President Trump is moving pretty fast, doing things and undoing things that he has direct control over in our federal government. Some I like, some not so much. However, it’s his prerogative and all his predecessors have done exactly the same thing.
As far as I’m concerned the jury is out on Trump. Time will tell whether he’s an effective president or not. But the criticism of him seems withering and, understandably, backs him and his administration into a corner. They become defensive and hence we now have something called “alternative facts;” their way of explaining their position.
Actually, I don’t care if President Obama’s inauguration was bigger than Trumps. It certainly doesn’t deserve the attention the media is giving it, or, for that matter, Trump and his detracters are giving it. In physical attendance I’m sure Obama’s inauguration was bigger. The media has worn us out proving it with comparable pictures of the National Mall. Obama made history. He broke the color barrier, and that in itself generated a much larger than usual crowd. But the Trump camp argues that with the Internet, 24-hour news and social media like we have this day and time, people from all around the world watched his inauguration. My question is, “Who cares?” This is a non-issue.
The popular vote is another point pounded on by the media and anti-Trumpers that’s a non-issue. It really is irrelevant who had the most votes with the system we use to elect our president. It’s happened before and it will happen again, unless we tamper with our election process, which could lead to some serious, unintended consequences.
But Trump is equally bad in arguing he did win the popular vote when you subtract, as he claims, all those who voted illegally.
Trump is not your typical president. He’s thin-skinned; he utilizes social media to make his point and publicly chastises those who criticize him. He has no foreign policy experience and lacks knowledge on domestic affairs as well.
But he’s surrounding himself with very successful people who obviously are not in it for the money. Money is not important to them. No, they are in it for a different reason.
It could be ego or power, but I want to believe these people sincerely want to do something good for their country, to leave a legacy other than their abilities to run mega-corporations and make billions of bucks. Call me an optimist.
Democrats and all those who are agonizing over Trump’s presidency and fear the loss of hard fought issues during the next four years should have taken his candidacy more seriously when it counted. Women are marching because they feel their rights are being threatened. But half the women voters in the country voted for Trump. Of the two million women marchers, and all the protesters during Trump’s inauguration weekend, I wonder how many actually voted.
In my opinion, the Democratic Party lost the election because it caters to two extremes, the very rich and the very poor. They ignore the enormous middle class that exists between these two extremes: the NASCAR fans, the Duck Dynasty-watchers, the everyday Joe and Susie Schmoe who work hard to support their family. That’s where Trump stepped in. They are the voters who put him over the top. They are who the Democrats need to get in touch with again.
So, we need to all calm down, and instead of agonizing over a president who takes everything personally, we need to see where the country is headed first. Because as upset as you may get about his policymaking, there is always someone who is just as pleased.
To the victor go the spoils. Clinton supporters need to accept that. In four years we’ll do it all over again.