So, President Obama has less than an hour left, and then we will have President Trump. I wanted to write down my thoughts.
I did not vote for Trump, and frankly, I’m really scared. I think that even though he is not the President yet, he as already made such large mistakes that I think we are in for a long and bad four years.
But, he is (or will be) my President, because I live in the United States, and whether we agree with the system, the system seems to have elected him. I know that he didn’t win the popular vote, but we don’t work based on the popular vote. Whether or not we should change this, and the merits of the Electoral College system are for a totally different discussion.
I hope that I’m wrong about him. I hope that he is a good President, or at least a decent President, but I think he has already shown us what he is going to be. I’m not blind to what he’s already done wrong, but I don’t see our options as being anything but having him as President.
I hope that he does not do anything impeachable. I hope this for two reasons, one I don’t think that Mike Pence is a better option, but also, because him doing something impeachable (I mean truly impeachable, not the kinds of things both sides throw around in hyperbole) is bad for America.
I do think we have the option, and I would argue the duty, as American citizens to oppose him when we feel he is incorrect on an issue. Oppose through vocal protest, through legistlature, and through every legal avenue that we have available.
But I hope that those of us who don’t like him, do not oppose everything he says just for the sake of opposing him. We saw how that worked out the last eight years, we had a party dedicated to not working with the President, a party that wanted to embarrass him, but in actuality embarrassed themselves, and inhibited America’s progress.
We need to be honest, and fair, if we attack everything, we will discredit our own side. Last week, Ben Carson during his confirmation hearings was asked if he would take action benefiting any of the Trump family, and he answered, “it will not be my intention to do anything that will benefit any American” and then he paused and added “in particular.” If you listen to how he says this, in particular was going to come before, but he adjusted. This is being used across social media, and to a lesser extent the mainstream media, as an example of incompetence and dishonesty along with other statements by other cabinet nominees.
I bring this up because we’re in danger of being the boy who cried wolf. We need to reserve frustration and outrage towards the legitimate issues that justify them. There is no shortage, so please let us work to support the good things, and oppose the bad things. We don’t have to like President Trump, but we have to deal with him, and if we try not to, we’re doing ourselves and this country a disservice.