Stay Alert, America: The Worst Is Yet to Come

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“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” –Philosopher George Santayana

Stay alert, America.

This is not the time to drop our guards, even for a moment.

Nothing has changed since the election to alter the immediate and very real dangers of roadside strip searches, government surveillance, biometric databases, citizens being treated like terrorists, imprisonments for criticizing the government, national ID cards, SWAT team raids, censorship, forcible blood draws and DNA extractions, private prisons, weaponized drones, red light cameras, tasers, active shooter drills, police misconduct and government corruption.

Time alone will tell whether those who put their hopes in a political savior will find that trust rewarded or betrayed.

Personally, I’m not holding my breath.

I’ve been down this road before.

I’ve studied history.

I know what comes next.

It’s early days yet, but President-elect Trump—like his predecessors—has already begun to dial back many of the campaign promises that pledged to reform a broken system of government.

The candidate who railed against big government and vowed to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists and special interest donors has already given lobbyists, corporate donors and members of the governmental elite starring roles in his new administration.

America, you’ve been played.

This is what happens when you play politics with matters of life, death and liberty.

You lose every time.

Unfortunately, in this instance, we all lose because of the deluded hypocrisy of the Left and the Right, both of which sanctioned the expansion of the police state as long as it was their party at the helm.

For the past eight years, the Left—stridently outspoken and adversarial while George W. Bush was president—has been unusually quiet about things like torture, endless wars, drone strikes, executive orders, government overreach and fascism.

As Glenn Greenwald points out for The Washington Post:

Beginning in his first month in office and continuing through today, Obama not only continued many of the most extreme executive-power policies he once condemned, but in many cases strengthened and extended them. His administration detained terrorism suspects without due process, proposed new frameworks to keep them locked up without trial, targeted thousands of individuals (including a U.S. citizen) for execution by drone, invoked secrecy doctrines to shield torture and eavesdropping programs from judicial review, and covertly expanded the nation’s mass electronic surveillance…

Liberals vehemently denounced these abuses during the Bush presidency… But after Obama took office, many liberals often tolerated — and even praised — his aggressive assertions of executive authority. It is hard to overstate how complete the Democrats’ about-face on these questions was once their own leader controlled the levers of power… After just three years of the Obama presidency, liberals sanctioned a system that allowed the president to imprison people without any trial or an ounce of due process.

Suddenly, with Trump in the White House for the next four years, it’s all fair game again.

As The Federalist declares with a tongue-in-cheek approach, “Dissent, executive restraint, gridlock, you name it. Now that Donald Trump will be president, stuff that used to be treason is suddenly cool again.”

Yet as Greenwald makes clear, if Trump is about to inherit vast presidential powers, he has the Democrats to thank for them.

A military empire that polices the globe. Secret courts, secret wars and secret budgets. Unconstitutional mass surveillance. Unchecked presidential power. Indefinite detention. Executive signing statements.

These are just a small sampling of the abusive powers that have been used liberally by Obama and will be used again and again by future presidents.

After all, presidents are just puppets on a string, made to dance to the tune of the powers-that-be. And the powers-that-be want war. They want totalitarianism. They want a monied oligarchy to run the show. They want bureaucracy and sprawl and government leaders that march in lockstep with their dictates. Most of all, they want a gullible, distracted, easily led populace that can be manipulated, maneuvered and made to fear whatever phantom menace the government chooses to make the bogeyman of the month.

Unless Trump does another about-face, rest assured that the policies of a Trump Administration will be no different from an Obama Administration or a Bush Administration, at least not where it really counts.

For that matter, a Clinton Administration would have been no different.

In other words, Democrats by any other name would be Republicans, and vice versa.

This is the terrible power of the shadow government: to maintain the status quo, no matter which candidate gets elected.

War will continue. Surveillance will continue. Drone killings will continue. Police shootings will continue. Highway robbery meted out by government officials will continue. Corrupt government will continue. Profit-driven prisons will continue. Censorship and persecution of anyone who criticizes the government will continue. The militarization of the police will continue. The government’s efforts to label dissidents as extremists and terrorists will continue.

