On the day after “they” celebrated “their” freedom; nothing has changed! We must not lose sight of the fact that black people or women were not included in the Constitution. Every day of our lives the people of America has been bombarded with the phrase “America is the land of the free” or home of the brave and my favorite “we are FREE” when the truth is we are not and most have never been anywhere to compare what is true or real while most are not really that brave.
The so-called founders and signers of the Declaration of Independence were highly imperfect men. Thomas Jefferson and his fellow Southerners were rank hypocrites for declaring that “all men are created equal” while owning men, women, and children as their slaves. John Adams was sour and disputatious, and later as president would sign the Sedition Act cracking down on criticism of the government. John Hancock was accused of amassing his fortune through smuggling. Benjamin Franklin could have been described as kind of a dirty old man.
Yet they laid out a set of principles, later codified in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights amazingly transcended their flaws. At this bizarre moment in history, it is useful to remember that the ideas and institutions of the American experiment are much more powerful and enduring than the idiosyncrasies of our leaders.
I call this moment bizarre for obvious reasons. Thomas Paine wrote in December 1776: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Looking at today, we have a president who neither understands nor respects the basic norms of American democracy. Make no mistake: Donald Trump is a true aberration. There is no figure like him in U.S. history, for which we should be thankful. However, the more disparaging fact is that he is just the latest vision of what these men were like!
I would argue that men like him, for rich – white men, always manipulated the system in America and always under the guise of Christianity for the so-called Christians. Just like his forefathers, 45 only purpose is to rob the people and to benefit a few like him and his children. Frankly, America’s history is dismal filled with the horrors of slavery being the worst. Then Jim Crow, segregation, and the evils of today. Not to mention that there have been many bad presidents – yes – but never have anyone seen one like this! America has fallen and it looks like the end is near! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…