On the eve of the inauguration of our 45th president, I wanted to let you know that no matter what may happen in the next four years, we will be better than we have been in the past eight years. Why? The reasons are many but the most important of them is that we will now have a president who loves this country, its people and what it stands for. You were not raised to believe in rainbows and unicorns or that Prince Charming will come in on a white horse and make your life perfect. You were raised to be strong, thoughtful and proud. You were raised to understand that life is tough, there will be hard days and not so hard days, moreover, you were raised that life is hard work. Our next president understands these things and he too will have hard days and not so hard days as well. But, at the end of the day, right or wrong – he loves this country and its people…all of them.
We will no longer see police officers murdered because of the badge they wear and then ignored by our president for the unselfish sacrifice that they made. We will no longer see a president turn a blind eye on bad people – a person will be judged by their actions, not admonished or forgiven because of the color of their skin – even if you share that same skin color with them. I have always tried to instill in you both that actions speak louder than words and I believe that we will now have a president who believes this as well.
America will come first. What an odd thing to be thankful for, but sadly, in recent years, we have indeed had presidents who did not put the well-being, health and safety of the American people first. Instead, he was concerned with political agendas, ideologies and political backlash – not right and wrong. This is what has many Americans so worried – the status quo is shifting and they don’t like it. Our past president worried about everyone else but us, which was clear in just about everything he did.
Will President Trump make mistakes? You bet. Yet, we have the consolation that his decisions will be made in the hopes of helping us, not hurting us. He will not hold us in contempt because of who we pray to, how much money we make or the color of our skin. They only things he is concerned with is if we are Americans. There will be people hell-bent on destroying him for no other reason than their own hate. They hate people who do not agree with them, or think like them. They hate you and me because we support our new president. They hate us because we love America more than the rest of the world. They hate us because we believe that people should work hard and be diligent in their efforts. They hate us because we don’t make excuses when bad things happen to us causing us to fall into bed crying and blaming others because things didn’t go our way. We put on our big girl pants and we carry on. They hate us because they are weak and we’re strong. It is so much easier to sit back and blame, name call and make excuses, than to be fierce and shake your fist at the mountain and never give up.
You will come across people who will deny any good that this president does and will refuse to give him any accolades because of their hate. Instead of doing their due diligence they will aim to destroy, hurt and harm much like the way you see immature girls at school behave when they don’t get what they want. They will throw around labels, tell you that you are this and that and this is when you stand tall and tell them, “The only thing you can call me is American!”
The things that this nation has valued for over 200 years will finally be valued again. Our military will stand tall under a commander in chief who they know has their back. Our Veterans who were willing to sacrifice it all, will be made a priority because they were willing to give that last ounce of devotion for a flag that we honor and a way of life that we cherish. Far too many complain far too much and are ungrateful for what we have and most importantly, who sacrificed to give it to us.
Those who have come here to only reap the benefits of our generous hearts will soon be made to go back home. Some of those people may well be relatives of ours. We have quietly stood by in shame, knowing that family members have lived here for decades, robbing this nation of the programs set aide for Americans in need. We have watched money earned in this country sent to another to their benefit and to our detriment. They only think of themselves and excuse their illegal actions because they have never been made to justify them. Do we still love them? Yes, but we do not love or support their actions. They do not realize or care that when they harm this nation, they harm us. Why? Because they are not Americans.
While we celebrate tomorrow, rest assured that the next few years will be filled with more hate, more exaggerations and more fabrication. I have taught you well, to find your own truth, to make your own conclusions and to follow the trail of information to the source. What people actually say is often the opposite of what you are told. Be vigilant, yet patient and most importantly, the young women I have tried so hard to teach you to be … strong, brave, prudent and … American.