March 20th will mark two months of Donald Trump. I won't speak for his supporters in what they had hoped he would accomplish in the first 100 days, but for those who didn't support him, our fears of an all-out dictatorship look like they'll take a little longer than that to happen.
Sixty days in, there has been plenty to be concerned about. For some, it's the wall, or the treatment of minorities, that have concerned them the most. For others, it's just the general sense that this guy doesn't have the temperament or mental capacity for the job.
Whichever it is (and for many of you, it's likely both), there is some hope.
First, it should be clear to everyone by now that our government doesn't run at the whim of one man. Information that the president doesn't want you to hear is still coming out of the government, and it's getting into the hands of a free media who report on it whether or not the president like it. Some on the right may call this the workings of a "deep state," which sounds conspiratorial, but did they really think that the career bureaucrats were just going to march in lock step with whatever Trump wanted to do?
We have a big government, and it's ran by a lot of people. "My way or the highway" works in business and in dictatorships, but as much as Trump may want that for himself, they've not yet started construction of the wall, the first version of the Muslim ban had to be halted, and Obamacare has yet to be repealed.
Not that none of those things won't come to pass; they very much might in some form. However, we have a system of checks and balances in this country that is designed specifically for times like these. No matter how much Trump wants a wall, Congress has to fund it. No matter how much he wants a Muslim ban, he has to do things within the Constitution or courts will tell him no (and they have). Regardless of what he wants to do with Obamacare, or his budget, Congress has to give the okay.
This is all happening because people have spoken out. The voices of the people standing against policies they consider wrong and inhumane are having an impact, and that's another item of hope. The fact of the matter is that courts have thrown out the Muslim ban because people spoke out and encouraged it to be challenged. Obamacare will likely not be repealed in its entirety because people will speak up when it's suggested that the government do away with the things that people need the most.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, but know that you cannot let up. Some in Trump's administration, and some of his supporters, have suggested that those who voted against him should just shut up and let him govern. Believe me when I tell you that they wouldn't say that if the protests weren't working. If you want to continue to protect the values you hold dear, you have to keep speaking out.
We've got a long way to go, but if we keep the pressure on, we just might survive it.
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