Today is the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Most of us didn't see this coming even two years ago, let alone four or eight. As I mentioned a couple of months ago, I didn't vote for him or for any of the other people on the ballot for president, and instead wrote in the name of someone who had dropped out almost a year ago.
Not everyone is happy during an inauguration, no matter who wins. We usually don't see the level of violent opposition that we're seeing today, which reflects more poorly on the violent protestors than it does on the people they're protesting against, but there will always be people on the other side.
I was on the other side eight years ago, as I was displeased at how so many of the nation's ills were wrongly being blamed on President George W. Bush. I was fortunate enough to have this piece published in the Washington Times. It happened to run on the day that President Barack Obama was inaugurated, but the vast majority of what I wrote was a salute to Bush more than criticism of Obama.
Perhaps some of the people protesting today can put down their smoke bombs long enough to read it.