As of January 20th, 2017, Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States. While I am a vigorous opponent of most of his agenda, policies, rhetoric, behavior (I’ll spare you the entire list) etc... it is important that we acknowledge and respect the office of the presidency itself. In doing so, we will be better able to hold President Trump to the standards which come with the office.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
President Trump and the Republicans will essentially have a monopoly on federal government power. They will control the presidency, both houses of congress, and could possibly control the Supreme Court.
Should we give President Trump an opportunity to prove our worst fears and his worst rhetoric wrong? Yes! Let's give him the benefit of the doubt. The responsibility is on him to prove us wrong. I'd prefer to be wrong.
I will say this “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.” Many Statements were made by Donald Trump during his campaign, which were outrageous, and at the very least questionable. The same can be said about his cabinet picks. We will not turn a blind eye to his words or his cabinet appointments.
Vigilance, keeping careful watch for signs of danger, is one of our many responsibilities as citizens. Your rights, and those of your family, friends, and community members matter. We must defend all of our rights. If at any point you feel that you or your community is under threat, know that your leaders including myself, will lend our voices to your cause and stand with you in defense of those rights.
I wish our new President, success in carrying out his responsibilities and duties. If he is successful, it will be to the benefit of us all. I hope you and I will remain vocal in pushing the new president and our government in Washington DC, in the right direction.
God bless us all.
Josue (Josh) Pierre
Democratic State Committeeman
District Leader - 42nd AD NYS