—-Harry S Truman
The office of President of the United States always commanded the utmost of respect at home and abroad. Our elections were always done with precision and emulated throughout the world. Whether our candidate won or lost, our constituents gathered around him and protected him from the ill will of outsiders. Like a family, we protected one of our own.
I remember when George H.W. Bush took office, though he wasn’t my choice I respected the man. Political debates were heated but respectful. I was proud to be an American. Then politics took over when William J. Clinton took office, and the family-like pride in our country slowly eroded. Don’t get me wrong, I was disgusted with some of his personal dealings, but hanging our dirty laundry out on an impeachment clothesline was equally as disgusting.
When George W. Bush took office, I was concerned. His politics seemed way too conservative for me, but he was obviously a moral man and should have garnered our respect. Instead, even when the tragedy of September 11th struck, we took political sides again. Pictures of him reacting to the news quickly circled the globe, and his political enemies made him into a laughingstock. He didn’t react quickly enough for some. Why did he just continue reading to the children? Bush explained his reactions some time later, “So I made the decision not to jump up immediately and leave the classroom. I didn’t want to rattle the kids. I wanted to project a sense of calm,' he said. 'I had been in enough crises to know that the first thing a leader has to do is to project calm.'” ... but by then the damage had been done.
When President Barack Obama presented one of his initial health care speeches to congress, Rep. Joe Wilson shouted "you lie.” Apparently he disagreed when the President stated that the health care plan would not cover illegal immigrants. He had every right to disagree and debate with the President, but being so outright disrespectful to the President of the United States was shameful. Another chink in the armor of our happy family.
Which brings me to our latest President and the reaction that our country is having to him. As I watch part of our citizenry commit vicious acts of hatred in his name and watch another part demean him continually, I understand why we have lost credibility throughout the world. The fact that there is now a 33 foot tall inflatable blimp depicting President Trump as a chicken in prison stripes says more about our country than it does about the man.
We might disagree with what a President stands for and how he does his job, we might even try to have him impeached, but we must remember that through it all he remains our President. The office of the President must be shown respect in front of the world’s eyes, and we must protect that image even as we fight for what we believe in.
The mystery I read/reviewed this week, Vow of Silence by Chris Patchell mixed politics, murder and just a bit of mayhem in just the right proportions. It was definitely a fun read and will make you wonder who the “bad guy” really is.
As always a complete review of this book follows my blog.