Should We Give Donald Trump A Chance?
It’s hard to say what we can expect in the era of Donald Trump.
Sure with top White House appointments like Stephen K. Bannon, the executive chairman of the nationalist leaning Breitbart.com, we have a general idea of what’s on the table.
But at least in a Hillary Clinton White House – or even a White House managed by one of the more entrenched Republicans – we would have a more pragmatic understanding of their values (money); who they serve (the rich); and what they’re going to do (to us).
But Trump is different.
He’s never served a day as a public servant, which means there is no voting record to judge him by. He does not have the confidence of his own party, let alone the democrats. And clearly, he has no idea on what he is doing. There is already talk of dissension in his ranks and he hasn’t even officially gotten into office yet.
Not to mention, he is a flip-flopper. Remember when he talked like this about Obamacare:
Now remember how last week, he changed his tune and started talking like this about Obamacare:
Nevertheless, everyone is saying we should still give him a chance. That includes President Obama who said (reported by CNN):
“I think it is important for us to let him make his decisions. The American people will judge over the course of the next couple of years whether they like what they see,” Obama said.
He added: “This office has a way of waking you up. Those aspects of his positions or his predispositions that don’t match up with reality, he will find shaken up pretty quick because reality has a way of asserting itself.”
I have to say, President Obama is being awfully generous here. Perhaps he has forgotten, Trump is the same man who led a birther’s movement against him so slanderous, he was forced to prove to the world he was, in fact, an American citizen – and Trump still didn’t want to let it go.
Maybe it’s me, but that doesn’t sound much like a man too much concerned with reality.
At the same time, President Obama might have a point: maybe the realities of the job will inspire Trump to manage the country in a responsible manner?
Heck, he might even do some good.
I mean, there is precedence. For instance, Abraham Lincoln never believed the races – Black and White – were equal (Whites being superior of course) nor that we can live together in harmony. And yet he is also responsible for freeing our ancestors from physical bondage.
Likewise, Lyndon B. Johnson wasn’t too keen about the “nigras” neither. And as reported by MSNBC.com:
“Lyndon Johnson said the word “nigger” a lot.
In Senate cloakrooms and staff meetings, Johnson was practically a connoisseur of the word. According to Johnson biographer Robert Caro, Johnson would calibrate his pronunciations by region, using “nigra” with some southern legislators and “negra” with others. Discussing civil rights legislation with men like Mississippi Democrat James Eastland, who committed most of his life to defending white supremacy, he’d simply call it “the nigger bill.”
Then in 1957, Johnson would help get the “nigger bill” passed, known to most as the Civil Rights Act of 1957. With the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the segregationists would go to their graves knowing the cause they’d given their lives to had been betrayed, Frank Underwood style, by a man they believed to be one of their own. When Caro asked segregationist Georgia Democrat Herman Talmadge how he felt when Johnson, signing the Civil Rights Act, said ”we shall overcome,” Talmadge said “sick.”
Now does this mean folks should drop the protests and embrace a Trump presidency.
It should be noted both Lincoln and Johnson didn’t have a shift in consciousness because it was the morally right thing to do. Instead, neither figured he could no longer afford to ignore the “negro issue,” which was threatening to tear at the country apart during their respective eras.
But I’m pointing out how we’ve been bargaining with White supremacists for a very long time. And I truly believe, the more we can confront and reject certain attitudes and beliefs, which have longed been normalized, the sooner we can truly move forward as a nation, if only by an inch (there is no need tobe too idealistic here).
So while we might not want to give Trump a chance, we might also want to be open to the possibilities that good can come from this administration.
Just a thought…
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Charing Ball is a writer, cultural critic, free-thinker, slick-mouth feminist and the reigning queen of unpopular opinions. She is also from Philadelphia. To learn more, visit NineteenSeventy-Seven.com.