And it is worth exactly that – two cents. But it’s a great deal at the extremely low price of free.
Many presidents have faced an event that changed their direction, their focus and purpose away from all of the lofty goals and intentions that they began their administrations with. George w. Bush for example began his presidency with a specific economic agenda, but very early on was faced with the most horrific terrorist attack ever orchestrated against the Western world, and everything changed.
My opinion of the GW Bush administration is not particularly high regarding overall results. But one of its redeeming qualities was its ability to play the hand dealt by destiny rather than the hand the President wanted. In that regard, GWB may not have been the president we really wanted, I voted for McCain in the primary, but he was the president we needed in terms of leadership and responsiveness to dire national security problems.
I believe that the events in Charlottesville, while not along the same magnitude of horrific as 9/11, is one such event that should have a catalyst effect on the Trump Administration, because it highlights a serious problem in regard to political cohesion, and without that we are nowhere and the agenda will get nowhere. Destiny has handed the Trump Administration a new purpose of make or break that requires a change toward being a helpful, positively motivating and uniting force in healing division and returning the nation to a semblance of political tranquility not seen in at least a decade.
It’s true that GWB had lots of political problems over the life of his administration as his approval ratings went up and down faster than an elevator at Trump Tower. One of the things that I noticed, however, was when things started looking very bad for him and agenda items started to languish, he would give a speech to address the specifics of the attacks against him and explain to people what he was doing and why. It helped him tremendously over the short term until he had to do it again.
In regard to the specific issue of the events in Charlottesville, Trump should deliver a public address about basic civil rights and the freedom to govern our own hearts that were intended to be secured by our Constitution, and president’s responsibilities regarding these. It should be one that addresses personal security concerns of political and racial minorities that commits to impartial use of law and order.
While it is unlikely that many of the attitudes of the fringe extreme right would ever again materialize as mainstream due to the democratic nature of our republic and the benevolence of its people, from which the power of government is derived, this in itself is not an implication that we should abandon the basic tenants of our Revolution and our Constitution in order to justify a hot war on ideas deemed vehemently disagreeable.
We cannot lead on the global stage, insisting on respect for basic human rights such as the need for tolerance for differing cultures and views, inclusiveness, and respect for freedom of speech, expression and association if we cannot first practice these ourselves. While passionate opposition to the ideas that have recently reemerged in national awareness, ideas once thought to be rightfully buried long ago in the grave of history’s lies, and the need to unite with a single voice against evil is deeply understandable, the president is sworn by oath to protect and enforce the Constitution of the United States and is duty bound to ensure the security and endurance of the blessings of freedom that were purchased by the blood and ultimate sacrifice of our forefathers for everyone now living, regardless of color or creed, and for posterity. To neglect this duty would put an end to political freedom as we know it as we arrogantly undertake to answer the question from the enlightenment, can man govern himself, with a hearty NO and endeavor to become like every imposing tyrant that we have stood against throughout modern history. Because if this is indeed true, and the answer to that question is no, who among us then is angel-like and without stain, worthy of dictating the contents of our hearts? Surely not any mere human being in government today.
Instead, the best remedy for fringe ideas the we, by our very nature, deem appalling is to decline to grant them the dignity of a response. They are not worthy of our time and attention as we turn our focus toward bringing perpetrators of racial and political violence committed anywhere, for any reason, to justice with the full force of the law with every power and resource the president has available under the Constitution.
A speech such as this would side step the moral equivalency issue while avoiding becoming embroiled in arguments about the statues, turning it into one of responsibility to law and order while promising to protect racial and political minorities from violence as a priority.
A fix is badly needed, and something like this is the only hope of doing it.