Friday will bring the inauguration of our Nation's 45th President, Mr. Donald John Trump. I pray we all can come together as one and move forward as One Nation Under God. If you're like me, you're tired of seeing the division brought to us by the network of your choice. The Republicans and Democrats need to stop blaming and start solving.
I cannot believe how fellow Republicans went after Mr. Trump's nominations for cabinet, especially Mr. Marco Rubio. Folks, this politics as usual mentality must stop. It knows no party affiliation; it is about selfishness, grandstanding and individual agenda.
As Washington, D.C. prepares for the inauguration and the celebration that follows I have just one question. Why are ‘We the People’ footing the bill for a $175-200 million party? And you know security and the cost of putting the city in ‘lockdown mode’ aren't even in that number.
This has always been ridiculous in my eyes and mind. President Barack Obama spent $170 million on his first inauguration effort in 2009. This, like most every problem inside the beltway, is bipartisan. If President-elect Trump or President Obama wants to spend close to $200 million to celebrate their swearing in, let them take it out of their own wallet. Let the Republican or Democratic parties pick up the tab. But not one taxpayer dollar should be used other than for the actual raise your right hand formal swearing in ceremony.
Inauguration day is mandated by the Constitution of the United States for the person elected to office to make an oath of affirmation before said person can ‘enter on the execution’ of the office of presidency. The ceremony takes place on the White House grounds and is a patriotic and classy representation of America and the election of our new president. It should not cost the American taxpayer hundreds of millions to be what it has become.
If you want lavish entertainment like Katy Perry or the Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir it's your choice and your expense. It should never fall back on the American people to pay for an episode of lifestyles of the rich and famous. No matter if Republican or Democrat.
Can you imagine how powerful it would be if after completing the oath of office President Donald Trump announced he was saving our Country $200 million on the festivities and immediately going to work for the American people?
God Bless America.