http://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/01/23/mr-president-if-you-were-a-leader/

 

Article: I also know how you spent your first day in office. You spent it angrily Tweeting and hastily arranging press conferences. You spent it shutting down websites and pasting up photo boards. You spent it dispatching your apologists and cronies to try and discredit us. You spent it verbally assaulting the very people you are charged with caring for. You spent it spitting venom at millions of Americans who were being America, and by doing so— you proved us right.
You did this because you’re simply not a true leader, Mr. President.
If you were a leader, you would have found some humility, some dignity, some grace.
If you were a leader you would have checked that eggshell ego and that paper-thin skin and you would have paid attention.
If you were a leader you would have shut your mouth and listened, instead of responding like an embarrassed middle schooler who’d just been jilted by a crush in the cafeteria.
If you were a leader you would have realized the incredible healing that might have taken place in our country, if you had said to the millions marching and the millions more who love and support them: “I see you, and I want you to know that I want to be your President too. I want to protect you and to advocate for you and your families. I hear you and I am listening, and I will prove to you that I am deserving of your trust. We’re in this together.”
But you didn’t say any of that, Mr. President.

Article: Your supporters keep telling me to “give you a chance”. I do and you keep blowing it. You blew it again, this weekend—bigly. You squander every conceivable opportunity to show that you are for us.
If you were a true leader, you would have stepped up and met those of us marching right where we were and led us to a place of redemptive conversation and measured compromise. You would have validated and reassured and acknowledged us—but you didn’t. Instead you condemned us and attacked us and diminished us.
And this is why we’ll keep resisting you every single hour of every single day until you’re no longer here, or until you prove to all of us that you can be the leader this great nation deserves.
We aren’t going anywhere. These marches were not a landing pad they were a launching pad.
We have eyes, Mr. President and we see you clearly.
You had a golden moment this weekend to bring healing to the people of this country—and you missed it.

 

 

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