In Light of The Election Results

 

Some of us may be waking up shocked today, angry or happy. Embrace it because they are YOUR feelings, and they matter despite what another person says. No one person will ever think like the next person and in this instance, it really did come down between two terrible choices.  Many think how can a person be elected president who says and does such crude things? But really we see all over the world, the crudeness and power of world leaders, it just finally happened to the United States. It’s not unusual. Everywhere you turn, you see a corrupt political system and even with Hillary as president, it would have remained corrupt….and these next four years it will still be corrupt.

However….and yes I do have a big however. The American people have decided to take one issue and throw all the others out. A Trump supporter did not vote for him because of his racist rhetoric and his asinine statements. They simply decided to turn the political world upside down and say no to nasty dirty politics that would have continued to take place under the presidency of Hillary. It didn’t matter who it was, as long as it wasn’t a politician. It was their only chance to turn the political world upside down. It was about choosing “one thing” and going for it despite everything this man seems to stand for. 

This right here is what I’m talking about: The Corrupt Political System

This article right here sums up how politicians make their money and that they will continue making their lifetime salary well after their years of service in congress or the house or even imprisonment like Rick Renzi who continues to make his yearly salary from a cell. This is what the American people hate! Now do Trump voters really believe he’s the answer? Nope, they simply said, “Fuck the political system, we’re done with this even if a racist, hateful, inexperienced person such as him ends up President”. 

U.S. President Salaries: 

 “Pension Amounts. Each former president receives the same salary as a current member of the Presidential Cabinet. For 2013, the amount was $199,700 per year. This number does not take into account the extras the former leader is entitled to including a $96,000 stipend for office staff payroll and free postage for life.” Source: Chron.com
 

What federal politicians and Cabinet members earn:

To start, do you know what federal politician and Cabinet members actually earn every year? Here is a breakdown:

Congress members (Representatives and Senators): $174,000
Senate and House Majority/Minority Leaders: $193,400
Cabinet members: $199,700
Speaker of the House: $223,500
Vice President: $230,700
President: $400,000

Okay, this is great. How wonderful to work your way up to Congress, Senate etc and have a career as a politician that makes them never consider a career change again in their life. They’ll never have that struggle. But what happens when you aren’t re-elected? 

“Figures from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service show that as of a year ago there were 617 former members of Congress collecting pensions worth an average of $60,250 a year, or about $5,000 a month. The total cost of those pensions comes to $37.2 million a year”. Source: money.cnn.com

With the cost of how much we are paying our former politicians just to live a comfortable life each year and knowing that $37.2 million rises with each passing year, don’t you think this contributes to our national debt? But no one will talk about this. And sorry folks you can’t simply vote this kind of thing out. This is probably here to stay for quite some time.  

Now I’m not saying that everyone who starts their career in politics has the intent to contribute to the demise of America, but when the reality sets in that the things they were passionate about changing will be thrown out the window by a majority vote from people who know the fix to America’s problems might actually mean an adjustment to their salaries, it’s just not going to happen. 

So what did the vote tell America?

This vote said, “we’re done with the way things have been going for decades now.” Most Trump supporters probably don’t think Trump is the answer to everything, but he could be the answer to one thing that could be the stepping-stones to other things.  

Now Trumps presidency won’t change the way politicians are paid or sponsored…not yet anyway…but maybe it will create an open discussion and dialogue of the corruption within.  

The way I see a majority of Americans viewpoint on politics is that it’s a club for millionaires sitting around shuffling papers, lightly discussing issues here and there but are more concerned about hitting the golf course and their next vacation to force anyone’s hand in congress. We can talk about the rising cost of medicare later…or just let those people affected by it die of old age and it won’t be an issue anymore. Problem solved.  This thinking right here….is what the fight is against. It’s not about pro-life, or abortion, or immigration….it’s about the millionaire’s club deciding what they are going to subject the American people to while they are sitting around getting rich and being fed by their corporate sponsors, or having corporate sponsors employ members of their family with a salary unequal to their title to tie their hands at making any kind of trickle down change. 

