Nine months is long enough for a fetus to develop in preparation for birth. So science, experience and a mother's attitude will tell you. College students figure it's about 20-30 minutes that they should wait for an absent professor. More than an hour for a traditional Christian Sunday morning worship service is pushing the edge of being too long. One hundred to a hundred and twenty minutes is just about right for the length of a movie.
But how long is long enough to allow a new presidential administration to establish itself before evaluating its performance. If the actions in the first several days make everyone happy maybe that's enough. If the actions in the first weeks seem to consistently disturb a large number of people, maybe that enough. If there are highs and lows, if people have varied opinions, maybe one needs to wait a bit longer, weeks, months, a year?
Today it's been four weeks since inaugural day and the country is gravely divided on the evaluation of these first four weeks and the effectiveness of the government during this time. Eight years ago an African American nominated and supported by the Democratic Party was elected. Those who didn't vote for him vowed to disrupt any efforts by him to do anything. Now the shoe is on the other foot, but again those who didn't vote for the current president have rather consistently blocked most efforts by the present president to govern the country. Some would even say that he is not governing the country but padding his resumé, bankroll and ego.
While I may be among those who see his efforts as counter to traditional and progressive ideals, I more strongly believe that we must find common ground and work together to advance conditions to help all persons. Perhaps my frustration comes when I don't see current policies and governance improving the lives of all persons but only some persons. My frustration is also that that then finding a common goal for the betterment of all persons, we argue about what others are doing wrong and trying to obstruct their efforts.
I have no solution to our dilemma or even a clear understanding of our dilemma just as million of much smarter persons don't have an answer, but I would suggest one place to start. Work with each to improve life on planet earth by finding a simple common goal and working toward that goal without labels and titles for our philosophies. I believe that if leaders of traditionally opposed parties would clear define goals to improve life and honestly and intelligently debate the path to those goals we would improve our lives. We can balance poverty and wealth without taking anything from anyone. We can accommodate residents, natives and guests around the same table. We can believe our faith while recognizing those who believe in another faith.
We can continue to maintain a great society.