We should expect more from our President

Published 7:29 pm Friday, January 12, 2018

Whether you are a Trump supporter or not, surely this latest verbal misstep offended you.

Several news outlets reported on Thursday that President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and several African nations as well as El Salvador as “s**thole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House.

I can only imagine how this must have felt to those living in these countries, and without question, this less than “Christian” language must have incensed a large segment of his base, which includes conservative “Christians.”

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It has to be exasperating for those supporters to find themselves being caught in this catch 22.

On the one hand, here is a man who is making strides towards the political agenda they supported, but yet his personal behavior is one they would rebuke in any other occasion.

However, standing down and doing nothing should not be an option.

Changes need to be made.

I mean, how many of us would just sit on the sidelines if our college student was behaving in a similar fashion?

For example, say your child is managing to make the grades, but her social behaviors are out of control.

Do you do nothing just because she keeps bringing home passing scores and just wait until she does something that could potentially cause her harm?

Or do you take action before the worst happens?

I for one would not be willing to knowingly close my eyes to this situation, no matter what the immediate repercussion may be.

And reflective of this stance, I demand accountability on all levels, from the president of the U.S., which includes the unfiltered crass and inflammatory comments that come out of his mouth and/or the posts on his Twitter account.

And just as I would hope we would do for our college-aged students, I think it is time for an intervention conducted by Trump’s inner circle.

As U.S. citizens, we should expect and also demand our President be a moral leader and role model for those living in this country, as well as other countries.

His or her leadership roles and moral character are vital to our freedom and safety. Any other actions should be unacceptable.

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer for The Vicksburg Post. You may reach her at terri.frazier@vicksburgpost.com.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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