Op-Ed: One Thing Leads to Another

| February 14, 2017

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

I am not here to gloat, nor do I have time to say “I told ya so”. Nothing positive can be gained by suggesting the tables have turned after eight years of being in your shoes. I only wish to highlight a simple inquiry for my liberal friends to ponder over: how embarrassing must it feel?

I mean that as unironically and genuinely as I can. Again, I am not here to belittle. This question is not in reference to Hillary Clinton losing the presidency, but, rather, who was the president prior to Donald Trump taking office.

Just think about it.

A man, who had a video of him saying “grab her by the p%$^@” leaked a month before the election, was elected chief leader of the free world.

A man, who had the brashness to post a picture of him on Cinco De Mayo with the caption that read “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower grill. I love Hispanics.” A man who in that photo was posing with a taco bowl — the most bastardized American version of Mexican cuisine, mind you — is now an acting president. Cinco De Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla and as we all know, Hispanics are not limited singularly though Mexican heritage, which makes his post all the more ridiculous and insincere.

A man, who said “Heidi Klum. Sadly, she’s no longer a 10”, is married to the current-First Lady of the United States.

And finally, a man that actually uttered the words “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters” during the campaign now has access to our nuclear codes.

This brings me back to my original question.

If, as a liberal, you adored former President Barack Obama, but loathe President Trump, how truly embarrassing must you feel knowing that Trump was a direct result of Obama?

Let that sink in.

Stare right into that looking glass-mirror and take the time to think before you call Trump a racist again or burn another American flag.

Because make no mistake, the law of cause and effect quietly set it and the dominos fell easily into their place. Eight years of unbridled deficiency, failure to build a consensus and ruling through the executive served as a good enough catalyst for a wrecking-ball candidate like Trump to take the reins and win.

I’m well aware that politics is mostly cyclical and Clinton was not short of flaws herself, but that doesn’t change the fact that Obama was the 44 president, and consequently, Trump is the 45 president. The entrenchment of the establishment, ringing celebrity endorsements and the over-saturation of being insulted by the most trivial of matters did not cut it this go round, though.

Even now, if you despise Trump’s policies — what with the immigration ban, his wall at the Southern U.S-Mexico border, and scaling back parts of Obamacare — it must be apparent that such drastic measures did not simply populate overnight. Trump understood the dissatisfaction and frustration that so many citizens in middle America felt and used the void to advance his message. He seized the opportunity that former President Obama handedly gave him.

Let this serve as a warning. Reflect, cry even, just understand the administration obsessed with endless virtue-signaling and legacy-seeking bears some responsibility for the prevailing current of today.

Much caution should be yielded on my side, too. Trump won, okay, we get it. We cannot rest in complacency through the luxury that our side finally won. It is not enough to say “sore losers lose sorely”, or “get over it”, because it didn’t feel that great when it happened to us eight years ago.

At this point, there’s nothing to do but smile and unity, John. Just smile, wave and unity.

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