“Sadly, many in this country find fault with the concept of ‘America First’ but it is exactly that fault that has us discussing a Trump Doctrine today. Were it not for the fact this country has been lead over the past 8 years based on an ‘America Last’ doctrine, or ‘leading from behind’ on the international stage, Trump would not be president today. Most proud Americans do not cotton to the concept of ‘America Second’ so have no problem with America First. It’s also the disgusting references to the Hitlarian era in association with millions of Americans’ chosen candidate that have driven an unyielding support for the current President. Guilt by association has never been a good campaign tactic or debate strategy as evidenced by The Deplorables comment.
To be clear, the Founding Fathers excluded church doctrine from government operations because of the habit of the times. Many colonies had assigned a given church to be the official church of the ‘state’ and taxed residents to support that official church. Therefore, the founders wisely decided to exclude any church affiliations in the formal structure of government in order to solicit acceptance of a federal ‘state’ by all of the colonies – or collection of ‘states’.
However, the Founders did not intend for religion to be stricken from daily life including the lives of government officials. They strongly believed that the Republic would not flourish unless it was governed by moral, virtuous men. Jefferson, in particular, considered the elements of a virtuous life, one of moral goodness and character. His deliberations on virtue inspired his compilation of personal writings entitled “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth”.
Jefferson required the study of Washington’s famous “Farewell Address” at the college he founded, the University of Virginia, which included the passage, “Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Yes, the country was founded by Christian people and by extrapolation of the Old Testament, Jewish immigrants, as well. Regardless of their strong belief in religious freedom, the Founders were familiar with Muslims and the religion of Islam and I doubt they found its tenets compatible with their vision for the country. John Quincy Adams wrote of the Prophet Mohammad: “He declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind… The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust: to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature… As the essential principle of his faith is the subjugation of others by the sword;”
As J. David Gowdy wrote of Jefferson in his study “Thomas Jefferson and the Pursuit of Virtue”:
He also believed that the simple combination of morality and common sense was more likely to be found in the average man, such “a ploughman,” than in the highly educated man such as “a professor,” who are “led astray by artificial rules.”
How true those words are today! We only have to look at the McCarthy like behavior of students and professors on college campuses around the country and most recently Middlebury College to understand Jefferson’s valuing of common sense attributes. As Daniel Henninger wrote in the WSJ this week, “Today, polite liberals—in politics, academia and the media arts—watch in silent assent as McCarythyist radicals hound, repress and attack conservatives like Charles Murray for what they think, write and say.”
We also should consider the common hardworking New Yorker’s nick name for Trump – the Blue Collar Billionaire – to know why he resonated with millions of people throughout the heartland of America. Despite his background at a military prep school and an Economics degree from Wharton, he cut his teeth on construction sites and later hired thousands of everyday men and women. And he never lost sight of their priorities – a good job, fair wages and a means to better the lives of their children.
Common Sense…The Trump Doctrine of sovergn borders, sensible immigration policy, smaller government, fewer regulations and a strong military defense struck a chord with people across the country, both Democrats and Republicans. Of course, his lack of political experience was a major plus for millions as well…and many of his advisors were not ‘highly educated professors’ but rather people from private industry.
Common sense about a number of issues including the theory of Climate Change and a national education curriculum is what drove governorships and state houses around the country to go ‘Red’ over the last few elections. Many a Republican governor has said ‘when you can show me provable, solid science that something we can do in this country will actually lower the temperature of the planet, I’ll sit down with you’. In the meantime, we need to consider that most sustainable/renewable energy requires major tax subsidies and means rate hikes for everyday Americans.
Yes, we’ve learned a lesson from Flint, Michigan and it is that we’ve spent billions of dollars over the past 12 years supporting companies like Solyndra and Tesla and have invested in green energy development instead of dealing with our crumbling infrastructure.
How long did Michigan and the city of Flint know it had a problem and how much money has that state spent on feel good renewable energy projects? How much money did the fed give New Orleans and how often did the Army Corps of Engineers warn of levy faults?
How long has the California damn been known to have problems and how much money has California spent instead on projects and regulation enforcement in the name of GREEN? Better still, if we had 25 cents for every dollar of the Pork-ulous Package spent on NOTHING, we could have fixed Flint’s problem and many others.
