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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