The Villaj Idiut: Greatest of all time?

Maybe Donald Trump is, after all, the greatest president of all time.

For a variety of reasons, he did encourage a record number of voters to engage in the mid-term elections to make sure their voices were heard. To me, that is his biggest accomplishment so far.

This was my primary issue about 2016. Complacency set in on the part of many voters, and then after the fact everybody complained about the direction of the country and the leadership void that existed in the aftermath of a wacky set of circumstances.

But, to me, if you didn’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain.

At least now, it felt like people were proactively getting out and getting involved, investigating the issues, knowing the candidates, voting their hearts and minds, and with passion.

I think some of the stuff the president has done, and some of his policies, particularly as they relate to the economy, China and shrinking the size of the government, have been good and I support them.

But more than anything, I think he is among the most reprehensible people on the planet.

And so I have struggled, over the past two years, about whether a flourishing economy outweighs the fact that the leader of the free world is just a despicable person who will never be able to get out of his own way and will in some form or another corrupt our next generation.

But at the very least, as we saw last week, the same anger, fear and confusion that have consumed the country for the past 24 months motivated a record number of people to go to the polls. It was a relief, actually, to see the engagement, to see that people finally care. So congratulations, Donald, you accomplished something you probably didn’t set out to do.

I saw citizens complaining about long voting lines, glitches with the voting machines, etc.

Here’s a little tip: It’s not supposed to be easy, people. You are supposed to have to make an effort to shape the direction of your country as a whole and your locality in particular.

To me, the recent election was sort of a perfect outcome. Republicans maintained control of the Senate, Democrats retook control of the House and everybody left feeling like they have a stake in the game, that their voices were heard, that they mattered.

That’s all I want. I can live with whatever the outcome is. I just want to know that the outcome was reached by everybody available, not by a select few because of the detached lethargy of too many others.

Frank Hughes is a Los Altos resident and business owner. Email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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