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Inauguration day…. rhetoric and riots

January 21, 2017

I remember one time at an outdoor show in Houston where I witnessed my Alaskan mentor complete a sale with a client for a bear hunt. The man had been by our booth earlier in the day and at the time was just window mky9shopping, but here he was writing a check for thousands of dollars for a hunt over 4,000 miles from his home. I saw my mentor take a man interested in Alaska and hunting and with just my mentors words managed to get him to part with almost $5,000 dollars… proving the skillful use of words can indeed motivate actions.

Rhetoric…. The Presidents inauguration speech was unlike any ever heard on inauguration day, and though at times gritty it did end on a hopeful cord. True to then Mr Trumps campaign speeches it was more reality than wordsmithing. He presented our nation as it is today with its inefficient school system, divisive race relations, unregulated immigration, loss of jobs in the workforce and de-emphasis on the greatness of our nation…. and he said as of that day he would work to correct it.

Now inauguration day rhetoric over the years has always been the foundation upon which new Presidents have built their policy and only time will tell if any changes to these obviously damaging factors see the light of day. But these were the words of someone never before seen in the White House a non-politician. Someone who owes no allegiance to anyone in congress, someone who as he stated in his acceptance speech, is working for ‘we the people’, and only time will tell if his words have merit or are like those before him… just dust in the wind.

Riots…. Protest against our government is the right of every American. Since this nation was established the right of freedom of speech has been one of our most precocious possessions. So when a great number of people oppose what our leaders in Washington or elsewhere do it is their right and even there duty to make their voices heard by peaceful protest.

When I returned from the far east in 1966 and made a trip back home to Philadelphia on leave I found myself in the middle of massive demonstrations by people protesting the war in Vietnam. Though never serving in Vietnam itself walking the streets of my city in uniform elicited many uncomfortable responses, but never any violence. I remember one night a demonstration by thousands of people marching past independence hall and for being in the heart of a major city it was unnervingly quiet. The demonstrators carried lighted candles and the only thing heard was the scuffle of their feet upon the cobbled streets.

Rewind to Washington on inauguration day and you have people throwing bricks at police, vehicles being destroyed and destruction of businesses and private property…. this is a riot not a protest. Do these children think that violence will enhance the point they are trying to make? What can they hope to gain by confronting the police? To me the violence overshadows any positive point they could make.

So like with babies when they are first borne
let them cry and holler
and we will wait and see
if the words of protest or the words of hope
end up having any true meaning.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2017 11:04 am

    “Do as I say, not as I do..?!?”


  2. Jon permalink
    January 21, 2017 5:07 pm

    As stated, be a very interesting & intriguing 4 years ahead. A man who’s beaten 17 politicians & had the news media unwittingly eating out of his hand in a back-handed manner while practically reviling him & his every move. Both sides will have to “get used to it.”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Kris permalink
    January 21, 2017 8:24 pm

    Those last three sentences. Brilliant.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. January 21, 2017 9:03 pm

    I think the protests are all just the aftermath of Trump getting elected, and, I’m betting, a lot of the supporters of the Democratic Party are getting upset too…

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 22, 2017 8:48 am

      I think whether Democrat or Republican we all have to deal with daily life and would like to see things in general change for the better.


      • January 22, 2017 5:27 pm

        Exactly, if only we can put aside our differences, and work for the better ways of keeping the country going, but, we all have our separate opinions, and, NOT all our opinions match up with each others, and that, is where the troubles start…


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