Disclaimer: This isn’t about politics. I’m not taking a political stance with this article, but I am taking a stance on us being better human beings for our own good and for the good of others.
Here I sit in my office exactly 24 hours after President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States of America. I’ve seen joyous social media posts, viral YouTube videos of people my age crying about his becoming president, individuals gushing over the new commander in chief while raving about his ability to make their lives great again, “protestors” destroying a Starbucks, smashing the car windows of Larry King, and anti-Trump Twitter trolls bullying young 10 year old Barron Trump on Inauguration Day (wow at the irony in that). With all of those instances in mind, it really begs the question:
What is wrong with people?
I can say with one hundred percent honesty that I’ve never been more disappointed in our country than I am in this moment. When did we decide that the president of the free world decided our personal journey or fate in life, for good or for bad? When did we allow political party allegiance to blur the lines of our interactions and relationships? When did we lose sight of who we are?
I have a theory.
One side of the coin has a false sense of hope while the other has a false sense of fear. Just as President Obama didn’t magically usher America into a perfect, utopian society, neither will President Trump. On the other end of the spectrum, contrary to the popular belief of my conservative friends, President Obama didn’t leave the country standing on one leg and neither will President Trump.
This is America. It will never be perfect. What makes us great is that we have the ability to positively affect this country regardless of who holds the office of the presidency.
We don’t celebrate the person. We celebrate the fact that we have a democratic republic. We still have a voice and that’s a blessing and privilege we take for granted far too often. We live in a country that citizens of other countries only dream of being a part of.
Stay away from social media if it causes the worst in you to come out. This may sound like a revolutionary thought, but arguing with strangers on Facebook or Twitter isn’t going to positively affect the world. So, you have to be honest with yourself and answer a tough question: do I want to be part of the problem or part of the solution?
If you see traits in the new president that you find less than sufficient, outweigh those traits with your own goodwill and charity for your fellow man. That is our collective mission as citizens of America and quite frankly, it’s our responsibility. We can only do what is within our power to do. Regardless of how I felt about President Obama, I committed to respect him and pray for him as he led our country. Likewise, I’ll do that for President Trump.
Don’t take the bait that you have to despise a person because you may have differing viewpoints.
Listen to understand, not to respond.
Agree. Disagree. Agree to disagree. Argue. Move forward.
Stay passionate about your convictions and feelings but respect the opinions of others.
That’s how we make America great.
That’s what makes America the best country in the world to call home.
If we lose that, we lose our identity.