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Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in 2016 Elections, 2016 Presidential Election, Politics, Race | 18 comments

President Trump: The Name Should Be Endorsed By All Americans

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by Walter Brasch

When Sen. Barack Obama was running for the presidency and for most of his two terms, the Tea Party right-wing claimed he was born in Kenya, that he was a radicalized Muslim, and was unfit to be president. The rise of the Tea Party led to a rise of racist ideology and an increase of violence during political rallies.

After Sen. Obama’s election, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader, said the Republicans’ primary direction was solely to block whatever the new President wanted to do. Other Republicans chimed in that President Obama was out to destroy the country. The country did not destruct under the Obama Administration.

Among the many policies that were enacted during President Obama’s two terms were a significant improvement of the economy, an expansion of wilderness areas, increased nutrition programs for public schools, a bail-out of the auto industry, an elimination of the torture policies of the Bush–Cheney administration, and a reduction of U.S. forces in Iraq. Equally as important as dozens of programs to benefit Americans in the lower- and middle-classes, and improve health care and the environment, was that he avoided any scandal.

During the primaries and general election, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton engaged in the most vicious and poisonous campaign in recent history, while dealing with scandals and dancing around facts. President-elect Trump now calls for unity. It has little to do with unifying a divided nation and more of a call to support Trump himself. During President Obama’s first campaign and his two terms, the conservative hard core declared, “Not our president.” Hopefully the liberals will not similarly respond and support the President.

The Obama administration was staffed with civility and diversity. The Trump campaign was marked by a profanity-spewing fear-mongering leader and a staff of largely rich white males. Trump was usually seen as an angry demagogue, often with a smirk; in contrast, President Obama was serious when he needed to be, and playful , humorous, and joyful at other times. Trump’s mostly outrageous declarations played to the Tea Party extremists, most of whom had lost any sense of humor they may have once had. Trump’s public persona helped get him the nomination and the election. It is a sad and discouraging look at what America has slid into.

However, Trump has reversed some of his more extreme declarations. During the campaign he proclaimed he would re-institute torture to suspected terrorists, would jail Hillary Clinton, stated that people don’t contribute to climate change, and that President Obama was probably a Muslim who co-founded Isis. With the emerging presidency, he denounced support from the alt-right extreme White Rights groups, has heaped praise upon both Clinton and Obama, and tacked slightly more to the center on other issues. He now says the U.S. cannot use torture and won’t be calling to deport all illegal immigrants. He even softened his pronouncements about the “lyin’ liberal media.”

Trump has publicly acknowledged that he was far more radical during his campaign in order to get the presidency but that was no longer necessary now that he will be taking the oath of office in less than three months. His constant flip-flopping does raise the issue of integrity.

Contrary to his opinion of himself, Trump will not be one of the greatest presidents, but he could be a good one if he listens to his advisors, and realizes that although he won the electoral college victory, Hillary Clinton had almost two million more voters than he did.

If President Trump continues a slow move to the Republican center, the alt-Right hate movement will continue to disgorge filth and hatred. But there are still Trump’s social graces. Hopefully, Vice-President Mike Pence, a civil and intelligent conservative, and some of the Trump advisors might be able to shut down Trump’s Twitter account and scrub America’s Tasmanian Devil of the anger and hate he currently expounds.

Whatever happens in the next four years will not result in the deterioration of the country. Just as all Americans needed to refer to Barack Obama as President Obama, so should liberals respect the office and refer to Donald Trump as President Trump.

[Dr. Brasch has covered government and politics for more than four decades. His latest of 20 books is Fracking America: Sacrificing Health and the Environment for Short-Term Economic Benefit.]

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  • Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist

    I am sorry, but there is a huge difference between hating, demonizing and obstructing a president (Barack Obama) because of his race or his political persuasions — as Republicans have and still do — and resenting, resisting, mistrusting, not accepting nor forgiving a man who by his own words and deeds has proven to be a scoundrel unfit to lead our nation, as many Democrats feel about a president-elect Donald Trump.

    In the same vein, I would not suddenly respect, accept or even tolerate an evil person who has threatened to commit unspeakable harm to me or my loved ones, just because that person suddenly promises he will not perpetrate all the evil he has threatened, just because that person suddenly promises to use some not-so-evil measures or just because that person “reverses some of his most extreme declarations.”

    • JSpencer

      Thank-you Dorian. You speak for many us with your comment. I am a fan of taking the high road, and respect those who try, but this election is like no other; I for one will not be complicit in any efforts to normalize it. What democrats had to contend with during the Obama years was in fact demonization, whereas the concerns and sentiments expressed with regard to Trump are based on facts. This difference HAS to matter. Democrats have no need to fabricate criticisms, because Trump supplies them in spades., and with the blessings of the GOP. Beyond that, respect has to be earned, and (among other things) Trump was 2 million votes short of the mark.

      • Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist

        Beyond that, respect has to be earned…

        Amen

        and (among other things) Trump was 2 million votes short of the mark

        …and counting and, hopefully, re-counting.

  • Shannon Lee

    Sorry, I prefer “trump”… lower case.

