What do we do now?
I’ve had some really smart folks on both ends of the political spectrum ask me that question over the last 3 weeks.
Now that we have chosen an evil, winners and losers alike must face and accept the ramifications of this election. It’s like having the Doctor tell you the good news is you don’t have cancer; but you have AIDS and your dog died.
The question looms… what do we do now?
If you’ve ever read an article with my byline, you have an understanding of my politics and you know my opinion of the President elect.
If you haven’t ever read my stuff, then I’ll just fess up… I’m the designated Token Left Winger on the Havok Journal writing team.
I’m not Karl Marx or Bernie Sanders far left, or even Hillary Clinton left… more like FDR or Dalton Trumbo Left, but I’m absolutely a reticle or two to the left of the other writers.
I want to be the first one to tell you that my opinions about who should or shouldn’t have been elected are irrelevant… the American people made their choice.
My assessment of their choice as prime dumbassery is of no consequence. The only thing of any consequence is what we do now. Not what we do about it… just what we do.
Back when Nixon was Vice president, my father had extensive personal dealings with him and loathed the man. I can’t count the Dick jokes told at cocktail parties or dinners at my father’s house when I was lurking around as a kid. I spent my teen years thinking “Nixon” was a curse word.
Then a year or two after the Mỹ Lai Massacre happened, Nixon was in his second term as POTUS and I knew that made bile rise up in my father.
To my dismay his reaction wasn’t to join in the badgering of Nixon’s heritage and references to his manhood; instead he stood me at attention like I was 10 years old, only this time it was as a GS-18 putting an E-2 in his place.
He ripped me a new one ending with – “He is the G** D*** President… The Commander in G** D*** chief… you will show him the respect due his office; you’re a Soldier… Now get the hell outa my office and come back when you can act like one.”
Wow – you talk about a deer in the headlights moment, I hated when he did that to me as a kid. This time I was just confused; and a little embarrassed, he did it in front of half his staff. My father had a way of making his point clear.
I had no clue what happened? – I asked him later how Nixon suddenly deserved respect? He explained, #1 his problems with Nixon were personal, between he and Nixon not political, none of my business and:
#2 “A soldier Serves his Flag; NOT his president. Presidents will come and go… it is the Republic we serve that will always remain.”
I know he was quoting someone but I’m not sure who.
Richard Millhouse Nixon proved my father right before he could serve out his second term but I never once heard the Old Man speak a harsh word about Nixon once he was elected.
Any Cadet, Candidate or Trainee is taught that we salute the rank – Not the man.
So back to the question…
What do we do now?
HA! What makes you think I have a clue? I’m still trying to figure out if I’m really a writer or just a drunk with a laptop.
No kidding, I won’t even try to tell you I have a clue what we should do now because I don’t. That’s why I resorted to telling stories from my youth about Richard Nixon of all people.
I can tell you what we ought NOT to do though…
We ought NOT to go down the same road that lead us here… 40 years of voting for the lesser evil instead of the most qualified candidate will get you exactly where we are today.
We ought NOT to be so gullible – if you are a true Trump supporter the best way you can support a successful presidency is to not be gullible and just think everything is hunky dory. Check your facts and help your legislator help the new president make good decisions.
I had a Butter-Bar Platoon leader, right out of UC Berkley ROTC, one stop at Mother Rucker and directly to us. His first week he called the Flight Platoon NCOs into his office and asked us each to explain our #1 job responsibility.
No matter what we said his response was – “WRONG”; in the end, he explained that our #1 responsibility in life was to make him look good and even more importantly – make sure he didn’t screw anything up.
He turned out to be a hell of an officer. The LT was Green and he knew it… but he also knew that even an idiot could get the job done with the right support. – The same applies to any political office.
We ought NOT to concern ourselves with recounts or if the popular vote was really for Hillary. The electorate spoke, so put on your big girl skivvies and deal with it. (damn these things itch)
If you’re a career soldier and late in your career: I can guarantee that at some time you served under a POTUS you detested. If you just entered the service: I can guarantee that you will at some point in your career serve under a POTUS you think is an idiot, maybe even one you deem a traitor. I would suggest you school yourself on the actual constitutional definition of that word before you act on it.
The bottom line is that the President is the President regardless of what crime you might think he committed or any other disqualifying factor you might conger up. – The Constitution is clear about it.
We ought NOT to let the two major parties take advantage of the debacle we just experienced. Both sides will seek to solidify their base and will probably pull some nonsense stunt like shutting down the government to make their point.
Finally, and most importantly… We ought NOT to let this divide grow.
Betting houses in Denmark and London are taking money on which U.S. State will secede first. Most of the money is on California since they already have a Ballot Measure in the works.
No one seems to be concerned that the Constitution doesn’t allow for any individual state to secede. Even if the 2019 California ballot measure passes, the state must take it to the UN for protection to pull it off. We ought NOT to entertain such ignorance.
Kind of a cheezy list of quasi-hopeful suggestions huh?
I guess all that VOA and RFE crap left me with the tendency to always try to end on a hopeful note… back then it was scripts for broadcast but the point was to always give the listener behind the Wall a little hope to grasp on to… and that hope was always the Stars and Stripes; the land of opportunity; a place where men could be truly free.
It was easy to write because I actually believed it way-down deep inside of me… and I still believe it.
I lived and operated for almost 2 full years under Eric Honecker and the Stasi – You might say I have a heightened understanding of oppression and the lack of rights. Our system has checks and balances to protect our rights no matter who is sitting in the Office.
The Republic will always right itself with time, her Rudder is the Constitution and so long as it remains… so will the Republic. Just keep putting one boot in front of the other and I guarantee you… we will take the objective.
Thomas Jackson is said to have made a comment to Gen. Lee about what to do with Northern Politicians after the war; Gen. Lee’s response was: “No, General. When this foolishness is over we will all have to go back to being Americans”
This foolishness is over… Let’s go back to being Americans.