Tomorrow, January 20, 2017 a transition of power will take place in the nation’s capital of Washington, DC. The 58th Presidential Inauguration will take place when the President-Elect will take the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States. It is this peaceful transition of power that has occurred for centuries that identifies the United States as the birthplace of democracy.
Democracy is how Donald J. Trump a businessman was elected. In simplest form democracy is when the citizens or group of a nation or organization seek to elect the people who represent them. However, even within a democracy things can go wrong and the foundation can shift. It is of my concern that the President-Elect will cause cracks within the foundation of democracy. Due to lack of any governmental experience by Trump and those of his Senior Staff selections, I am greatly concerned.
Private and public sectors are unique and managed differently for various reasons. The idea that the soon to be 45th President’s sons can run his businesses and there not be a conflict of interest is ludicrous. His behavior during the Presidential election cycle and past behavior is deplorable. And most recently the continuous juvenile tweets sent in response to anyone who disagrees with him are pitiful. I often wonder if at his advanced age of 70 might there be some mental issue? However, not releasing his medical records details cannot be known.
On Saturday, I with women from around the state of South Carolina will meet for a Women’s Rally at the State House. This corresponds with the Women’s March on Washington that will bring women from around the United States to the nation’s capital to in part show their displeasure with Trump. Upon completion of the rally in South Carolina there will be a summit to discuss how to be active during a Trump Administration.
The four key elements of democracy can survive but only with citizens staying aware. These elements are 1) political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections, 2) active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life, 3) protection of the human rights of all citizens, and 4) rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens. If any of these components are threatened then the democratic structure can form cracks.
I am overall an optimist but I am also a realist and I believe the next four years will be rocky for the United States. However, I do know that I will be active within my local Democratic Party and community ensuring I do all necessary to be sure hard fought freedoms are kept intact. I must be honest I do not trust that the 45th President will be able to keep the many false promises that he has made on the campaign trail. I believe time will prove all those who do not have faith in his ability will be proven right.
The division of three main parts of the federal government executive, legislative, and judicial will in part help to possible refrain the overreach of the next President. But only if the legislative and judicial branches are firm and ethical in their decisions. Many believed that President Obama over reached with his authority via Executive Orders, however, this was by a man who was a U.S. Constitutional Law professor. With legal experience and prior legislative experience Obama was able to give insight into the office and understand the impact of laws of society. We can all agree that the Affordable Care Act had issues that needed adjustment but for it to be fully repealed is not best for U.S. citizens.
Finally, I want end on a positive note listing some of the accomplishments made by the 44th President. I will miss President Obama because I believe that he cared about the duties of the office of President much more than he cared about self. Here are some of the many things that were done over the last eight years. Note that on Friday, January 20th the new twitter handles for the Obamas will be @BarackObama and @MichelleObama; in addition, ObamaWhiteHouse.gov will contain the information that is now found on the WhiteHouse.gov specific to the Obama’s. Now for the list:
Economic Depression Averted
Longest Streak of Job Growth on Record
11 Million New Jobs Created
20 Million More Americans Insured
Deficit Cut by Over $800 Billion
Exports Up by 28 Percent
Corporate Profits Up by 144 Percent
Stock Market Nearly Tripled
Middle Class Tax Cuts Preserved
American Auto Industry Saved
Wall Street Reform Enacted
Oil & Natural Gas Production at All Time High
Solar & Wind Power at All Time High
Reliance on Foreign Oil at 40 Year Low
Graduation Rates at All Time High
No Child Left Behind Replaced
Pell Grants Doubled
New Federal Student Loan Payment Plan
New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
New Mortgage Refinance Program
New Patient’s Bill of Rights
Newly Protected Lands & Waters
New Limits on Carbon Pollution
New Arms Control in Russia & Syria
Iranian Nuclear Program Curtailed
U.S. Cuba Diplomacy Restored
Osama bin Laden Taken Down
U.S. Boots in Iraq & Afghanistan Reduced
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repealed
Education & Job Opportunities for Veterans
Healthcare for 9/11 Heroes
Equal Benefits for Married Gay Couples
Deferred Action for DREAMers
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act
21st Century Cures Act
Veteran Homelessness Down
Illegal Immigration Down
Violent Crime Down
Net Neutrality Protected
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