Just A Dream
Just a dream, or more?
We vote for what we most want.
What we get is less.
Walk, or ride?
Now he is in the driver's seat, but who is coming along?
One of the many interesting observations made immediately after President Trump's inaugural speech went like this: "Having just lambasted the previous presidents and the sitting Congress, who is he going to have left to work with?"
President Trump's supporters may be with him, just as they were in the recent campaign, no matter what he says and does.
But starting Monday, January 23, 2017 the "doing" became the testing of the man.
His supporters were not surprised by anything in his inaugural speech. In fact it is likely that they hoped for the inclusion of the campaign promises, and that those promises would remain Trump's vision for the path ahead.
His opponents, however, seemed aghast that his speech seemed to have no faint echos of his November victory speech's acceptance of the need for a fatherly call for unity going forward.
President Trump appears to retain his father's dictum that the world is made up of winners and losers, and the folks who count are only the winners who the less they allow themselves to be encumbered by the losers, the more successful they will be.
Trump is a verbal pugilist. He doesn't mince his words. His resolve is to do exactly what he says he will do, and to do it his way because he is confident his way is the best way, so why approach it any differently.
That he seems to have chosen advisors who have been outstandingly successful in their own chosen professions, men and women who have what appear to be more reasoned and realistic views of what it will take to carry out Trump's stated goals, offers hope of approaches that will temper his steel.
No matter who finally won the American presidency, the path ahead was going to be fraught with dangers and limitations. With America's leadership chosen, it seems certain that nothing will stay the same. Things will either get better, or worse.
President Trump's supporters see in him a man who realizes his ambitions and gets results.
His opponents see him as many things, mostly negative, and little short of an impostor and a bully to be resisted at every step.
Such divergent views of Trump's potential leadership can lead to the same stalemate that his predecessor faced in his eight year presidency.
Winning an Electoral College presidency, while losing the popular vote, is an opening round handicap to be overcome in the rounds ahead.
President Trump's personal and political life will receive even more scrutiny than even he might have expected. That scrutiny can prove him or destroy him, and strain his apparently tight family bonds in the 48 months ahead.
As with all leaders at his level (and he currently sits on the peak) he can reflect on another Republican president's thoughts and prayers. When, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was told that things would go well, if the Union was on God's side, Lincoln replied that things would only go well, if God was on the Union's side.
So it will probably be with President Donald John Trump's presidency.
By the time when cherry blossoms adorn the trees of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D. C., we should all have a better idea of what those first 100 days of Trump's presidency have amounted to, and of his path ahead.
Cherry Blossoms and a white house....what birds will come home to roost?
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What of the path ahead?
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