I know what you’re probably thinking just based on the headline of this column. Here’s some little millennial snowflake trying to declare that Donald Trump isn’t her president. I’m not to that point to declare he isn’t my president, but I am at that point that I don’t WANT him to be my president.
As a recent graduate of political science, I’ve seen the trends, I understand the processes and have accepted Donald Trump is the president of the United States. At first, I had some hope that maybe it wouldn’t turn out to be as bad as I had feared it could be. Maybe there was a bunch of “fake news” that was being dramatic and spinning the story to be something fabricated. But here we are, a little over 6 months after inauguration and Trump’s term is starting to hit the fan.
To start, truth about Russia is being revealed by the Trump camp themselves. It seems as if there are many things coming out of the woodwork when it comes to Trump’s true relationship with the Russians. Whether it’s Trump Jr. or the guy that married into the Trump crazy (Mr. Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner), there is definitely some shady things going on between our Commander in Chief and the “fearless leader” out East. I’m not entirely convinced if Trump is the orchestrator, or Putin’s puppet (more likely the latter), but it is a relationship that I am uncomfortable with, and I believe that people should take more seriously.
Or what about the various cabinet members that are dropping like flies from Trump’s administration? Comey being fired and asked to make sure he knew where his loyalty stood. Sean Spicer (finally) stepping down, and the bullying of Jeff Sessions (even though he is pretty terrible).
And now the most recent tragedy, the ban and lack of respect of transgender individuals in the US military. This is one of the final straws that break the back of any sort of hope I had for a “not so bad” Trump era.
President Donald Trump claims to be a brilliant business man, and persuaded the Electoral College that he would run America like his business. And to some some extent he told the truth. We should have listened when people talked about Trump and his shady way of doing business. We should have been there for the people who said and say they are bullied by Trump and shamed by him in the workplace. And most importantly, we should recognize the lies he has told just to get a vote on the campaign trail - like how he’d protect the rights of the LGBT Community.
This was the fear that I had; that Trump would turn out to be the man that everyone in the media had said he was: untrustworthy, a bully, and a liar. I don’t want him as my president.
I know we are all aware of these actions by Trump & Co. and people are going to have their own opinions on our president’s actions, but here is a question: where are the checks and balance of the legislative and the judicial branches to keep this guy in check? We all know something just isn’t right, but what is being done to fix it? My fears have honestly moved on from what can Trump do, to what is life going to be like if no one prevents Trump from creating an authoritarian government? This fear is driven by the strong divide in government between the left and the right.
Like I have mentioned in previous columns, our nation is extremely polarized - one side is smug saying “I told you so” while the other is “too proud to beg”. But you know who gets hurt because of this partisanship? The American people. So get off your high horse, or swallow your pride. America literally needs to get balanced again, and get back to our roots of freedom rather than insanity.
PS: to every brave person — no matter gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, or background — whom has served or has the desire to serve in the US military, thank you. You deserve respect and so much more. For you to risk your life in such a capacity so our neighbors can live free, it is of honorable mention and worthy cause. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Alyssa Pietz is a member of The Olympian’s 2017 Board of Contributors. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.