2017 is indeed a year of new beginnings politically, with a new president, several new members of Congress, new governors, mayors, judges and what promises to be a change of direction for our nation.
2016 was a year of dissension and separation, of violence, distrust and bitter disappointment to the ideological among us who see our political path far to the left of where it appears to be going.
I can understand that, as the feelings of the loyal opposition were just as disappointed after the last two elections. Although, it didn't manifest itself with promises of leaving the country or threats of disrupting the inaugural process.
The crux of the matter is that almost everybody agrees that the two sides of the political spectrum need to come together and find some common ground, but the problem is that nobody wants to blink first, or blink at all for that matter.
From my point of view, the side which has been perpetually out of power – and I'm speaking about disenfranchised citizens, not political parties – have been sold out by both parties.
The minorities have been sold out by the Democrats, who have for the last fifty years promised to better their lot and done little to actually make it happen. Others have been sold out by the feckless Republicans who would rather crawl under their desks than stand up to an overbearing president and a biased media, the same bunch who fought so hard against Donald Trump during the primaries and the general elections and almost broke their necks running to catch Trump’s bandwagon before it left them behind.
Actually, Donald Trump is the creation of these same "do nothing, but get re-elected” hacks who have long overstayed their usefulness in government and fear the groundswell that will likely tear down their "old boys" fraternity.
Donald Trump is the creation of a bipartisan failure to do anything about the flood of illegals streaming across our borders. He’s the response to the feeble policies enacted to stem back or actually doing something meaningful about terrorism and the insane and well-hidden act of allowing poorly vetted refugees into America, knowing that the likelihood of terrorist operatives being in the mix is extremely high.
Donald Trump is the creation of the Democrat congressman from Tennessee who sold out his constituency by voting for Obamacare against their wishes and retired seemingly not having the guts to face his actions.
Donald Trump is the creation of the Democratic National Committee which miserably failed to acknowledge the mood of the nation and ran a "same ol’, same ol’” candidate like Hillary Clinton, catering to the whims of Hollywood, the entitlement society and two coasts and totally ignoring flyover country and the rust belt.
Donald Trump is the creation of Americans who question the misleading, “cosmetic” employment statistics, the ones who found that, despite what they had been promised, they couldn't keep their insurance plan or their doctor and discovered that the assurance of cheaper insurance for the masses was just another socialistic power grab.
Donald Trump is the culmination of a substantial portion of the population saying, "enough is enough.” Our places of employment are moving offshore, taking our jobs with them. Our cities are infested with violent street gangs, and our children can't even walk to school without the fear of being shot.
Our jobs have shrunk to part-time; the age-old tenets of our religious faith are being disrespected; our national debt has doubled under Obama; and our president seems to be more worried about transgender bathrooms than he is about ISIS.
Our media cannot be trusted, the Supreme Court is two appointments away from becoming the most powerful branch of government, and what was supposed to be the most transparent administration in history has become the most opaque administration since Nixon.
Enough of the electorate has decided that there needs to be a change, not another smoke and mirrors charade. We need a roll up the sleeves and actually get something done leader, someone who will stand up to the UN and the foreign leaders who openly defy us, someone who is not afraid of a hostile media, and someone who will rebuild our military.
We need a leader willing to destroy ISIS by putting people in charge of the operation who have the guts and the experience to find a way to eradicate them to the last man standing.
We need a leader who will actually rebuild our crumbling infrastructure instead of just talking about it.
We need a leader who will lead from the front, not from the back.
We need someone who loves America for what it is, what it has always been: the land of the free and home of the brave, a place where someone, regardless of color, creed or social status, who has a dream in their heart and a fire in their belly, can make that dream a reality.
Yes, it’s time for a change.
Is Donald Trump the man to bring that change about?
I can only hope and pray that he is.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.
God Bless America
Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.