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Marching Brats, Sour Grapes Need to Look Ahead

Marching Brats, Sour Grapes Need to Look Ahead

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 01:12 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In a shock to the nation, the vaunted Alabama Crimson Tide — national champions riding a 26-game winning streak — fell to underdog Clemson at the very end, a stinging loss no one saw coming. Sound familiar?

Alabama fans, while disappointed, aren’t crying foul, nor are they protesting the outcome, since Clemson won fair and square.

Doing so would be sour grapes behavior of spoiled brats.

So if we can accept the results of a sporting event, why are some people rejecting the legitimacy of President Trump? And why the protest marches now?

The time to protest Donald Trump was back on Nov. 8, 2016.

Let’s look at some eventful days: 

  • Self-inflicted errors, exacerbated by ego and inexperience, got the Trump team off on the wrong foot. The administration, already at war with the media, admonished the press for its incorrect reporting of the inauguration crowd size, despite tweeting a photo from President Obama’s 2009 inauguration. How that mistake was made — if it was a mistake at all — is incomprehensible.
  • The President’s spokesman berated the press for not reporting that the inauguration was the most attended in history. Despite facts showing it was not, the administration looked foolish by doubling down. The icing on the cake was when another spokesman stated their position was based on alternative facts.Too bad they didn’t realize that living in an alternative universe isn’t the best way to get a new Administration rolling. Most important, who cares that fewer people attended? It’s absolutely meaningless. Does that somehow make President Trump less of a president? Those making it an issue are grasping at straws, attempting to undermine the President’s credibility. Newsflash! It won’t work. People are concerned about their healthcare, social security and jobs.

          They are not worried about crowd size.

  • When will the president learn? Mr. Trump must understand that who he is trumps everything. He is the most powerful man on earth, poised to affect more change than perhaps any leader in American history. To be successful, the president should heed the words of Martin Sheen’s character in "The American President," "You fight the fights that need fighting."
  • When did President Obama become a yardstick? From votes to crowd sizes to the pace of cabinet confirmations, the media seems obsessed with comparing the two men. Why? No offense to President Obama — but it’s time to look ahead.
  • Speaking of not looking back, it is astounding how many Republicans continue to blame President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Three points. 1) Mr. Obama accomplished virtually nothing over the last six years because of the Republican congress; therefore, much of that GOP blame is misallocated. 2) Republicans justifiably criticized President Obama for his near-constant blaming of George W. Bush; it is hypocritical for them to do the same. 3) The past is just that — the past. It’s time to forge ahead with bold ideas. Those mired in the past are doomed to repeat its mistakes.
  • The fact that 66 congressmen boycotted the Inauguration and vile comments were directed toward a 16-year old girl over her decision to sing the national anthem illustrates why our society is so divisive. Shame on them for their horrendous message that boycotts, threats, and insults are acceptable when things don’t go your way.
  • And then we have the protests. To quote former NFL player Ricky Watters, "For who? For what?"

From the anti-capitalists who smashed a Starbucks — undoubtedly to grab a smoked butterscotch latte to fuel their violence — to the Women’s March organizers, none provided clarity on what they were protesting. Even liberal feminist commentator Cokie Roberts agrees with that point.

Was it to protest the result, electoral college or Hillary winning the popular vote?

Sorry, but that ship has sailed. Donald Trump’s sexist comments?

Yes, that was hashed out over the last 18 months in that thing called a presidential campaign. Was it to send a message that women cannot be ignored?

Try again, since pro-life women were unwelcome on the march.

Or, was it the stagnant economy?

Gee, that’s great. Blame the guy who’s been on the job for one day.

The real reason for the protests is what this column has frequently discussed — protesting has become America’s new pastime. The coddled generation which has been raised to believe it’s entitled to everything, sprang into action because it felt offended that Trump won, facts be damned.


Protesting is the people’s right, as is stupidity. When the two go hand-in-hand, the results aren't pretty.

It’s time for the grown-ups on both sides, starting with the president himself, to take charge. As Michael Douglas’ presidential character says, also in "The American President," "We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them." Time to get cracking. Together.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now

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Protesting is the people’s right, as is stupidity. When the two go hand-in-hand, the results aren't pretty. It’s time for the grown-ups on both sides, starting with the president himself, to take charge. Time to get cracking. Together.
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