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It's called adulting

I had just moved to the Nor­folk area in 2008, and man­aged to get my TV antenna work­ing on inau­gu­ra­tion day. I sat down with my wife and we watched Pres­i­dent Obama mess up the oath, but oth­er­wise get sworn in as Pres­i­dent of the United States. I hadn’t voted for him, but it didn’t mat­ter: he was now my Pres­i­dent, and I fig­ured the least I could do is watch his­tory be made.

While he was Pres­i­dent, I didn’t per­son­ally approve of many of the for­eign pol­icy and mil­i­tary deci­sions he made. I car­ried them out just the same, and I cer­tainly tried my hard­est to make them work. I had my chance to express dis­plea­sure at the vot­ing box. Dis­sent ended there.

Flash for­ward to 2017, and we had boy­cotting and vio­lent protests at the inauguration.

To which I say, grow the hell up.

Don’t tell me your boy­cott is a pri­vate choice, because if you sim­ply didn’t want to watch, you wouldn’t broad­cast it on social media. I cer­tainly don’t remem­ber peo­ple openly boy­cotting Obama’s inau­gu­ra­tion, and had they done so, I’m sure they would have been labeled as racists.

Say­ing Pres­i­dent Trump is “not your Pres­i­dent” just makes you look like a whiny lit­tle kid. In fact, it turns off those who were on the fence in the first place and it con­firms every bad thought they had about lib­er­als. Want to impress peo­ple? Get off your soap box and prove your ideas work. I and oth­ers are more con­vinced by mis­sion­ary sto­ries than when a 20-​something whines to me about poverty.

Get up, stop riot­ing, and get out in your local com­mu­nity and make it bet­ter. Do enough of that, and you might have enough influ­ence to change elec­tions in the future.


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I had just moved to the Norfolk area in 2008, and managed to get my TV antenna working on inauguration day.  I sat down with my wife and we watched President Obama mess up the oath, but otherwise get sworn in as President of the United States.  I hadn’t voted for him, but it didn’t matter: he was now my President, and I figured the least I could do is watch history be made.

While he was President, I didn’t personally approve of many of the foreign policy and military decisions he made.  I carried them out just the same, and I certainly tried my hardest to make them work.  I had my chance to express displeasure at the voting box.  Dissent ended there.

Flash forward to 2017, and we had boycotting and violent protests at the inauguration.

To which I say, grow the hell up.

Don’t tell me your  boycott is a private choice, because if you simply didn’t want to watch, you wouldn’t broadcast it on social media.  I certainly don’t remember people openly boycotting Obama’s inauguration, and had they done so, I’m sure they would have been labeled as racists.

Saying President Trump is “not your President” just makes you look like a whiny little kid.  In fact, it turns off those who were on the fence in the first place and it confirms every bad thought they had about liberals.  Want to impress people?  Get off your soap box and prove your ideas work.  I and others are more convinced by missionary stories than when a 20-something whines to me about poverty.

Get up, stop rioting, and get out in your local community and make it better.  Do enough of that, and you might have enough influence to change elections in the future.


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