And a rebirth is fast approaching for the nation.
Donald J Trump came into the job by appealing to a section of the country that had felt ignored. Once elected he should have called for unity, for the start of a dialogue that would begin to bring us together.
But he could not do it.
I know he looked into himself wondering if he had the strength to do the job.
I know he looked and looked again.
And yet, all along, the strength was hiding in a corner of his soul.
To find it he needed light.
That light was the courage to see the truth.
But he could not turn on the light.
It is sad that a nation as gifted as ours, has to go through four years of bitter dissent, four years of continuous acrimony, because our elected leader could not rise to the task of truly becoming our leader.
To do so he would have had to say,
‘I have stirred enmity in my followers to rise to victory, but now I should help them understand the root of such enmity, and I must do so even if I, myself, don’t understand it.’
A president has at his disposal all the wisdom of the nation’s scholars, and he could’ve easily called on them to help him find clarity, to assist him in learning what he did not know.
But he chose not to.
And it was a conscious choice. To choose darkness rather than light.
But you have to not be free as a person to choose darkness,
You have to not be free to not muster the courage to face the truth,
And so it is that the man wearing the mantle of leader of the Free World
Is not a free man himself.
It is too much to expect that our leaders will be wise in all things, but it isn’t too much to expect that they ask others to educate them where they are ignorant.
Let us call it intellectual honesty.
If it is not there, then they are not fit to lead.
Oscar Valdes is the author of Psychiatrist for A Nation and other titles. Available on Amazon.