Why President-Elect Trump is the best thing that could have happened to America

Yes, I know, you were expecting the launch of a new blog feature chronicling my magical mystery tour through life today. Instead, I’m blogging politics…again. Sorry, but I need to get this off my chest.

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These United States of America have grown complacent, resting on past glories and laurels. We have grown soft and weak. Don’t believe the ‘numbers’. The economy is a mess, job prospects are next to non-existent, we are in the midst of an opiate dependency nightmare, and there are micro-culture wars being waged in communities all across this country.

President-Elect Donald Trump is endemic of the entitlement mentality that has America in its grip. We live beneath the perpetual weight of soul sucking debt, as a nation and as individuals. But, hey, The Donald is the self-proclaimed “King of Debt”, who better to ascend the throne of this bastion of faux-freedom?

America just took a sucker punch to its soul, but you could see it coming from the cheap seats. Dog-eat-dog primaries left America with two choices, neither of which looked very appealing.

In one corner, a seething, misogynistic capitalist who fed into the worst fears of his constituents, promising fair trade agreements, border security, and a return of rust belt values.

In the opposing corner, a career politician who came across as smug, arrogant, and campaigned with an air of entitlement, as if she had paid her dues and was now being ‘rewarded’.

I joked that Donald Trump was the President that America deserved. And I was right, but I really wish I wasn’t.

Why is a Donald Trump Presidency the best thing that could have happened to America? Because this is your wake up call, America, and it’s a call that needs to be heard not just by its citizens, but by its leaders as well.

It’s time to roll up our sleeves and become truly active in our communities. We need to break down barriers and really listen to the voices on both sides of the argument, to compromise when compromises are called for, and to stand our ground when we have something truly worth fighting for.

Donald Trump is our 45th President. That is a reality that we must accept. Say what you will, but there are plenty of positives to be found in Trump’s First 100 Days. There’s some scary things in there too, but we can be thankful he’s President and not Dictator.

There is absolutely NO ROOM for this notion that it’s now acceptable to attack people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. It isn’t.

And hey, Left. You have a responsibility too. You do not have the right to riot, to destroy public property, or to attack the police during ‘peaceful’ demonstrations.

The ball is in our court now.

I voted against Bush in 1988, Clinton in 1996, W in 2000 and 2004, and Obama in 2008 and 2012. In every instance, despite my candidate being on the losing side of the equation, I encouraged those around me that we needed to work with the President in Office to enact positive change.

And that’s what Trump is. Change. If nothing else, he is that.

I voted against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Neither candidate spoke to me and my concerns. Trump was too brash, too crude, too disrespectful. Clinton was too two-faced and dishonest.

I felt neither deserved the big chair, but knew that one of them would sit in it. America is a lot of things, but ready to elect a third party candidate is not one of them.

Donald Trump is our President, ladies and gentlemen. Most of us may not like it, but there it is.

Trump as President is not an endorsement to hate, and that goes for both sides.

We must not suffer bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, racism, antisemitism, or any other heartless, incorrigible, or deplorable act. Why? Because those things no longer have a place in this country.

We must respect the men and women who take on the thankless job of protecting our streets and our loved ones, but they must be held to the highest standards because of that responsibility we have given them.

We have to rebuild our trust in one another. We have to stand up for our neighbors. If we have each others back we’ll get through this. To love and respect one another, is that really so much to ask?

We are all Americans. It’s time we act like it.

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