Instead of worrying over what President Donald J. Trump may do in office; perhaps the progressives would be better served at examining their own party’s policies and actions over the last 8 yrs. and why they lost the election this time around.
I consider myself an Independent, as in I have my own views and opinions on various political issues, for several reasons one of which is that I firmly believe that George Washington was spot on when, in his farewell message as President he warned Americans not to form political parties. His reasoning, that they would divide citizens instead of keeping citizens and by extension politicians focused on our nation’s problems at home and abroad.
Case in point, this past years’ election issues:
- Immigration is an American problem, NOT a Republican problem and NOT a Democratic problem!
- Terrorism is an American problem, NOT a Republican problem and NOT a Democratic problem!
- Our Economy’s health is an American problem, NOT a Republican problem and NOT a Democratic problem!
- Our Healthcare, Genetic Engineering and Environmental policies are an American problem, NOT a Republican problem and NOT a Democratic problem!
Anyone get the big picture yet?
During his campaign, Trump’s motto was “Make America Great Again”, key word America, not Republican Party.
Furthermore, when Trump implements policies we disagree with we have the constitutionally protected right to petition and protest (peacefully) said policies, not the man. On the topic of protests, I find it peculiar that protesting Trump is seemingly ok, meanwhile when conservatives protested Obama, it was disrespectful. However, the occupant of the Oval Office regardless of his/her political views by nature of the position and power that comes with being President of the United States deserves respect with regards to their responsibilities of leading our nation. We do not however, need to respect his/her political views or their policies and do have the right to refute and protest them.
As per the Bill of Rights:
Amendment 1: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Thus, WE the PEOPLE of the United States of America retain the right to combat through peaceful means any rule, regulation or legislation enacted by either the Executive (White House & President) or Legislative (Congress both Senate & House) branches of our Government that we find to be in opposition to our collective will.
The internet makes connecting with and contacting our elected officials easy and holding them accountable for their actions.
I voted for Trump because Clinton represented the establishment politics of both parties that has slowly been undermining our Constitution piece by piece. Will Trump be any better? That is to be seen and will play heavily into who wins the White House in 2021.
A quick note on the Women’s March, I have two questions and one suggestion:
- If the march was about reproductive rights, which is a human issue that affects both genders, why wasn’t it called the Reproductive Rights March? Calling it Women’s March, gives the impression that it was more about Clinton losing as opposed to women’s rights.
- If the point is to get the new President to not rescind women’s rights, how exactly does protesting his presidency do that? If anything, it will provoke him. Seriously, his daughters are probably the only thing keeping him from rescinding a woman’s right to vote and hold office, let alone get an abortion!
- As opposed to protesting his presidency perhaps a better approach is to open a dialogue to establish mutual understanding, get him to change his views by working with him instead of against him. In his Inaugural Address, President Trump said “January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again!” We can hold him to that through diplomacy and an open dialogue, we have to let him know what WE the PEOPLE want.