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A L I V E E A S T B 20 A Y d e c e m b e r 2 0 1 6 AND THEN I WROTE . . . Reality And Happy Holidays by Edwin Cohen Whether we like it or not, on Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America— the richest, most powerful, and, in my opinion, the greatest nation on the face of the earth now or in the history of the human race. I freely admit that I did not support Mr. Trump’s candidacy, I voted for Hillary Clinton, and I blanched at the thought of his becoming POTUS. The citizens of the U. S. have spoken with ballots and, for better or for worse, I, and everyone else on this little blue ball in space, must accept the fact that Mr. Trump will become our Leader, regardless of our fears and trepidations. For whatever it is worth, I welcome him, wish him well, and hope and pray that his Presidency will be fruitful, well-intentioned, successful, and peaceful. He will be my President, as well as yours, and I pledge my support to him. (“Support” does not necessarily mean agreement.) The analysis of Mr. Trump’s election victory we must leave in the hands of the pundits, historians, and those who feel that if we insert enough information in a bank of computers, the result will be wisdom. It is not. (I seem to remember that in the early days of the electronic revolution there was an expression “GIGO, meaning Garbage In; Garbage Out.) The geniuses and political analysts on radio, television, and other media stumbled all over themselves trying to understand how Mr. Trump won. The real issue is not how, but the acceptance of the fact and the need for all Americans to give a sincere pledge of support. All of us, regardless of ethnicity, party affiliation, or depth of interest can probably and should agree on one factor: the process of electing people to major office has become divisive, rancorous, mean-spirited, and just plain old ugly. It seems like the opponent of any elected official from the most modest to the President has been characterized as un-American, subversive, child molester, or terrorist. Why anyone would even want the job puzzles me. (Does the term “egomaniac” come to mind?) The path any candidate faces is indeed a daunting one. Our first President, George Washington, had to deal with just thirteen states. He had a budget smaller than most major cities today. His only major international challenger was George III of England. Today, the Prez must deal with fifty states and whole mess of territories. Does anyone really know how much the national budget is today? How much is a trillion of anything? Moreover, he has to deal with umpteen nations run by fellow egomaniacs that have ascended to power by birth, by election, or by killing a few hundred thousand of their fellow countrymen, women, and children. Some groups even exist outside of traditional national boundaries and controls. Any President must know


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