In such a climate, the police state will thrive.

The more things change, the more they will stay the same.

We’ve been stuck in this political Groundhog’s Day for so long that minor deviations appear to be major developments while obscuring the fact that we’re stuck on repeat, unable to see the forest for the trees.

This is what is referred to as creeping normality, or a death by a thousand cuts.

It’s a concept invoked by Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist Jared Diamond to describe how major changes, if implemented slowly in small stages over time, can be accepted as normal without the shock and resistance that might greet a sudden upheaval.

Diamond’s concerns are environmental in nature, but they are no less relevant to our understanding of how a once-free nation could willingly bind itself with the chains of dictatorship.

Writing about Easter Island’s now-vanished civilization and the societal decline and environmental degradation that contributed to it, Diamond explains, “In just a few centuries, the people of Easter Island wiped out their forest, drove their plants and animals to extinction, and saw their complex society spiral into chaos and cannibalism… Why didn’t they look around, realize what they were doing, and stop before it was too late? What were they thinking when they cut down the last palm tree?”

His answer: “I suspect that the disaster happened not with a bang but with a whimper.”

Much like America’s own colonists, Easter Island’s early colonists discovered a new world—“a pristine paradise”—teeming with life. Almost 2000 years after its first settlers arrived, Easter Island was reduced to a barren graveyard by a populace so focused on their immediate needs that they failed to preserve paradise for future generations.

To quote Joni Mitchell, they paved over paradise to put up a parking lot.

In Easter Island’s case, as Diamond speculates:

The forest…vanished slowly, over decades. Perhaps war interrupted the moving teams; perhaps by the time the carvers had finished their work, the last rope snapped. In the meantime, any islander who tried to warn about the dangers of progressive deforestation would have been overridden by vested interests of carvers, bureaucrats, and chiefs, whose jobs depended on continued deforestation… The changes in forest cover from year to year would have been hard to detect… Only older people, recollecting their childhoods decades earlier, could have recognized a difference.

Sound painfully familiar yet?

Substitute Easter Island’s trees for America’s republic and the trees being decimated for our freedoms, and the arrow hits the mark.

Diamond observes, “Gradually trees became fewer, smaller, and less important. By the time the last fruit-bearing adult palm tree was cut, palms had long since ceased to be of economic significance. That left only smaller and smaller palm saplings to clear each year, along with other bushes and treelets. No one would have noticed the felling of the last small palm.

We’ve already torn down the rich forest of liberties established by our founders. They don’t teach freedom in the schools. Few Americans know their history. And even fewer seem to care that their fellow Americans are being jailed, muzzled, shot, tasered, and treated as if they have no rights at all. They don’t care, that is, until it happens to them—at which point it’s almost too late.

This is how the police state wins. This is how tyranny rises. This is how freedom falls.

A thousand cuts, each one justified or ignored or shrugged over as inconsequential enough by itself to bother. But they add up.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, each cut, each attempt to undermine our freedoms, each loss of some critical right—to think freely, to assemble, to speak without fear of being shamed or censored, to raise our children as we see fit, to worship or not worship as our conscience dictates, to eat what we want and love who we want, to live as we want—they add up to an immeasurable failure on the part of each and every one of us to stop the descent down that slippery slope.

It’s taken us 200 short years to destroy the freedoms our founders worked so hard to secure, and it’s happened with barely a whimper of protest from “we the people.”

So when I read about demonstrations breaking out in cities across the country and thousands taking to the streets to protest the threat of fascism from a Trump presidency, I have to wonder where were the concerns when access to Obama came easily to any special interest groups and donors willing and able to pay the admissions price?

When I see celebrities threatening to leave the country in droves, I have to ask myself, where was the outcry when the government’s efforts to transform local police into extensions of the military went into overdrive under the Obama administration?

When my newsfeed is overflowing with people wishing they could keep the Obamas in office because they are so cool, I shake my head in disgust over this “cool” president’s use of targeted drone strikes to assassinate American citizens without any due process.

When legal think tanks are threatening lawsuits over the possibility of Trump muzzling free expression, I can’t help but wonder where the outrage was over the Obama administration’s demonizing and criminalization of those who criticized the government.

