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Why Trump Has Been Good For America!

February 20, 2017

url  The Electoral College has placed Donald J. Trump in the presidential seat. In spite of the fact that the majority of Americans had a different idea, the reality is Mr. Trump sits as the 45th president of the United States. Whether this makes you mad or glad, either way the truth is, this is reality. Whether one looks at this as a good or bad thing is another matter.

It is easy to see the bad. We now have a babbling, narcissistic, misogynistic, lying, dictatorial, con-artist representing the greatest country in the world. Our allies are fearful, our enemies are emboldened, and our nation is divided more than any time in history, with possibly the exception of the Civil War. But before we all go running off to Canada, we need to realize how much good 45 has done for the good ol’ USA.

Not since the Sixties have so many taken an interest in the politics of this nation. It has been easy for many of us to ignore much of what was happening in Washington, D.C., until now. Suddenly, people are talking, reading, and researching just how our government works. Copies of the Constitution are appearing in households where no book has darkened the door for years. Words like emoluments are rolling off tongues as easily as non-fat latte.

We are seeing the strengths and weaknesses of being a democracy. The system of checks and  balances is keeping us from succumbing to a potential tyrant. At the same time, we are seeing the failure of career politicians who seemingly are more power hungry than concerned for the American people.

People who were content to sit idle, watching shows like American Idol, are now marching, rallying, calling, tweeting, and posting. They are speaking out, demanding that representatives, senators, and local politicians hear what they have to say.

In spite of the media being labeled “fake news”, subscriptions to newspapers and viewership of nightly news programs are up. People are reading more. The novel 1984 by George Orwell is so popular it is hard to find a copy in a brick and mortar bookstore or on Amazon.

The questions of who are we as Americans and what does this country stand for, are topics being examined as never before. The issues of racism, women’s rights, religious freedom, and gender identity are at the forefront of daily discourse. The lid has been ripped off of previously hidden groups of fascists, racists, misogynists, and neo-Nazis.

Groups that fight daily for human rights, such as the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, have seen donations increase in staggering amounts. Neighbors are organizing, forming grass root movements to figure out what they can do to make a difference. Some people are learning for the first time who their local and state government officials are, and are engaging in constructive dialogues.

The plight of immigrants, legal and illegal, is becoming more apparent. The reality of their contribution to this country is being made evident. Cities are stepping up and declaring themselves sanctuaries. Churches are opening their doors, that should have never been closed. Actually, a distinction is being made between those who only give lip service, and those who live as Christians.

The final good thing has yet to be seen. The real good that could come out of 45 sitting in the Oval Office, would be for this nation to realize if we are to survive, if we are to remain a democracy, we need to be able to debate, discuss, disagree, yet somehow find a middle ground where everyone is respected, everyone is equal, and everyone working together can keep this country great.

 

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