  • Robert P. Coutinho
    • Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist

      That is an excellent reference, Robert.

      Charles Blow says it so much better than I ever could.

      For the benefit of those who have used their last free “read” at the New York Times, here are some of the best excerpts of Blow’s note to Trump:

      You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage. Unrepentant opportunism belies a staggering lack of character and caring that can’t simply be vanquished from memory. You did real harm to this country and many of its citizens, and I will never — never — forget that.
      ::
      I don’t believe you care much at all about this country or your party or the American people. I believe that the only thing you care about is self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment. Your strongest allegiance is to your own cupidity.

      I also believe that much of your campaign was an act of psychological projection, as we are now learning that many of the things you slammed Clinton for are things of which you may actually be guilty.

      [A list follows here]

      You are a fraud and a charlatan. Yes, you will be president, but you will not get any breaks just because one branch of your forked tongue is silver.

      I am not easily duped by dopes.
      ::
      It’s not that I don’t believe that people can change and grow. They can. But real growth comes from the accepting of responsibility and repenting of culpability.
      Expedient reversal isn’t growth; it’s gross. (emphasis mine)

      So let me say this on Thanksgiving: I’m thankful to have this platform because as long as there are ink and pixels, you will be the focus of my withering gaze.

      I’m thankful that I have the endurance and can assume a posture that will never allow what you represent to ever be seen as everyday and ordinary.

      No, Mr. Trump, we will not all just get along. For as long as a threat to the state is the head of state, all citizens of good faith and national fidelity — and certainly this columnist — have an absolute obligation to meet you and your agenda with resistance at every turn.

      I know this in my bones, and for that I am thankful.”

      I hope Joe can post he full article.

      • JSpencer

        By the way, you can often bypass that “last free read” by googling the title of the article and accessing it from there.

        • Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist

          good tip.

  • Robert P. Coutinho

    This Is my answer to it. sorry for the duplicate but the syntax messed up

  • dduck

    Hope for the best, don’t expect too much and fairly evaluate.

  • roseyrey

    We’ve seen on other threads some incredulity at the use of the word “normalization”. Well, here it is! We see urging to rely on advisors, yet his advisors are horrible. We see again false equivalence between the candidate who said hateful, disqualifying things about every imaginable group and individuals, and the candidate who merely said that those things are unacceptable. Trump’s election has already resulted in hundreds of incidents of escalated violence, the appointment of racists and unqualified people to every post, and a level of corruption and conflict of interest I don’t know that we’ve ever seen before. Assurance that 4 years of this won’t result in the deterioration of the US is almost laughable. Of course the US will deteriorate. The idea that it won’t rests on some misplaced belief that things just happen and work out without anyone at the helm. They do not.

  • Brownies girl

    Trump has reversed some of his more extreme declarations….With the emerging presidency, he denounced support from the alt-right extreme White Rights groups, has heaped praise upon both Clinton and Obama, and tacked slightly more to the center on other issues. He now says the U.S. cannot use torture and won’t be calling to deport all illegal immigrants. He even softened his pronouncements about the “lyin’ liberal media.”

    He actually *softened* his pronouncements, did he!? Oh well! — fine then!
    (eye-rollling thingy)

    I even heard he said he’s keeping an open mind about climate change. You know what I think about an “open mind”, Dr. Brasch, when someone who says that, when they’ve reached the heights of President of the US? I think, as we used to say back on the farm, an “open mind” just indicates both ears are open and there’s a draft flowing through.

    Whatever happens in the next four years will not result in the deterioration of the country.”

    Really? You think that?! You will lose most of the ACA if not all; you will allow the set-up of a biased conservative Supreme Court that will rule for decades; your educational system, under the guidance of a billionaire woman who has NO experience AT ALL with education, will slide even further into the depths and leave you way WAY behind other countries; and your HUD guy is a surgeon who HIMSELF considers himself unfit for the job… that’s just for starters. Am so glad you have such faith! Mine is not so strong in this particular case.

    Just as all Americans needed to refer to Barack Obama as President Obama, so should liberals respect the office and refer to Donald Trump as President Trump.

    Like most Canadians, (and believe me, I’m not alone in this) we’ll refer to him as “President Trump” when pigs fly. He’ll just be Trump to us. While I respect the Presidential office, in a million years I will never respect the man who holds it now, at least not for the next 4 years. BG

    • Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist

      *****

      Respect is earned, it is for those who deserve it, not for those who demand it because of their position, power or wealth.

  • Robin K Mullins

    Does it make sense to refer to Trump as Mr. President in order to show respect for the office and to refer to Trump as Trump when referring to him as a person?

    • dduck

      Yes, already doing it with Obama.

  • rudi

    I will call him President Trump. But he will have alot of work gaining my trust and respect. If he really leads for all I will respect him. But if he only appeals to his base, without any thought to the MAJORITY who didn’t vote for him, I will not have any respect for him. Trust is earned, not given with a blank check.

    • dduck

      Respect the office but verify the actions.

  • GrantS

    Trump will have the earn the name. So far he has earned the name pinhead, but there is room to go up or down from that.

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