Tonight – tonight. I weep. I did not watch President Obama’s farewell address, but what I saw in video playback later where he thanked Michelle, his children, where he stated his greatest pleasure in life was being their father – I saw grace, honor, intelligence, family values. I saw all of what I respect in humankind. I saw what I see very little of these days. I saw those things that have given me hope over the past eight years, despite a deliberately non-cooperative congress. I saw what I fear we will not see in the future – for far too far into the future. I saw, perhaps, the last vestiges of hope for mankind.
You say I am being overly dramatic – perhaps I am. Perhaps I am. But I feel a fear I have never felt before in this lifetime – a fear that the time I have left to afford living in this country is short. Financially or emotionally. A fear that the honor this country deserves is going to be short-lived. Tonight, a man on Facebook responded to a comment I had made by telling me Michelle Obama is a transvestite. Really? Really? Are we so eager, so willing, to believe these kinds of things that we will repeat them at will, without any fact-checking? Are we so shallow? So really shallow? Can we no longer grasp the concept of honor, intelligence, grace? No matter how you feel about ObamaCare or policies of the current administration, can you not respect and honor their honor?
Can we honor the Republican Congress, who, eight years ago, demanding a thorough ethics check on nominees for the cabinet, are now say we are being crybabies for expecting the same? Really, can we? Can we honor any Congress whose first action is an attempt to abolish the oversight committee, the ones that are supposed to keep the Congress on the straight and narrow? Yes, they buckled to public pressure, but should they be honored for that? I think not. I think they should be feared for their apparent mindset.
Face book is alive with “will Melania Trump bring class to the White House?” Wait a minute. Class has been in the White House now for 8 years. No scandals, reason, intellect, family values – My question is, will Melania even be in the White House? Melania – the third wife of our president-elect, who needs lesson in presidential behavior to my way of thinking – who has said she will stay in New York with their son. Melania – the immigrant and wife to a man who promises to ban immigrants. Of his three wives, only one was not an immigrant, I believe. Irony? Perhaps she is a woman of class, we shall see. Maybe. But do not take away from the class that has been in the White House for 8 years. I anticipate the “First Lady” of the new administration to be Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president-elect and his first wife, an immigrant.
I fear this whole thing is going to cause damage to my relationship with people who are important to me. People who may or may not support Trump, but who appear to not share my fears, my concerns. I wish that not to happen, but I cannot keep quiet because of that fear. What will be, will be. If we are meant to be friends, they will recognize that, while I respect them as humans, while I respect their right to believe as they do, I cannot keep quiet. I cannot. I have always said you must respect the position of the person holding it – I did not agree with or respect my father, but I respected his position as my father. Yet, I now find myself having problems with that theory. Or not. I do respect the office of the president. I do not respect the person who is president-elect. I believe respect is something that must be earned. It is not a gift, it is not bestowed upon anyone because of their existence. It is earned.
I ramble. I am emotional. I do not apologize for those emotions. They are mine, they are real.