I have taken a few days to really gather my thoughts over the outcome of Tuesday night. Given that the polls were saying that The Donald had a 35% chance of winning, and I had the experience of the Brexit result under my belt, the pit of my stomach told me what was going to happen. The Boffin was not shocked either. Not that I was going to do the watusi over a Hillary win either, but my point is not to do a post-election analysis.
As I stated in my other posts, I was in Air Force just when President George H.W. Bush was finishing his term and at the beginning of President Bill Clinton’s run. We are talking 1992 to 1996. Over those years, militarily, we were still maintaining operations in the Desert. We were also committed to missions in Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and other fun places like that. Meanwhile, through bipartisan efforts between the executive and legislative branches, the powers that be slashed the defense budget, and we were expected to do more with less.
I am going to concentrate on President Clinton, since most of my time was under him. Needless to say, I was not a big fan of Bubba. Not many of my colleagues were. Quite a few hated his guts. Long deployments away from your loved ones can do that to a person. However, we understood something.
He was our President and our Commander-in-Chief, and all of us who joined the military took vows to uphold the Constitution. Upholding the Constitution is a huge responsibility and is something that we put above nursing personal likes and dislikes.
Now I have been thinking that Donald Trump is an unctuous pig since his emergence in spotlight in 1980s. But regardless of how I feel about him, he was fairly elected. It’s a done deal.
But guess what? President-elect Trump has a vow to take too.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
And we, the people, have to give him that chance to succeed. And we have systems in place to hold him accountable, if he breaks that vow. Washington has its problems, but there are plenty of things about our government that still work.
Meanwhile, we have to be the change that we want.
Happy Veterans’ Day to all who served on this side of the Pond, especially a shout out to my new Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth.
In many other nations, remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.