Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Greatest Sad Night in American History?

We Don't Need a Different Despot

I just listened to President-elect Donald Trump's victory speech after apparently being elected as the 45th president of the United States. Like Barack Obama eight years ago, he said he understood that there were many who didn't vote for him, but that he would work hard to be their president as well. (See my blog post on election night 2008 here).

Mr. Trump, I didn't vote for you. Though you didn't ask, let me give you some practical advice on how you can work to represent me.

You weren't elected because the country thought we just needed a different despot at the helm. We have seen what happens when our president decides to govern by Executive Orders.  I would suggest that you look at every Executive Order of the past sixteen years very critically and repeal most of them.  Then demand that Congress draft legislation to address these issues and present them for your signature in the first 100 days of office.

Many of those Executive Orders addressed real issues facing our country dealing with immigration, healthcare, equal opportunity and the rule of law.  My suggestion is that you address them within the first six months of your term.

Govern based on principles, not politics.  The first principle should be to govern based on the Constitution of the United States. Before you do anything, ask if it is something that the Constitution states should be handled by the federal government.  Immigration and national security certainly would fall into that category.  Everything else should be relegated to the states.  I believe that states can better address needs such as education, healthcare, welfare and the like. Look at eliminating the departments of housing & urban development, health & human services, education and the bureau of land management,

Well, I'm tired now and have to work tomorrow.  Give me a call and I'd be glad to give you more unsolicited advice