And when commentators who previously dismissed as fear-mongering and hateful any comparison of the government’s tactics to Nazi Germany are suddenly comparing Trump to Hitler, I have to wonder if perhaps we’ve been living in different countries all along, because none of this is new.

Indeed, if we’re repeating history, the worst is yet to come.

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Contributed by John W. Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute.

Since 1996, John W. Whitehead has taken on everything from human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, protection of religious freedom, and child pornography, to family autonomy issues, cross burning, the sanctity of human life, and the war on terrorism in his weekly opinion column. A self-proclaimed civil libertarian, Whitehead is considered by many to be a legal, political and cultural watchdog—sounding the call for integrity, accountability and an adherence to the democratic principles on which this country was founded.

Time and again, Whitehead hits the bull’s eye with commentaries that are insightful, relevant and provocative. And all too often, he finds himself under fire for his frank and unadulterated viewpoint. But as he frequently remarks, “Anytime people find themselves under fire from both the liberal left and the conservative right, it means that that person is probably right on target.”

Mr. Whitehead’s commentaries have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times and USA Today.

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  • Ratcraft

    It’s all over. He’s not even in office. Has only appointed two people, one of which is making the heads of leftists explode, but it all over. Piss your pants and hide in the cellar.

  • celticreeler

    My local prosecutor and sheriff have a no-warrant blood alcohol scheme. The sheriff actually bought a “restraint chair” (how creepy) and the two of them employ a nurse (a doctor would refuse to participate) to draw the blood sample. It was in the local newspaper, but no public outcry resulted.

    My sheriff accepted an MRAP vehicle. This was quite a bit less public, but still, the sheeple didn’t ask questions.

    My sheriff participates in the prison-industrial complex, eagerly accepting federal prisoners who yield top dollar for the room & board. When I asked, “What are all those people mostly charged with?” the jail administrator told me that some people “wait quite a while” before they are charged. Their “food” costs $1.23 per meal, which includes the profit for the food service contractor. He is 33% over capacity, 50 prisoners on bunkbeds in the gym, and an older jail being prepared for remodel to keep the state (and lower) prisoners under the less-stringent conditions, to permit the use of the fancy jail for the federals.

    My sheriff told me that people in jail can’t vote. This is absolutely not accurate. People who are incarcerated “as long as all the other qualifications for voting” (i.e., not serving a sentence for a felony, or on current probation/parole) are retained. He told me he did not plan to make it publicly known in the jail that I was willing to accomodate their need to absentee vote.

    On election day, when someone with a felony conviction was turned away for not being in the poll book, he came to my office with the required letter of release from his terms of probation/parole, and we reinstated his voting privilege, and he went to vote. Punishment ends, at some point. Either it does, or it doesn’t. Losing the right to vote is part of the punishment, and that ends at some point.

    Prosecutor and sheriff are both, at least recently, Democrats. Many in county government are Republicans, but they are continually reminded of how many toys the county gets to pay for with “the bad guys’ money.” But when CAFA seizures only entail 2/12 charges-convictions, I say, “PROVE that it’s the ‘bad guys’ ‘ money.”

    • MarkovDeBeeste

      “Punishment ends, at some point. Either it does, or it doesn’t.” Yes, it ends…at death. Then the right to vote is restored, at least in Chicago. Then you can vote several times in each election.

      • celticreeler

        I think we should follow the law, every time. If the law says that you may vote after the term of your sentence, probation, and parole are over, then you may vote. I’m not arguing for letting felons serving sentences vote. The law clearly prohibits that. But if you have some hope of paying your debt to society, the payment is complete at some point, and you (according to the law in my state) may vote.

        All we need is for the criminal (in)justice system to start convicting people wrongly, holding them without charges in the local lock-up (see my post), and pretty soon we have two classes of people: those who are “good” enough to vote (the way they’re told), and those who may not.

