President Trump: My Commitment (And What I Ask in Return)

January 22, 2017 · 5:21 pm

President Trump: My  Commitment (And What I Ask In Return)

Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore

Donald Trump is the new president of the United States.  As such, I make the following commitments:

1. I will seek information about President Trump from reputable news outlets. I will try to avoid heavily biased and sensationalist media.  I will do my best to seek out news that accurately depicts the facts, and I will even try to consider sources whose bias differs from my own with an open mind.

2. I will not share negative news about President Trump without fact-checking. In fact, I will not share negative news about President Trump at all, unless I feel morally obligated to do so.

3. I will not be petty.  I will not call President Trump names, or make fun of his hair or tie or manner of speaking. I will treat him with the respect that I believe is due to all human beings.

4. I will not attack President Trump’s family.  I especially will not share or take part in negativity directed toward his son, Barron Trump. The only criticisms I will share about President Trump’s family will be in direct response to their own words and actions inasmuch as they may be involved in the leading of this country.

In return, I ask the following:

1. Do not ask me to be quiet.  My voice and the voices of my mothers and sisters and daughters from across the country and across the world are valuable.  They were hard-won. I will not use my voice frivolously, and I expect it to be taken seriously.

2. Do not ask me to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt.  My opinions about President Trump were not newly hatched on inauguration day.  My trust in his ability to represent me as a citizen has been broken more than once. I won’t give my trust freely again, but I would be happy for him to win it back.

3. Do not forget that over half of your fellow Americans did not vote for President Trump.  We are still here. We still matter. We are a part of your America, just as you are a part of ours.

4 Thoughts on “President Trump: My Commitment (And What I Ask in Return)

  1. Jeff Good on January 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm said:

    Refreshing to hear a balanced opinion.
    Thank you.
    As citizens we should all be hoping that the president earns our respect and trust.
    It is very disheartening that you can’t listen to the most media outlets and receive an unbiased report. That goes for both sides.
    I honestly feel that this president will attempt to reach out to those who oppose him and try to reach a common ground.
    I also feel like he is stubborn enough to ignore offering an olive branch to those who do not respect the election process. The luxury we have to voice our opinions in this country is something most take for granted. I pray that differences are brought to the table in a civilized fashion. And I do believe as a nation we can move forward together.
    If president trump is truly a president of the people, he will listen to the people regardless of which side you are from.
    Hope all is well Esther.
    I always enjoy your blogs and the ability you have to address sensitive issues with vulnerability.
    Wishing you all a great 2017!!
    Hope to see you soon!!

    Jeff

  2. Such a provocative post–challenging.

    “I will not share negative news about President Trump at all, unless I feel morally obligated to do so.” Please elaborate? To whom–and why–might one be obligated?

    • On issues that seem petty and frivolous, or even issues that I don’t understand well, I don’t want to be critical. In the first place, I felt frustrated when people berated President Obama for what I considered to be invalid reasons, and I want to be fair to President Trump in the way I wish people had been to President Obama. In the second place, I think that being overly critical dilutes the legitimate criticisms that I may have. But I would feel obligated to speak up if I felt that something President Trump had done was wrong. For example, I think that the recent immigration and refugee travel ban is immoral, and I shared my thoughts on that.

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