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President’s Message – February 2017

President’s Message

January 20th, 2017, will certainly be remembered as a watershed day in American history.  We inaugurated as President of the United States a most unlikely candidate.  All week the forecasts had called for a one hundred percent chance of rain, yet barely a sprinkle fell on Inauguration Day.  Millions squeezed onto the Capital grounds or in the mall to take part in the pomp and circumstance of the peaceful transition of power for which America is known.   The bands played, the choirs sung, and President Trump swore his oath, further pledging a better America for all of us.

I was so proud and humbled to have been there; a witness to history.  I know so many of you worked hard to make this happen and I felt as if I had each of you with me.  Everywhere I went – and there were a LOT of festivities – as soon as people found out I was from Texas they had to comment on the impact the women of Texas had in securing our Republican victory.  Of course, I didn’t argue…….I know only too well just how true that is.

There were parties and balls and celebrations galore packed into a few days.  It was exhilarating; it was exhausting.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of moment and I feel so blessed to have been able to take part.  It was darn near perfect.

Unless you ran into the not-so-peaceful protestors.  While I understand that there are people who are not happy with the outcome of this election, I cannot understand how anyone could condone violence and destruction as a means of expression.    Equally disturbing was the lack of condemnation by the Clinton camp and the Democrat party; their inaction sent an unequivocal statement of tacit approval.  Is that really the image of America that they want the world to have?

Perhaps most disappointing was the “woman’s march” on Saturday.  How on earth could they really believe that they were “fighting” for women’s rights???  Which ones?  Certainly not the right to vote… grandmother’s generation fought, and won, that battle for us.  For equality?  Nah……their mothers and grandmothers did that for them already and burned a few bras while they were at it.  Are they worried that a Trump administration will not support women in positions of power or dump the idea of equal pay?  Look at how he treats women in his businesses –and his cabinet appointments – and you will see that respect and support of women is his practice and not just lip service.

It wasn’t the last President who did anything to relieve the burden of child care, and other issues such as spiraling health care costs, for families.  President Trump campaigned on these things, and has already begun the process to make good on his promises.

Those women who marched need to step out of their cocoons – made comfortable by generations of women before them with REAL issues – and find a cause worthy of their time and our attention.

The latest headline complaint now is the temporary moratorium on immigration.  Despite the characterization by the MSM, this is NOT a ban on Islam in this country. This is a temporary halt to immigration by people from a limited number of countries with the strongest ties to and support of radical terrorism. There are plenty of Muslim-majority countries that are NOT subject to this moratorium.   The President has asked for a limited-time halt to immigration from these specific countries while his cabinet and staff work out the appropriate form of vetting for folks who come from places who harbor terrorists whose goal is to kill as many Americans as they can.

President Trump is not saying that everyone from those seven countries wants to hurt us, but how will we be able to separate the innocents from those who wish us harm if we don’t ask?  What is the real harm in asking extra questions or taking a closer look at their backgrounds?

This is an action based on a documented history of terrorism, not blanket ban on any religion.  America was founded on the idea of freedom to worship as we choose; President Trump not only respects but reveres our Constitution.  Do not allow the liberatzi to incorrectly frame the public conversation any longer.

It is a privilege to live in the greatest country on this planet and one that I don’t take for granted. I certainly understand why so many sacrificed so much to get here, and I welcome the huddled masses yearning to be free.    But how long will we be the land of the free and the home of the brave if those who are willing to kill in the name of religion or culture have unfettered access to our homeland?  I am grateful for a President that puts the safety of my family first.

We cannot afford the cost of inaction.  There is too much at stake.

January 20th was a very good day, indeed.  The woman of the Texas Federation of Republican Women had something to do with electing that President.

Theresa Kosmoski

Theresa Kosmoski