The United States has always demonstrated a marked ability to cultivate enemies, some it might be argued were unavoidable, others due to a sense of entitlement.
With Trump’s inauguration even the relationship with those considered to be allies have become strained and a bill will come due at some point.
The cover of Der Spiegel, a German magazine, speaks to the global revulsion at the election of a man whose talents make him better suited as a carnival barker or street corner shell game huckster than to hold any elected position, much less that of president.
What’s missing in Der Spiegels cover portrayal is Trump’s “advisor” Steve Bannon, the alt right’s poster boy dressed as Rasputin whispering in Trump’s ear.
Patrick Henry’s “give me liberty or give me death” is a well known quote but there are other quotes by Henry that speak to governance and the way it should be conducted that people aren’t as familiar with.
Now you’d think the “patriots” and god fearing conservatives would be and give them equal time, but the reality may be they are inconvenient truths and as such unsettling.
“ The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers are concealed from them”.
“ The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
Such beliefs are apparently untenable to a great many who hold public office, and no doubt the reason why they speak about the Constitution as a living document that requires legislation that circumvents it.
Historically speaking the Constitution never meant a damn thing to the nations, when it came to inclusion we were excluded.
It’s ironic that now a growing number of the very ones it was written for are likewise being excluded, enter fascism.
Do they care, does the exclusion matter to them? Apparently for some it doesn’t, but for those who do they’re taking it to the streets and any other available venue to express their disdain and raise hell about it, that’s not only a good thing but a Constitutional guarantee as well for as long as it lasts.
Here’s one by Reagan who has been elevated to cult status:
“I used to say Politics is the second oldest profession, prostitution being the oldest, but I have come to realize that it bears a gross similarity to the first”.
A red light is a recognized symbol indicating danger, the need to stop, but also has been associated with what are referred to as “red light districts”.
In the context of all three it might be more to the point if the porch lights at the White House were replaced with red ones.
How fitting that Reagan’s own words indict those who sing his praises the loudest.