Today is inauguration day and the United States will have a peaceful transfer of power as we as a nation witness (but probably not watch) Donald J. Trump become the 45th President of our Great Country.
Yes, I am the stereotypical Trump supporter: an old white guy, retired military, lives in a rural community in a small state (Maine), married a couple of times, kids, grandkids, doesn’t make a lot, but remembers better times financially.
No I did not vote for President Trump.
I will be up-front and honest that I didn’t feel that he was the choice I would want being the Commander-in-Chief – actually neither one was, so I voted for the person I thought would do the least amount of damage and provide some checks and balances on a Republican controlled Congress.
I was not alone over 3 million more American voters chose the other candidate in the popular vote. However, we are a Democratic Republic and the way that our election process works is that the Electoral College winner becomes our next President, not the popular vote winner.
Which means that Donald J. Trump is our President today. He is the President of the United States whether we like it or not.
When I was in the military, there were many times/situations where the person in charge was a true arsehole and had jackshit for brains. However, that person usually had more gold on the sleeve, which meant that you had to suck it up and do what you had to do. You had to respect the Uniform or position of authority that they had, but respecting the person was optional – they had to earn it and when they didn’t it did cause problems.
I think that is where many American’s will be today. They respect the Office of the President, but the person who is now holding that Office, has not earned their respect, due to his past and current actions.
So what can we do?
President Trump does not have a mandate, but the Republican party does have a majority in the House and Senate, which means that change will come.
Refuse to normalize his boorish behaviors, trivialize his lies, conflicts of interest, treatment of the press or Twitter tantrums and judge Trump’s Presidency on what he and his staff/Cabinet/Congress actually do to make life better for all American’s, not just a few.
Hold them accountable. Don’t accept lies and half-truths as answers and stay involved in politics on the local, state and federal levels. Let our elected representatives know your opinion on policy, bills and other things that concern you.
However, at the same time I am going put my foot in my mouth and say the following:
I sincerely hope that President Donald J. Trump becomes the President that I and many others who are now doubters want to re-elect, because of the good that he has done for our Country.
In other words, I hope that he proves the dire predictions that many have about President Trump’s Presidency wrong.
I know, I know, the cabinet choices and the his actions prior to taking his oath of office has not been the harbinger of good, great or even much decency, but I believe taking that oath does do something to a person.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
The enormity of putting your hand on Lincoln’s Bible and repeating those words, it has to have some effect on a person forever.
Once President Trump says those words, his world suddenly expands to include millions of people who depend on him to become a leader of people, who makes difficult decisions for their benefit, up to and including sending our Country’s young men and women into combat, where not all them will come home alive. An entire nation becomes his family. That has to weigh on any person’s soul.
We have all seen how much the Presidency ages the men who have preceded President Trump and I believe that having to make those wieghty decisions will change the person that Trump has been. It might not happen overnight, but it will happen sooner than many think.
I know I am an optimist and that I see the glass half full pretty much all the time, but being President is different from being a CEO of a business and the need to make money becomes almost a distraction of becoming a good one. President Trump just hasn’t realized it yet, but I believe that he will.
At least that is my hope.
In other words, yes, I want Donald J. Trump to be a successful President of our Republic. I do want him to succeed and become a President, who over the course of the next 3 years proves to me and millions of other doubters that we were wrong in our appraisal of where he would take this Country, when we voted against him in November 2016.
The only mandate I saw was for our new President to make life better in the small towns, rural communities and the people who live real lives, that were forgotten over the last 20 years, in the current version of the American Dream.
If you do that…well let’s see if you can change my mind and then in four years, we will see if I would vote for you in 2020 or not.
You are starting out in a pretty big hole, so President Trump, you will need to do a LOT of good. I have a feeling that the next four years are going to be either really good or we will live in “interesting times”.
You have taken the oath to be OUR President, let us now see what you really stand for and is it really the people of the Country or just a few?
So the Tump years begin.
But remember, all of America is watching and listening a lot closer than you think President Trump. We do care about who you are, what you do and that while you lead, you also serve.