I, America, take you, Donald Trump, to be my lawfully wedded president, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until ...
Depending on your political views, will a Trump administration be for better or for worse? With 324 million U.S. residents and counting, there's no shortage of viewpoints about President Trump. Yet one thing is clear: The presidential inauguration of New York Republican Donald Trump at noon Friday will change the world.
Whenever a president is sworn into office, there are Americans who are hopeful and there are Americans who are scared. This year, with the 45th president and the 58th inauguration, feels different. There's a lot more tension in the air. Emotions are running high, and it seems as though the water in the pot is starting to boil over.
One flashpoint is over the U.S. Constitution, particularly the First Amendment, which is under attack due to President Trump's incessant attacks on the media, his vow to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants into the U.S. and his expressed openness to a registry of Muslims in this country.
Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Speech and the Press - reads as follows:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
No matter which side of the political fence you call home, President Trump's attacks on our First Amendment, with regard to religious and media freedom, affect every American citizen, and it's up to all of us to protect it. That's our vow. We will fight to protect these freedoms: of the press, of religion, of speech, of assembly and of petition.
As for Mr. Trump's wedding vow, his official oath of office is 35 words:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Whatever the president has done in the past - in business, on television or on the campaign trail - his legacy, as far as the commander in chief, begins at noon Friday. Let's give him a chance to keep America great and hopefully to make it better.
If, at the end of four years, you're not satisfied with President Trump, divorce him. If you are satisfied, renew your vows for four more years. Either way, like all married couples, we need to keep him accountable on a daily basis, and we can only do that with free speech.