I wonder, what if, immediately after the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, the press and all the anti-Trump Republicans had decided to be patriotic instead of vitriolic? And what if they had patriotically declared their support for the newly elected president instead of immediately beginning to plan his ouster? What if, in 2018, after taking over the House of Representatives, the Democratic Party had worked with the Republicans to actually legislate? Considering all the country’s accomplishments during the three years since the 2016 election, I wonder how much better it could have been with wider patriotic support from both sides — even in the shadow of Trump’s numerous and inane peccadillos.
I wonder, what if, after the current impeachment proceedings are finally completed with Trump’s acquittal, the Democratic Party and the press decide to be patriotic and support him upon his exoneration and get on with the country’s business and the important 2020 election? A simple and effective “we don’t agree with the acquittal, but we accept it” declaration would go a long way toward healing our vast political divide. Then all those who are unhappy with the impeachment results can organize and protest by voting Trump out of office and replacing him with one of the outstanding Democratic Party candidates. I wonder if the politicians and voters of the country have the determination and especially the patriotism to do those things.