By Ron Sherrill
You know what? Folks are right. President Trump needs to take ownership of his presidency, admit when he makes mistakes, stop the irresponsible comments, forget his Twitter account, and move us forward on a positive national agenda. He needs to bring us together and fix what’s broken wherever possible. No excuses.
What’s fascinating though is over half the people pointing this out (much more than half in the mainstream media) are the same ones who for over seven years accepted, without question, excuses like “It’s Bush’s fault,” or “I found out when you found out — on the evening news” as answers to every presidential failure or scandal. For two terms, there was little ownership for the office of the president when things went south. And that was not infrequent. Remember the Russian Reset? You can keep your doctor? The Syrian red line in the sand? The dismissal of the “JV Team” Isis threat? Benghazi? Wiretapping the AP News Service and James Rosen? The IRS scandal? Race relations? The hits just kept on coming.
These same people, who now laugh with glee and celebrate every Trump failure, are the same ones who said it was divisive and un-American, even racist, to wish failure on President Obama. They say the only people now supporting President Trump are those in his cult-like following.
Gee, why does that sound so familiar? Oh yeah, that’s what supposedly racist people said about President Obama’s supporters. Suddenly though, that rhetoric is fashionable. Hypocrisy?
In the interests of full disclosure, I did wish President Obama to fail when I believed he was acting outside his constitutional authority, exploiting identity politics, or he was pushing us closer towards becoming a Socialist state, which I am sure is harmful to the long-term interests of this country.
However, I never wished harm on President Obama and his family. I never thought privately entertaining, verbalizing or filming fantasies about killing him were anything but disgusting. (Note: This happened to President George W. Bush as well, but with nowhere near the same amount of media coverage and outrage). No, to the contrary, I can honestly say I found occasion to pray for President Obama, that he would find a path that honored the U.S. Constitution and the truth, that his legacy would be a good one. Admittedly, I should have prayed more, but I did pray. As flawed as I believed President Obama to be, as often as he frustrated me with his actions, as much as I dissented, he was my president.
Now, under President Trump, filming a mock assassination of the president is “artistic” and threatening to “pimp out” the First Lady, or blow up the White House are fashionable forms of “freedom of expression.” Shouts of “Not my president!” fill the air. This is not simple dissent. This is a sick derangement of the worst kind.
Who is praying for the safety of President Trump and his family? Who is praying that President Trump grows as a leader, honors his office and the U.S. Constitution? Who prays that he finds his way to lead and succeed honorably?
While the Affordable Care act is about to collapse under its own bureaucratic red tape and legislative stupidity, with one in five American homes without a breadwinner, increased ISIS attacks in western cities, a porous southern border, Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, an emboldened North Korea, a growing and powerful Chinese navy, and a largely over-committed, undersized and ill-equipped U.S. military to face these challenges, we better stop celebrating Oval Office failures, fantasizing about the death of our president and the obliteration of our White House. We need to start praying … and maybe asking for forgiveness is a good place to start.
Oh, and for the record, while Trump has the helm, I don’t want to hear him blaming Obama for his failures any more than I wanted to hear Obama blaming Bush for his failures for two long terms. Trump owns the store. He needs to act like it.
Ron Sherrill is a resident of Troy