  • celticreeler

    So I apologize to the readers for my long post. Please, please get involved with your local government if you can. When your state constitution says in its Bill of Rights that “…the people of this state have the inherent, sole and exclusive right to regulate the internal government and the police…” and your chief local law enforcement official is accepting huge sums from the DEA and Federal Marshalls, you have to wonder.

  • Vows of Vengeance

    oh, its a Whitehead article. That says it all. This guy is a moron.

  • IQ_160

    The sky is falling!
    Aliens are soon to invade!
    Super massive volcano eruption imminent!
    Mile wide asteroid heading for earth!
    Jerry Garcia wins an Oscar!

    Was this article ghost written by Lena Dunham or Amy Schumer? Cher, is that you? Unless this guy has true psychic abilities & crystal testicles, this is nothing but a GUESS at the future. Can this be the possible outcome of a Trump administration? Sure it could. But it is equally possible that future events are exactly the opposite of this critics outlook. It certainly is FACT that most EVERY critic was WRONG in calling the play by play of this man as of now!

    Trump doesn’t take office until Jan. 20th, 2017. The intelligent & fair thing to do would be to at least wait a month or so (After he is actually the POTUS) to see what path he puts our nation on BEFORE anybody starts behaving like a CRY BABY.

    PS – Journalist’s really should stop putting the cart before the horse! The FEAR Mongering is totally IRRESPONSIBLE and it needs to STOP!

    • jimmy joe

      I got news for you, “If you actually think there is a difference between the 2 PARTY DICTATORSHIP, you are VERY FOOLISH”!! There is nothing he stated that wasn’t true partner. When a member of the 2 PARTY DICTATORSHIP is again wielding an incredible amount of “power” over us AMERICANS, WE ARE ALL IN TROUBLE, plain and simple, but you go ahead and continue having an incredible amount of faith in this, quite obvious, corrupt system!!

      • thetruthmaster1

        Hey Jimmy Joe, Relax,…Trump is neither a Democrat nor Republican nor a Puppet for anyone. Trump Hijacked the RNC as a platform. Even the GOP insiders did not see that coming and could not stop Trump. Trump is a Master. Better to just STFU, mouth closed and ears and eyes open and watch the Master perform. You will be impressed.

        • jimmy joe

          Hey dipshit, again, “When a member of the 2 PARTY DICTATORSHIP is again wielding an incredible amount of “power” over us AMERICANS, WE ARE ALL IN TROUBLE, plain and simple, but you go ahead and continue having an incredible amount of faith in this, quite obvious, corrupt system”!! He may be your master cuz I don’t have one! I guess we can all blame you when the road side strip searches continue, or when AMERICANS continue to be arrested for victimless crimes, or when we continue to have bases around the globe, or when we continue to occupy the middle east, or even when the “system” continue to steal AMERICAN’S property under the guise of ‘civil asset forfeiture”!! When all of this shit continues I will be sure to blame ALL those the insisted on forcing their will on the rest of us AMERICANS!!

          • thetruthmaster1

            Wrong again JimmyjoeFreak. Go hide in your cave cause you seem so frightened the sky is falling. LMFAO!! Just move to another country like the other Homo Celebs frightened to open their eyes and hear and learn something called the Truth. Momma needs to take your keyboard away for a while and give you some rittilin.

          • jimmy joe

            I need ritilin, eh?? I have 0 faith in the, obviouslyl corrupt, 2 party dictatorship or your master trump! It is an obviously rigged system as the 2 party dictatorship have hijacked the elections, its quite obvious when they will not allow a third party, or more, for that matter, into the debates. But you go ahead and cowtow to your master trump!! If I need ritilin, you, obviously, need a hot shot of fentynal, you, obviously, VERY STUPID “INDIVIDUAL” whose village misses it, dearly!!!

          • jimmy joe

            Funny how you don’t even touch any of the subjects I mentioned, only stating something about “truth” yet failing to see it yourself!! Blind AND stupid, go back to your village, your residents miss you!!

          • thetruthmaster1

            Jimmy Rant. Again, Relax, the People elected Trump and you already like to spew hatred for him, and he has not even taken office yet. Bases around the world? And how much of that was Trump fault? You are an uniformed psycho. Take your meds, get some sleep and tomorrow will be a whole new day for you son. If Trump is not your President, then move to another country. Trump was the best choice out there by miles of comparison. So who did you vote for? Or did you sit and stew and boycott the election so you can rant? We are all ears for your next reply.

