So here we are, the Monday following Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America.
We made it to Monday!! Our nation remains standing! Woo hoo!! (hey, our nation’s survival is no foregone conclusion anymore, right, so I say celebrate with each passing dawn. Cos you never know…one day, that flash of brightness in the eastern sky might not be the sun rising, if you know what I mean.)
Unfortunately, our nation also remains as divided as ever, as witnessed by the protests that occurred during the inauguration ceremony Friday, and the dozens of Women’s “We 💓Abortion!” March-a-thons that took place nationwide on Saturday. Only a naive person would think our nation could be healed so soon after such a rancorous presidential election season, and 240 years of a constitutionally-limited representative republic.
Then, on Sunday, came Trump administration spokesperson Kellyanne Conway’s appearance on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, and they argued about the size of the crowd for Trump’s inauguration. During the interview, she said: “You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary — gave alternative facts.”
That started a furor all over social media, and for good reason. Alternative facts? Really? That’s rather brash, and it’s a continuation of the adversarial tone the Trump team has been using towards the media. More division. Many of the #NotMyPresident people took offense at Conway’s use of ‘alternative facts’, as you can imagine.
All this got me to thinking. Surely there’s some common ground that can be reached, where everyone can agree on facts, on the inauguration, on crowd size, isn’t there? Isn’t there some way we can end this division and come to some form of agreement? At least regarding this issue? Isn’t there?
Why, yes there is.
(I can’t take credit for the meme – saw it on Facebook.)
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