Inauguration Day in America

I’ve started this post half a dozen times now and keep stalling out.  I’ll write a sentence, delete it, start again and hate that one as well.  I find myself lost…floundering about in jumbled thoughts, unable to find my footing.

It’s Inauguration Day in America.

Very few people are ambivalent about today.  Some are more outspoken than others, but I’ve yet to meet anyone who still feels undecided about Donald Trump becoming our president.  Opinions run the gamut, but they run strong.

Here, in no particular order, are some of my thoughts on the matter.

I’m at a loss when it comes to Bear.  She was extremely tuned in during the election and caught many of Trump’s comments.  Bear’s a smart, sensitive cookie, and she was offended by the rhetoric.  Building a wall to shut people out, rude remarks about women, zeroing in on people for their race or religion – she’s horrified that Trump’s being sworn in as our president today, and I don’t know how to help her make sense of it.

I simply cannot deal with one more post, article, or tweet calling people who are speaking up sore losers.  Saying we’re whiny, petulant cry babies who are unpatriotic for not falling in lockstep with our new leader – the hypocrisy is staggering.  I had to dig myself out from under piles of anti-Obama bullshit for eight years.  Citizens who were doing their “patriotic duty” by questioning Obama’s nationality, motives, policy initiatives, appointees, vacation plans…apparently being outspoken about our incoming president is considered more sullen than civic minded.  Sticks and stones.

The Affordable Care Act.  I don’t want to get too far down in the weeds on this one.  I mean, I’d like to think we can agree that all Americans deserve access to decent healthcare coverage so just ditching a plan that covers 20 million newly insured people makes me nervous.  Think you’ve got a better plan?  Great.  Let us hear the details.  (Don’t like my broad philosophy?  Read this to hear why one woman is terrified her kids will be left high and dry.)

Sorry not sorry, but again – it’s not locker room talk.  I don’t care if it happened one month or ten years ago.  I don’t care if he said it in public or private.  You cannot talk about grabbing women by the pu**y, dismiss it, then toss out a half-assed apology deflecting to someone else and expect me to forget it.  There are multiple allegations spanning decades – groping, assault, walking in on naked teens – some of which Trump actually bragged about.  Another sexual assault allegation was filed this week.  A suit, tie, and fat bank account do not change the content of a man’s character, and Trump’s character has too many flaws for my comfort.

I’m fairly confident I could say the paragraph above to Trump himself and he would not give a rat’s ass about my opinion.  Some say that makes a good politician…having a tough skin is part of the game.  But I’m troubled by the thought of a president who doesn’t seem to believe in the importance of hearing all perspectives.  Good listening skills should be a presidential prerequisite.

I’ve had more than a few people tell me I need to reserve judgement.  That I should wait and see what kind of president Trump is before I jump to conclusions.  Except this isn’t jumping.

When someone shows you who you are, believe them.  Words to live by.

12 thoughts on “Inauguration Day in America

  1. Besides all the political stuff, I can’t picture Trump doing the softer things the Obamas did. I can’t picture him meeting with children, or parents, or doing anything playful or light.

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    • That’s so true, Paul. The Obamas are wonderful ambassadors — they affected people on so many different levels, and I’ll miss having that in our first couple. (The white house photos of President Obama with children are particularly moving.)

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  2. Preach!!! I will NOT be watching any of this crap today. I didn’t think it possible, for this asshat to win the election or for his ego to engorge any further. Sadly, both have and are happening. I think when people look back on this farce 50 years from now, they’ll wonder how the fuck did THIS happen. It’s an embarrassment, and I will proudly ignore this baffoon and all his donors who are being rewarded with unwarranted Cabinet positions. Is it 2020 yet? 😕

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    • No, I can’t watch it either. The train wreck of appointees has been raising my blood pressure so I can’t deal with the pomp and circumstance of today’s show. 2020? Counting the days.

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      • You and me both. I’m just not gonna watch the news or read the news for the next four years. What I am looking forward to though is the midterm elections. That’s where we can really put a thorn in his ass.


  3. I might be one of the few who don’t have strong feelings on this election or this president. I don’t think we gave ourselves a good choice to make in November, but I recognize that we did give it to ourselves. I feel strongly that people should have healthcare and that we should remain free to say whatever we want to say. So, I don’t think anyone should complain about protests. The fact that we can have a peaceful transition of power while some people celebrate and others protest, in the same city, is what’s truly important. President Trump may not represent all Americans and he comes up short on what I was taught were American values, but I’m willing to see if he can deliver the things he says he wants for this country, some of which would be good, without screwing things up for our children.

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    • Thanks for adding your thoughts, Dan. I heard from a number of people struggling with their vote in November, people who just didn’t feel like either candidate was the one they wanted in the oval, and this is where we’ve landed. I, too, am impressed that we’ve designed and maintained a system where people with such vastly different positions pass the baton to our next leader peacefully. I can’t imagine what life would be like in a country where we weren’t free to speak out.

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