This is the third part of my missive that I started a few days ago. There will be one more part to post tomorrow.
4) To Establish and Maintain Equality:
According to our Constitution, people in our country, whether black or white, young or old, male or female, are guaranteed the right to be treated equally and fairly when it comes to politics, the law, economic issues or life in general.
Much of what I wrote yesterday in (3) applies also to how Trump has violated this core value. Trump has repeated demonstrated that he is a misogynist, a racist and a bigot. As an additional demonstration of that rather remarkably sad statement, I offer the following to make this point.
To demonstrate Trump's long history of making racists statement one can go and watch a 1993 video of his testimony in front of the 1993 Congressional committee which held hearings on casinos operated and owned by Native American tribes . Trump stated: "They don't look like Indians to me and they don't look like Indians to Indians." Watch the video linked here to be amazed at his statements in front of this Congressional committee ( Click here to watch the video
Another example of his racism was his "birther" activity. He stated: "He (Obama) doesn't have a birth certificate, or if he does, there's something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now, somebody told me -- and I have no idea if this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be -- that where it says 'religion,' it might have 'Muslim.' And if you're a Muslim, you don't change your religion, by the way," Trump said of Obama during a March 2011 appearance on The Laura Ingram show ( Click here to watch the video
Fortune Magazine, in a June 2016 article, documented a long history of Trumps racist statements and actions ( Click here to read the article
5) To Embrace Diversity:
Someone once told me America is a mixture of different cultures blended together with equal liberties under the law. While the reality is that there are equal liberties under the law, the law, many times, is not equally enforced. It is something that we need to work much better to achieve. Instead of doing so, I am very concerned that we have taken huge steps backwards by electing Trump as President. Cultivating and promoting diversity is not what Trump is doing.
To make this point, I once again reference the various statements I have written above in numbers 2, 3 and 4. Furthermore, while I do not believe that Trump is a White Supremacist, I am very disappointed in that he has appointed Steve Bannon has his Chief Counselor in the White House. Bannon is a well know bigot (Click here to read the article
and Click here to watch the video
). I suggest that you read the Forbes Magazine article referenced below and research for yourself the many articles that its cites Bannon wrote. The Forbes article and the reading of Bannon's articles demonstrates the point that Glenn Beck makes in the video cited above. I have read some of Bannon's articles but they are too numerous to cite here. They are so repugnant to me (Click here to read the article
). I am shocked and dismayed that we, the American people, elected a man as President who has relied on and will continue to rely on as an esteemed adviser who is a white supremacist and who will have an office in the west wing of the White House.
6) To Be Truthful:
I believe that the concept of Truth is the one of the most important core democratic values. American democracy depends on our government and its citizens telling the truth. Our nation works best when the bond between its citizens and its leaders is strong. Truth is the glue of that bond. Truth requires trust, and without trust, we have nothing. We expect our government and its leaders to be truthful to us and in return they can expect our trust. Unfortunately, throughout the history of America, this core value is the one that gets abused the most. The lies that our politicians have told seem to me to have been increasing over the last 25 or so years and most people believe that this needs to be corrected as we move forward. The trust that the American people have in its government is the lowest that I can remember in my 66 years.
Trump has demonstrated that he lives in a culture of lies to justify an end to the means. Throughout his campaign, Trump lied to the US public more than any other candidate that I am aware of. Now do not get me wrong, Hillary Clinton told a number of lies during her campaign also. But fact checking her statements versus Trumps statement demonstrated that Trump by far lied the most and his lies were the more outrageous (see: Click here to read the article
). There are many examples that I could cite but I will use just a few to make my point. I have provided links that allow you to make you own assessment who lied the most during the three presidential debates:
• Click here for the first example
• Click here for the second example
• Click here for the third example
7) Popular Sovereignty:
This is the idea of majority rules. While under the US Constitution and the 12th Amendment, as it turns out, it is not the majority of the people that rules but, instead, the majority of Electoral College voters from each state who actual determines each President. The Electoral College was created as a compromise between having the Congress vote on the Presidency versus those "qualified voters" (who at the time were white property owners). However, most people now agree that the use of the Electoral College is now outdated and it should be the popular vote that determines who our President should be ( Click here to read the article
). To learn more about the Electoral College look at: Click here to read the article
While I have longed believed that the Electoral College has outlived its usefulness and the Presidential election should be placed in the hands of the voting public, Popular Sovereignty is more than that. It's the idea that the power of this government comes from "We the People", that the American government, our government, is ruled by its people through their votes.
While I do not diminish the legitimacy of Trump being elected President, I do resent that he lost the general vote by more than 2.8 million votes and, as a result, we will be governed by a person backed by a significant minority of the voters. I felt the same way when G. W. Bush won in 2000 when a majority of Americans voting against him.
I have to laugh at Trump claiming that he has a mandate through this election. There is no mandate because the majority of Americans voted against him. He only received 46% of the popular vote (Click here to read the article
). This means that 54% of Americans voted against him. This is not a mandate and Popular Sovereignty was not achieved.