The 58th Presidential Inauguration – An Opinion by Herb Ryan

By Herb Ryan
Editor
Custer Free Press
November 20, 2016

Custer, SD – The 58th Presidential Inauguration will be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Friday, January 20, 2017. This will happen no matter how much you protest or sling hate all over the web. Get over it. Hillary Clinton will not be the next President of the United States of America. Think about that. This is the United States of America, not some dysfunctional group of people living in an Orwellian dystopian state.

Donald J. Trump, and all that he is, or is not, will be sworn in as President of the United States of America on January 20, 2017. This was an election where people decided they wanted change, they voted for him, and it is up to the President to make progress on some of the promises that were made.

No one with any reasonable amount of intelligence can expect that all promises made during an election cycle can be fulfilled.  Pet projects of a candidate or topics that lead off the news cycle are what gets the attention of the people. We all need something to feed our anxiety or to become excited about. A promise to improve the lives of ordinary citizens is quite frankly, boring.

In this presidential campaign and election, we allowed ourselves to be victims of the propaganda and falsehoods that were fed to us from both the Democrats and Republicans. This was a total media circus that exposed the underbelly of national politics to the world and forced our friends and allies to wonder what we really stood for.

American elections are a money sport and always have been. This election cycle was totally out of control. Presidential candidates spending millions of their own money and attending fundraising events that were only open to the moneyed and well-connected. Business as usual.

The hope is this President will manage to get through the transition period and be somewhat prepared for the office. All the violent protests do nothing but disrupt the process. There is nothing to be gained other than encouraging the professional agitators to continue their violent actions.

As a lifelong Democrat, I admit to being discouraged and apprehensive. This person was not my pick for President. I did vote for Hillary Clinton because that was the only choice there was for me. Other people felt differently and wanted change, and so it shall be.

Until all the appointments are made by the new administration, nothing is gained through the opinions and forecasting of second-rate pundits. The first 100 days of any administration are the litmus test. It is out of our control.

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