I wanted to say hello to those of you who follow this simple blog and let you all know how much I truly appreciate it.
I have been very absent over the past few months for a number of reasons, some of them health related while others have been more emotional. I allowed myself to take our election here in the United States personally. I know this feeling was not solely felt by me, but by many on both sides of the political spectrum. I will say this, I was not and am not a supporter of Donald Trump or the Republican Party. This is no longer the party of Reagan (he had his flaws as well). As conservative as Ronald Reagan was, he did not display the ugliness of Donald Trump, his campaign, nor his surrogates. President Elect Trump’s campaign was filled with racism, prejudice, misogyny and outright hate. Essentially he is the living definition of a sociopath.
This being said, there are a number of things that I have been seeing from the Democratic party that I believe to my core are the wrong things to do to affect change in both the party and the country after this historic and bizarre election.
First, I have received numerous emails from the Democratic Party in the state which I reside to do everything we can to “fight” Trump. This is just what the Republicans did to our current president, President Barack Obama. This attitude does nothing but feed the division within this country. This does not mean that we should not fight policies that are in opposition to our platform, but we must also mold policies that are being promoted by Trump and the Republicans that can be made to fit at least some of our agenda. We can not spend the next four years opposing every single policy proposition just because it was proposed by a Republican…this is what the Republicans had done for the last eight years…it wasn’t right then and it would not be right now and ultimately serves no positive purpose. Secondly, we must work harder to detail and explain to the American people what our policy propositions are, how they will positively affect us and how we will pay for them. This election was not won on policy at all, but instead on personal attacks. The person that was better at promoting their negative message ultimately was the person that won.
I will say that although I am disappointed in the American people both for who they elected and the low voter turnout numbers, I will hope for the best for this nation, for short of violent overthrow, Donald Trump will be America’s next president.
In the end, I will respect the office, but hold his feet to the fire to make him prove that he can be the President of all the people…including me.
Thanks for hearing my not so eloquent rant about the state of America. I have so much more I want to say, but I’m sure you all have your own problems and definitely better things to do.
~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~