Rather than address each and every item in Britton’s response, let’s cut to the chase. With the release of the Wikileaks emails obtained from the DNC and Podesta, we have found that the majority of main stream media outlets are now an integral part of the Resistance. We will never go back to a time when the MSM was admired and believed – that day is over and their undoing was their own.
The old saw that the person with the most advertising money will win was dispelled in the last election. Communicating via social media and going directly to the people at televised events won the day. Taking that one step further, Trump’s use of Twitter to reach millions without the filter of the resistance/MSM is proving problematic for the Dems and blissful for his supporters.
Lastly, the division in the country is now stoked by the left and their constant harangue of the legitimately elected President. That common ‘ploughman’ sees the marches, violence and nasty rhetoric daily and is reminded how important the next election will be.
A good example happened this week when a progressive TV personality unknowingly used a young man suffering from brain cancer as an example of a conservative with a Nazi haircut. The term Nazi used to be considered as inflammatory as the “N-word” but now without fact or principle, the Left is free to hurl the word and many other highly derogatory remarks at anyone who they believe doesn’t agree with them.
The common ‘ploughman’ has spoken. Those who suggest he’s nothing better than a Nazi proceed at their own peril.”
J. David Gowdy review: http://www.liberty1.org/TJVirtue.pdf
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We could argue about the Founding Fathers’ positions regarding an “active god” ad infinitum, and claims by some jurists and commentators that they can enter into the minds of the nation’s founders are hollow at best. But part of the “Trump doctrine” is not arguable: his reliance on lies to put forward his agenda, whatever that might be. Some of the more egregious are:
• His insistent claim that Obama has a false birth certificate.
• His claim that Obama wiretapped his phone.
• Taking credit for Exxon’s expansion plans (which were put in place during the Obama administration).
• “The vast majority of terrorist attacks came from people who came over our border.” February 28, 2017
• At a campaign rally President Barack Obama “spent so much time screaming at a protester, and frankly it was a disgrace.” November 6th, 2016
• “In the first full month of my administration following the issuance of my executive orders, illegal immigration on our southern border fell by an unprecedented 40 percent.” March 14th, 2017
• Terrorism and terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe have “gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported.” February 6th, 2017
• “If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?” December 15th, 2016
• There was “serious voter fraud” in Virginia. November 29th, 2016
• There was “serious voter fraud” in California. November 28th, 2016
• He “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” November 28th, 2016
• “Since the day of my election, we’ve already cut illegal immigration at the southern border by 61 percent.” March 22nd, 2017
• “The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process.” March 20th, 2017
• “Germany owes . . . vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!” March 19th, 2017
• “The New York Times wrote about” Barack Obama wiretapping Donald Trump during the election. March 16th, 2017
• “The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me.” November 15th, 2016
• “The murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years.” February 8th, 2017
• “If you were a Muslim, you could come in, if you were a Christian, it was impossible.” January 29th, 2017
• Americans don’t “care at all” about Donald Trump’s tax returns. January 11th, 2017
• “We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College.” December 12th, 2016
• “Beyonce and Jay Z, I like them, I like them . . . I get bigger crowds than they do. It’s true. I get far bigger crowds.” November 7th, 2016
• “14 percent of noncitizens are registered to vote.” October 24th, 2016
• Hillary Clinton is “wrong” to say he mocked a disabled reporter. October 20th, 2016
• “NATO is opening up a major terror division. . . . I’m sure I’m not going to get credit for it, but that was largely because of what I was saying and my criticism of NATO.” September 27th, 2016
• “I did not support the war in Iraq . . . The record shows that I’m right.” September 26th, 2016
• “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy.” September 16th, 2016
• “I released the most extensive financial review of anybody in the history of politics. . . . You don’t learn much in a tax return.” September 7th, 2016
• Hillary Clinton “wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment.” July 21st, 2016
• We’ve broken “by millions” the all-time record for votes in a GOP presidential primary election. June 1st, 2016
• “In the history of Republican primaries, I’ve gotten the most votes in the history of the Republican party.” May 2nd, 2016
• Ted Cruz distributed the ad showing a nude Melania Trump on a rug. March 31st, 2016
• The Trump Winery near Charlottesville, Va. is the “largest winery on the East Coast.” March 21st, 2016
• “We (Trump University) have an ‘A’ from the Better Business Bureau.” February 28th, 2016 (Trump has since agreed to pay $25 million in damages to his students.)