We the People Can Survive

We the People Can Survive

Trump’s agenda by far is right-winged.  Trump was born with a silver spoon, has worked the system since he was old enough to do business and for all of his “only I can fix it” theology one might have to consider exactly what he means.  He cooked the books in Midtown Manhattan in the late 1970s with his Grand Hyatt hotel.  When it came time to pay up, Trump made sure that his financials reflected no profit with which to do so.  Not surprisingly, an audit was done and two sets of books were discovered.  One, reflecting profits well sufficient enough that he could have paid the city it’s due, considering the unprecedented deal he had received from the beginning.  Trump, well, being Trump I suppose, decided to “trump” that deal with a second set of books.  This of course is out there, look it up and read how ethical our president has been in the past.  That alone should shine a bit of light on how he might seek to run the country.  Trump gains, others lose, because apparently Trump doesn’t believe in sharing the wealth even when it’s due or in legitimatizing himself or his businesses.

How does that relate you ask?  It relates because he was given an unprecedented tax break for this agreement.  The payments due the city, based on profits could have paid for additional public services, like libraries, repaired roads and bridges, upkeep of the rail system, traffic lights, pot holes and all the sundry things every city needs to thrive and protect its citizens.  Cooking the books solved that issue until he was caught, of course,  and it hurt the city, cost it much in legal fees and investigative fees, cost the citizens of the city much in most likely needed repairs and other sundry things that all city governments are responsible to maintain.

Now Trump touts smaller government.  What exactly does Trump and the right-wing mean by smaller government.  Does he mean just smaller sized, less payroll, which would certainly leave more funds for other necessary things if that were the deal.  Most likely though, given Trump’s record, what smaller government means is the rich grow richer.  Case in point, the repeal and replacement of the ACA was to grant large tax breaks to the richest of the citizens of this country.  Is that a bad thing?  Depends!  Who exactly will make up the deficit?  Who will repair the roads, who will pay the police, the firemen, or other emergency services provided by governments?  Who will help to support public education and ensure that our children are given equal opportunity to excellent education, which in turn will provide opportunity and freedom?  Who will ensure the children eat?  I’ll tell you who will, the workers, until they drain every last drop from you and place their foot on your neck shoving you down to the lower class.

Funding of public education appears to also be a Trump attacked Public service, one necessary to the growth of our country.  The voucher system is being touted now.  Give them vouchers and let them choose public education or religious education, charter schools, et al.  Is this a bad thing?  Again, depends on what your basic American morals are.  Do you believe in freedom for all, opportunity for all?  The voucher system might give government benefits to everyone, including those that absolutely do not need it.  With the vouchers they can choose the top private schools, top charter schools and pay the extra, no problem.  What is then left for those without the ability to pay, as the difference will be largely unequal.  Schools without the backing of the larger income sector will of course be lacking.  That’s opportunity for you, right?  It’s not important to educate our people now is it?  The right wing perhaps thinks that.  Education perhaps belongs to the rich and the powerful.  The richer they get, the more they need a lower class to serve them.  What better way to produce that lower class then to deny them the opportunities that education provides?  There really isn’t a better way.  Lack of education produces lack of opportunity, therefore lack of choice and all of that equals lack of freedom, lack of liberty.  Is that what American was founded on?

Is that what we want for our nation?  Is that what “you” want for our nation?  How you vote, whether or not you stand up to government, whether or not you pay attention, use your vote and use your voice, matters.  If your complacent, stuck in your own little world of either trying to get rich or making ends meet, your lack of concern, you lack of research and really listening to what they are saying, reading between the lines, watching, is part of the issue.  The good Lord gave you a brain for a reason – USE IT.  As Benjamin Franklin once said, “As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.”

We the People

Have a responsibility to ourselves, our children, and our country to hold our government accountable.  We have a responsibility to pay attention, to think for ourselves and not just listen to the propaganda tossed our way.  We have a responsibility to decipher words and actions and to find the heart of the pending matters.  Our founding fathers understood that governments needed to be checked by the people.  When we do not pay attention, real attention, when we do not do our own research, and use the minds we were blessed with to decipher words and actions and final results then we give the government license to strip us of our freedoms.  As George Washington once said “However (political parties) may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”  If George Washington understood that unprincipled men might seek to destroy our democracy, how then can “We the People”, be so blinded by what is going on today?  Have we truly lost sight of what this great nation stands for?  Have we truly forgotten our own history?  America is America today because we refused to be held down and enslaved by forces that sought to strip us of opportunity and liberty.

