Inauguration Afterthoughts — How Can We Move Forward?


I have a motto: It is what it is. It may not be what I want it to be, but the reality of the moment is the truth.

Now, to lay my cards on the table, I did not vote for the newly inaugurated President of the United States. I can agree to disagree with a person’s belief and their politics. Truthfully, there is not one person on the face of the earth that I agree with 100% of the time on 100% of topics, but I cannot look past the way he ran for the highest post in the land. The decisiveness he caused. The sheer disrespect he showed anyone who wasn’t a white male. The disrespect he showed anyone who didn’t agree with him would not allow me to vote for him, so I did not. However, I can thank him for one thing. He showed the world the truth. He showed the world the ugly under belly of this country and showed the true size and stature of the ugliness that was hiding and festering. During a time when the Black Lives Matter movement and the police of this nation seem to be at odds and maybe even worse at war with each other (if even on a verbal level). In a time where religious fear is at an all-time high because of a fear of radical Muslims in the United States. In a nation where unless you are a Native American, you are the descendant of people from a foreign country, descendants of immigrants who want to keep other immigrants out and build a wall.

Yes, I am disgusted at what the new President of the United States stands for, but I can’t be mad at him.

We all knew what he stood for as he ran. Yet 62,980,160 people voted for him. And to the best of our knowledge, even though other outside forces may have tampered with the process and the dissemination of information, no one tampered with the voting machines. This means that people genuinely wanted to vote for this man, and no, the argument that this was a vote against the other candidate does not stand. If that was the case then they would have voted for no President or one of the other candidates. Almost 63 million Americans voted for a man that either is, or at the minimum pandered to racist, sexist, misogynistic, elitist, homophobic, and Islamophobic generalities. I think people tend to forget that many atrocities have been perpetrated by Christians under the name of God without the widespread fear and panic of Christianity. I’m more concerned with these people than I am with him. I’m more concerned with the almost 63 million Americans who looked the other way. Nonetheless, let me say this, the new President of the United States was voted in, and even though you may not like it, you have to suck it up and deal with it. Your candidate didn’t win. It won’t be the first time in your life something you wanted to happen didn’t, and it surely won’t be the last. It is life. It is what it is.

Here’s what you might find shocking. I can’t dwell on it, and I don’t. I don’t look at what may be or what might have been. I look at the realities of the situation and what is coming, and I face those things. Today, I had to get up, go to work, and earn a living. Same as I had to do yesterday, the day before that, the year before that, and with the President before President Obama. I don’t have the time or the energy to focus on this new President. I have to focus on me. I have to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward no matter the obstacle. I have no doubts that this President will bring obstacles, but I can’t fear what may come or what will come. I do not have that luxury. I face it head on. No matter who the President is I have to take care of me and mine. I have to do the best I can in the situation I find myself in presently if I want to change my future. I can’t look to someone else to improve my situation. It’s not how I am built. I have dreams which I need to make come true, so I have hard work, blood, sweat, and tears to spill in order to have what I want in life. I don’t care who the President, the Governor, or the Mayor is because I have work to do.

We, as a nation, have overcome worse.

We, too, will get through this.  This should be a wake-up call to all. This President is symbolic of the struggle that continues to exist in this nation. This is the greatest nation on the Earth, but it could be greater. For some of you, this was an eye-opener to reality, but to me, sadly, this isn’t anything I haven’t seen before. I have no deep emotional case of not understanding how something like this could happen. This happens every day in cities across this country. I’m sorry if you didn’t recognize this fact before this election. Until you dig it from the ground roots, it will continue to grow. Sometimes the truth hurts. This President only showed you the truth, and we are going to be force-fed it for at least four years.

I can only hope that this was a wake up call because it is what it is until you make it something else. As for myself, I have work to do.

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