Yesterday was Inauguration day for the 45th President of the United States. I watched the events on television as many Americans did across our country. I watched with as much of an open mind that I could muster…and I saw some instances of hope…I thought.
I noticed, once again, that President Trump’s family is lovely. The recognition and appreciation of President Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s attendance at his Inaugural and his giving them a standing ovation was heartfelt and classy thing to do.
President Trump’s obvious affection for his ten year old son Barron and Barron’s wonder and enjoyment of the Inaugural Parade was humanizing of our new President and gave me hope.
Today…his first day…he chose to delegitimize the media and accuse them of publicizing falsehoods regarding his opinion of the Intelligence Community. He did this in front of the CIA’s Memorial Wall of their 117 fallen comrades, which is sacred place at CIA headquarters, and then he continued to speak for nine of his fifteen minute address regarding the size of the crowd at his Inauguration.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer accused the media today of, ‘deliberately false reporting,’ on yesterday’s size of the Inauguration crowd, according to the blaze.
A photograph of the Washington Mall during President Trump’s Inauguration placed side by side with President Obama’s Inauguration reveals an objective difference between the size of the crowd on the Mall. President Trump’s Inauguration crowd is noticeably smaller.
I could not help but notice the very non-judgmental reporting by CNN yesterday during the festivities. The reporters had little if anything negative to say but rather focused on the pomp and circumstance of the majesty of the Inauguration. I do not recall anyone talking about crowd size…they did talk about how beautiful our American tradition of the Transfer of Power was.
Facts do matter. We have to agree that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. It is settled fact that our Earth is round. As the saying goes, ‘are you going to believe me or you’r lying eyes?’
Today women across the globe were motivated to protest due to the election of President Trump. This world wide coordinated protest is factual…and extremely unusual the day after the Inauguration of a United States President.
Women have been a powerful influence thought my life. My father left my mother and I when I was five years old. My Mom was devastated…but she picked herself up off the floor and enrolled in Photography School…to learn a trade…to feed her son and put clothes on his little back.
My lovely wife, Mary Jane, took care of my Mom, after my stepfather died, while at the same time retuning to University and obtaining her Master’s degree…at the age of forty. Mom suffered from Alzheimer disease.
I saw the first female Chancellor of Southern Illinois University fired on trumped up charges with less than a year of service. That short year was like a breath of fresh air for faculty…staff…and students. We finally knew that we had a University Leader who cared about us.
Women are over half of our population. They are vital to every human endeavor.
In the 1986 movie Poltergeist the little girl played by the actress Heather O’Roarke stated, ‘They’re back,’ in reference to the evil spirits that had invaded their home.
We must have a free press. That does not mean that you have to like them…or agree with them…or always believe them. We must not accept when a leader, Democrat or Republican, tells us something that is diametrically opposite from what our eyes and ears and brain know is true.
If we do this…then we are under the influence of an Alternate Reality that is dangerous…and by aquiesence can control our freedom and our truth.