Trump Fumbles Latest Attack On NFL, Reminds America Why Liberals Made America Great
24 hours after starting the Thanksgiving holiday by bluntly stating that racism will “Make America Great Again”, the birther in chief, whose treasonous campaign rode a revolting racist wave in the historic wake of the first black Presidency to a “so-called” victory thanks to a gerrymandered electoral college, threw his anti-minority minority of the electorate base more red meat racism with yet another calculated attack on the primarily black players of the NFL.
But this time Vladimir’s quarterback miscalculated, and threw the ball short on what should have been yet another run of the most common play in his playbook. With a tweet which laments that the “players are the boss”, the one time reality TV host once best known for the catch-phrase “you’re fired” unintentionally reminded the world straight from the bully pulp-twit that what always made America great in the first place, were liberal ideals that gave power to demand justice to the everyday working people, not just the rich elites.
Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss! https://t.co/udXP5MR8BC
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
Ooh! Fumble on the play!
Trump started being wrong on this score when the first colonists stepped foot stepped on Plymouth Rock, as the Pilgrims disembarked from the Mayflower. Among them were many workers, craftsman such as carpenters and blacksmiths. Among those was an ancestor of mine, Stephen Hopkins, a merchant tanner, and the only member of the party of pioneers who had previously been to the New World. And when he wrote to his sponsors in Europe, what did Captain John Smith ask for more of? Craftsmen.
Early labor guilds, primitive labor unions representing rope makers, carpenters, cobblers, masons, and more began springing up around the Atlantic seaboard in the years that followed, and these workers built the colonies. They laid the streets, built the homes, the businesses, the very framework of commerce and community that became colonial America.
And then, on March 22, 1765 Britain’s Parliament passed the Stamp Act, imposing a tax on every piece of printed paper used in the American colonies. The purpose of this tax was to raise funds, not merely to regulate commerce, and the colonists bristled against such a tax being imposed without the approval of the people. “No taxation without representation” became the popular refrain.
Samuel Adams, destined to be a Founding Father of the United States of America (and the brand name of a delicious beer) was among the most vocal opponents of the Stamp Act. Another strident opponent of the Act was James Otis, a rising legal star. Adams and Otis eventually came together, as did their followers, ordinary working men and learned men alike, tradesmen, lawyers, skilled workers, printers, unskilled laborers, doctors, etc. all put aside their differences, and came together as the Sons of Liberty – who today would be put on the Department of Homeland Security watch list.
In the ensuing 8 years, Britain passed act after act which further angered the colonists, until on May 10th, 1773, Parliament passed the Tea Act, giving the East India Tea Company a monopoly on tea in the American Colonies. It was the final straw.
And so, by darkness of night on December 16th, 1773, disguised to protect their identities to reduce the risk of reprisals by the authoritarian regime occupying their homeland, the Sons of Liberty undertook the Boston Tea Party. The host group of that action were members of the Carpenter’s guild. They dumped 92,000 pounds of tea into the Boston Harbor from three cargo ships, striking directly at the company that crossed the line from capitalism, to fascism. Today, Donald Trump might hold a press conference calling them “some pretty bad dudes”. Instead, thankfully, we know them as the revolutionaries from whose ranks come the Founding Fathers of our great nation.
Three years later, in 1776, the Declaration of Independence would be signed by a meeting of the Constitutional Congress, who were granted the use of Carpenter’s Hall for their convention. Built as a meeting center a year earlier by and for the Carpenters’ Company, Philadephia’s oldest surviving craftsman’s guild, the historic hall is still owned by the same union, today. And the independence of America from the British was not the only independence declared in that hallowed hall that historic day, for in that declaration were these words:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Got that, Trump voters? What made America great in the first place was the recognition that all of mankind is created equal, and endowed by God with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That the purpose of government is to protect those rights, and that if the government threatens the “Safety and Happiness” of the people, the people have the right to push for change.
Now, I ask you, conservatives, would you take a knee for that? Would you take a knee for the Declaration of Independence? Would you take a knee for the notion that God gave everyone the right to live free and try to be happy, and the right to demand change if the government takes their lives, their liberty, and their happiness away? If the government took the life of your loved one just for being the type of person he or she was, would that not also take away your liberty, as the same type of person? Would that not also take your happiness away? Would you not take a knee, or even a stand, if that happened to you? And even if it were not your relative, but just someone of your ethnic race, religion, profession, etc., would you not do the same?
And yet Donald Trump, as President of the United States, attacked workers, the workers of the NFL, the people who put their bodies through hell to do the hard work upon which all the glory is built. Who not coincidentally are predominantly black. And he lamented that they aren’t stopped by their owners, the owners of the teams who form the league, from standing up for their life, their liberty, and their happiness. And he’s done it after declaring on his favorite forum that his “MAGA” doctrine truly is about racism, on a holiday. And not just any holiday, but the Thanksgiving holiday, the holiday historically grounded in the pilgrimage for freedom, in which we give thanks for it, secured for us by working people, declared in the hall they built, and which saw most of America at leisure because of the continuing struggle of workers since then, until now.
And in so doing he’s proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he has no idea at all about what ever made America great in the first place. That he cannot comprehend why the courageous acts of those he’s assaulting are in this country’s greatest tradition: taking a stand, or a knee, for liberty. That he is oblivious to the fact that in disrespecting whole segments of The People of this nation, it is he and those who follow him, who are disrespecting our country, our flag, and our anthem.
The Declaration of Independence recognizes that God gave the people the right to “alter or abolish” such a government. Another way to put that is to take a knee, or take a stand. So far the people are taking a knee, seeking to alter our government, not to abolish it. Keep pushing, and they may be forced to take a stand. But either way, it will ultimately be a return to the values of the Declaration of Independence, signed in a hall of workers, declaring all men equal – in other words, a rejection of the Trump doctrine – which will ultimately make America great again.
God Bless America!
And never forget…
Featured Image source unknown, Fair Use, statue of the Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, And Benjamin Franklin kneeling in prayer over the Declaration of Independence,
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