Reactions During the Trump Presidency
We are 18 months into the Trump Presidency, and our country is divided more than ever.
We are all trying to understand why it seems both sides are full of hatred. On the right and left viewpoints, emotions seem to control the discussions. Unfortunately, calling each other stupid, lets the Russians win… they want to divide our democracy, and are succeeding as they are doing in other democracies.
The Right demeans the former President and yet doesn’t like the Left demeaning the present one, and vice versa. Yes, all Presidents have their good points and bad points… they have a VERY tough job. And intelligent people can look at their actions and point out good points and bad points. History will treat each President differently.
While most people on this left disagree with this president’s policies, on the right they disagree with the former president’s policies. However, the right could have exercised their rights to protest that administration at the time, and did – thus the creation of the Tea Party.
One of the best things that Trump has done for the country is to stir our apathy. Our democracy is alive and well!
However, our job as Americans should be to figure out where the hate is coming from. People on the right feel the people on the left are full of hate, and people on the left feel those on the right are full of hate. And ALL of us love our country, our democracy, and our life of opportunity.
I feel that one thing this president has done wrong is to erode our sense of propriety. I know that a lot of people feel that he’s “real” in the way he speaks and that the sense of “propriety” had gotten so out of hand that politicians are sneaky and underhanded. After all, Washington is built on the swampy sections of Md and VA, thus the expression of “cleaning the swamp”. People on the right think he is doing just that, but people on this side just feel he is filling it with Wall Street swamp characters. But the propriety has eroded (through society NOT just the President, but he is supposed to be the model our kids look up to) so much that our manners have also disappeared.
For so long, it’s been the accepted norm in this country to “agree to disagree” on politics and religion. However, now we are talking about issues we’ve swept under the rug for decades. Our generation thought the Civil Rights War had been settled in the ’60’s and’70’s yet it is coming out now that there is more to fix to make “equality” better for all.
It hurts to see us at odds with each other, but these discussions need to happen for us to understand each other. Through these discussions, we are digging into past wounds of our country, and cleaning out some of that hate that has been festering. It’s going to hurt.
This President is getting the brunt of it all because of his mannerisms. His history is still to be written by his future actions and the responses of the world.
But in the long view….. we all know that if an event like 9/11 happened again…. we’d be a united country in a heart beat… no matter who the President is…. but let’s pray that nothing like that happens to challenge this President while we are still working through the festering…..