Friday, January 20, 2017

We the Resilient

I'm no fan of Trump, to put it mildly, and I originally planned to write an angry protest song for Inauguration Day. However, last weekend I came across the "We the People" public art campaign, and a piece by Ernesto Yerena entitled "We the Resilient" really resonated with me. I ended up writing a song of the same name instead (lyrics here), and I think it's a little more 'people power' and a lot less 'impeach the president.' Give it a listen and let me know if you agree.

Not that I'm in the 'impeach' camp, not yet, at least. As I'm writing this, he's not even in office yet! I don't like his personality, I don't like what I've heard about how he treats and talks about and deals with other people, I don't like the positions he's publicly taken on many matters vital to the nation and the world (though he does flip-flop on some issues, depending on with whom he's last spoken)... but the fact is that he has not done anything as President of the United States yet. Words and thoughts are important, too, but let's wait for him to start taking some actions before we decide whether or not to condemn him.

I'm not expecting much. Everything leading up to this point tells me that his will be a disjointed administration, and while there may be some policy successes, there will almost undoubtedly be some stunning failures. Again, though, what he does beginning today may not be in line with what he's been saying for the past year and a half. I'm willing- no, I'm desperate to be proven wrong about him. Until I am, though, I stand ready to criticize where necessary, and caricature where humorous.

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