Frank Stephens' Thoughts on Trump becoming President of the United States

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 21, 2017 / comments

If nothing else comes of his presidency but the killing off of dynastic politics and ending the media sense of self-importance, he will have accomplished much for which we can be thankful.

As citizens we have experienced one of the greatest train wrecks of election ethics in my lifetime. Perhaps with the citizen uprising that collapsed unethical party leadership in both the Republican and Democratic parties we will see a more honest leadership arise. The deep seated issue for Democrats to contend with is there is no leadership now in their seriously fractured party.

Trump’s election has demolished the mythology that Obama has been a successful President, because he obviously has not been, and if he had been successful, Hillary Clinton would have been sworn in today. But Barack Obama, who like Donald Trump lives in his own narcissistic fantasy world, left office with self-lauding propaganda lines about his administration’s lack of scandals (actually one of the most scandal ridden administrations ever).

Presidential inaugurations are wonderful events that remind the world of the inspiring success of the American experiment. For the 45th time America successfully handed over power to a new president.

History, no longer taught in our public government-funded schools, reveals that our Founders had someone like Trump in mind when they wrote the Constitution.

That a peaceful transition can happen is a miraculous thing, even if the particular proof that it can happen is unsettling in this case. Jefferson wanted a government that the people could take hold of, shake by the neck, and change when they perceived necessary. He wanted the people, not Hamilton’s elites or Adams’ aristocrats, to be the ultimate drivers of the engine of state. Trump’s inauguration shows that the author of the Declaration’s vision still lives.

Too many Democrat politicians, celebrities, and activists are being ugly and irresponsible in their reaction to Trump’s election.

As Anderson Cooper asked regarding John Lewis’s declaration that Trump was not a legitimate President, how does this help? Well, it helps in one way: it marks Lee and those like him as every bit as cruel and intolerant as they claim Trump to be. It also diminishes their ability to have meaningful influence on the administration, and alienates members of the public who regard intentional divisiveness as the mark of the undemocratic—the nascent totalitarians.

Today, Donald J. Trump became President.

Frank Stephens