On this President’s Day

I didn’t get to vote for Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford (no one did, at least in 1972/74), Jimmy Carter, or Ronald Reagan. They were all my President.

I voted for George H.W. Bush. He was my President.
I didn’t vote for Bill Clinton. He was my President.
I voted for George W. Bush. He was my President.
I didn’t vote for Barack Obama. He was my President.
I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. He is my President.

Living in and participating in a constitutional republic doesn’t mean we get our way or we withdraw from the system. It means we have a constitutional framework to elect our leaders, and those elected serve we the people.

That’s what President’s day is about. It’s not about the person serving. It’s about a 200+ year old framework that has allowed a peaceful transition of power between widely differing people/ideologies that has still managed to foster the greatest economic power with the most personally protected freedoms on earth.

Happy President’s Day. To us.

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Benevolus
Benevolus

I will go as far as to admit that he is THE President. Fair enough?

Fun fact: The first time I voted, I voted Libertarian (instead of for Jimmy Carter!). I think it was Ed Clark?

chamblee54
chamblee54

In 1988, with Georgia certain to go for GHWB, I voted for Lenora Branch Fulani. A Black, Lesbian, Communist…it doesn’t get much better.

chamblee54
chamblee54

Neither George Washington nor Abraham Lincoln had a middle name. The first President to have a middle name was John Quincy Adams. Here is more information about Presidential middle names. https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/middle-names-2/

chamblee54
chamblee54

It has been 54 years since a President died in office. This is the longest streak, of living Presidents, in our history. The previous record was 52 years, the time between George Washington and William H. Harrison. https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/52-years-of-living-presidents/

Indypendant
Indypendant

Lordy I hope there are thoughts and prayers!

bethebalance
bethebalance

I also can’t say that I’ve ever had such a personal connection to any President to say “my” Pres. instead of “The” Pres. That focus on the Office allows a lot of slack for errors, personality disorders, etc., and reduces some emotional volatility associated with those problems. Some may call that callous, but I feel it’s just a way to moderate the passion.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Americans have been complaining about their government since before America had a government of its own. Heck, we complained so much we scrapped the Articles of the Confederation and wrote the U.S. Constitution. Even then, we complained. I’m pretty sure there was a healthy “not my President” contingent for Adams, Jefferson, and everyone on down the line. Shoot, half the country seceded shortly after the election of Abraham Lincoln. Historical context is important. Lobbying valid criticisms at the President isn’t “withdrawing from the system” it is the system. This country was founded on the notion that we should be free… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Jimmy Carter’s President’s day topics:
“The vision for the Department of Education when it was created during his one term as president; reflections on the women’s movement and the status of women, and how the role of the president has been affected by technological advancement in information dissemination such as social media.”

Meanwhile, “our” President used that social media to attack and blame several people and groups of people for everything.

Alas…

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

For me there is generally more than a few things I can admire about any president. I like Benjamin Harrison’s beard, JQ Adams’ intelligence, and John Tyler’s wife. I also include Richard Nixon in this, who was fundamentally dishonest and paranoid. Donald Trump is a just a complete piece of shit who is unfit for office in a way more than any other president in our history. (Even Millard Fillmore.) However, he was elected so the country going forward will be the real loser in all of this. But hey, any great power has it’s peak and eventual decline.

Benevolus
Benevolus

In the same way that someone like Trump encourages some peoples inner David Duke, suppressing those urges works too. We hope to have leaders that inspire us to be better, not encourage us to be meaner and stupider.
If we suppress our innate racism (or xenophobia, or homophobic or whateverphobic) for long enough, it would disappear. It’s like natural selection for sociology.

Gregs
Gregs

I am “praying” for a successful presidency for Trump because his success is my success. His failure is the failure of America. However, he is not “my” president. I did not and would not vote for him under any circumstances. His demeanor and debasement of the office of the president says I should resist normalizing his atrocious behavior. He is the most divisive and unqualified person to occupy the office ever!

Dannie C. Kemp
Dannie C. Kemp

Simply could not risk missing this wonderful topic slip by. A chance to ‘get it off my chest’ as it were. President of the United States is fine, thus by default, my President. While I did get to vote for Jimmy Carter, I did not vote for this President, by that same token I would not vote for his opponent. I did go to the poles and cast my ballot for other offices. I am not a supporter of the current President nor the last for that matter or his opponent. I felt strongly enough to vote against the last… Read more »