Recent arguments and exclamations that “he’s not my President”, and other such language give us all a moment to reflect on the question if he really is our President. In a recent waiting time in an airport in California, I heard several people refer to this ongoing debate. One man said that he would never refer to Donald Trump as his President. He would never put the two words “President” and “Trump” together.
I understand his thinking. Words matter. We have heard how much “words matter” many times in reference to other issues, also. I understand that too. As a seasoned Speech Coach, I totally agree, Words Matter.
With assertion, allow me to put a different light on this issue. Whether or not you share the attitude that Donald Trump will never be a real President of The United States (POTUS), the fact is that the citizens of our democracy have gone through the grueling process of identifying, scrutinizing and voting for the person who they believe should be POTUS.
- Yes, there is the legitimate issue of whether the Electoral College part of the process is still practical in contemporary America.
- Yes, there is the legitimate issue of who actually won the majority of the vote.
- Yes, there are legitimate grounds to further discuss these two issues.
- Yes, I understand the concerns, attitudes, logic and emotions of those who endorse the “he’s not my President”
I also understand that democracy, as a form of government, can be a very messy, impolite, imprecise and challenging way to get things done. The USA is not a pure democracy; it is a representative democracy. We elect people to represent our ideas in certain forums and expect that in those forums there will be democratic decisions extending to the election of local dogcatcher as well as to the office of POTUS.
The point is that when such decisions are made, we live with them. We agree to abide and live within the rules and expectations that go with those positions in a democracy. When the next time comes for choosing… electing…changing things, our democracy gives us the right and obligation to do what we think is right. The same is true with how we refer to Donald Trump. He is our elected president.
He deserves the right to be called President Trump. If you don’t like it and disagree with all that he does and have a hard time saying those two words together, be glad that you live in the greatest democracy on the planet…The United States of America, and have the right to say what you wish. On the other hand, I urge you to show the respect for POTUS in the way you refer to the office, not the man. Because words matter.