The week began so well…everyone had high hopes for whoever their candidate was. And for some, post-election was a time for cheering; for others, it was devastation. People are threatening to leave the country, people are marching in the streets, and people are holding up signs that say “Impeach Trump” before he’s even sworn in as President. Are we really ready, so easily, to give up?
People are nervous and afraid. And for good reason. We all heard the then-campaigning (now President-elect) Trump, say terrible things about women, calling them fat pigs and ugly. They heard him belittle those women he treated as sexual objects as if they meant so little that it was okay to behave in a degrading manner when speaking about them. In Trump’s world, sexual aggression and insults to women were merely locker room talk. The people heard threats of punishment for abortion and repeals of Roe v. Wade. Now women wonder if our country will take a step back to when they didn’t have a vote and men could, under the law, do whatever they wished because “their woman” was their property.
We saw and heard him make fun of a handicapped reporter. Is that how he imagines his government for all the people will treat those who don’t meet his standards?
We heard him say, Mexico does not send us their best. We heard him denigrate all Mexicans as rapists and murderers. We heard him insult Black Americans. We heard all that and more.
We heard him say Muslims were not welcome in our country where all of us, but for a few Native Americans, were immigrants at one time. Trump’s own mother was born in Scotland, and his grandfather immigrated here from Germany, yet he wants to keep out those that he deems unworthy of living here. He’s made himself the judge and jury of who belongs and who does not.
He said he wanted to be CEO of America, but he is delusional if he thinks that running a country is like running a business. Our Congress and Senate have much more power than his boards of directors. He answers to them. More importantly, he answers to US! He may be the elected leader (though not by the majority of the people), but he does not rule us. He signs things into law, but he does not make the law. The wheels of government policy grind slowly on, and he will find it a tough row to hoe if he believes he can simply step in and take over. Dictators and tyrants do that, not Presidents.
Citizens want to be able to respect and look up to their President, not worry about what he’ll say next and whether he’ll anger a foreign power the way he has so many of his own people. People’s reactions and their fears of a President Trump are based on what they heard candidate Trump say and the uncertainty of whether that man can transform to presidential material and truly represent us in a way that makes us proud and allows us to respect him.
What sort of country do WE want? It is OUR country, after all, not the country of Trump. And “our country” includes all the people who voted for Trump as well as all of the people who voted against him, and even the ones who just stayed home and didn’t vote, or took the cowards way out and wrote in someone’s name. It takes ALL OF US to make our country great, the country that just elected Donald J. Trump President. You can’t sit this one out, folks. You live here. So you didn’t vote for him. So what? He’s still the President. It’s foolish to push back against that now. Now is too late. It’s not useful to march in the streets today calling for his impeachment before Trump even takes the oath of office.
We need to let our fear of what could be work for us. We must work TOGETHER – every single one of us – to ensure that any wacko ideas get pushed back, that we hold on to the freedoms we already have, that we move forward not backward, and that we do it together. IT’S TIME TO STAND TOGETHER. We need to support our President as much as we possibly can, but this is not Trumpland, folks. It’s the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Only Americans make America Great.
Not ME the President. WE the People.