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@TeaPainUSA 1/ I have personally experienced twelve #Presidents in my life, and formed over all those years a proud image in my mind of what the #Office of the #AmericanPresident means...

Those twelve have both satisfied and disappointed me to varying degrees, but they have shared...
@TeaPainUSA 2/...one attribute, that they brought mostly respect & honor to the office.

Now I arrive at my thirteenth President. I find myself at a loss to fully explain my feelings, because, after two years, when I expected at least some of the same sense I had of the prior twelve...
@TeaPainUSA 3/...instead I simply feel that a dark, black, malevolent void has settled on my #PresidentsHouse. And that feeling is getting worse.

I don’t know how many more #Presidents I will get to know. But I do know two things. One, my vision of #AmericasPromise is unchanged...
@TeaPainUSA 4/..Second, and most sadly, I now know the depths to which the realization of those ideals can fall when we don’t pay attention, when we assume that long line of mostly honorable men stretching over more than two centuries will simply continue with or without our participation...
@TeaPainUSA 5/..it’s now part of MY history, and it hurts. It will hurt until my last day. But I don’t want it to go away. I want to feel it when I proudly show up at my polling place whenever it is my last time. And I want to remember it when I shove that last ballot into the ballot box...
@TeaPainUSA 6/...And while I do not wish ill on my fellow citizens, I want you to have that feeling too. What we do here is too important to leave the job to someone else. For our families, our #Nation, and, yes, the #Planet.
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