Certainly, many deals have been in place for decades and need to be looked at again. “But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future. We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.” Well, at least for the next 81 years, assuming he can implement it. “From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.” Well, if that isn’t a negative 9 statement, I don’t know what is. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.” So, he plans to pull back from supporting other countries. This is not the way for us to reach great prosperity. Remember, our 22/4 personality means that helping other nations with their building and rebuilding will lead our nation to prosperity. “I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down. America will start winning again, winning like never before.” Winning at what? This is very much a 1 statement. While we are seen as leaders, which usually falls under the 1, that’s not how we got to our leadership. We are leaders because of our master numbers – the 99 and the 22. “We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.” So he intends to impose limitations. Remember that negative 22/4? “We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.” That much I have no argument with. “We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.” This statement, however, indicates that he wishes to isolate us from other nations. As I indicated in the introduction, that does not work for us. “We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.” Some of those nations have numbers that indicate they should be putting their interests first. In addition, the two 2s in the 22/4 indicate that seeking friendship and goodwill is a good thing. So, no issues here. “We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.” Good idea, in principle. Following that practice is difficult for us. “We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.” Good luck with that. The alliances are great, and very appropriate. Eradicating a sect of a major belief system is much more difficult, especially since that sect and others like it have been engaging in non-war related terrorism since the mid-1800s. “At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.” Patriotism and prejudice are not antonyms. In fact, it is not unusual for patriotism to be used as the reason for prejudice. “The Bible tells us, ‘how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.’” I must point out that not everyone in the U.S. is Christian, and we do have freedom of religion. “We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.” This could be seen as a statement that relates to our 5 soul number, as that freedom of speech he alludes to often leads to progress. “When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.” True, as long as we don’t limit ourselves. “There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.” I am very leery of statements that include the words ‘always’ and ‘never’. Something usually happens to negate that statement. Then, there is the idea of God again, which large portions of us disagree with, no matter what the rest of us try to say. That said, there is no denying that religion plays a larger role in our government than people realize, primarily because many of those we have elected to represent us feel that they are religious people. “Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.” Of course. That is the root of a 5 soul number. “We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.” But politicians love to talk! He’s right, though. This is a cycle of action. “Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.” Another statement that relates to the 22/4. “We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.” That remains to be seen. This is a reform cycle – which means things are likely to change. “We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.” The birth of the new millennium was seventeen years ago. As for the rest – some of that is actually going to happen this year. See my ‘World in 2017’ blog. If it doesn’t get done by March 2018, though, it’s unlikely to happen until 2023. “A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights and heal our divisions.” Optimistic, on his part. Perhaps not overly optimistic, as the master numbers (in our case, 99 and 22), are all about inspiration. “It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: That whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.” Well, not all of that is the same, though in theory, most of it should be. Though if everybody had the same dream, then there are a lot of jobs that would not be getting done. “So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again.” There’s that ‘never’ I was talking about. I would be very surprised if some American wasn’t being ignored this very minute. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way. Together, We Will Make America Strong Again. We Will Make America Wealthy Again. We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again. And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.” All of that would take teamwork. This is also a very typical conclusion, intended to rouse people and get them cheering. As you can see, he made quite a few statements that are in line with the numerology of our country. There are also a number of statements that indicate he is thinking of taking our country in a negative direction, numerologically speaking. Some of this may be necessary, as our government may be overdoing it in terms of getting involved in other countries’ issues. Let us hope that he does not take things too far to the negative, or we will lose the positive expression of what our country is. And that would be a tragedy for the world.