I can’t tell you how difficult it is for me to watch the major news networks and some cable news shows.
A little bell goes off in my brain at every nuanced sly remark and facial wince or grimace, and at every criticism of our new president.
On the other side of the coin, how happy I am now to be able to watch, on YouTube, the last White House press briefing.
Sean Spicer takes questions, and he answers them to the best of his ability. He is respectful of the press. It looks as if they are beginning to be more respectful of him.
Mr. Spicer said it best, and I paraphrase him:
“There’s a constant frustration when you turn on the television over and over again and get told – there’s this narrative – it’s not big enough, it’s not good enough, and you can’t win. When we’re right, say were right. When we’re wrong, say we’re wrong. Don’t always be negative, though.”
Yes, we are a divided country. But Donald Trump won the election. He needs a chance to try to make decisions that will help everybody.
Help everybody to improve his or her life.
That includes going off welfare and on to workfare.
It includes keeping our neighborhoods safe, especially in the inner cities.
Can you imagine being a parent in the inner city and worrying that if your child goes outside, he or she might be killed in a drive-by shooting?
I’m usually not political.
But tonight I sit here reflecting on what passion of the week to write for this essay. I consider these subjects my passions:
- That we all get along.
- That we try to understand each other and be polite to each other.
- That we realize people like me, and maybe you, have it good. We are lucky. We don’t live in the inner city where our children’s lives and our lives are threatened with bodily harm, where we don’t know where our rent money will come from.
Let’s give President Trump a chance.
How about 100 days?
There are solutions to the things that divide us. For example, the woman who fights for the right to decide on how to use her own body, and elects to abort a child, might consider going through the birth process and then letting that child have a life with a family who will love him or her.
Yeah, it’s not easy. But now the Republicans are in control. So let’s see what they can do to bring us together and make our lives better and safer.
Maybe you’ll even like a lot of what you see.
Mr. Ebsen may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org