by Brad Nelson 11/10/16
You backed the winning horse. Good for you. Congratulations. But despite all the nutty things you think about anyone who has any questions about Trump — either before or after his winning the election — I can assure you we are not globalist pigs who simply want to overrun America with illegal aliens. We are concerned citizens, many of us conservatives and Christians, who have been fooled before and are not prone to drinking anyone’s kool-aid.
The contest has been decided. We see it as small-minded that many Trumpkins not only are doing a victory lap (understandable) but also have the expectation that winning one election means we must ignore our legitimate concerns about Trump — or any politician — and drink the same kool-aid.
The fact is, it was the influence of sober conservatives and Republicans that was crucial in dragging this man-child across the finish line (including Kellyanne Conway). But he is indeed across and now is the time to borrow a word from the Left and announce “forward.”
Let’s help president-elect Trump in any way we can. Let’s hold him to high standards but not be too quick to find fault. Let’s remember what we have had recently (eight years of a Marxist community organizer) or could have had (Hillary Clinton). No reasonable person expects Trump to morph into Ronald Reagan overnight or ever, for that matter. But we do expect him to act the part of the adult, to get beyond his impulsiveness and pettiness and do the job he was elected to do: drain the swamp.
But we conservatives, despite the bizarre and zealous delusions of many Trumpkins, are not part of the swamp. In fact, many of us were there knee-deep in alligators long before most of you became “politically active” and certainly before and while Donald Trump himself was an active contributor to the Democrat Party.
Our job as good American citizens is to be encouraging when appropriate, but we do not coronate kings. We elect public servants. Trump is our servant. He is not your ongoing instrument to prop up your apparently fragile self-image. He is (or soon will be) the 45th president of the greatest nation on this earth. That honor and responsibility requires moving past your pettiness and it requires all conservatives to give the man a fair chance, not to be too quick with criticism, and to not (for his and our own good) drink the kool-aid of some of his obsequious followers.
It is our duty to let him know when he has broken a promise or gone completely off the rails. And it will be our duty and pleasure to acknowledge the things he hopefully does right.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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