Don't Misunderstand My Vote for President Trump
Folks Vote for All Kinds of Reasons...
Left Versus Right Versus Understanding
2016 voters who were enamored of Mrs Clinton are understandably miffed by voters they see as having preferred President Trump, a president they see as distasteful and flawed..
Given that voters vote for a party or a candidate for any number of reasons (besides wanting to vote for the ultimate winner, and say that they did so) the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, decided by which candidate won the most electoral votes, left a plurality of Americans dissatisfied—even mystified.
In that aftermath, those voters who voted for Trump were satisfied, even elated. Those voters who voted for Mrs.Clinton were caught just short of the Finish line and faced with waiting another four years to win the White House back.
Worse still, the prospect of watching all three branches of the government operate under Republican influence made that prospect one of doom and gloom.
The same people who had just finished eight years of watching a determined opposition that was able to frustrate much of their national agenda, were now relegated to being an equally determined opposition determined to frustrate their adversaries national agenda.
Woe, woe, and double woe!
Who could be blamed for such a turn of events?
While there was blame enough to go around on both sides, that fact has simply added to the prevailing discord as Americans prepare to head into the midterm election of 2018.
If electing Donald John Trump to be president of the United States of America was the "travesty" some claim, and not instead electing Hillary Rodham Clinton to that office is a "bumbled opportunity" for which Trump voters are to blame, I am one of the guilty parties.
Russian influence, or no significant Russian influence, my wife (she's guilty too) and I had watched Clinton's ambition and DC power politics override the nation's interests in favor of parochial interests.
We two, and millions of others like us, were determined to see change in Washington, DC, and to see it at almost any cost. That cost could be, as some claim it is, too great. But just "more of the same" also appeared too bitter to swallow.
It isn't good enough to just be against something. Americans have to be for something.
A majority of America's voters in 2016 were for the idea that we are "Stronger Together" (Mrs. Clinton's chosen campaign slogan.) The largest minority of voters favored the competing slogan of "Make America Great Again" feeling rightly or wrongly that something had been lost.
If anything, what is still missing in America is the strength we have had when we debate, decide, and do things together.
We cannot be great by dictating laws that are not openly debated and decided.
We cannot be together, if we allow ourselves to be torn apart into factions, races, regions, and uncompromising ideologies.
The 2018 midterm elections must be about leadership. "Leaderwhip" will not do, and empty, unimplimented slogans will not do either.
A year from now we will see just how far we have come as a sovereign people able to find and support worthy and effective leaders.
Many, as my wife and I do, pray that our nation's president will grow into the job he said he aspired to. He still can unless he is too old a dog to learn and master his present role.
Our present times seem somehow compressed and accelerated, requiring being quick on our feet, goal oriented and determined to be better masters of our fate.
Having better, even gifted, speechwriters will not turn the trick, if Americans don't associate the speakers with the words they speak.
Give us candidates who meet that test.. We are not too stubborn or stupid to rally to them, and to do so together with other loyal Americans..
"The better of two poor choices" never gets us very far, never has, and never will.
Give us not cleverness, but wisdom; not bravado, but real bravery; not attractiveness, but candidates with real, natural appeal who draw us to greater unity of purpose and a true willingness to sacrifice for the common good.
That's our hope for 2018, and we are willing to sacrifice for that.
President Trump and the Congress have three more years to actually do what needs to be done.
Democrats say they "know" what needs to be done. Republicans also say that they know what needs to be done. Let's see an honest, straight forward debate of each of those issues (debt, taxes, infrastructure, immigration, national security and defense, personal income, health care, education, terrorism, guns, etc..) Then let's agree to disagree, if we must, but take the best agreed actions we can muster, and move forward again.
We don't get "stronger" or "greater" by standing still and pouting at each other. Listening to each other and communicating our concerns in open public discussion works. Let's try that for a change. We just might like the results.
The Flag Still Stands for Something
© 2017 Demas W Jasper