When I was in the Navy we used to have a saying: "Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst." That's good advice for a lot of things in life. If the "best" happens you're fine, and if the "worst" comes along, well, you're ready for that too.
Today Donald Trump is becoming the 45th president of the United States. For many Americans, myself included, it's difficult to come to grips with that, but it is what it is. So the question I've been asking myself is, "Now what?"
Instead of dwelling on the past, the lost election, and things that I cannot change, I've decided to highlight the things we can do, the tings we should be thinking about, and perhaps the things we can change:
- Educate yourself. Lack of education is what got us here today.
- Do your homework. Defer to facts, not Facebook. If you're not sure what a fact is, see #1.
- Beware the bankers. They work for them, not you.
- Always follow the money. Especially when it comes to politics.
- Government is good. Forget what Reagan told you. It's not perfect. Don't complain about it, help make it better.
- Travel. See how the rest of the world lives. It'll make you a better person.
- Save your money. Hard times will come. They always do.
- Read history books. As many as you can. From different perspectives. Don't repeat the mistakes.
- Write your congressman. Tell them to abolish the Electoral College.