          • jimmy joe

            Still waiting for you to attempt to address the issues I pointed out a month ago, having problems??

  • Scott Braveheart

    I would like to believe that Trump is our version of hope and change but I’m skeptical. He’s already broken one of his campaign promises to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary. To be honest I don’t think it makes much of a difference who gets elected, their all full of shit.

    • IQ_160

      I understand your concern, but he isn’t our POTUS for another 65 days. He has ZERO presidential powers until then.

      Also, don’t you think that broadcasting the potential prosecution of any Hillary shenanigans would be unwise? You don’t give the opposing team your play book before the game begins!

      We wait and see. Then we can celebrate or start bitching.
      Patience Is A Virtue!!

    • Cynical Bastard

      Yep.

    • thetruthmaster1

      Scott, How about you just wait to see what Trump does AFTER he is Inaugurated. Trump can’t appoint anybody at this time to prosecute anybody. Trump is playing softball right now to have a smooth transition. Once he is inaugurated, the Gloves will come off and watch the Government once again work for the people and deal out some badly needed Justice. Trump is in a very sensitive time right now of Transition, and he needs his enemies to be friendly to hand over ALL the Keys and Codes to the Train. So he is playing nice guy right now and needs cooperation, so let him have some space to do it. Have you ever played “POKER” Card GAME? Do you immediately yell when you are dealt your hand, how many Aces you have in your hand? Or do you wait until the time is right to play the Aces to win? Patience my friend..

  • Dick

    You can say what you want about Mr. Trump. However, it is just guessing at this point. If Hillary had been elected, you KNOW what you would get. With Trump, it is still an unknown. I prefer to give him the opportunity to bring America back rather than have Hillary complete the destruction of America that Obama and the democrats have started.

    • SP_88

      I don’t think that J. Whitehead would argue with you about that. And I certainly won’t argue with you about it.
      Mr. Trump is still an unknown. All we have to go on is what he said he would do if elected. And it certainly sounded much better than what Hillary said she would do to us.
      We already know what we would get with a Hillary presidency. More globalist agendas, more climate change nonsense to bilk the people out of billions of dollars, more censorship to shut down any anti-government opinions, more open borders and destruction of our sovereignty, more unConstitutional trade agreements, more unvetted and unvettable refugees flooding into the country, and more infringement of our 2nd amendment rights. And I’m sure that I left out a lot of other things, but you get the point.
      The truth is that we the people must do our part. We can’t simply rely on one man to save us from the globalist shadow government. We need to make sure that the truth gets out, that the media does their job. We need to ensure that the MSM is either forced to report the truth, or that they are relegated to the dust bin of history, and replaced with the alternative media. And we need to ensure that we have honest politicians, that we hold their feet to the fire. We need to have grassroots movements to stand up for our rights and oppose legislation that goes against our rights and freedoms and the Constitution.
      Freedom doesn’t just happen. There is a constant threat of tyranny from groups of elitists who crave wealth and power. And we need to stay vigilant and keep the forces of tyranny at bay.
      Trump has a much better chance of success if we all do our part. And we need to make sure that we don’t sacrifice our principles in the process.

  • GenEarly

    Trump’s strongest recommendation is his enemies,…… Clintonistas and Bushies, Marxist DemocRats and ChamberPot Repubs, NeoCons and NWO Banksters.
    Trump is only One Man, this Nationalist Patriot Populist USA First movement must Prevail………at all costs.

  • This is inevitable!

    Only Yahweh’s moral law can save America from the precipice of moral depravity and destruction she’s presently teetering on. At his inauguration, this is not the Constitution Trump will swear allegiance to as the supreme law of land. Instead, like his predecessors, he’ll place His hand on a Bible and swear allegiance to the biblically seditious Constitution responsible for sending America to the precipice:

    “…Nearly all of the presidents have taken their oath of office by placing their hands upon a Bible. But this empty tradition is nowhere required in the Constitution. Even if this custom were spiritually significant for some of the presidents, it was a meaningless ritual for the majority of them. How could swearing upon a Christian Bible be meaningful to these men when Christianity itself means nothing to them?

