So, after the cowardly bombing in Manchester killed many and wounded, even more, the stories of heroes begin to emerge. Emergency services of all sorts were brave no doubt as they always are. The other day in Manchester two homeless men heard the blast as they were sleeping on the cement near the bomb site. Stephen Jones and his fellow homeless friend ran toward the bomb site and began to help all of the people that they could. They pulled nails out of the skin of child victims and help clean off the blood that had gotten on so many people. A good Samaritan returned the bravery by renting an apartment for six months for the homeless heroes. Remember the next time you see a street person that they are people just like us who have the capacity to be passionate, brave and giving. Sometimes, we just need a reminder that the poor are part of our communities and regardless of why they are homeless and poor they deserve our friendship, mercy, compassion and help if we have anything to give. Mercy always trumps judgment.
The day after and a few thoughts about the election of Donald J Trump. So, no doubt Mr. trump won the White House hands down. No hanging chads, no recounts, and no court involvement. No, this election was settled on election night by the people. Trump may still win at least another state and add to his more than sufficient electoral total. Full disclosure: I didn’t vote for Trump or Clinton. I cast my vote for Johnson. I am motivated by freedom and a smaller Federal government.
I should say also that all candidates campaign in poetry and rule in prose. All presidential candidates campaign on promises that in our system of government are impossible for a President to enact without congress. Uninformed members of all parties fall for this trick every election. I’ll give you an example. I am pro-life. I believe people should be able to do whatever they want to do to their own body. That is called personal freedom. It is their body and they have a God given right to do what they want to do with it as long as what they want to do doesn’t infringe upon the rights of others. The reason being a pro-life Libertarian doesn’t make a two faced freak is because an embryo in the womb of a mother while in her body isn’t her body. That embryo is a separate person than the one who carries it. Therefore the person who carries the baby has no right to harm that baby because the baby has the right to life, liberty amongst many other rights. To my original point, many uninformed voters vote for a candidate because of promises made during a campaign. No matter what a candidate says during an electioin he or she cannot make laws or cancel laws. There is nothing a pro-life candidate can do to stop abortion. Abortion is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. No matter how reprehensible abortion is the fact is a President cannot make it illegal. FYI that would take an amendamnet to the constution.
I think Trump can and will do many things that I agree with. If you don’t wanna hear my opinions then don’t read them. Or better yet start your own blog.
I made a list of what Trump has already done and some of the major promises he made that I agree with. I will lay these out in what happens to my personal favorite and the most effective tool of classical writing tools the list.
- Slapped the media in the face. He has shown the entire world that populism is alive and well. He reminded us that the government works for us, not the other way around.
- Orchestrated the most unusual and mind blowing campaign and election since 2004 and possibly in all of US election history. I listened to a commentator from DC today talk about how Washington, D.C. today was comatose. Trump has blown the mind of all of the elites.
- Has shown that being politically correct ( a foul form of dishonesty) does not need to be employed in order to win an election.
- Has shown that it is ok to be proud of America.
- Trump illustrated the contempt in which most of America views the 8 years of President Obama.
- By his win, he has proven what many of us know already: many people view Clinton a dishonest woman at best and at worse a woman who has blood on her hands.
- Energy independence
- Penalizing companies for keeping money out of our economy. In other words, make it financially beneficial for companies to do business in America and by doing so creating new jobs here not in China.
- Securing the border. I don’t know if a wall will ever be built. I do know that we must have a secure border. We cannot allow people into this country that may cause us harm. The problem is not Mexicans coming over here to look for a better life. The problem is that open borders are too dangerous in this age of radical Islamic terrorism. We have to solve this problem. We are a country of immigrants and must always remain so. However, keeping terrorists out of America is vital not only our peace but our very survival.
- Verbal support for the 2nd amendment.
- Rebuilding and maintaining our armed forces so all of their equipment is top-notch. Our military must be the strongest and most prepared military on the planet. Peace through strength.
There are some things I don’t think Trump will or can do. Even if he does these things they will not be beneficial to our nation. I am very concerned with freedom as our founding father’s and founding documents declare. Freedom is not one of those things as Americans we can take or leave. Freedom is the very reason we are the greatest country on earth. Freedom is often dangerous. Having no freedom is more dangerous. To allow freedom to ring we must come to the understanding that by honoring freedom we must by definition allow many things that we may or may not personally agree with. I was a republican for the first 20 years of my voting life. I have come to believe that the party I was a member of was not interested in freedom any more than the democrats were. It’s tricky so you have to watch carefully but what both parties exercise rather than honoring freedom is honoring your freedom to do and act like they think. Freedom is the exact opposite. Freedom is allowing people to do things that you may not agree with. Freedom is also an individual choosing not to exercse thier freedom by thier own choice. For example every person in this country that is older than 21 years may consume alcohol. Many people I know have chosen not to exercise that right for many reasons including issues of faith, issues of overconsumption, etc.
I think on many issues Trump and his opponent are virtually in the same boat when it comes to many rights of individuals. One of my main concerns is all of the electronic data collection of innocent American citizens. Freedom stealers alway sell this one with fear and intimidation. “We have to scan emails and texts becasue we may catcha terrorist.” Well I dont want to live in a police state. If you want to listen to my private communoications then you need to secure a warrant for specific items and exercise that warrant like law enforcement has for years. Fear of wrong doing is not a legal reason to violate the 4th amendment.
Will Trump work with Congress to lower taxes and make sure that all citizens pay Federal taxes if they are legally obligated to do so?
How will Trump deal with states rights issues? The easiest case to examine is the medical and recreational use of cannabis. Prohibition does not work. The thought that people will not ingest cannabis because it is illegal is jackassery. As far as I know prohibition doesn’t work to stop people from ingesting anything. I could cite issues for many pages but for a primer take a half hour and read and study what lead to the 21st amendment.
At this writing marijuana is legal is some form in 28 states and more people live in those states than the amount of people that voted for either candidate on Tuesday. We could debate the cannabis issue for a long time. If you would like to debate the issues surrounding cannabis we can certainly do so. I will say that this debate will follow the Hambone rules for collegial debate! I know many of you are reading this and saying “Those people don’t have the right to smoke pot!” Again, we can discuss the many myths that surround cannabis. How dangerous is pot really? What is the difference between cause and causation in the age old debate of the false “gateway” drug theory etc and et al. But, what do those issues have to do with freedom? What will Trump do to all those states that have legalized cannabis in one form or another. The toothpaste is already out of the tube. Will Trump look at those states as laboratories of freedom or will he use his jack booted thugs to somehow try to stomp all of this out?
Will Trump lead and by allowing freedom to prosper or will he spout off and piss off? I don’t know. I love America, want her to succeed and therefore I will support my President, Mr. Trump. I respect the office and I am hoping Mr. Trump will act in a manner that I can respect him as well.
God Bless America!
Thanks for reading. I would love to hear your comments.
This paper was written by Rick Love, Ph. D. He is the President of Peace Catalyst International and a Consultant for Christian-Muslim Relations. He can be reached at www.peace-catalyst.net www.ricklove.net This was delivered at the Society of Vineyard Scholars meeting in April of 2013. Thanks Rick for thinking through all of this and for your collegiality. My hope is that we all learn from this paper…thanks again!