So many of us are experiencing Trumpaphobia that I am compelled to write about the election again. We are afraid that he will do a lot of the things that he said he would do if he got elected. We have to watch and observe, but let us try not to be afraid yet. In our search for peace of mind let us remember that Barack Obama is still the president until Jan 20.
We try to respect the office of presidency, but can we respect the man who is holding the office? We usually do, but in this case, I don’t know. Isn’t Trump the man who taught us to disrespect the man in the office? How much respect did he give Obama? How much respect did he give the media? He said that the media is biased against him even though they gave him more air time than anyone else who has ever run for president. He complains about people being inappropriate, but who was more inappropriate than he was?
How many times did Trump say that the election was rigged? Now he is complaining about a recount. I disagree with the recount, but he is the one who planted the seed of doubt in our voting system. Years ago, he complained about the electoral college being outdated. Well, it’s how he got elected, because Hillary had 2 million more popular votes than he did. I do not understand that whole situation.
Trump has become president without following any of the usual procedures. He did not show his tax returns. He did not try to instill togetherness in the country. He has many lawsuits against him. He has many conflicts of interest in his maze of business affairs. He is parading his family before us and says that he is counting on them to take over his businesses. I believe they are capable, but I don’t believe that he is going to stay out of it. His family is the beautiful people. At least on the outside.
Many people did not like Hillary, but they weren’t afraid of her. He had planted the seed that she couldn’t be trusted. I trusted her to have the best interests of the country in mind. She has always looked out for the “little people”. She tried to reform health care when her husband was president, but they thwarted her and dismissed her efforts and all the work she had done. I admire her courage to even try for the office, because they have bullied and abused her for her whole career. Can you believe that they had her on the stand for 11 hours and could not find anything to charge her with? Yet, they still tried to shoot her down every step of the way.
Many years ago, one of our great thinkers and writers, John Kenneth Galbraith , said that elections were a choice between the disastrous and the unpalatable. It has not gotten any better. But I have read that the people best suited to run the country will not apply for the job because of all the scrutiny. So much for scrutiny with Trump. He seems to have some of the teflon that Reagan had.
I am so disappointed in our congressional leaders. They have proven themselves to be petty and personal and not fit for their positions. They decided at the beginning of Obama’s term not to co-operate with him. I have had this sinking feeling about our democracy because they have obstructed most of the good that he tried to accomplish. And thry still call themselves “leaders.’
I have great respect for Obama. He conducted himself with dignity and intelligence during his terms of office. He was full of character and integrity. We are going to miss that. He did not get credit for all the good that he did. In fact, they seem not to care about the millions of people without health insurance in the richest nation in the world. I hope they do not undo all the good he has done.
President Jimmy Carter once said, “The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate that our democratic system is worthy of emulation”. I hope that we don’t lose any of our core values. In fact, I am writing to take advantage of my freedom of speech while I still have it.
May the Power of God protect us. May the Love of God enfold us.