January 20, 2017
Today is Inauguration Day. This day we, the citizens of the United States, welcome in Donald J. Trump as President. Twenty words into my first post and I can already hear the voices of dissension “He’s not my president.” But that isn’t true. He is our president—my president and your president. For the next four years—if he can stay in office—he will be the head of the Executive Branch of our government. This is a fact.
I entitled this post “Trump is Not a Politician.” On that I think we can all agree. No politician would do and say what he did during the campaign. No politician would hold fast to so many politically incorrect, sometimes frightening, and generally outrageous positions. He wants to build a giant wall to keep undocumented foreigners from entering our country illegally. He is against abortion. He disliked his political opponent with such rancor that he said he would put her in jail. He was against trade proposals and other agreements which previous administrations had diligently worked to put into place. He said nice things about Mr. Putin. And worst of all, he was an outsider. He had no idea how things worked in Washington. How could he be expected to get anything accomplished?
And what about his character? Given everything we have seen him or heard Trump say, would any politician expect to survive the rigors of the election campaigns for the Office of President of the United States? I don’t think so. Anyone else who had spent some time in the political arena would have white-washed his past such that nothing like his misogynistic ‘locker room’ banter would ever make it on-air. Nor would a politician make public or private comments diminishing the credibility of ‘climate change’, or Senator McCain’s war record, or Megyn Kelly’s credentials as a reporter. To say the least Trump was bombastic, iconoclastic and hyperbolic as he auditioned for the job of Chief Executive. And he was a success. He won the election. Yes, Donald Trump is not a politician, that we know, but he is now the President of the United States. He is our leader.
Are you afraid that Mr. Trump is the next Mussolini or Hitler? Do you think he’s going to grab the nuclear football and try to run for an atomic touchdown? Or do you think he’s going to attempt revive the Ku Klux Klan? Is he in bed with the Russians plotting the demise of America? Will he repeal the Affordable Health Care act allowing seriously ill people to die because they are uninsured? Or on the other side, are you anticipating he will organize Congress to pass a law to ban abortions? Are you hoping he will order the incarceration of Hillary Clinton? Do you think he will force the deportation of the children of undocumented aliens? Are you afraid he will be impeached before he can complete or even start to fulfill his campaign promises?
These are the voices of distrust in the American system of government. These are the voices of fear and hope. The loud voices speaking today may be sincere in their concerns. Or they may have other agendas. Whatever their motivations, they fail to recognize the power of the American system of government and the power of the Constitution of the United States. When President Trump consolidates his position as the leader of the Executive Branch, and that may take some time, he will be in charge of one-third of the power of the government. Let us hope he will use that power wisely for that is the reason he was elected to office. However, we are governed by a system of checks and balances. The Executive is empowered to execute the business of government. That business is established by the Legislative Branch, and both branches are held to the standards of the Constitution by the Judicial Branch. It is a system which has been in place for over two hundred years.
The good thing is that President Trump is really an independent. He is not beholden to political party leaders from either side of the aisle. His hands will not be tied by the two-party system. In that sense, he is open to new ideas and approaches to solve our country’s problems. It will be his job to convince both the Republicans and Democrats on the hill that his ideas are valid. He will not be the caretaker of the status quo. Everyone knows the existing economic and social problems America faces. We also recognize the ever-present threats to our safety in a troubled world. We live in times of danger and opportunity.
The people of America have decided it is time for change. But change is not comfortable. It stresses and strains our minds and beliefs. It is time for change because the status quo is not working. It is time for new approaches, new ideas, and bold but calculated moves. President Trump is not a politician. And we as citizens should not be concerned about whether he obeys the rules of politicians. We should only be concerned with results. This is not Mr. Trump’s first time on the executive battlefield. Will we allow him to do his job as he sees fit? Or will we abuse the system by interfering with his work? Again, this is his first day on the job. The American people should wish him well for we all need him to manage our country with intelligence, firmness, and authority. The time for voting is over. It is time to let President Trump get to work.
We must allow the magic of the American system to function as it has in the past. We should not allow any injustice, manipulation, or interference to make his extremely difficult job harder. Today is day one. Let’s all calm down and let President Trump demonstrate that our confidence in him was warranted. Good luck, Mr. President.