“Donald Trump’s a change agent. So am I.” –Ron Johnson
Politics is an area that most people have some opinion about. Whether you consider yourself an Independent, Democrat or Republican, there are issues that we each care about and we want our political parties to fight for what we believe in. Whether you like Donald Trump or not, he is currently the President of the United States. He promised change on the campaign trail and he is delivering by breaking the mold on what it means to be presidential.
This is an exciting time in history. There are many issues which are pressing and they are going to require urgent action. Climate change, racism, LGBTQ rights, sexism, immigration, religious freedoms and healthcare are just a few of the hot button issues that are in the forefront of the news, not to mention the rising tension with other countries. Now, more than ever, it is important for us to look critically at how these issues affect each and every one of us.
When President Trump speaks, or tweets, there seems to be a growing interest in every word. There is no doubt that President Trump is stirring something in us that is awakening. Whether you agree or disagree with what he says, it is an opportunity to critically examine what our core beliefs are. I believe that Donald Trump is the perfect person to be president at this time in history for precisely the change that he is creating. There have been over 20 large organized protests against him, including the Women’s March, which was the largest protest in American History. All across the country people are listening to what he is saying and are either defending him or opposing him. Either way, it is creating conversations. For many years these issues were swept under the rug and rarely discussed. Trump is bringing them up and forcing us to critically look at what our values are. Now, more than ever, we each need to individually decide if at our core, we agree or disagree with what we are hearing. Then it is time to talk about it. Have some honest discussions with people who not only agree with you, but those that disagree as well. For this country to change, we need clarity and we can only become clear when we challenge our prior assumptions. By talking with someone you don’t agree with and being open to hearing their point of view, it is often surprising to discover that there is more that is agreed upon then disagreed on. There are many core values that people have regardless of political party. With all of these discussions around the country we will begin to clarify what our country values. Once we are clear we can create change as the people. In order for America to be great again, we need to reclaim our identity. Our president is giving us daily opportunities to decide what is important. We have the power to create the change that the Declaration of Independence gives to us:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
America is a great country because of the diversity we have. It is time we honor differences of opinion and respectfully challenge prior beliefs. Conversations have the power to create change, and true change happens from the bottom up. Keep the conversations going!