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On January 20 of this year, Donald John Trump
became the 45th President of the United States. This is not news, I
know, but the way some folks are behaving, you’d think it was.
President Trump may not have been your choice for
president. He may not be in your political party. Heck, he wasn’t my choice
either. As a Conservative, I was definitely voting for a Republican. But of the
seventeen candidates who threw their hats in the ring to be the Republican
nominee, Mr. Trump was number seventeen for me. As I felt then, and still feel
now, he is brash, arrogant, unduly critical of those who do not side with him,
and generally boorish in his behavior. And, yes, I voted for him.
But, an election was held last November and
Donald J. Trump won. He is now my president. Period.
Listen, I remember only too well watching the
returns on TV in the 1992 election. I was stationed in Rota, Spain at that
time. On Election Night Isaura and I decided to call it a night since we were
many hours ahead of the polls closing in the States. We were hopeful that
George H. W. Bush might pull off a victory and serve a second term. We were
sorely disappointed to find out the next morning that William Jefferson Clinton
was our new Commander in Chief. Same thing occurred with the election of Barack
Hussain Obama. Did I throw a hissy fit and publicly declare that the new
president was not my president? No! Of course not. To be honest, that thought
never crossed my mind. In fact, such a thought to me is absurd.
We are Americans. Which means we are a free
people. We enjoy liberties others around the world can’t even fathom. So as
imperfect as we are, I still trust the system of government we have. This means
in an open and free election I willingly accept the will of the American people
in their choice for president, and most importantly, even if I disagree with
As I watched the President make an historic
speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia over the weekend, I got to thinking: “How is it
that this man is honored by a foreign government that has been openly opposed
to the freedoms and liberties enjoyed by all Americans?” This is, after all,
the home of Islam. Saudi Arabia was home to 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11. If
you watched the news about this trip at all, you saw how the Saud royal family
received the President and his entourage, including a ravishing, eye-popping
First Lady, Melania Trump. The royal carpet was literally rolled out to the
stairway of Air Force One. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud personally greeted
President Trump as he deplaned, something he never did for President Obama.
Later that evening at a royal dinner, the king presented President Trump with
the highest civilian award known as the Collar of Abdulaziz al Saud medal.
Later in the evening, President Trump was asked
to address the heads of state from some fifty different Islamic countries. Our
president was absolutely brilliant! In a gracious and humble manner, he made it
clear that neither he nor the American people had any interest in changing the
culture and beliefs of the Saudi people. This is one of his opening statements,
“[America’s] vision is one of peace,
security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world. Our goal is a
coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing
our children a hopeful future that does honour to God.” What he did say, and
with a wonderful sense of historic and religious sensitivity, was that the
Saudis, and all other Islamic nations, must drive out the terrorists in order
for there to be peace.
I encourage every reader of my column to take the
time to read the transcript of the President’s speech in Saudi Arabia. You can
pull it up easily on the Internet. The speech was forceful, yet respectful. I
will close with these remarks made by our President in his speech as he addressed the terrorist problem head-on.
“Every time a
terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it
should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship
God, they worship death.
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“If we do not
act against this organised terror, then we know what will happen. Terrorism's
devastation of life will continue to spread. Peaceful societies will become
engulfed by violence. And the futures of many generations will be sadly
“If we do not
stand in uniform condemnation of this killing – then not only will we
be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be
judged by God.
“This is not
a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.
This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life,
and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a
battle between Good and Evil.”