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President Trump, above all, lacks tact

On Tuesday of this week, President Trump announced his rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, which was signed into law via executive action on behalf of former President Barack Obama in the summer of 2012.

donald_trump_official_portraitJust a week prior, Hurricane Harvey hit and devastated parts of western Texas, introducing heavy and highly damaging floods to cities like Houston.

Now, as the weekend nears, parts of the Caribbean as well as the state of Florida have experienced or are bracing for impact by one of the largest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, Hurricane Irma. Some island nations are already preparing for impact by follow-up storm Jose.

Do you think, Mr. President, that now is the right time to rescind legislation that for nearly five years has given a previously disenfranchised group of people the ability to get jobs, driver’s licenses and the tranquility that an ICE/USCIS officer doesn’t await them at the next corner?

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Was DACA’s passage the right way to go about immigration reform? Not at all. In fact, as I graduated high school and witnessed Congress’ inability to come together on immigration reform, I accepted the fact that my parents were criminals in overstaying and had erred in stringing me along. I was happy to oblige the law that said I should get the hell out of Dodge before I accrued time in this country illegally. Obama’s use of executive action benefited me but it was incomplete (failing to help many illegal adults) and inappropriately issued.

Yet the reality of the matter is that I would have been silly to let an ineffective Congress and a unilaterally administered piece of legislation get in the way of an American driver’s license, work permit and social security number. I took it and ran with it, applying to an Honors college program, getting my first real job and building up my personal economy.

Following Trump’s Tuesday bombshell, however, I feel like the guy who chose not to get insurance when he rented a Ferrari for his 18 year old son to save on underage fees. I feel like I chose the lesser alternative that promised me more than I should have accepted; I feel like I should’ve left to Argentina after high school and continued my adult life there instead.

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That’s bullshit! It’s not my damn fault that the United States has failed, for years, maybe decades, to properly enforce its immigration laws. Why weren’t my parents and I forcibly arrested and deported after overstaying our 90-day welcome; the way my mom tells me it works in places like Europe? Myself and other DREAMers now become pawns in a shifty ideological game that has all of a sudden chosen to get strict.

The most insulting – though admittedly, the most irrelevant – aspect of all this is that it has all come out of the mouth of the most tactless public servant I have ever witnessed in my few years of life. Forget the man’s policy choices, forget the man’s personal beliefs, forget his riches and forget his appearance. President Trump has no tact, akin to nerds accustomed to staring at computer screens for fun that then freeze up when they talk to girls.

president-donald-trump-passes-out-food-and-meets-people-impacted-by-hurricane-harvey-during-a-visit-to-the-nrg-center-in-houston-saturday-sept-2-2017The only difference is that awkward nerds are funny. On the other hand, a President who rescinds legislation who has essentially given life to 800,000 young immigrants in the midst of two or more natural disasters, and a President who tells a crowd of people in the thick of flooded Houston to “have a good time,” is an absolute embarrassment of a public figure.

The Kardashian clan would form a better executive cabinet at this point! It would certainly make for better television, and who knows, maybe they’d leave stuff up to talented staffers and everything would flow better as a result.

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Why anti-Trump protests make me cringe

I rarely get political on this website, but the current situation calls for it.

Over the past couple days, I’ve been privy to footage of and invitations to an array of anti-Trump protests attacking the man on an array of subjects – from his derogatory comments towards women to his stance on Planned Parenthood, from his ill-fated claims about a rigged election to the supposed havoc he will wreak upon millions of undocumented immigrants.

Activism is great. It was a leading force during the Vietnam War of the 60s and 70s, a conflict in which America’s participation was fueled by an anti-Communist agenda that frankly ended up doing more harm than good. Throughout the history of the United States and other organized nations alike, motivated protesters have been able to bring about change that may not have otherwise occurred were it not for their commitment to a cause.

In fact, just a few days ago, Miami journalist Janette Vazquez talked to some of the participants of women’s marches fueled by the purportedly mysoginistic Trump.

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“They wanted to show not only Trump but the local government that they are serious about the issues that they think are basic human rights, like the right to their own bodies, universal healthcare [and] equal pay.”

That’s fine and dandy. But not all is well in the present climate of Trump bashing.

In the weeks prior to the election as well as immediately and continually thereafter, generalized anti-Trump protests filled up central business districts throughout the U.S. and shouted things like “not my President!”

That, my friends, is a proclamation tantamount to an outright rejection  of the democratic process.

Frankly, I’m disgusted. I’m also concerned that the fire in these protesters’ souls is misdirected.

 

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Have these protests helped us move forward as a people? Have they allowed us to inch closer to – quite frankly – Trump’s own slogan of making America great again? Have they united us the way three of America’s greatest leaders- George Washington, FDR and Abraham Lincoln – would have wanted them to?

No, they haven’t. Consider Ronald Reagan’s landslide victory when he ran for re-election in 1984 against Democrat Walter Mondale – a whopping 525 electoral votes versus a paltry 13.

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Now that’s a united nation. A nation committed to supporting a President, not just a person. Though the late Reagan was a well-respected individual, many people, both in retrospect and in his time, criticized him on various grounds. Reagan himself admitted to serious blunders during his administration, particularly regarding murky dealings with armed forces in Nicaragua. Someone even tried to assassinate the man!

But the point is that by throwing their support behind their President and effectively foregoing the importance of party lines and personality wars, the people prioritized the need to rally together in order to get things done.

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Many Obama critics say the first black president rode in to the White House on a campaign of widespread change in all corners of society that he failed to deliver on.

Do we want Trump to suffer the same fate as well? To ride in to the White House on a disgusting campaign full of insults and bold, illegitimate claims and come out the other side crippled by a public who failed to unite behind him?

No, of course not. The man is our President. In a deeply divided election completely unlike Reagan’s re-election in 1984, he ultimately won.

But instead of continuing to dig the knife deeper in the cut between the two halves, let’s forego the politics and the emotions and re-purpose that energy towards making America great again.

I urge protesters to cease lambasting the democratic process by yelling “Not my President!” as they simultaneously exercise their democratic right to parade down the streets, stopping traffic and the natural flow of a Downtown district.

Wouldn’t it be nice if our President had had a more sensible head on his shoulders during his campaign? If perhaps he’d been more eloquent and less confrontational? Sure, but Trump was a shrewd businessman first who made much of his money by being a shark and treating people less than honorably – as businessmen are known to do.

So quit dreaming and start accepting.

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Source: Wikimedia Commons / White House

This man is no longer Donald Trump. He is the 45th President of the United States, and anyone who has filled that office for the past 241 years has been placed there as a result of the democratic process that has made this county a superpower. Regardless of who he is, he deserves the support of a united people perpetually seeking to make their country better. It’s not the Trump, nor the Obama, nor the Clinton way.

It’s the American way.