Words by Caelin Mills
Here we are, you guys, he actually did it. Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the president of the United States last Friday. With a speech that some are calling gloomy and dark, I beg to differ. It was empowering and he reminded us what he came here to do. Let’s take a look at some key moments (courtesy of Yahoo):
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.”
“And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the wind-swept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator. So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words. You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny, and your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.”
This is beautiful, yet the mainstream media has gone to such an extent as to relate this speech to Hitler (Yeah, that happened). Can we just hold on a second and take a step back, please? I want to make a few things clear. If you want Trump to fail, you want America to fail. It really is that simple. He may not have been your candidate, and I truly understand that, but he is now the 45 President of the United States.
It’s time to come together and acknowledge the good Trump has and will do, as well as check him on any wrongdoings. We are a nation built on strength and patriotism. It’s time some of you acknowledge and respect that. He has gotten many things done this week (too many for me to even begin to discuss here) and his energy is invigorating our economy, as the Dow Jones Indexes closed above 20,000 for the first time ever.
The country is not burning to the ground. I wish people would give the man a chance to help this country as he intends, without blatantly disregarding and attacking him before we see the effects of his recent executive acts. What are you going to do when they work out? What are you going to do when America is better off, even after you refused to work with him? Will you feel stupid? Will you feel remorse? Will you acknowledge that you were wrong? I doubt it, you’ll just find someone or something else to attribute his success to.
I’d also like to talk about the protests, both during the inauguration and following. I was absolutely disgusted by the scene in Washington D.C. I watched, on live television, as protesters verbally and physically harassed attendees, smashed windows and threw rocks at police officers.
Later in the evening, a limousine was set on fire, which turned out to be owned by a Muslim immigrant, Muhammad Ashraf. He says the damages caused his company $70,000. So much for the peaceful and tolerant left, right?
This is not peaceful protest, this is disorderly conduct. This is unacceptable, and the fact that this destruction is being celebrated by some is embarrassing for this country. Go to work like the rest of us and do something that actually makes a difference. Vote, not just for president, but local and state officials. If you want to protest, go for it! Freedom of speech is one of the many things that make this country great. But do it in a civil manner. You aren’t righteous, you’re delinquents.
As for the Women’s March, as much as I love to see women coming together in celebration of how beautiful womanhood is, I was disgusted by a few things. Some of the vulgarity and nudity professed and shown, both by statements written on signs, group chants during the marches or attire, was awful. There were children at these marches as well, and there has to be a better way to get your point across in a more respectable way. It hurts your cause when you take things to such an extreme that it’s no longer a strong, respectable fight. It’s careless.
The march was supposed to be for all women, but I genuinely believe someone with my background and values would not have been welcome at such an event. I have no problem with differing views, but don’t pretend like this was a completely inclusive movement. It wasn’t.
Also, I’m not sure why Madonna hasn’t been arrested. She has thought “about blowing up the White House?” I wasn’t happy about Barack Obama being in the White House in the slightest, but I never thought ANYTHING like that. The notion that violence is a form of speaking up for what you believe in is absurd. Madonna, stop. You’re ashamed to be an American? I’m ashamed that you have the privilege of living in the greatest country on earth and can’t recognize it. I’m ashamed that you claim to be an advocate for women, except those who think differently than you.
The final thing I will touch on is a very bizarre hashtag circulating Twitter this week, #FreeMelania. Seems nice, even after the internet mocked her for Michelle Obama’s dissatisfied reaction to Melania’s gift inauguration morning. A clip from the inauguration shows Donald Trump looking back during the Rev. Franklin Graham’s prayer. Melania smiles as her husband looks at her, and when he looks away, she returns to looking stoic. This sparked waves of social media controversy, with people saying she’s miserable and held captive in an awful marriage.
I find this hilarious because I understand precisely what happened here — ‘resting bitch face.’ My neutral expression makes me look angry at the world. I’m not. When I see something that makes me happy, such as a loved one looking at me, I smile, too! However, when that fleeting moment is over, I return to my neutral expression.
On another note, maybe there was something bothering her at that moment, such as, “I need a nap,” “These heels make my feet hurt,” “When’s the luncheon? I’m hungry” or “Can Bill Clinton stop looking at me now?” She’s human, and I think she’s doing just fine.