Normally I don’t pay much attention to Inauguration Day. I’ve ignored it every time it’s happened, in fact. Today was no exception. Regardless of whatever leanings one has, the world is still spinning. The universe hasn’t collapsed. Life goes on.
The whole spectacle surrounding this is surreal.
I’ve written and deleted over a thousand words on this by now, and I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t overcome my apathy at the spectacle. Everyone seems to have a crusade over this. It’s like everyone can agree this is important, but they can’t agree on why it’s important. All anyone is doing is watching some guy put a hand on a book and say some words.
What happens next could be anything. I didn’t vote for the guy because I thought he’d do more harm than good. I might be right, or I might be wrong. If he does a great job in office, I will be more than happy to admit I’m wrong. It’s more important that people lead productive, healthy, and happy lives than for me to be right about someone I disagree with.
One thing I think needs to happen is everyone needs to practice their listening skills.
I know people who voted for this president because they just needed relief from the previous president’s policies. The ACA ended up not doing well for a lot of people, myself included. Under the previous president, deportations went up, drone strikes proliferated, foreign crises got mishandled, and people got to watch big businesses get bailed out while they lost their homes. They have a legitimate beef with how Dems handled things, and they voted accordingly.
Similarly, I know people protesting this current president because their votes mathematically aren’t equal to people in other states. Take those voters and place them elsewhere, and the election would be different. Only geography accounts for the result of what happened. Dismissing them as childish ignores their real concern that they aren’t treated equally under the law.
In other words, this means that almost everyone can find some valid faults with how our government is run. Is it okay to give tax breaks and handouts to people that make billions of dollars a year? Is it okay to make poor people spend half their income on health insurance? Is it okay to elect someone who gets into Twitter feuds like it’s a hobby?
People still get along in spite of politics.
That’s what I want to remember. Let this president do whatever he feels like. If he does ill, I think people will recognize it for what it is. And if he does well for people, that’s a bonus. Whatever happens, it will not change who I am.