Our news stations and social media outlets are full of negative posts and comments regarding our 45th President of the United States. The people who know me well know I have been struggling with voicing my personal opinions about Mr. Trump, or remaining quiet in order to project peace and positive vibes. Let me tell you, the struggle is real. I have been mulling things over for the past couple of weeks and thought I should try to move beyond the barriers of my thinking and dig deep to find the good things brought to you by #45. Why not? I fancy myself as a well-versed, reasonable individual. I know we all have beneficial areas within our personalities as well as detrimental segments of ourselves. It is time for me to sit down and express the silver linings of Donald J. Trump among the many dark, billowing clouds.
- Resurgence in Registered Voters ~ Americans are heading back to the polls! Voter turnout percentages have been the highest it has ever been in a century. The masses have awakened. We have something to fight for. We need to be heard. I honestly didn’t pay much attention to the elections when I was younger. It was taught in school but the importance wasn’t too highly stressed. There was no fire ignited within me. I felt my vote wasn’t going to count anyway, especially with our current Electoral College system. That has changed. The fire is lit and I am honored to have the right to vote.
2. American Pride ~ People are flying the American flag outside of their homes again. They are showing up to speeches and marches. They are voting. They are discussing laws and debating rights. I have noticed that this behavior tends to happen when we feel threatened in some way. During times of war, when it appears that someone is trying to take away our personal liberties, or when we feel violated, morally or ethically. We are proud to be Americans. I love being an American. Thank you, Mr. Trump.
3. Women Have Found Their Voices ~ #MeToo. #TimesUp When the leader of the free world can go on TV and announce that he can grab “pussy” whenever he wants and “when you’re a star, you can do it. You can do anything”, where is there to go but up? Married three times. Married to #1 and #2 when he moved on to #2 and #3. Boasting about trying to “f***” married women, moving in on them. Does this behavior affect him as an acting President? Probably not. What it does is send a message and that message has been received loud and clear. I see Trump supporters posting about ethics and morality, when it is so clearly absent. Seriously? I ache for the First Lady, who has to hold her head up and support him even though she has been humiliated and disrespected. This has trickled down and infected the roots and branches of our Presidential tree. Women, and even some men, are speaking up and speaking out. There is no more hiding. There is no more shame. We will not be victimized, nor silenced, anymore. I love it!
4. Policy, Protocol, Grammar, Spelling ~ We are in the age of misspelled words, run-on sentences, sentence fragments and poor grammar. Our former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has stated that “it’s hard to go to work for a man who is pretty undisciplined, doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read briefing reports, doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things, but rather just kind of says, ‘This is what I believe.” We are now seeing how important these things are when it comes to running a country. We are now seeing how important these things are when it comes to making a positive and proud showing in front of fellow world leaders. I have felt embarrassed for America on multiple occasions. Yes, this is our leader. Please ignore it when he speaks out of turn, or doesn’t follow protocol, or Tweets at 3am, trying to insult or humiliate one of his own cabinet members. I am hoping this spurns our younger generation on the importance of that book-learnin’. I feel it has.
5. Trust In Your Word ~ Our current President repeats over and over during his speeches “Believe me, believe me, when I tell you….”. Ok, so let’s see.
- “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.” Right.
- “One of my first acts as president will be to establish a commission on radical Islam which will include reformist voices in the Muslim community who will hopefully work with us.” No signs of a commission.
- “Our elected representatives in the House and Senate must … block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure.” No block grants for Medicaid.
- “If I’m elected president, I will push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.” Nope.
These are just a few. Is Hilary in jail? Nope. Ha, almost forgot that big one. He promised to support the LGBT community, yet he will not allow transgenders in the military. He promised he is not a racist yet he states there are some very good people that are Neo-Nazi. He tends to further victimize people affected by natural disaster by his lack of action, lack of tact and lack of empathy yet he is a man of the people. Most of his cabinet has either been fired for various reasons or left, and these are people HE CHOSE. They are running for the hills, or they are being deposed for legal reasons. He accuses the media that does not agree with him of being fake. FAKE. Sure thing.
Seeing this behavior has made many of us realize how important our word is to others. Character and integrity make the man, not the cut of his suit or how often he golfs at his Floridian White House. It’s painful to watch yet I would trade it at this moment in history. We needed a jump start in how we view ourselves and those we associate with. My Mama used to tell me “guilt by association” and I think I understand that now more than ever. Your word is your bond. People need to be able to trust one another.
These are just a few of the reasons why I love President Donald J. Trump, and I do. I love him. I don’t hate him. I don’t wish him or his family any ill will. I love him. Do I like him? No, but hey, we needed a shake up. We needed to have a “Come to Jesus” meeting with ourselves, and he was just the ticket. I have seen what I do not want. I have found my voice as a person, a woman, a voter, and as a decent human being.
In our need for change, a man was voted into office for the simple sake of change. He was a businessman. He was a TV personality. He was a Playboy. He was a billionaire. He was everything but a qualified Statesman with a dignified presence and a clear understanding of our poor, our homeless, our military, our diversity and what makes America great. It was never “not great”. It just needed a shot in the arm. I am grateful to #45 for being that medicine. I pray for his success and I pray for our country but in the event we just keep spiraling, I pray we have the strength to recognize that before we all run over the edge of that cliff, following the leader.