As I’ve crafted a vision for carrying out my Administration, I’ve attempted to envision what I would need to do starting on DAY ONE. Contemplating what I would do if I were allowed the HONOR, and for whom I would be working, I want to ensure that I maximize my time in office, in order to start righting every life-threatening error undertaken since January 2017. Anything I can do to avert unnecessary loss of life…
I want to pursue it immediately.
Historically, the day of the inauguration is a festive occasion, with the newly elected President attending all of the official inaugural balls. In 2009, there were 10 of them, all held in honor of the Office. And of course, the parade and the ceremony itself.
As I sit here today… I do not FEEL celebratory. I don’t particularly want to go to a parade.
In my post titled “Day One” (published 7/20/2019), I outlined the three “DAY ONE” campaign promises I’ve committed to since I began my campaign:
- Ending FGM in the United States by Executive Order.
- Ending the deployment of US Armed Forces at the Southern Border.
- Closing Guantanamo Bay prison and ALL immigrant holding facilities opened since 2016.
And since July, we’ve been made aware of even MORE life-threatening situations that demand immediate attention from a new President… the ongoing occupation of Crimea by Russia is unstable, we’ve withdrawn our support for the Kurds, NATO is under stress as American Leadership stands in decline, and on, and on, and on…
How can we celebrate when families are STILL SEPARATED… when we’ve ABANDONED a key ally… when we’ve placed LIVES in jeopardy by withholding military aid to a nation, dependent on our PROMISE of assistance?
The grandeur and decadence engaged in by the current occupant of the White House leaves a sour PIT in my stomach, as American Farmers have filed for bankruptcy at an increased rate… up 25%.
We watch a man who lives in a GOLDEN PENTHOUSE, tax American Families with SELECTIVE TARIFFS designed to make HIS portfolio grow… and STILL, everyday we suffer more mass shootings.
We listen to an old man RANT and RAVE about “illegals”, as he empowers HIS administration to TAKE CHILDREN AWAY from their MOTHERS… all while his wife calls on us to “Be Best”.
To swear an oath on that day and then turn around and pop corks, would be insulting to every instinct that I have. Men and women are being separated from their children and locked up in holding cells, housed in empty strip malls across America. They’re being held for MONTHS on TRUMPED UP charges, with only the shirts on their backs…
I would be just as hypocritical, as the outgoing President currently is.
BUT this “vision” of that day is too in error. Attempting to view what will BE, as we sit WITHIN this temporal bubble, it distorts the image. It becomes tainted by the alternative reality we currently find ourselves IN, colored by emotions, that come from issues that did NOT seem to exist in the recent PAST.
“… 20 years has gone so fast.”
“Once upon a time…”, or so the story goes, lingers in the back of my mind. “Back in MY day…”, if you prefer. But, I know the lens of nostalgia paints an unfair picture of our PAST as well, because these issues have been with us all along, bubbling just below the surface.
Damn the shadows that have grown from our LIGHT! The shadows that have grown do so because we have allowed it. Our SILENCE on issues deemed TABOO and UNCOMFORTABLE, creates SAFE HARBOR for the deceptive and the bad actor. Using our FEARS as leverage, they steal from us our Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, by forcing us to live in FEAR of disclosure… forcing us to live in fear of our own WORDS.
An OPEN and HONEST pursuit of KNOWLEDGE is HONORABLE, especially if it’s an investigation of a persistent evil. Cast aside your prejudices and preconceptions, and let us build for ourselves a NEW DAY… because what we see on our horizon, threatens the GOOD FORTUNE our democracy was built upon. We are now called to HONOR the promise with which we were entrusted.
IF there is ANY DOUBT as to the GREATNESS of the United States, speak it NOW. THIS is the time… THIS is the place. Is THIS the greatest form of governance that humanity has EVER KNOWN? Is OURS truly a GREAT NATION?
The wealth and security created over the last TWO CENTURIES and shared in by EVERY nation on earth, stems from OUR Constitution…
Do we now CHOOSE to walk away.
The wealth of the FEW, can also be the wealth of the MANY without vilifying and bankrupting, because we ALL know: the strongest capitalist among us would be NOTHING without the people who support their endeavors.
Our lots have been cast… UNITED WE STAND!
“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”
We must remember who we are doing this FOR… Our Constitution is a gift for ALL MANKIND! Entrusted to us, and given with a promise that ONE DAY, we too shall do the SAME.