TRUMPED UP: IS DONALD TRUMP AS BAD AS WE THINK HE IS

“Do you think we should rally behind the president?”


He is no longer president elect; he is simply President Donald Trump.  Even with all the controversy surrounding him, is it now time to rally behind our president? Or, has he gone too far to go back? Should we live and let live? I mean then again, he did win the presidency. But, on the other hand, he has made some pretty disparaging comments. Some feel his actions have not warranted him forgiveness. Others have felt that Trump tells it like it is, so just let him run the country and stop protesting. Well, let’s observe why he might not need forgiveness from the public.

For starters, his comments he made toward women, Hispanics, and the Islamic community are seen as going too far. People felt that his lack of compassion and empathy does not grant him forgiveness. He also has this view of someone has to lose and someone has to win. Fine if you’re an athlete, but what about president. Having these views can only work against you in the end. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet, but Trump can’t. This is his downfall, and is something he must curb. In addition, Trump need to learn everything does not need a response. And if he does respond, then it shouldn’t be in this sophomoric manner. So with that said, I understand other people’s frustration.

But, on the other hand, why not listen to what he has to say? Didn’t he speak about cleaning the swamp. I agree, aren’t we all tired of career politicians? They make promises and never deliver. So a man who has already signed into an executive order what he promised is living by his word. He is doing what he said he would do. What about keeping our borders safe, isn’t that important? Shouldn’t we be keeping tabs on those who enter the country?

In the end, I think the majority of issues with Trump is not the compaign trail anymore, it’s his now behavior. The way he interacts with the press. He needs to learn to tone it down. He could easily flip around those that don’t like him into liking him. So until the feelings toward him change as well as he personality, then we will see nothing but protest from here on out.

A NATION OF FEAR: ARE WE MORE AFRAID OF TRUMP THAN WE SHOULD BE.

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“Is there a legitimate reason to fear?”

As president elect Donald Trump now takes control over the White House, conversations begin to take place regarding him running the country. Saturday January 21st, 2017 was the day protest were held in major cities across the country and around the world. Women took to the streets as they marched in opposition of the new president elect. From New York City to Chicago, from Los Angeles to over the Pacific Ocean into Sydney Australia. Women who felt their rights would be in jeopardy of being impeded  upon once the new president took office. These protest would reach record numbers into the millions.

Now my question is, are we right to protest or are we more afraid than we should be of the newly inaugurated president? Even though he is the leader, how much voice will he really carry? And to what extent will he even be allowed to do what we’re afraid he will do? Could he really do what we’re all afraid will happen? If given enough time, is it possible that he can turn around so much he has said in the past? Or is it too late and there is no going back? The reality is yes and no. But we all have theories as to why he can hurt the country, but why he can’t is something we don’t discuss. Well, what is truly stopping him from doing what all our fears are in the end?

For starters, removing the 11 million immigrants from the country is more of a can’t do. Something of such magnitude isn’t as easy as just walking into households removing people. The initial cost to do so would require massive logistical issues that is a sure enough nightmare for the government. Not to mention the economic loses from people being forced out. The problem is that there are a lot of emotions and not enough thought driving these initiatives. But for those who know this specific group of people, they’re not sitting around living off the system. They’re contributing to the system. Whether it’s providing food and clothing for their families, to renting properties and sending children to college. So, forcing this many people out would cause short term and long term financial windfalls not to mention the massive blowback from the public who already have been vigilant in their fight against the president.

Another obstacle keeping the president from impeding upon the people would be the vote in Congress. The president is in control of a third power, he stills need one third more from outside himself. If he is unable to get his two thirds (meaning a third from him and Congress or the House), he is rendered immobile. He does have veto power, yet can’t outright just make decisions. So nothing on the scale to what we fear can happen without the system’s backing. Which explains why so little gets accomplished even with all the promises on the campaign trail. But, I’m sure a lot of people know this, so why the fear? It’s not just the idea of him winning the presidency. It sets precedent that someone else will come behind him with the same rhetoric and create even more of a climate of separation.

Yet does it; are we just being too sensitive or can one person just walk in and change the landscape of the country? Probable, yet highly unlikely because his behavior could cause a domino effect hurting too many people that aren’t even meant to get hurt. So why are people so read to fight? My best guess is that there are a lot of fears. We have these fears that we are losing something. Something that may not even come up while he’s in office, but just the idea of him eluding to us losing something could cause a problem. In the end, he may just turn out to be like every other leader we’ve had. Do some good, some things that irritate us, yet the country maintains an equilibrium. Up until the next guy comes into office, where we start the insanity all over again.

DEARLY DEPARTED: OBAMA LAST SPEECH

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“Where do we go from here?”

Last night, President Barack Obama gave his last speech to address the nation. He will leaving the White House after eight years as our Commander in Chief. From a stage in the city of Chicago, where he gave his speech coming into the White House, Obama gave his farewell. Thanking everyone from his Vice President to other cabinet members. From his wife to his two daughters. Now that he is exiting the White House, there is one question that lingers as President Elect Donald Trump enters. Where do we go from here? Obama and Joe Biden were two universally loved leaders, who received adulation worldwide. But with Donald Trump entering, we are seeing a total reverse of the former leaders.

Obama entered winning the Nobel Peace Prize, while Trump is entering with protest sparked across the country. Joe Biden was a major advocate for gay rights, while our new Vice President once stated that he believed in gay conversion treatment. And with the inauguration within a week of our new president, multiple actions groups have already planned to converge on our nation’s capital. So like I said before, where do we go from here? Because if this is any indication into what the country could be the next four years, then Trump won’t be doing much of anything that he promised as president. Obama was beloved and he himself had to deal with a host of social issues. What about now with a president who is already being protested on the way into office?

