CHARLOTTE, NC, November 21, 2016 – The hysteria surrounding the new Trump administration is a phenomenon unseen in American history. It is time for the Democrats and the opposition to get over it.
The time for moaning and whining about the outcome of the election is long past due.
At the moment, Donald Trump’s surprise victory is still bittersweet. Sweet because it is fun watching the crowd that has dominated political policy for so many years finally get a taste of what it feels like to be on the other side.
Bitter because the depth of the despair has reached the point of being absurd with nearly eight weeks remaining before Trump even takes office.
Since his election, Trump has been interviewing numerous candidates about specific positions in his administration. Some have already been named, others are in strong contention and still others are among a select list of contenders.
Of course, the current knock on Trump’s appointments thus far is that there is no diversity. So far the roster is said to be nothing more than “old white men.” There are cries from the left about including women, blacks, Hispanics, gays and all manner of other minority groups to make the White House staff more like the melting pot of America.
But here’s the real question; Why appoint persons to positions because of their race, sexual preference of religion? Shouldn’t the jobs go to the persons best qualified to move the country forward over appointing lesser qualified persons because of their color?
We gave an inexperienced black man the job as chief executive for eight years and by most accountings, he has done a lousy job. He has divided the country as it has not been since the Civil War. He has made a mockery of the Constitution. He has lied about and misrepresented a large portion of his decisions, including healthcare and Benghazi.
He has bypassed congress with multiple executive orders. He negotiated a horrible arms deal with Iran.
The list goes on and on.
So, why should we appoint another unqualified person to a job just because they are among the above a minority groups?
Let’s look at this outside of politics.
Major league baseball gets a rap because the game is too “white.” Forget about the Latin and the Japanese players who have made it big in the game. Baseball is said to be a white man’s game because it doesn’t have enough African American ball players.
Blacks prefer to play football and basketball. It’s their choice. Do you honestly believe MLB will turn down a great player because he is black?
Every year baseball celebrates the day Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke the race barrier in American sports. Not just baseball, but all professional sports. Does anybody see a special day for Babe Ruth or Ted Williams or Lou Gehrig?
On Jackie Robinson day, every player who wants to wears the number “42” in his honor. Otherwise that number is the only one in all of baseball that has been officially retired from the both leagues.
Does anyone hear cries about the NFL or the NBA being too black? If white players do not possess the skills at a position, they simply do not make it.
One of the greatest things about sports over the years has been that they have been open to people who can play the games. Once Jackie Robinson broke the racial barrier in baseball, sports has welcomed athletes with open arms based upon their skills, not their color or ethnicity.
So if Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be the president, and the American people failed to elect her, why should Donald Trump appoint another unqualified female to an office just because she is a woman?
We have tried the diversity route for at least twenty years. Maybe more. Has it made the country any better or stronger? Where is it written that diversity should dictate the “image” of an administration rather than the quality and talents of the people who have been assigned positions?
Lets look at it another way.
Throughout the campaign, Hillary Clinton’s health was a much discussed topic for the media. If for some reason between now and 2020 Clinton should collapse or suffer serious health problems, then it only makes sense that the stress of being president would serve to aggravate that possibility.
Are the dissenters therefore saying that a female president in poor health is better qualified to run the country than a man who has built a real estate empire, employed thousands of tax paying citizens and who has actually accomplished something is a better option?
If Donald Trump makes bad decisions, he will certainly hear about it much faster than Barack Obama ever did. If Trump’s appointments do not do their jobs, Trump already has a two-word trademark expression, “You’re fired.”
The press and avid Clinton supporters will definitely find something wrong with every Trump decision, but until he takes the oath of office and until he actually becomes the president, he should still have a period of grace like every other president has had.
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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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