If there is one thing I’ve learned from current president, Barack Obama’s time in office, it is that much of America lives in a reality they construct. It’s just not actual reality. When Obama became President, people on the Right said, “Not my president”. I wanted to say then, “Get over yourselves. He won the election, and he won it handily. He is our President.”. Now, the shoe is on the other foot. Many of those against Trump are saying, “Not my president”. To them, I say “Get over yourselves. He won the election. He, come January whatever, will be our President.” They persisted, and had 8 years of insane temper tantrums.
Let’s be clear here. I don’t like the man. I don’t like his policies. I don’t like a thing about him, but somebody voted for him, and those people — as much as I disagree with them, as much as I am confused about them, as much I think they’re damaging the country — their vote counts. They are citizens (as are we). They won the election. I don’t want to hear about the electoral college. I don’t want to hear what should have happened. I don’t want to hear that the Russians influenced the election. I think Comey was a pawn for somebody, and I’d fire him, but none of that matters. Unless I hear otherwise, this is a legitimate election. People voted, under the rules we have, and he won. If Hillary had won, we’d be saying the same thing. The rules are the rules are the rules. I’m sorry that it’s that way, but it is.
That said, I remember Nixon. The President cannot do illegal things. If he does, we — following those same rules — will impeach him. If I don’t like what he says, I will protest. If he betrays our country’s people, I will protest. I will not shut up. I will not put up. I will not go quietly, and I will not let anyone else go quietly.
As amazing as it seems, the President is not America. We are. The President represents our national will. I want to know why this is our national will. I want to know why people hated Hillary so much (and no, I don’t want to hear about Benghazi, or the emails). I want to know what anyone could do to deserve that much grief. I want to know what’s wrong with us that we fear more than we love. Then I want us to love more than we fear.
If we love more than we fear, if we care for each other rather than hate people we don’t know, we are going about this all wrong. I want us to move away from Donald Trump and Mike Pence. I would settle for them leaving the White House and not coming back, but in the end, moving them won’t do much good. They are not America. We are. Donald Trump is only part of a democracy. His people may “serve at the pleasure of the President”, but he serves at the pleasure of the democracy. Democracy is bigger than Donald Trump.
The weird part about running as “anti-establishment” is that when you win, you are the establishment. He wanted the job, let’s give it to him. Let’s give him everything that goes with it, as well. Let’s give him our needs. Let’s give him our wants. Let’s make him work for us — all of us. If the job is too big for him, make him leave.
And let’s fight for voter rights, so that no one — not a single one of us capable of making decisions — isn’t allowed. 80 year old grandmothers and 21 year old kids, of every color and creed, and everyone in between. I don’t want my President to be a hater — and I won’t let him be, as much as I can. More than that, though, I don’t want us to hate each other. If we continue to do that, we’ll keep electing hateful leaders, and I’m done with that.
If we want the rules to apply to him, they have to apply to us. I’m willing to accept the election, because it is reality. If you can’t follow the rules, you cheat, and you never know where you stand. But that means Trump must do the same. He wants the job of governing all of us, well, let’s see him govern in reality. I want to see him swear to “uphold the Constitution of the United States, and defend it from enemies, both foreign and domestic”. More than that, I want him to see him try to do that. As Mr. Khan said, I want him to read the Constitution first. It’s as real as he is. Welcome to America.