Thoughts on Inauguration Day, by Nico

img_2364I can’t even say it. Whenever I try to say “Trump” and “President” in the same sentence, it comes out as “President Truh-hummmmm…”

People. We, the United States of America, have elected a racist, sexist, fascist and heterosexist president who is discriminatory in every way, and doesn’t pay attention to anything that actually matters right now. We have elected a President who says he will deport every single undocumented Latino from this country, send all the Muslims “back where they came from,” and probably make the USA have to witness the 1960s all over again.

No one wants to witness the 1960’s all over again.

Now, I just want to start this blog by saying it like it is by stating what we all already know. Stating things that he said and did. But then I will say some things that might change your point of view about the next four years.

So, lets start with the old stuff. Donald Trump hates Latinos, he is afraid of Islam and he is racist toward blacks.

He said he’d build a wall on the border of the USA, all the way from the bottom of California to Florida, AND make Mexico pay for it. Now, we’ve all heard that over and over and over again, and we all have the same question. HOW?

He admitted to sexually assaulting various women, saying that he moved in on them like a b**ch.

He said that he could go out to Times Square and shoot someone, and GAIN POPULARITY.

And last week, when Congressman JOHN LEWIS, the very same John Lewis who spent half of his lifetime working for equal rights for African Americans, the very same one who got practically beaten to death five times by white police, that John Lewis, when he said that Donald Trump was not a legitimate president, President Truh-hummmm went on twitter and posted, “John Lewis is all talk and no action…” And to make things worse, he disrespected John Lewis on the weekend before Martin Luther King Day.

That proves for a fact that he is either so racist that he is able to deny the truth that John Lewis is more action than talk, or he is so blinded by himself that he doesn’t even know about the whole Civil Rights movement.

So, you’re probably yawning in your chair right now, because this stuff is so old. So lets move on to the good stuff:

Remember. Technically we did not vote for him. It was Hilary Clinton who won the POPULAR vote, which means THE USA WANTED HER, not some other dude with a stick up his butt. The only reason he’s president is because we live in a screwed-up country, with a screwed-up voting system. Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of Treasury who fought in the revolutionary war alongside George Washington, created the Electoral College to PREVENT THESE TYPES OF PRESIDENTS FROM COMING INTO OFFICE. But it seems like we either need to trash the whole idea or make it better.

This is the part where I change your point of view.

To make a change in this country, first we need to accept it. Accept that Donald Trump is P-President.

Put your right hand in the air and say this: “I now fully accept that Donald J. Trump is president, ruler of this country for the next four years, and I will now stop whining about it.”

Good. Now, the change part kicks in. To make a change, you have to first convince. We need to convince the President that what he is proposing to do is wrong. I know that it is easier written than said, and easier said than done. But there are already tons of people who are trying to make a change. They just need to do the accept part. In another one of my essays (That I didn’t post on the blog) about the civil rights movement, I said “Progress cannot come without struggle and sacrifice.” Many, many families had to grow up without a parent or a spouse after the Civil Rights movement because many lost their lives, got beaten, or had to go to jail.

I have lots of Muslim friends. I have lots of Black friends. I have lots of gay and lesbian friends. I have lots of Latino friends and I have lots of mixed race friends. And yet I am a white boy. The bad stuff will hit them way before it even affects me even a little. I want to dedicate this blog to them. Jana, Ms. Sakeenah, Tavon, Arkadi and his family, Leo and his family, Rami and Amaia and their family, Claudia and her family, Megan and Luz, Daniel and Ethan, and on and on.

My family and our St. Simon’s Island family (Jen, Van, Ethan, Aiden) have committed to offering one prayer for Donald Trump each day, praying that he will change, and make a difference in the world for the greater good. We are hoping that he realizes that he doesn’t have to be like this, for whatever reason he is. I invite you guys to join in and pray too – prayer and positive intention can indeed make a difference.

We are transitioning from one amazing, nice, bold, sweet-scented, respectful, hard-working dude who, and if all that other stuff wasn’t enough, is our first African American president, to a man who is disrespectful, racist, mean and sweats a lot.

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Me, with my mom and dad, at Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

I believe Obama has been a great president, but like Robert Frost says, “nothing gold can stay.”

Nature’s first green is gold;

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief;

So dawn goes down to day;

Nothing gold can stay.

-Robert Frost

Now it is up to us, the people, to push through these hard times and to stand strong and tall like the Statue of Liberty.

Now it is time for us to “Be the change we wish to see in the world.” (Gandhi)

7 comments

  1. Wow, Nico, what an amazing person you are. I’m proud to be your friend and to learn from you. That Robert Frost poem is very beautiful — thank you for teaching me about it! The world is a better place with you in it.

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  2. Thank you Nico. Thank YOU Danny and Alys for raising such an empathetic, deep, thoughtful son. I had never thought of praying for Trump…but I will now. Jesus did tell us to pray for our enemies…yes? Nico I look forward to see what you do in this world as you make your way through it.

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  3. Nico, once again I am beyond impressed with your ability to seamlessly combine research, facts, and now poetry! into a nuanced essay on a pressing topic of our day. I love this analysis. How humbling to recognize that great change comes from acceptance, endurance, faith, and prayer. You are in it for the long haul bro, I can tell.

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  4. I wish I had written this! You have obviously had more than a “Year of Discovery,” more like a “Life of Discovery.” I’m sure with your creative mind that will continue.

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  5. Nico, I somehow had missed this blog post before, but I just read it and it brought tears to my eyes. I hope to continue to learn from your wisdom and compassion. I’m very proud of you.

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