“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” and “To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
The two statements above came from the same document, the Declaration of Independence. The first statement is the foundation of what our forefathers thought our government, our country, our American behavior should be based upon. In other words, Americas character.
The second statement is below the first and introduces everything that was wrong with the behavior of the King of England and England itself. In other words, England’s royal character.
I put this out because I believe the founders wanted to layout some behavioral norms that they wished America would adopt going forward. Overtime this foundation was tested by acceptance of other norms that came from outside and inside of our country. Somehow, we always came back to the foundation, and then adjusted for the times.
Every time I hear somebody say that when they elected Trump, they knew there was a lot of baggage and bad behavior that came with that. But since he was going to make America great, clean the swamp and ultimately put our country’s economy back in order, they were willing to overlook the bad. One can say, that the Republican Party acquiesced and even went further, so that they could stack the Supreme Court with conservatives and get wealthy and corporation Tax Cut.
What has happened is that Trumps bad, became the norm among his followers and his Party. The behavior of Trump goes against the foundational statement written by the Founders.
In fact, the norm that Trump drives can be taken out of any authoritarian script in history.
It all begins with identifying an immigrant scapegoat (there goes equality), it is then followed by either taking over the media (like Putin) or neutralizing the media(Fake News), so that the ‘truth’ comes from state media (except for some brave anchor men, Fox News). Can we all now say and believe that ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident.”. I do not think so, at least not for the last year and half. The third part of the script usually calls for the taking over of the military. There I am not sure, since like all of you I am not sure what Trump agreed to with Putin, but I am sure it did not undermine Putin’s plans for the Mid Terms.
So, to all of the Republicans that may be reading this, unlike your party and Trump, are you willing to finally say enough. Are you willing to look at what follows the second statement and see the character of the man sitting and tweeting in the White House? Are you willing to test his patriotism and his loyalty to the first statement? Are you ready to end the insanity of; child/mother separation, Charlottesville, private meetings with the man that wants to destroy our Democracy, to stop this reality show on steroids. There is nothing more purifying than going back to basics, and breathing that rarified air of our Democracy.
To all the other readers, take my advice, I have stopped reacting to the Tweets, nor listen the cable palaver around them. I am confident that leaving Trump to his Tweets and video mobs will only accelerate his karma.