Confessions of a Democrat

patrickhenry

If I wanted to hire a lawyer, I would look for one I felt would best serve my purpose. I would expect him to do the job I asked of him at the price we agreed. I would also expect him to act professionally when he dealt with me and when we were in court if it so required. What I’d think of him on a personal level or what he did with his private time really wouldn’t matter (unless he raped and looted villages of course.)

I say this to make a point; before Donald Trump ever dreamed of running for president (or at least said so out loud) I never liked him. From his younger days, he always struck me as a self-absorbed, pompous ass who only married beautiful women because he paid them. The older he got, and the more he got fingers into all manner of business ventures that one-by-one went down the tubes, my opinion of him never changed. Needless to say, when he announced he was running for office, it did nothing to change my outlook on him.

Now that he is the duly elected, 45th president of this country, all of us are forced to look at him with a different perspective. I still don’t like him, and probably never will, but I do expect him to do the job he campaigned for, and that is no small task for anyone.

Suddenly, Mr. President-Elect has risen to the seat aspired to by many, but it comes with unique conditions. There will be many standing in the Oval Office with him, waiting for his decisions, and there will be no one else to blame for what happens after the stroke of his pen.

I recently read his proposed agenda for the first 100 days, and it is without question, an ambitious list. There are more than a couple of items that will not be popular with the Congress that must vote to make his proposals law, and he may find his usual “threat and bully” tactics won’t go far. But however it goes, I wish him luck, because now is when all of his blustering must be backed up with real action. This is part of the hot seat he is now on, and to deliver on campaign “promises” is a demonic beast every president faces without fail. In this regard, Trump will be no different than any of his predecessors, especially since his party holds a majority in both Houses of Congress. With that in mind, his burden to succeed actually triples, and as always, how long will his electorate be patient for results?

With the advent of smartphones and social media, more than ever, America has become a country that demands almost instant gratification. Virtually every politician will tell you the process of making law is like turning a battleship at flank speed…it doesn’t happen on a dime or without leaving a wake.

It would be easy for me to say I hope he fails miserably, but honestly I don’t. While I don’t like the man, I know when he fails people will suffer. It doesn’t matter that I don’t agree with many of his ideals, or that I think his running mate has no business being anywhere near the White House. What matters is that he must succeed on some level or the country will suffer as a whole. Given his background, its highly possible we could see a scandal to make the adventures of Bill Clinton look like a playground dance, but I don’t want to see any president go down in that kind of disgrace. Getting voted out is job related while getting impeached is an insult to everyone.

I also fail to understand why Mr. Trump never laid out any of his 100 day proposals during the debates or the National Convention rather than the virtually incoherent repeating of, “It’s all going to be great.” Had he spoken intelligently about such points maybe his image might not have suffered the way it did, or there would at least been less focus on his lewd behavior.

I don’t believe in, or agree with the Electoral College. Its process simply doesn’t represent the true majority vote, and that is what democracy is supposed to be based on. Nevertheless, for now it still remains law and must be agreed upon. I feel the argument that it doesn’t give fair chance to less populated states is poppycock. If a candidate can’t convince people in the most populated areas then maybe their ideas don’t serve the public trust. The House and Senate are the arm of government specifically designed to address those interests of the states, allowing them their voice. For all the recent debate over the Constitution, I see no place for the Electoral College.

All that aside, America faces a very familiar set of problems. Even if Trump won by a clean 51% of the popular vote, there would still be almost half the country not in agreement with him, but their interests and welfare are still the duty of the president to serve.

Donald J. Trump has risen to the highest spotlight of his life, and never have the stakes been higher, more realistic, and without passive consequences that can be bankrupted or swept aside by a tax write-off. It is because of these enormous stakes, directly impacting the lives of millions that I hope the new president will find the capacity to think of others before himself, to forget about political points for the sake of all citizens, not just his supporters. Leaders always preach unity but nothing is harder to achieve in the face of stark opposing ideology.

I still believe we should do public education and healthcare better than any other country in the world, but we do not. I believe we should want our nation as a whole to be healthy, our elderly cared for, our children not hungry or living in poverty, and their schools safe and state of the art in every community. We aren’t even in the top ten around the globe on these things, much less leading the world. I don’t think those things make me a “communist or socialist” but I do think they are things God and Christ would approve of, and I sleep sound in that belief. If there is a better way to reach those goals, the present GOP establishment hasn’t shown us how. I hope Mr. Trump has some answers as great as he claims them to be. I’m gladly waiting for you to prove me wrong about you.

I find it ironic that a gay man is attributed with a quote that most fits President-elect Trump.

“Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.” – Oscar Wilde

Mr. Trump, in spite of my personal feelings, I wish you good luck. God knows you’re going to need it, because the biggest job of your life also comes with the most harsh education known to man. After this, your star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be meaningless by comparison.

 

 

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