Today we got a new President.
While the upcoming months and years with President Trump at the helm promise to be ones that we should all bathe in prayers, as we should with any President, I am relieved that this presidential process is behind us. While the chaos of politics has intrigued all three of my sons (politics were totally boring when I was young), Americans on both sides have acted like minions injected with PX-41 serum. Intelligence and logic have been lost somewhere between the brain and the almighty tweeting thumbs. As I watched live inaugural events last night, I kept an eye on my Twitter feed and was baffled. I’m certainly not the brightest bulb in the box but found myself giggling at the ridiculous lack of basic spelling skills, logic, and respectability. Honestly, it was a little entertaining until I remembered that many these kooks are of legal age to vote. I guess we don’t need logic or intelligence to vote, to get a social media account, or to attempt to sway other people’s emotions and opinions by bullying and ranting to get them to agree with us. We simply need to scream the loudest. It’s terribly ironic that we live in a country that cries out for tolerance yet oozes hatred.
I believe there is such a hysteria because we’ve failed ourselves. We’ve sat behind our phones and computers, posting our opinions online instead of doing something about our country’s brokenness that we’re shocked when things don’t work out the way we think they should. We’ve used government as a scapegoat for our country’s ailments, handing them the reigns of power because don’t want to wield our own, and have unintentionally silenced our own voices.
We’ve failed to stand up for what we know to be right, true, and honorable.
We’ve failed to speak out against evil.
We’ve failed to help the helpless, shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, and defend the good both in our country and in our world.
We’ve relied on government to take care of all these problems and then we blame government for doing a poor job. Or we get nervous about a new President who’s agenda isn’t perfectly in line with our own when we don’t even know what our agenda is! We just know that we don’t like our new President’s hair, his wife, his gesturing during speeches, his sway back and forth to the National Anthem, or his posture of power even though he’s a world leader.
If we, the people, want to feel in control again then we, the people, need to start making a difference. I’m not AT ALL suggesting that standing up, speaking out, or acting on behalf of our convictions means continuing to Tweet about your convictions or posting on FB from the comfort of your sofa. It means actually getting your hands dirty, driving to someone’s home, hugging someone you can barely stand, signing petitions, and giving a meal to someone who just suffered a loss. It means being involved in the change in your community, at your local shelter, aiding the needy with your resources, teaching kids to read, and bending your knees in prayer.
There are a few things that we all need to remember (yes – I’m addressing myself here as well):
Media is slanted. It does not share all the facts, especially social media.
Media does not determine who we are as a country.
When we feel our undergarments in a twist because of President Trump, we need to widen our scope of the world and realize that we have pretty good dang lives. We are not watching our mothers or brothers get shot down or bombed in the middle of the street and even the poorest among us can access technology through their own smart device or through public means.
If you want to get involved and change your world for future generations, don’t rely on a man, government, or law. Get educated. Ask questions. Do your homework before you vote. Speak up. Stand up. Fight the good fight. And pray like crazy.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
-FDR’s First Inaugural Address