I know I have taken this platform to discuss politics in the past, usually in regard to ethnicity and equality.
Note that I use ethnicity versus the word racism. That is because it speaks to a species, the word racism is such a hot-fire topic no matter who you are. I prefer not to use it because of the connotation it has for me as a lover of words and the root of said words. If I look at the term race, this denotes to me a species of the same kind, ie. The Human Race. In order to call someone racist, I think that definition then depicts that person as thinking of those they hate as less than or different than human. I feel that the word race, when used in context with the color of one’s skin or demographic, is a misnomer. Thus I prefer the more appropriate term ethnicity. However, I am greatly digressing to express why I used a word.
My choice of specific words does play into what I wanted to discuss, though.
You see, we live in a society where one’s words are more condemning than their actions. The old adage “actions speak louder than words” has passed into dust. Now, you might think that, as a writer, I would be well pleased that words have more power than they did even twenty years ago. However, I am not well-pleased. The reason for this is because words have become the standard for which we judge a person’s character, ability, judgment, and ideals. Words have become so powerful in our sensationalist media that they are used in such a way to hook readers into an article with little relation to the actual title. I’m looking at you Huffington, Cracked, TMZ, and many others.
However, I am not well-pleased.
So what is the point of all this? Well, the point is that we have just voted for a new president. A president-elect, who by all means has a terrible way with words. His voiced opinions have caused controversy, physical violence, and hatred in other people. I want to ask, though, what weight do those words really carry? We can fear, we can speculate, we can cheer, but we do not know the weight of a person(s)’ words until they are supported by action.
As with the elections of the past, we cannot judge President-Elect Trump by the words he has spoken, either the good or the ill (depending on your point of view). We have to wait and see. I think that the promises he has made to clean up Washington, or to bring back American jobs, need to be supported by action in that direction. Even if that action is not what we expected it to be.
Even if that action is not what we expected it to be.
Whatever your feeling with regards to the new president-elect, he will be the 45th President of the United States of America.
Protesting the election will not persuade the government overturn the results, rioting in the streets will not change the minds of those that voted, nor will it have any effect on the vote itself. Attacking your friends, or unfriending them on Facebook, does not speak to a political resoluteness, but instead points to self-righteous immaturity. Many Americans voted for Trump out of a desire to prevent who they perceived as a criminal from being voted into office. Many made that choice because of the actions of Mrs. Clinton. Actions that had nothing to do with her gender and everything to do with the perpetual governmental corruption of our nation.
Instead of worrying about the things that were said, the words that were used, I am going to be watching the actions. I still believe that actions speak louder than words.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
Well, I think President-Elect Trump is about to have his character tested. I hope, for all our sakes, that he will not be found wanting. I leave you with the words of another of our presidents, because I believe his actions and the power which he held proved his character, no human is perfect, but we can all strive for excellence.
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt –
This is just a reminder that this was us folks. We put Hillary and Donald in this election, we voted for who we wanted. Based on the way our government works, the majority of the vote in each state, based on that state’s population, garnered the electoral votes needed for the win. True, Hillary may have won the popular vote, but the electoral votes are what get counted in making the decision. I am no more happy about the electoral college than anyone else, but it is the law of our nation and what has been designed to ensure that no one faction of persons can ultimately control the vote. Until next time folks. Be kind to one another. Be better.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Author,