We are now a little over three weeks into the Trump presidency, so let me share some views we may all need to reconsider.
Much of the polling conducted over the past 30 years has pointed out that we as a nation no longer completely trust our elected officials, be they Democrat or Republican. Every U.S. president since Richard Nixon concludes his speeches by saying, “God Bless you … and God Bless America.”
A friend of mine said: “Are you kidding me? I would never even shake the hands of many of our past presidents for a variety of reasons, and I’ve lived from Harry Truman to our current present president, Donald Trump. In this same time frame, Major League Baseball has seen but only one 400+ hitter, and this was Ted Williams, Hall of Famer of the Boston Red Sox. Decades later, we have not seen anyone close to Williams’ incredible batting average. Today, we have the first POTUS since Teddy Roosevelt who knows how to hit 400+ and his name is Donald Trump – and after less than a month on the job, he is actually batting 1,000!”
I asked him, “What are you saying?”
He replied: “Everything Donald Trump told the American people he would do he has, indeed, accomplished. As a people, we are more than exasperated by endlessly regurgitated and broken promises by almost everyone, including the Congress. We are tired of our government representing themselves instead of us. We are sick of Hollywood types condemning those who have been legitimately elected. We now hear ‘black lives matter,‘ ‘Muslim lives matter’ and ‘immigration to everyone is a God-given right’ – but to hell with Israel and their building settlements.”
He continued: “I am so unutterably burned out over the hypocrites who would rather follow and worship at the old, tired, feckless Barack Obama altar than accept and support Donald Trump as our president, a man who wants to actually return America to the shining city-on-a-hill standard we once were – and not just in theory. Haven’t we had enough talking?! What’s wrong with wanting to be, and striving to be, that city on a hill for the world to see? And how can we be that for others if we can’t or won’t even be that for ourselves? Not since the Civil War have we seemed to be so divided, and like those days of the early 1860s, the republic is in danger once again.”
I hear what my friend has to say, and it prompts a couple of questions: At what point are we going to embrace our country in unity and work together for America’s welfare and for each other’s welfare? When will we wake up and realize that nations usually fall from within? The time is long overdue to get a grip and live again like civilized, respectable American patriots, because a house divided cannot long survive. Hate destroys, because it never stays where you aim it. Disagreement is one thing our freedom affords, but infighting is altogether different, and it is rapidly robbing our people of the national peace and tranquility our Founders envisioned for our future and sacrificed their lives to bequeath.
We must again decide – each individual citizen – to respect and cherish this gift of a free country, established on the rule of law and a foundation of self-governance. The spectacles we are witnessing on the streets of our cities today are going to come with a price tag. Count on it.
However, we have an alternative. In America, we always have an alternative – for good or for bad. We choose, and the world is watching. How better can it be said than by President Ronald Reagan some years ago:
“Let us all renew our commitment. Renew our pledge to day by day, person by person, make our country and the world a better place to live. Then when the nations of the world turn to us and say, ‘America, you are the model of freedom and prosperity,’ we can turn to them and say, ‘You ain’t seen nothing, yet!’”