Today is the first day of my “daily” journal. I am placing daily in quotes because I am certain that is going to end up being an absurdly ambitious characterization of what this space is. It is my goal to at least take a few moments at the end of each day to write down my thoughts about what is happening in my life and in the world.
Lately, I have found that I am bothered by pretty much everything. I don’t mean that in a depressing woe is me sort of way, but more in the sense that I am running out of patience and things that I once looked forward to discussing or writing about have left me feeling frustrated and empty. I guess I am simply sick of waiting.
My main frustrations really do stem from the political climate. I am so sick of the constant back and forth of political narrative tug or war propagated by talking heads in suits on news channels no one watches and newspapers no one reads. For clarity, when I say no one I really mean an insignificant few. For some reason we Americans allow our corrupted media landscape to be the sole arbiter of daily political, cultural and global issues. It seems foolish and I am hardly the first person to raise this concern.
I am also frustrated that Donald Trump is still president, that he has been president for a year, yet I have to guard the truth that I support him closely for fear of judgement or retribution from people who think they are so morally superior to me because they parrot the same drivel as the millionaires in suits that lie to them on television. I have never had illusions about the character of Donald Trump. I wouldn’t bet my life on a multimillionaire CEO/ media mogul being an upstanding human being. I didn’t vote for him because I thought he was pure as the driven snow. I voted for him because my other option was a woman with a public and verifiable record of corruption that any halfway willing citizen can read up on and confirm.
I have long stated right here on this blog my political ideologies. I don’t align very closely with Trump on many policy issues at all, but the biggest issue staring this country in the face is a widespread conspiracy by corrupted government officials to drag this country down through inaction, perpetual warfare and societal decay. Perhaps this conspiracy is neither deliberate nor malicious. Perhaps it is simply the unfortunate byproduct of years of incompetent leaders with poor ideology, but the reason I voted for Trump and the reason why I like him more today than I did a year ago is because he so clearly is at war with those people who I view as either maliciously corrupt or wildly incompetent.
I don’t know what the future will bring for Mr. Trump and America, but I do know that the only thing he really needs to do to secure my vote again in 2020 is to bring justice on those who have used their positions in our government to gain personal wealth, sell out Americans and tarnish our good reputation abroad. I don't know if this is possible, but I am holding out hope that the 31 sealed indictments that linger in the DC court system are there to take down the network of lobbyists and politicians that have, over the last 40+ years, eaten away at our society like termites from the inside out.
I don’t want to fear publically supporting the sitting president of the United States. I supported Obama for most of his presidency, I wish to do the same today for Trump. I will say that if you are reading this and you want to write me off because of my political affiliations, I regret you feel that way. Regardless of your gender, creed, skin color, orientations and experiences, I love you. You are my brother, my sister, my countryman and it is only together that we can make this land and this world a better place for us, but more importantly for the generations to follow in our footsteps.