The Price of Trump's Presidency
A sign with the words “Every time history repeats itself the price goes up” was displayed on a marquee in front of a church just outside the city limits of Detroit. History is once again repeating itself in America, and this historical repetition is reigniting a flurry of racism, unbridled nationalism, and extreme hatred. The price of Trump’s presence in the White House is costing the country a great moral debt, and branding America with a seal of international shame.
Principles of Religious and Political Freedom for Some
The United States was founded on the principles of religious and political freedom. The English Settlers fought England for these specific liberties while at the same time destroying the culture of the first known inhabitants of America. However, this dual agenda finally paved the way for the United States of America. Slavery was a very wide-held practice in the states during this time and America flourished on the backs of slave labor.
With the passage of time, slavery became more and more unpopular in the new nation and America found itself in the grips of a Civil War. The Confederate States of America commonly known as the Confederacy, proclaimed a separate nation of 11 secessionist slave-holding states of the United States. The lower southern region of the United States was mostly dependent on the cotton industry and a plantation system (Arrington).
The confederate states declared their secession from the United States following the November 1860 election of Republican Abraham Lincoln to the U.S. presidency. Lincoln’s platform opposed the expansion of slavery. Before Lincoln took office in March, a new Confederate government was established in February 1861, which was considered illegal by the government of the United States. Many southern whites had considered themselves more Southern than American and were prepared to fight for their state and their region to be independent of the larger nation (Thomas, 2011).
Monuments of Slavery, Lynchings, Intimidation, and Racial Segregation
The statues and emblems that are now being debated are remnants of a by-gone era in the U.S., which once symbolized the tenets of the confederacy: slavery, lynchings, intimidation, and racial segregation. The statues themselves are stone carvings and nothing more. Yet, the debacle and persistent support from Donald Trump in attaching human aspirations and martyrdom to these artifacts has reopened a wound in America that is at the center of this nation’s current unraveling. The fight in the streets of America over the statues has prompted President Trump to take the side which supports white nationalism, anti-Semitic rhetoric, and racial inequity. To this end, President Trump gives a voice and impetus for white nationalists to breathe life back into the confederacy, which has a mission of complete separatism and the eradication of all persons of color from America.
One Thursday, Trump tweeted, “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can't change history, but you can learn from it." Yes, President Trump, we should learn from history, but the question seems to be, “What have you learned from history?” Hate groups have no place in a productive society. Having a president in the White House who comes across as a Nazi sympathizer reminds this writer of what Martin Luther King Jr. lamented: “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal”.
A Presidency With No Honor
Trump's presidency represents a nation divided. Donald Trump has not demonstrated his ability to separate his personal hatred and subjectivity from the greater good that should drive a nation. Those of us who did not put him in the White House understood early on that his lack of character, moral code, and discipline would tarnish our nation. Those who did put him in the White House and continue to support his propaganda remain suspect in terms of their own character and moral code. (CNN) Sen. Bob Corker slammed President Donald Trump's handling of the racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, charging that the President "has not demonstrated he understands the character of this nation."
Donald Trump has not delivered on his key campaign promises as Candidate Trump. The wall separating Mexico from America has not been built and the Affordable Care Act is still an unresolved issue. The CEO business forum Trump so publicly crafted during the beginning of his presidency is now defunct as the members started to resign en masse after Trump’s comments regarding Charlottesville. "The President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to be successful," Senator Corker said, according to a video posted by local news website Nooga.com.
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A Tennessee Republican told reporters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday that he thinks there must be "radical changes" within the White House. While Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina said Trump's "moral authority is compromised" and the mother of Charlottesville’s victim, Heather Heyer, says she won't talk to Trump after Trump said that there were bad folks on both sides of the Charlottesville protests.
In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May offered her insights into Trump’s comments on the protest. "I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them and I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them," May told reporters.
President Trump did, however, earn thumbs up from David Duke, the former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Duke praised Trump for calling out the other bad guys who attended the protest in Charlottesville—the other bad guys were the ones who were protesting the white Nazi flag bearers, according to Trump. At the same time, Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor on Friday urged President Trump to take "remedial action in the extreme"….Regardless of whether he intended it, Trump's words "caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn" . And through the lenses of this writer, an African American, seeing the endless tiki torches of white separatists in Virginia, the confederate flags being held high above the crowds, and the Nazi memorabilia is horrifying, intimidating, and too familiar.
One may not know with complete certainty who put Trump in the White House, but there are many of his critics who now want him out.
Arrington, Benjamin P. "Industry and Economy during the Civil War". National Park Service. Retrieved 27 April 2017
Thomas, Emory. (2011). The Confederate Nation: 1861 to 1865: New American nation series. Harper Collins.
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