    “Swearing upon the Bible is an empty gesture for an even more important reason. If ever there were an unequal yoking, it is when public officials place their hands on the Bible and swear to uphold the laws of WE THE PEOPLE. This no more Christianizes the oath than Aaron’s naming the golden calf “Yahweh” sanctified his idolatry. The Bible offers no precedent for swearing to uphold any other law than Yahweh’s. Swearing in Yahweh’s name, or swearing on the Bible, means nothing to Him if you simultaneously swear to keep the laws of another god. This is treason and sedition against the God of gods and King of kings.

    ‘Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all [commandments, statutes, and judgments] that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; that ye come not among these nations … neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: But cleave unto YHWH your God….’ (Joshua 23:6-8)….”

    For more, see online Chapter 5 “Article 2: Executive Usurpation” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt5.html.

    Then find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ConstitutionSurvey.html and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

    • Cheryl of the Northwoods

      Not trying to be a big old drag here, but unless you are Jewish and do not accept Jesus or the New Testament, we are no longer under the rule of Law as the Bible calls it. We live under the rule of Grace, and for that, Jesus came to teach us. Everything you are talking about reverts back to the Old Testament Rule of Law. How do you deal with the New Testament, the time of Grace since Jesus died to save us? I don’t understand. A Christian would show references to the New Testament.

      • Cheryl, thanks for responding.

        I’m not Jewish and I am a Christian pastor.

        My post has nothing to do with being under the law, which refers to being justified by keeping the law perfectly, something only Jesus was able to do.

        Under the New Covenant, our justification, salvation, and forgiveness is only by the blood-atoning sacrifice and resurrection of Christ. This said, tragically what most contemporary Christians fail to understand that this does NOT eliminate Yahweh’s morality as reflected in his Ten Commandments and their respective statutes and judgments as the standard for society at all levels, including government.

        The Apostle Paul asks the following question that most of today’s Christians if asked the same question would answer incorrectly. Note Paul’s answer:

        “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” (Romans 3:31)

        Among other things, he also depicts the law as holy, just, good, and spiritual in Romans 7:12-14.

        For more regarding how Yahweh’s moral law applies and should be implemented today, see free online book “Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/law-kingdomFrame.html.

    • Cheryl of the Northwoods

      Thank you, Kingdom Ambassador. I appreciate you responding to why I wondered about there not being any New Testament comments. I believe America is in the troublesome state of being it has become now, because we have fallen away from our Christian roots. God has rightly taken his hand of protection off us. Or at least moved it a bit away.

  • Robert Kahlcke

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, is wrong with your minds. Probably too much drug use when you were younger. Look at the murders in Chicago, is this what you want throughout the United States? Try using whats left of your brain.

  • thetruthmaster1

    America is No Easter Island. America was a great country until we allowed the tribe to infiltrate every aspect of our society and Government to get us to this point. At least 55 years since JFK was taken out by them for not playing along with the Loan Shark Scam Go Look up JFK’s EO-11110. So Trump was just elected, and give him a chance to get his team together, to fix all these problems. I think the Author is posting this, so later on, he can come back and say see I told you so. Ever thought about getting behind and actually supporting this new President.. You think he is going to fix everything himself. Or you can just sit back and complain with negativity. I think many of these Fear Porn sites have no idea what it is like to be supporting of making America Great Again. I challenge Mr Whitehead to run for President and see what he can do. So take a breath, inhale and exhale and watch a Master set up the chess board in his favor.

  • thetruthmaster1

    Maybe Mr Whithead is a disgruntled Hillary Supporter? He seems to either hate Trump or is Jealous of Trump. Maybe both. Mr Whitehead, what are you going to do to help Make America Great Again?

  • Cheryl of the Northwoods

    No one seems to be willing to give Trump a chance. The man hasn’t even been inaugurated yet, and so many are out to give up on him already. Give the guy a little time.