Benjamin Franklin once said “Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.”  Have we as Americans stuck our heads in the sand, handed over our rights to choose and manage our own government to the point that the average person is so pressed for time and money that they cannot or will not be active in the running of our country.  Have we been so down trodden that we have been made blind by unprincipled men like Trump that shout “Only I can fix it”.  Have we ever known any one person to be able to fix the woes of a nation?  Of course not.  A democracy and a free people require the people to act.  To stand up against oppression, against the stealing of our birth rights, the stealing of opportunity and thereby the stealing of liberty.  Believe me folks, Trump cannot fix it as he claimed.   What Trump can do is cook the books and amass money on the backs of others.

Principles or lack of Principles – What do we stand for?

Donald Trump stood on national television often enough patting himself on the back for the money he has amassed in his time.  For the businesses he has grown, for how he has so much knowledge that “Only I can fix it” actually fell from his mouth.  Let us see exactly what he has fixed that served a purpose other than self-gain for Trump.

What about the Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational?  This was supposedly for a good cause and is an event that has gone on for about ten years now.  The event is hosted on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.  It’s reported that Eric Trump boasted that because he could get his father’s golf course for free and most of the costs were donated that the money contributed goes towards helping children with cancer.  Now, this is in fact a great thing.  A great public service and a necessary one if we are to fight cancer in children where treatment is necessary to life and research is paramount to victory.  One would think that the great Trump would have loved to host such an event on his golf course and to have had his name associated with such a grand deed.  Ethically speaking if this were the case and Donald Trump had actually freely donated his golf course for such a charitable event one would have to give the man some good brownie points, several of them in fact.  Of course, Trump must believe that charity has no place in profit when it comes to his personal money because as it turned out in reviewed filings from the Eric Trump Foundation and other charities, the Trump Organization received payments for the use of its golf course to the tune of about $1.2 million bucks.  It’s been said that the listed expenses defy any cost justification.

Will a man like that care about our nation’s children?  Will he care if they starve, if medical research has the funds to find cures, if two year olds are dying of disease?  Will he care if you are dying of disease?  Probably not, at least not if it affects his own personal finances.

Do you think Trump has never used the Public?  Of course he has.  He drives on our roads, takes advantage of the internet, we certainly know this by his seeking to run the White House via twitter.  He breaths the clean air, drinks the clean water but does he appreciate it?  Perhaps, perhaps not.  Perhaps he has enough money now off the backs of others that he no longer needs the Public and could care less if you have it because that would cost him tax dollars.  He has no issue at all though squandering your tax dollars.  Do a bit of research on what he has spent since he has been in the White House.  Do a bit of research on what all his trips to Mar a Lago has cost the citizens and the small business in that area since he’s been in the White House.  That’s the People’s money.  Your tax dollars at work.  Are you proud?

Taxes are not bad.  What’s bad is how the government spends them.  There is nothing wrong with Public Services.  The Private depends on the Public, if you don’t’ believe that, get cancer and have a doctor tell you sorry, we’ve had no money to do research thusly we have no cure for you.  Have a good life, what’s left of it.  Depressing isn’t it?  It’s where we’re headed if we don’t’ get our heads out of the sand and hold them accountable.  It’s where we’re headed if we don’t stop granting them permission by our omission.

Like in every society, in every place, if you turn a blind eye, someone, somewhere will take advantage.  Don’t let them.  Be vigilant.  Hold them accountable.  Vote with knowledge.  Do your own research.  Think about the values this country was built on.  Hold the line.  Force government to hold the line.  Never forget, they work for US.

George Washington once said “A primary objective should be the education of our youth in the science of government.  In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important?  And what duty more pressing than the communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” 

Education is the key.  Like any door, education opens the way for opportunity and opportunity opens the way for freedom and liberty.  Without education freedom is lost.  Without education, opportunity is lost and the minds of the people unfed, unnourished are all too easily taken advantage of by unprincipled men that seek self-gain, self-fulfillment.

Trump cannot “make America great again” as he claims.  America was not built by one man, it has not been maintained by one man and one man will never, ever be equal to the task of ensuring the liberty of this great nation survives.  Do then as George Washington said “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”  Study the things you do not know.  Teach yourself so you are not easily led astray.  Learn to read between the lines.

George Washington said “The turning points of lives are not the great moments.  The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.” 

Do not hand off your power and never ever let them make you believe you have no power, you do.  Defend our Constitution.  Defend your freedom, your opportunity.  Do not go blindly or willingly into fallen status

—-T.L.