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Well…the ultimate “it’s never gonna happen” has happened…Donald Trump is officially the 45th President of the United States of America. For some, this is a time of great rejoice. For others…not so much. Regardless of which side one finds themselves on, life goes on.
While I am leery about what the future brings, I am happy that this moment has finally come. Lately, it seems people have been divided into two camps…those bitching and moaning about Donald Trump winning the presidency and those bitching and moaning about those bitching and moaning about Donald Trump winning the presidency. Both camps are equally annoying (often ignorant)…emotionally draining…and in the end did nothing to change the outcome of what procedurally ensured was going to happen.
I didn’t watch the inauguration. Certainly not out of protest. That whole movement to boycott the inauguration was both silly and absurd (spoiler alert, even if you boycotted the inauguration…Donald Trump was still sworn in as President). My reason for not watching was simple. The inauguration is nothing more than pomp and circumstance, driven by rhetoric. Another opportunity for President Trump to tell us what he’s going to do. Been there, done that…heard it. I’m tired of rhetoric and talk…now is the time for action.
It remains to be seen what that action will be. We’ve heard a lot of promises. If history is any indication though, President Trump will be hard pressed to achieve even a minority of those promises. Certainly, his odds are better with a GOP dominated Congress. However, even that is questionable. It’s no secret that Donald Trump is not a “real” Republican. In addition, we’ve already seen the Grand Obstructionist Party’s inability to lead even when the opportunity is handed to them on a silver platter. Which only serves to make the future that much more uncertain.
The infamous “they” said Donald Trump would never be taken seriously. Yet he was. “They” said the Republican Party would never accept him as one of their candidates. Yet they did (granted begrudgingly). “They” said Donald Trump would never beat the likes of Bush…Rubio…or my favorite story teller (ha!)…Ted “Green Eggs and Ham” Cruz. Yet he did. “They” said Donald Trump would never win the Republican Party nomination. Yet he did. “They” said there’s no way he’s going to beat Hillary Clinton”. But he did. “They” said Donald Trump will never be President of the United States of America. Yet he is.
“They” said President Donald Trump will be the worst President this county has ever had…
As we wind up our 4th of July weekend, I can’t help but wonder what our Forefathers would think of today’s United States of America. On one hand, I believe that they are proud of the fact that we’ve kept this grand experiment that is Democracy alive for so long. Because in reality, it should have failed a long time ago. Yet, we somehow manage to keep it going. Yes, we aren’t a true Democracy. Yes, we are dysfunctional. Yet, no one does Democracy better on the macro scale than the United States of America.
However, I also believe our Forefathers would be quite ashamed of today’s America. Politicians, and Citizens alike have perverted key aspects of our Constitution. Freedom of Speech, the Right to Bear Arms, and Separation of Church and State have been twisted by the few….at the expense of the Country. Capitalism, which is what set our country apart from any other, is what threatens to tear this country apart. Today’s American, born out of the “Politically Correct” era, has become the mainstay of todays “Self Expectant” era. Today, We the People believe because we exist, we deserve everything everyone else has. While it is difficult to determine the assumption of this country’s Forefathers, I’m quite sure this is not what they had in mind for the future of this Nation.
As we look to the future, we must change our ways. Corporations are not Individuals. Gun toting wanna-be soldiers do not have the right to display their semi-automatic weapons in public. While this country does not have an official state religion, those that worship their god DO NOT have the right to force their perceived deity and beliefs upon those of us that know better. Greed driven Capitalism…is not the way. And to those that believe they deserve everything because they breathe…you don’t. The reality is there are those that have done more, and better than you…and therefore deserve more. I like to believe this…is what our Forefathers had in mind for the future of this Nation!