Vail Daily column: The sky isn’t falling
November 20, 2016
How many of us remember the childhood story of "Chicken Little" who famously said, "The sky is falling!" after being plunked on the head by an acorn that fell from a tree? If you recall, in her hysteria, Chicken Little told Henny Penny, who in her hysteria told Ducky Lucky, who along with Chicken Little and Henny Penny told Foxy Loxy leading to the ultimate demise of all three.
Similarly, since the election, far too many on the left have been telling anyone who'll listen that the sky is falling; and just like Chicken Little, their warning of impending doom is predicated on non-fact based assumptions and hearsay. The reality is we don't know how President-elect Donald Trump will govern.
During her "60 Minutes" interview with Trump, CBS journalist Leslie Stahl made it clear she understood many of the statements Trump made during his campaign were hyperbolic in nature; statements he needed to make in order to illustrate the many problems facing this nation and rally support.
The people protesting Trump's election are free to protest — it's their First Amendment right. But it's not their right to take to the streets and attack those they disagree with or to destroy private property. Is it possible that many of the protesters don't have a clue about Trump and are using the results of the election as an excuse to protest for the sake of protesting?
Yes, these protesters have a right, but where is their responsibility, maturity and decency? Peaceful protests are fine, but from watching the news it appears that the majority of these protests are nefarious in nature.
Recall during the last debate, Trump was asked if he'd accept the results of the election to which he responded that he would provided the election was fair. Recall, too, the uproar from Hillary's supporters, i.e. the media, that went berserk after Trump's comment, but now see nothing wrong with the destruction and chaos caused by those who have not accepted the results of the election
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What should concern us as citizens is the lack of respect for the democratic process. Far too many of these protesters are simply acting out, just like spoiled children. I find it more than coincidental that most of the protests are being conducted by millennials who as children were raised in environments where there were no winners or losers and where everyone was given a blue ribbon just for participating.
Safe zones so students can express their grief; a New York City school assembly singing "We Shall Overcome," and college professors telling their students they don't need to attend class or take a test due to the trauma they suffered as a result of Hillary losing. And even right here in Eagle County students have been allowed to harass (without consequence) Trump supporting classmates, even after faculty members were made aware of the situation. (Believe me, I'd love to give specifics, but that would set off an unnecessary valley-wide firestorm.)
Would someone please tell me what's so offensive about President-elect Trump's philosophy of "America First"? What's so bad about proposing term limits for members of Congress, or proposing requirements that for every new federal regulation Congress must eliminate two existing regulations or putting a ban on foreign lobbyist raising money for American elections?
One of Trump's first priorities will be to secure the border, and to be clear, securing the border is not tantamount to racism — it's following U.S. law. Those who disagree with that notion had their chance on Nov. 8 to elect people who want open borders, and they lost.
No one is going to agree with every position Mr. Trumps takes; but it might not be a bad idea for the protesters (and those fanning the flames of protest) to recognize that two of his first acts as president-elect was to call on the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. So let me ask rhetorically, when was the last time a new president-elect met with the opposition party? I can't say with certainty, but I will tell you it did not occur in 2008.
Thus far what we have is a lot of speculation and what ifs by Hillary supporters — but there was speculation on last year's Super Bowl, too, and guess what, the "professionals" got it wrong.
I have no idea if Trump will be a good president — but let's give the man a chance. And for those with closed minds, allow me to make a suggestion — take 10 minutes out of your busy day and Google Trump's contract with the voters — you may be surprised.
Quote of the day: "It is folly to punish your neighbor with fire when you live next door." — Publilius Syrus.
Butch Mazzuca, of Edwards, writes regularly for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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