In honor of President’s Day, I wanted to focus on politics. I believe in the political system, and I’m proud to support those who hold the highest office. I’m not saying that I always agree with the President, but I believe they have more information than I do on the issues at hand. I believe the President has access to documents and people who I don’t. I choose to believe that they make decisions with the best intentions. That’s what I want to celebrate this President’s Day.
I’m not suggesting we follow a President without question. I believe that political debate and questions are fair and good. I also believe that we ultimately have to come to the conclusion that we don’t have all the facts. We have to accept the fact that we may never know all the facts. Some of those facts may be above our security clearance. We have to trust that the President has made the right decision despite our politics. I don’t believe that trusting the President is a partisan issue. I don’t believe supporting the person in office is a partisan issue either, because I believe we all know they’re qualified and doing their best.
I don’t believe the Presidency is a job the average American strives to achieve. I believe it takes a certain type of person to want to govern on any level much less the highest in the land. The kind of person who wants to govern at the highest level truly cares about our nation. They truly want to try to make the nation and world a better place. I believe that no Presidency is 100% terrible nor 100% great. President Clinton recently admitted that some of his economic policy lead us to the recession. It takes a man of strong character to be able to admit when he was wrong. George W. Bush worked to make sure that the SNAP program was on a debit card so that people on food stamps didn’t stand out at the grocery store. This just goes to show that neither Presidency was 100% good or bad. I believe they were both trying their best.
You don’t have to agree to know that every President has more information on any given issue than you. You can question them and their motivations. We have to realize that the real reason they acted a certain way may show up later. As a country, we need to admit that the President is doing his job to the best of his ability with the information available to him.
I know I’ll be teaching my little guy to love this country and to be open to political debate. I’ll be open to teaching him that no one is perfect, but that the President is doing the best job he can do. I’ll teach him that the President is a human being. Most importantly, I’ll teach him that he doesn’t know all the facts.
Are you excited for the upcoming election?