Support Trump, like him or not


Crier\Liz Torrey

Trump taking pictures with students after his appearance on ‘Morning Joe’ in the coffee shop last year.

Zef Vataj, Crier Staff

Broken spirits and wounded feelings roam the stunned city. People lay in shock at the unthinkable vision of a Trump presidency. 2016’s political elections were the biggest insults in recent history; to globalization, inclusion and tolerance. The American people voted their conscience and they voted their bank accounts. They voted in concert with their emotion and with their anger.

These measures of human sentiment told them that Donald Trump could fix Washington. A combustion of elements directed them to harsh conclusions about government.

Elected officials are both negligent and corrupt. Career politicians are both ignorant and detached. For the millions of Americans outside Washington, for citizens in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania – this was their breaking point.

If there’s one phrase that captures the mood of the nation’s capital – it’s shellshocked. Nobody around the city saw this coming and neither did the financial markets.

On Jan. 20, 2017, President Donald Trump will walk into the Oval Office with high expectations and even more power. Republicans kept command of the Senate, House and now have a trilateral grip on the nation’s government.

President Trump may have the chance to nominate two or three Supreme Court justices, to repeal Obamacare and change the country as we know it.

Republicans will try to pass immigration reform, but which version, Paul Ryan’s or Donald Trump’s?

Will they find the money necessary to build a massive border wall? Is it conceivable that Trump will deport every undocumented immigrant?

These proposals will be tough to install and that’s what scares me most. What scares me most is that President Trump will not be able to deliver on the many promises he made to his voters. It is mathematically impossible to improve growth while cutting taxes and spending more.

Constitutionally, it is impossible to ban all Muslims from entering the country, and it is impractical to build a giant wall on our southern border without adding a penny to the national debt.

If Trump can’t deliver for his supporters, and his promises go unkept, anger with government will only grow larger. The burden of these expectations will be large for a president seeking re-election in 2020, and governing is always more difficult than campaigning.

All in all, America will be a different place in the coming years, but we cannot lose faith in each other. If we succumb to racial and ideological pressures, the challenges of the 21st century will prove too insurmountable.

No matter your politics, your religion or your ethnicity, we have an obligation to support and uplift President Trump.

He needs the sustenance of the American people, and as he will soon find out, the presidency is a remarkable challenge. Global warfare, economic uncertainty and modernizing technology will humble even the most vain of people.

My hope is that president Trump will realize the enormity of this responsibility, and grow more mature because of it. Now is not the time for petty Twitter grievances – but rather a time for earnest and sagacious leadership – and we need to make the President fully aware of this.

As John Adams inscribed during his first weeks on Pennsylvania Avenue,  “I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof.” May wisdom find President Trump and all who serve with him.