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March 3, 2021

Mr. President (And I Use the Term Loosely)

Mr. President (and I use the term loosely),
  We don’t need for you to agree with the results of the election. I don’t argue with the scale when I have eaten too much cake. While it may be a bitter pill for you to swallow, take it like a man not a spoiled little boy. You’re in time out.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in the statement released overnight after Congress certified his defeat. “I have always said we would continue our FIGHT to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest (ONLY) first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our FIGHT to Make America Great Again.”
  We are now 3 plus months past the election and he is still spewing venom; still digging his heels in and spreading FAKE NEWS. Parents, let this be a cautionary tale. If you see behavior like this, reel in your child. Nobody was up to the task in the White House. My guess is Melania could give a sh#t about what he does as long as he leaves her alone. His legacy is one of lies and manipulation and he’ll go down fighting.
  Where is the regret? The remorse? We are secretly waiting for him to see the light. But he is evil and darkness is his comfort zone. Every action has been planned far in advance as part of a strategy. He was telling the press months before Election Day that if he lost, the election was rigged. Now I’m not saying it wasn’t a brilliant lie, but it was a lie just the same.
  The chaos that followed this election forced me to take action; to own my part in our government. I educated myself on all things politics at both the local and national level. I found several candidates  I could get behind. I became familiar with the anchors on CNN. I saw more of them than I saw of my friends during the Q. I appreciate their quirks and I know their hot topics. My hope is that we as a country are now disgusted enough in this freak show that’s been playing out; that we are ready to roll up our sleeves and get our own hands dirty. Go out and vote, talk up your candidates, write letters, sign petitions and have the awkward conversations. It’s ok to have them and walk away without burning a bridge. Live and let live, but for crying out loud, stand for something.
   In 2016, too many people figured Hilary had it in the bag and didn’t bother to show up at the polls and look what happened. We were cursed with 4 years of misery;a punishment none of us could have imagined. I’ve made peace with those 4 years because I look for silver linings.
  My family now talks about politics daily. I know where friends stand, and most of us have figured out how to be ok with our differences. I have also realized who isn’t having that conversation EVER. I feel like I can breathe again with a leader in the White House who puts country first. That is not however a call for apathy or neglect. We must be vigilante.
  This is our country. The politicians work for us. Our tax dollars are their salaries. Remember that when you vote. Picture yourself interviewing someone you are hiring to watch out for your best interests. Check out their previous voting record. Look at who their allies are. Do they speak out when injustice is happening? Do they appear to have a strong sense of right and wrong? Do they have a dog? Do they have a family? Do they smile? These are questions whose answers are telling. Keep asking questions and settle for nothing less than the truth. It’s eluded us for some time. You’ll know it when you hear it.
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