Thoughts about the 58th Inauguration:

Think about what these men said they would do, the sum of what they did and carefully compare their words to what Trump said today. (Videos below)

Obama: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/politics/president-obamas-full-speech-at-the-57th-inauguration/2013/01/21/255ad452-63e4-11e2-b84d-21c7b65985ee_video.html

Stalin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW9PDj1jqRU

Trump: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prd2RfhF1tM

FDR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX_v0zxM23Q

Reagan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LToM9bAnsyM

Mussolini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciQ6MGU4GV8

Churchill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOQwa73KXbs

Mandela: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJiXu4q__VU

Castro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67ZWBl-66H8

Scarily enough, these speeches, whether from a murderous dictator or peaceful, free-world leader, sound similar in that they speak to the oppressed commoner and promise a voice for those who feel they do not have one. They promise change and unity, at any cost.

At the end of the day, it was others outside of our view that influenced these men more than their own free will. In the end, whether what they did was considered to be right or wrong at any time, we never expected it or predicted it accurately. We never knew what the cost of freedom, change or unity would be. Sometime we didn’t even know if we were the oppressed commoner in need of change or freedom in the first place.

The commoner was still the commoner when they died.
The poor were still poor (or poorer) when their rule ended.

Since 1968, vertical Social mobility was and is still inaccessible to the majority of the American people, even though it is the largest proponent of the American Dream. Even though the definition of success in America has been about profit, many choose to believe that success is doing what they love instead, which fortunately enough, you can still do in America or anywhere you want, if you try.

Despite what others say, I will not let Trump scare me, nor will I let Obama, Hu Jintao, Kim Jong Il, Putin, CNN, or Fox News.

It is the thousands upon thousands of angry people who have been disenfranchised from love and mercy and convinced of their position to fear others not like them, that scare me most.

What a paradox life is sometimes.

Either way, whoever fears me or I fear them, I am proud to live in a time when everyone I know and keep close, does their best to question the status quo and seeks commonality and peace with everyone without assuming status or position. I feel as though that is exactly what Paul described in 1 Corinthians 13.

I know that is the only thing that we can control. Our own individual actions to our surroundings.

We cannot control war, hate or bigotry by stamping our feet, protesting and lecturing every ignorant bystander at every idle comment or shameful action. (While I don’t throw out the belief in the right to peaceably assemble.) The kind of call to action that some of my fellow millennials, Internet intellectuals and passionate yet libelous college professors call for.

As the good doctor once said,”Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Or that angel Maya, “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

It is our ability to keep our vision wide and expand in love and care from the inside of ourselves to as far as you can imagine, that will change America.

Not arrogance, ignorance or isolation, if we do that, we’re no better than Daffy Duck.

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