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With Respect to ‘Respect’

With Respect to ‘Respect’

A lot of people are saying we all need to respect the office of the presidency, even if we don’t like the man. I respect the office. I also respect police officers and teachers. But when any of them act like a bully, a jerk, or against the best interest of the public they serve, they lose the privilege of my respect.

Yes, Americans should all respect the office of the presidency. It’s unfortunate that 63 million voters did not when they cast their vote for a man who is clearly undeserving of that respect in every sentence he utters and decision he makes. 

Now, we will be watching to see how this president does on the job. The clock starts today at noon. But through his behavior during the campaign and transition, he has already diminished whatever degree of respect he had a right to expect. He’ll have to dig deep within himself to earn it back.

So starting at noon, I will give him a chance at redemption. A chance is not a blank check. The new president can earn my respect. But it won’t be given carte blanche.

And once he loses that respect again, the journey to earn it back will be uphill and steep.

Kevin Kelton is co-host of the More Perfect Union podcast and founder of the Facebook political debate group, Open Fire.

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