As for the citizens of America, the country is split, to the point families have stopped speaking to one another. This is the reason why Trump should really pay close attention to his conduct in office. Not only did the majority of the country vote against him, but there is already signs of push back from within the government. The fact that all of a sudden now the FBI wants to conduct investigations into election scandals are laughable. Considering it has been questionable that Bush won two states in two separate elections. Yet, no real investigation has been put into action. So when a country, not to mention globally, people are railing this hard, you have to be real smart how you move.

Back to the question, where to go from here? Should we continue to protest or see how this plays out before reacting. The main action that should be taking place is strengthening the bind that is in this country. You don’t want to be a president where the majority of the country’s population is against you. Because what it does now is set you up for anything having the ability to be true. People will believe whether true or false because they need any reason to say remove him. Another suggestion is, do we change the election process. A lot of people have expressed disdain for the electoral college having so much influence over who gets into office. This could backfire considering the inverse now means your guy could lose the same way.

Whatever the case may be, moving forward with the new president has already caused so many problems and he’s not even in office yet. Are people right to fight or should we allow something to happen before we jump to conclusions? He has said things on the campaign trail that have led to uproar, but will that mean the same for the White House? All I know is that we have four years to see what happens. Angry or not, he won and we have Trump for a full term. For if we are not able to fully galvanize as a country, it’s only going to hurt us collectively in the end.

THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS: WHY HE WON SO MUCH OF THE WHITE VOTE

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“Why were they so connected to him?”

Donald Trump, president elect sounds like an odd title to be giving him. Not because of his language, but because I never thought Celebrity Apprentice host would be the president. It proves what you can really accomplish in America. But this post is not about what one can accomplish in America. It’s about why Trump supporters gravitated to him so much. I have a few theories as to why this took place in our country.

The first reason would be because people have gotten tired of the same business as usual politics. Hillary Clinton not only rubbed people the wrong way, but she was a Clinton. Why is that a problem, well a Bush or a Clinton has been president in the USA from 1989 to 2009, until Obama came along. The vote against Hillary was like taking a jab at the establishment. And the fact that people felt slighted by Bernie Sanders being moved aside was even better. Trump is seen for the first time as an outsider. He is not your usual politician, as a matter of fact he’s not even a politician. Donald Trump this time last year was running his businesses, now he’s set to be president.

Well, what is another reason for the president elect winning? Jobs is another reason he was elected. With Obama, there was hope for change in the country, yet so many felt they didn’t see that change. People thought that over these past 8 years there would be more. Even though the country was in a recession from Bush to Obama and now out, people still expected more. Unlike his younger demographic who still loved Obama, there was an older group of people who felt differently.

Then, there is the racial element as to why he was chosen. The feeling of the left out White demographic especially in the Midwest and the Southern regions. There was a combination of the language policing as well as the feeling of being pushed out of an environment that was once dominated by them. Donald Trump was not afraid to use certain language nor did he sway away from pointing out groups he felt were a threat to the future security of America. He didn’t tip toe around language, yet said Radical Islam and Illegal Immigrants from Mexico. Everyone else feared saying the ethnic group and the issue they had with the group.

As for me, I have a view on some of these topics regarding the feel for Trump. Even though I am not a Trump supporter, I get the attraction. I was born in 1987, yet have had to deal with a Bush or Clinton the majority of my life. I didn’t like the idea of change instead of real change. And what about the phony racial commentary, irritating. But let me take a different look at what I think about establishment, jobs, and racial relationships.

The establishment fight was a strong a clear message. But then again, look who Trump is looking to bring into his loop: Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and surrounded by an all Republican Senate and Congress. Seems pretty establishment to me. What was elected was the idea of change yet again. Real push against the establishment would be all outsiders, which would really send a message. Having so many people you have to go through to get anything done, he is still working with the establishment.

Well, what about jobs, jobs what? And by what I mean what industry pertaining to jobs. If people are hoping to have manufacturing jobs come from China to America again, they’re crazy. The man who uses his hands to work for a living has become a dinosaur. It’s not that there aren’t jobs for people to work, but more so, people are not qualified for the work that’s out here. Trump’s voting block was a large poor to middle class uneducated block. There lies the problem, uneducated. And when I say uneducated, I don’t mean a college degree. I mean what is your skill which applies to “today’s” society. Everyone is waiting for the government to create jobs. Trump Administration will be policy makers as with any other president. They create policy that further hinders or make it easier for companies to create jobs.

Last is the racial issues that comes into play. The White population was just as poor during the Jim Crow era, but were employed to the greater extent over Black people. Once Blacks fought for Civil Rights it became an issue of now we must compete. Rich White people for the most part could care less, but poor to middle class Whites have been fed the ideology as well as Blacks that White men and women are more superior. The problem is that in today’s society they feel slighted, but we as Black people are broke as well. And the idea that illegal Mexican immigrants are taking their jobs. The reality is that, the superiority ideology was put forth for control. Now this feeling of being pushed out exist.

Now look at the people who voted for Trump or better yet, look at the regions. The regions that voted for Hillary are places where jobs exist. The Midwest and Southerners feel left out. But the industry in the major metropolitan hubs hold the jobs. Car companies controlled the Midwest and the South had agriculture. But we are in an information age; whoever has information, holds the power. So Trump may create jobs, but they are informational, managerial, and highly technical. So in the end, I think that Trump will do some things that will be good. But on the other hand, the way our system is structured, fulfilling all his promises is just not possible.