It’s Inauguration Day today. For some, that’s VERY welcome news.
For others (most?) it’s less welcome than the apocalypse.
The thing to remember today is that however you feel about the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of these United States, your feelings are real. And they are valid.
And so are the feelings of your neighbor or friend or mom. Even if they aren’t the same as yours.
I’ve been saying it for months now, but we HAVE to get along. We HAVE TO find a way to pull together and to stop tearing each other apart.
My Facebook feed is full of inauguration skippers this morning. And I’m sure yours is too. And you know what? This is a FREE COUNTRY. If you don’t want to watch the inauguration (or didn’t since you will likely read this after the fact) that’s totally fine. That’s perfectly acceptable. You aren’t a terrible person for choosing to skip it. Because we live in a country where we aren’t forced to watch it.
But if you believe you have the moral high ground because you refuse to watch, I’ve got some news for you.
And if you are smug and gloating today because you’re happy Trump is getting sworn in, guess what.
You’re being a jerk.
Smug and gloating. Not just “if you’re happy.” There’s a big difference.
Here’s the thing I really want EVERYONE to understand.
The way you feel today is EXACTLY how the other side felt eight years ago. When Obama became the President, many were terrified. And many were thrilled. Today, many are terrified. And many are thrilled.
We aren’t that different from each other. We really aren’t. Yes, we have different views on how things should work. We have different views on how to uphold Constitutional rights (and sometimes what those rights actually ARE). And there are different views on the overall role of government in the first place.
But we aren’t different in our feelings.
We’re just playing opposites on when we feel them.
Take a minute to really think about this. If you LOVE Obama, you have no doubt been frustrated/angry/pissed off many times over the last eight years. Any time someone sarcastically says, “Thanks, Obama,” you roll your eyes. If anyone has said the slightest thing suggesting he should be impeached, you’ve been angry and said something along the lines of, “Based on what grounds??”
Well, guess what. ALREADY I have friends jokingly referring to ANYTHING that goes wrong as “Trump’s America.” And I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen talk of impeaching Trump since Election Day. Before he is even President.
Every time someone said something about the possibility of Obama dying in office a LOT of people jumped all over it in justified anger.
But, guess what. There was a movie about the hypothetical assassination of George W. Bush and you know what happened? Crickets.
We HAVE TO stop the hypocrisy. If you’re upset today, be upset. But just remember, we survived eight years of Obama. We’ll survive four or so of Trump.
As long as we knock off this kind of bullshit:
— Joss Whedon (@joss) January 14, 2017
You can’t say words matter when Trump says them and then celebrate garbage like this.
So feel whatever you’re feeling today. But be patient with those that feel the opposite. Love each other. Do good. And remember, we’re swearing in a President today. Not a King. Not a Dictator. Unless we allow him to become one. It’s up to us.
But today is not only about the next four years. It’s about the previous 240.