I did not vote for Donald Trump, I did not want him to win, and I was one of those millions of Americans stunned and at least somewhat horrified by his victory. But that’s over now. He is indeed the 45th President of the United States, making him my president and the person in government I now need most to succeed.
I believe in free speech, I believe in protest, and I believe in the right to challenge our leaders. I however will choose only to exercise the first one I mentioned, free speech. Why? Because personally, and I emphasize personally because I get and respect the need others have right now for expression, I believe in a different approach at this time. That approach is a reset.
Part of what makes my ability to reset is one of the things that made it impossible for me to vote for Donald Trump in the first place. I was never sold that he meant and believed anything he told the American people. I believe he found the path to victory and took it. Love him or hate him, he certainly gets points for being clever. Now that he is president however, there is no more fooling anyone. Now he has the responsibility to act, and I as an American choose to wait and see what kind of actions he takes.
The time for talk is over. Now is the time for President Trump to get things done. Now is the time to protect us as promised, heel us as promised, better our lives and strengthen our economy. By us, I don’t just mean white males like myself. I mean people of all colors, all races, religions, sexual orientations, and political beliefs. Am I asking for a lot. I don’t think so. He’s the President of the United States of America and he promised to “Make America Great Again”. Despite the fact that I am one of those who already feels America is great, the bottom line is that President Trump has promised he will leave it even greater, and that task begins now.
As an American who loves his country, I want nothing more than to see our new president succeed, and rather than continue to oppose him, at this time I choose to press my own personal reset button. That reset means that nothing he has said or even done matters to me today. All that matters is what he does from this point forward. I went into inauguration day stunned at what was happening. I still could not believe that enough of America voted for this man to make him our Commander in Chief. But they did and he is, and now I start fresh in the hope that they were right and I was wrong. I not only hope and pray, but I am willing to allow for the possibility that President Donald J. Trump will be an outstanding president for all Americans in all walks of life. It’s not the easy thing to do, but in my opinion, it’s the American thing to do.
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