What goes through your mind when you hear these words?
President Donald Trump.
My brainy and / or more liberal friends shudder. Then they gag. Then laugh, hug each other, cry, and finally acknowledge that it could happen.
Quite a few other people are counting on it. In fact, they plan to vote for him.
And why not? Who’s to say he won’t make a great president?
The sad news is that our country doesn’t have any standards for what make a president good or bad. Popularity got George Washington in for two terms and he’s voted our best president ever. But the second-most successful president was also one of the least popular; Abraham Lincoln.
So Trump may become president, and he may be a great one. At least, by his standards.
We have a pretty crazy country going on here. It’s run by millionaires for one thing. And those millionaires take lots of advice from very rich friends who make lots of money off the rest of us.
Anyone can be president in the USA. Of course, certain conditions apply.
So, my advice to all of you who may be feeling a political chill, is to put on a sweater and deal with it.
Should you still be afraid? Sure. But not because Trump got in. He’s just the symptom.
The reason someone like Trump gets elected (or any other idiot you’d like to nominate) is because not enough of us ordinary people care.
The reason Trump may be president is because there are too many special interests who are allowed to spend as much money as they want.
The reason our government feels like it’s going to hell in a handbasket is because it mirrors exactly what is happening in our society as a whole. Yes, our poor government is also a symptom of our disease, not a cause. What is that cause?
We’re getting older. We’re getting poorer. We’re getting dumber.
Perhaps worst of all, we are all of us getting tired of fighting the tide. We don’t want to stand up in public and debate the issues. We don’t want to demand better performance out of our candidates, out of our government, and out of our journalists.
I’m also getting older. And poorer. But I’m fighting the dumber. And I haven’t given up fighting, not yet.
This is my weapon; the pen, and education.
So, to all of you who also haven’t given up as yet, get up and get out there. Fight!
If you don’t, you’ll have to live with the alternative.