Adapted from the Twitter feed, Wednesday morning, December 21, 2016.
But the fact that he will be our president is a key part of our basis for opposing him
I'm sorry, folks. He is our President. Or will be. It's part of the terms of the basic agreement. Doesn't mean we can't oppose him.
Certainly doesn't mean we can't think just about everything he does is wrong, which has been and will be the case, given who and what he is…
And definitely doesn't mean we can't look forward to and work towards the day when he's no longer our President. Impeachment would be nice.
But "Not My President" was THEIR battle cry and it meant that THEY get to run the country no matter how the vote went.
And that he is in fact our President-to-be is a key part of our basis for opposing him. There are things our President is required to do...
Standards he's supposed to meet. Ways he's supposed to act. Qualities he's meant to embody. Ideals he's required to stand for.
We can’t demand he do those things, hold him to those standards, expect him to act like a President and censure him when he doesn’t, or condemn him for not exhibiting those qualities or standing for those ideals if he’s not our President.
President Trump will be a failure as our president---is already failing at it---because he fails on all those counts. If he’s not my President, what does he care what I think a President ought to be? If he's not MY president, I am not HIS concern. I know I'm not. Nobody is. Except himself. But I damn well should be! We all damn well should be.
He’s our President.
Over on Medium, Jen Moritz made some similar points but managed to bring Harry Potter into it, so point Moritz:
"That title carries with it an enormous weight of responsibility, checks and balances, accountability, pressure and expectations. It puts its bearer under a microscope watched by supporters, critics, world leaders, terrorists, human-rights organizations, children, politicians and everyone in between. It makes him a serious, credible voice in our country and the world, our policies, our rights, our justice system and our future.
Continuing to call him “Trump” and “the Donald” trivializes that responsibility...."
Read her whole post, Call him what he is...