From what I’ve learned about people who voted for Trump, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are supporters of his, they just decided to focus on one issue and one issue only. Corrupt politics.  

Now Christians, don’t be fooled if you think that Trump will support your Christian views simply because he represents Republicans. I have been sick and tired of people, my family and friends included, telling me that as a Christian the only viewpoint I can have is a Republican view. I am registered Independent and have never fully sided with either party. But none of that matters. We are a melting pot of a nation, we all have different political beliefs, religious beliefs and come from different walks of life and no one person will ever truly understand what it’s like to walk in another’s shoes.

I have the religious freedom to believe that Christ died for my sins and that the Muslim living next door to me can go on living and believe what he wants. In America, we’ve tried to establish that human rights are more important than one collective thought and that if I have a right to believe what I want to believe in, then so does the person next door and we can all live peaceably and happily together!  Yes, you can have this viewpoint as a Christian, don’t let a pastor or family member or friend tell you otherwise. It’s bogus!  The only thing you have to worry about as a Christian is what YOU do to represent yourself.

We live in a nation with more freedoms than others and this is what we get. I will always be grateful and thankful for these freedoms, my freedom to think and speak and yes, believe what I want. I want that for my neighbor even if it is different from mine. It’s America and we now need to come together and support the human race. It doesn’t mean we have to agree with them, but it means that we value them as human beings and that’s all I’m saying. You can’t push an ideology on a people who aren’t ready for it or don’t believe it, all you can do is be you and share your thoughts and the good news of Christ and let your actions be your voice while letting humanity and equal rights simultaneously exist.  

With what I have said above, let’s move on to what our president-elect said that he’d like to do today in his first 100 days in office (Provided by NPR)

Donald Trump, “What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between myself and the American voter — and begins with restoring honesty, accountability, and change to Washington. Therefore, on the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:

* FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress. (I give this an absolute hallelujah!)

* SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health); (Another hallelujah!)

* THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated; (Prevents bundling props in with others, yes please)

* FOURTH, a five-year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service; (Will help with against corruption of our politicians, yes please!!)

* FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government; (Please do this Trump!)

* SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections. (What business do foreign lobbyists have regarding our nation’s policies anyway!?)

On the same day, I will begin taking the following 7 actions to protect American workers:

* FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205

* SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (Helps create more American jobs)

* THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator

* FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately. (This sounds great for American workers)

* FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal. (Why are these in reserves? We should be using these resources instead of accepting outside sources of these materials!)

* SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward (I don’t necessarily agree with this one due to the Native Americans this affects)

* SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure (Yes, let’s fix it instead of sending our money elsewhere for theoretical research that is doing nothing!)

 

Now if Trumps stands behind what he says he wants to do his first 100 days in office, then how can I be against this? Yes, he’s said and done some crude disgusting things, but we as a nation have no choice now but to trust this man and hope for the best.  I can’t go on hating the outcome of this election until I see what he’s going to do. I understand that my very new viewpoint might lose me some readers, but I’m choosing to see a silver lining in all this while hoping for the very best for America in the coming years.   

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4 thoughts on “In Light of The Election Results

  1. I agree with you on term limits. Having people who make politics their career has not been good for this country. It leads to corruption. As for the rest of your post, I think it was well written and well said.

  2. Isn’t it odd how a majority of what he SAID he would do isn’t necessarily what he plans on doing first? I think he just said what he needed to say in order to win votes. I think he played the religious folks for fools ready to vote for whoever told them what they desperately wanted to hear. Only time will tell what his presidency brings, but right now, I too, am hopeful.

    1. I do believe he said whatever would get him to win and he had a target demographic that he knew would give him the vote. I just didn’t think it would work on the scale that it did. I think he may be way in over his head though. Time will tell.

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