Wisdom from My Dad: If He Fails, We All Fail

I had no intention of watching the inauguration of the 45th president of the U.S.A. or any of the inaugural festivities. In fact, if I could hide from media coverage of the presidency for the next four years, I would.  The grace, dignity, intellect, and character of President Barack Obama makes the Trump we’ve seen thus far a hard, hard pill to swallow, but my dad checked my attitude with the advice he posted on Facebook this morning:

Well folks, today is the day. “Out with the old, in with the new.” I hear that some are asking us to not watch the inauguration.  I disagree.  My dislike of Trump is not so much his politics but his character. If you believe MLK’s words, don’t judge a person by the color of their skin, but by their character.  Trump doesn’t meet the standard of what I consider a person with good morals.  No matter. He is in.  My job is to watch how he acts as POTUS. We must not be foolish and hope he fails.  If he fails, we all fail.

If he fails, we all fail.

Regardless of our political leanings, it’s our job to “stay woke,” as my 70+ year old colleague in academia expresses, and see to it that Trump and his administration work on behalf of the citizens of the United States and, where necessary, of the world–especially those who are disenfranchised and suffering under the weight of systemic oppression.  We must march on and continue the fight in every reasonable way possible.  (Because) No matter who is president, “the struggle is [all too] real” for too many of us and we have a long, long way to go.

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  1. Love everything about this

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  2. What beautiful words. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I don’t know many people who want the president to fail. What they seem to want is for his polices to fail…to become law, hence resistance. That seems reasonable since he seems so thoroughly dangerous.

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  4. Wise words which I fully agree… xo

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  5. He is bringing about change. Exposing all the inequities. Its our job as citizens to be vigilant and hold his/their feet to the fire and keep him from becoming a dictator… Hold on tight, in the end, hopefully we come out stronger TOGETHER. We are all one COMMINITY…

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  6. Thank you, Chandra, for this thoughtful piece. We are all watching and standing tall in our beliefs. Your father is a wise man.

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