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On January 20th the current president-elect Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. It seems that some politicians will be boycotting the inauguration while some people are planning protest rallies in some cities, including Washington DC. I’m not exactly sure if such protests are effective in influencing Trump’s conducts in any better way though I can’t help but think that Trump should heed these manifestations as occasions for him to grow into a person more suitable (for example, more thoughtful and responsible) to take such an important task as the president of the United States, currently the most powerful and influential country in the world. However, I don’t think such a transformation will occur any time soon. Even without Meryl Streep’s scolding of one of Trump’s highly problematical behaviors during the 2016 campaign during this year’s Golden Globe Award show (thank you, Ms. Streep!) most of us knew Trump’s behaviors were far below the standard of respectable conducts – only most of us could not imagine that such a dishonorable person would be elected as a president. Now I am wondering if the US will become a land of indecent, disrespectful, and deceitful people. Today, for instance, I heard somebody say that Trump appointee Crowley did not have to resign from her position as a senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council for “plagiarizing passages in her PhD dissertation” and a book. I was shocked to hear this and asked if he was joking. No, he wasn’t. According to him, now that Trump is the president the standard of behaviors has changed. What in the past was unacceptable is now acceptable, beginning with the president’s conducts. Lying is permitted; tricking people/system for personal material gain is understandable; bullying is funny, etc., etc… I guess it is called “trickle-down immorality.” What a disturbing thought!

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