Good-bye, Donald

Donald Trump will soon be history and with each passing day he is realizing just how irrelevant he is. Sure, he will cause as much damage as he can over the next 61 days, but this country will survive. This country will always survive. Quite frankly, it will not only survive, but flourish as never before once he is gone.

January 20, 2021 will mark the end of an exhausting 4 year term that reflected more than anything, a feeble man with no notable skills that is starved for attention and validation. A man that possesses no self-confidence whatsoever and has treated the presidency in the same dysfunctional manner as his personal and business life. If I didn’t despise him so much right now, I’d feel sorry for him.  But he hasn’t earned my pity just yet and honestly, I’m not sure he ever will. That’s ok. I’ll get over it.

January 20 will mark the end of drama every single day and the blatant display of selfishness, dishonesty and an inexcusable and unearned demand for loyalty. It will mark the end of having to deal with a man that never learned that loyalty is earned based on mutual respect. A man that never understood the concept of surrounding yourself with people that are smarter than you that will tell you things that you sometimes don’t want to hear. A man that never learned to listen. A man that never learned that the world is much bigger that one’s self, much less being Donald Trump. A man that never had the capacity to think beyond himself, let alone the wellbeing of the people that elected him and more importantly, those that didn’t. A man that never respected rules and viewed the world as his playground to serve only himself. A man that thrived on chaos and not stretching the truth but completely ignoring it.

January 20 will mark the day the nightmare ends with Donald Trump fading away not a moment too soon. Kicking and screaming like a spoiled toddler for sure, but fading away nonetheless and allowing this country to take in a well-deserved breath of fresh air.

Years from now, historians will reflect on Donald Trump’s presidency as the most contentious and adversarial term in American history and his “legacy” will be remembered as the most unqualified person ever to serve as president. One that lacked all the qualities required to serve the American people, most of all the love for his country, the ability to lead through collaboration, the integrity to allow others to voice their opinions and actually listen to those opinions, the confidence to encourage and work through disagreement, empathy for not only his fellow citizens but fellow human beings and the ability to put others needs above his own.

I remember the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated and how the country mourned as one. I also remember the sadness I felt as an 8 year old boy. The profound level of sadness I felt for President Kennedy parallels the same level of relief that Donald Trump will soon be gone.

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