All-Inclusive or All About Trump?

 

The “jury” still seems to be out re Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” speech, delivered at the Lincoln Memorial on July 4, 2019. The contentious issues:

[1] Did Trump’s politics trump patriotism?
[2] Was Trump’s speaking event all inclusive?
[3] Was Trump’s appearance all about Trump?

Trump’s problem actually transcends his speech’s content. The far bigger issue, here, is his image. While he’d blame the “fake news” for painting an unflattering portrait of him, to properly point his finger at who’s been harming him most, he need not go any farther than the nearest mirror. Now, that wouldn’t be asking too much from a shameless narcissist, right?

Let’s talk specifics… Trump owes his very rise to power to his becoming the embodiment of political extremism. He’s an unrepentant, beyond redemption, rabid, radical, right wing ideologue. As such, no amount of spin… be it backdated to July 4th… or dated today… or postdated throughout the rest of his tomorrows… can ever freshen up the stench wafting off his politics.

Beyond that… Donny simply does not understand the true meaning of patriotism. He actually believes that nobody can love America unless they love him unconditionally… unless they pledge undying, unquestioning loyalty to him. That’s a hell of a lot for a fallible mortal to ask of anyone!

Has public servant Trump ever read / fully understood the true intent of the 1st Amendment? That’s the 45 word count, Constitutional passage, which actually serves as the backbone to genuine patriotism. It’s stipulations clearly explain how, within a democracy, people must be able to freely (without fear of retribution) criticize public servants via the spoken / written word. And should such an approach ever prove insufficient, then it becomes…

“…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
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Attribution: America’s Founding Fathers

Additionally… Trump’s own words and deeds (prior to and since the 4th) are what have caused him to lose his own case in the court of public opinion. In other words, he’s further proven himself the savagely political, party animal by actually selling tickets to his own speaking event. All that his deeply pocketed, elitist campaign contributors had to do was pony up hefty chunks of loot and then… come July 4th… they’d be promptly seated within an illegally cordoned off, VIP area at the LIncoln Memorial. That also meant that average Jane and Joe Americans were no longer welcome in this NORMALLY WIDE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FORUM. Freedom to assemble? NOT! All-inclusive? Only if you’re one of Trump’s paying “customers”.

Final point… in the weeks to come, who doesn’t expect the fake prez to further politicize and exploit… to the max… his Salute to Himself speech. Donny’s TV crew will wind up splicing that raw, freebie footage (from this non-event) into soon to be unleashed, slick, alternate facts loaded, whitewashing campaign ads. All for the express purpose of morphing unpresidential, Brand-X Donny into a new and improved(?), more delectable(?), more electable(?) product!

Yecch! Yecch! Yecch! Yecch! Yecch!

Sooooo… on July 4, 2019…

[1] Did Trump’s politics trump patriotism? YES!
[2] Was Trump’s speaking event all inclusive? NO!
[3] Was Trump’s appearance all about Trump? YES!

 

 

 

Do U-2 Have a Sunday Story 2 Share? (Sunday Song Series)

Week #28 of our Sunday Song Series features U-2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday… the reality based, gory story a.k.a. “The Troubles” (Irish: Na Trioblóidí). As for all that went down on that ill-fated day, you can opt to read the in-depth backstory and/or settle for my following (overly simplistic) synopsis…

The Protestant government, known for discriminating against Catholics, oft deployed British troops and paramilitary forces whenever their inter-communal rancor spilled over into the streets. Yet, in spite of the demonstrations having been non-violent on that particular Sunday, the bristling with adrenaline / testosterone soldiers NEEDLESSLY opened fire to slaughter UNARMED civil rights activists, bystanders and even children.

Such bloodshed is eerily similar to 1970’s May 4th National Guard killing and maiming of Kent State University students protesting the Vietnam War and its Commander-In-Chief… one Richard (Tricky Dicky) Nixon… the prez who had been every bit the crook he said he wasn’t… and more. I remember this carnage so vividly because [1] the victims / fatalities had been cut down at such a young age (barely two years older than I had been) and [2] this was the very event which I credit with permanently politicizing me leftward.

It’s safe to say that you, my readers, wherever you hail from within our vast, violence prone world, have your own similar stories to tell and if you’d like to share your own insights, there’s plenty of room for you to express yourselves within the comment section below.

For me, it was… still is… difficult to accept how Kent State could’ve ever, possibly, gone down in my homeland when we SUPPOSEDLY had… still have… [1] the U.S. Constitution’s 1st Amendment and [2] The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 to protect us from such military perpetrated massacres… be they on Sunday or any other day. To e.g. their detailed terms… respectively…

“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

And…

The use of the U.S. Army to aid civil officials in enforcing the law or suppressing civil disorder is prohibited unless expressly ordered to do so by the president.

Of course, that presidential wiggle room is the real kick in the ass. Voluntary compliance with such laws presumes a mentally sound, unbeholden, genuinely patriotic American president is parking his butt behind the Oval Office desk.

And such a characterization (most assuredly) had neither been applicable to Tricky Dicky (then) nor to the fake prez (now).

The stark reality, here, is that back in 2016, my own homeland’s foolish voters elected [1] a vacuous, vane, vile, vulgar, volatile and violence fomenting, vengeance seeking autocrat who sucks up to Vladimir Putin and [2] regards ALL liberal activism to be a personal affront worthy of his meted out punishment.

To punish people who peaceably assemble to petition the Government for a redress of grievances, would he ever bark out his shoot to kill marching orders to the troops he commands?

Well now… seeing how he already has troops stationed along the American / Mexican border… at the very least… he’s half way there. Furthermore, with the vast majority of that man-child’s actual adult advisors (who once-upon-a-time had kept him in check) now having been flung from his admin’s constantly revolving door, what he’ll do next will depend solely upon whether or not his narcissism will continue to distract him.

We can only hope that U-2 or some other song composer(s) will never need to pen new, Americanized verses for Sunday Bloody Sunday.

Let’s all meet up back here for our next Sunday Song… hopefully a selection that’ll prove a bit more pleasant… seven days from now!