At noon on Friday, January 20, Donald J. Trump was sworn into office in Washington, D.C., making him the 45th President of the United States.  Now that Donald Trump is the President, here five things every American can do.

  1. Be Open Minded

Whether you support Trump or oppose him, it is important to respect the new President with an open mind.  When President Trump does something beneficial, support, respect, and congratulate him.  When President Trump does something wrong or detrimental, criticize him and hold him accountable; do not defend him at all times.  Related to this, be true to yourself: practice the idea of principle over party.

2. Stop the Protests, But Don’t Sit Down

Since Election Day of 2016, the protesting against Donald Trump have accomplished nothing positive.  The protests the nation sees these days are violent, immature, and unnecessary.  However, do not become inactive and uninformed.  Take action by using your voice, by writing your representative, by becoming politically involved, not by rioting, looting, and beating those you disagree with.  Every American has a voice and plays a role in the nation.

3. Be Informed

Read the news.  If you hear something that is concerning, and you are not sure if it is fake news or not, do research on your own.  Form your own opinions.  There will be people and news sources that will employ bias to convince you President Trump is either a great president or a terrible president.  If the news you are receiving is biased, look at it with an objective view.  Do not change your mind to appease someone or because they insist that you should; base your opinions on facts.

4. Unite

Do not view people as Republicans or Democrats, whites or blacks, gays or straights, but instead view them as Americans.  View them as humans.  If Republicans and Democrats cannot unite and work together, the Trump administration will not get work done and will not make valuable contributions to the nation.

5. Vote

The most important thing an American citizen can do in the United States is vote.  Americans hold the power of the government in their hands.  In 2018, whether you are happy or unhappy with the Trump administration, get to the polls and vote for the people that will best represent your views in Washington.  Get other people to vote: volunteer on campaigns, write articles, be informed, and be involved.

As we as a nation watch the Trump presidency begin, and we watch it grow over until at least January of 2021, remember your rights, duties, responsibilities, and privileges as an American citizen.

As President Lincoln said, remember that the government is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

And, most importantly, in the words of President Kennedy, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

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Noah is a contributing writer for HYPELINE News. He is currently studying History and Political Science at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri. Noah enjoys spending his free time golfing or reading.

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