Donald Trump is Necessary for Democracy
The human immune system is a dynamic force which requires cooperation from the entire body to function properly. When a deleterious substance such as a virus, bacteria or tissue is introduced to the body an immune response is summoned like a person being attacked would call the police. B cells, T cells, the spleen, all come rushing to the rescue, lights and sirens, to put down the threat. The immune system must be trained to handle assault, experienced in combat or a common pathogen could arrive, catch the body by surprise and cause significant damage. Living in a hermetically sealed bubble with no exposure to the world will render the immune system useless. Our democracy is the immune system of the American people and Donald Trump should not be feared, his presence will make us a better country either through exceptional governance or by testing our immune defense.
The next four years could improve our way of life in numerous, diverging ways. This new president could live up to his promises while at the same time dousing the worst fears of his opposition. He could bring jobs back, repair a broken healthcare system, protect us from threats at home and abroad. After an inexplicably tumultuous first month in office, his detractors will say it is impossible to turn things around and reward the optimism of his millions of supporters. To be in tune with the human experience is to rely on our ability to change behavior, to pull ourselves back from the brink of failure. Trump can become a better person and lead this country. Those who don’t believe so do not impart him his full humanity and merely hope he fails, simply for the catharsis of being able say “I told you so”. If he succeeds, the idea of democracy will be emboldened. The strength of our union could mold a president and change a man to his core, for the sole purpose of rising to the occasion for his countrymen. However, if he fails, the immune system which is our democracy will be put to the test.
Trump’s supporters were searching for a candidate to take up their positions. Rejection of globalism, retreat from free trade, limiting immigration and wielding a stronger hand on the world stage. After eight years of a progressive president, they wanted their turn to find out if their values could lead to a stronger country. Do they not deserve that opportunity? Is our immune system so weak that trying something new could lead us to infirmity? Do we not have enough safeguards in place to push back against tyranny, if it should infect us? If we are a people lucky enough to live in the country of our founders, we must deploy our defense mechanisms, led by the constitution, to rid our body of any threats.
The people who voted for President Trump will be faced with an intractable truth at the end of his time in office. Are we better off now since he was introduced to our political body? Was he only a mild threat to our system and made us better because we were exposed to something foreign? Or did we have to fight off infection to keep our democracy alive through many fevered years under onslaught? Either way our body will be stronger once the threat has been faced head-on.