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Howard's Commentary - Yes. He is my President

Democracy guarantees you the right to vote. It does not guarantee you the right to win.

Donald J. Trump, whether you voted for him or not, whether you like him or not, whether you think he's dangerous or not, IS the President-elect and absent some constitutional interference, will be inaugurated in January.

On radio and on social media I've been strongly anti-Trump.

He may have had his Twitter taken away, but he is still a megalomaniacal bully and psychologically unfit for the office of the Presidency. He is dangerous for America in a way we may have never seen before. (11-07-16)

But protestors claiming "Not My President" look foolish. What are they protesting? The election? There have been no claims of irregularities that would lead to a review or recount. Do they want to eliminate the electoral college? Put the signs down and start a nationwide drive. There are no "do overs" in democracy.

Save your anger for issues that matter--they will come. The election is over.

Americans have every right to protest however they want to. I was a young protestor myself once. But if there's nothing that can be achieved, if you have no purpose other than anger, you look foolish and diminish your credibility for the next time.

Democracy guarantees you the right to vote. It does not guarantee you the right to win.

Many years ago, not long after Iran-Contra, I was on a panel in Washington, DC with Oliver North, (who was still "Lt Col Oliver North") we were discussing Bill Clinton and he said "YOUR President". Several of us quickly reminded him, Clinton was HIS President, too. I want to be better than Ollie North.

GOP Leaders, immediately after Obama was elected, said they would obstruct anything he wanted done, because they wanted him to fail.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell summed up his plan to National Journal: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." (Politico--10/28/10)

I want to be better than that.

When he's wrong, I want to fight his cause. But there may be times when he has a good idea and if so, I want him to succeed.

Donald Trump is my President. First, I have no choice. It's a fact. But second I believe in the constitution and in democracy.

Democracy gives you the right to vote, it does not guarantee the right to win.

When Donald Trump proposes policy that is bad for the country--and he will--I will be at the head of the line criticizing and looking for solutions. When he attempts to marginalize minorities--and he will--, when he speaks or behaves like a misogynist--and he will--I will denounce him. When he appoints bad Supreme Court nominees--and he will--I will lead campaigns against them.

I lived under the Nixon Presidency. I opposed George W. Bush for 8 years. But until they left office, they were always my President.

Anything less and I am diminishing democracy.

-Howard Monroe
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