Changing of the Guard

Well, the sky still seems to be blue. We may have a new coach, but the team members (us) are all still the same. We still are human beings and want the same things for ourselves and our families.

Most of those who supported Donald Trump are not racists nor filled with hate for women and minorities. They just think he offered better solutions than Mrs. Clinton.

The odd thing about time is that it always seems to move forward, and most of us are on courses that aren’t going to change that much. We DO live in a world where the goalposts are constantly moving and every new day presents challenges we’ve never faced before.

Any student of US History has to marvel at the course the country has been able to follow: it’s survived any number of threats, both internal and external, and landed on it’s feet. Who would have thought in 1929 how twenty years into the future the US would be the economic powerhouse it became in the 1950’s. The route we took certainly wasn’t planned.

The success or failure of the Trump presidency is likely to be judged by how effectively he manages to “make America Great” in the eyes of the average person. They don’t seem to be in a patient mood.

24 hours ago, I thought Hillary Clinton was going to be president, and I hoped conservatives would give her programs a chance and not instantly start working to bring her down. Mr. Trump deserves the same consideration.

I’m noticing a change in tone out of Mr. Trump, which I applaud, and trust we will all find our way forward, into what we hope is a brighter future. We’re still all in the same boat and the shore is still in the same place……….

The presidency has a way of making people rise to the occasion. I imagine the first time one finds oneself alone at night in the oval office, only the most insensitive wouldn’t feel the weight of being the caretaker of a sacred trust. Abraham Lincoln derived an enormous strength from that knowledge. An apt quote from Lincoln here would be:

“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: ‘And this, too, shall pass away.’ How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!”

I’m not saying that Donald Trump will be another Lincoln, but that at some point, every president realizes he is now being judged in comparison to some real giants…..