Donald Trump’s decision to declare a “national emergency” in order to fulfill his nativist campaign promise of building a wall between the United States and Mexico is nothing less than an attack on the system of checks and balances at the heart of our constitution.
Last week I wrote about Trump’s shameful decision to skip an event honoring American soldiers who died in the First World War.
His excuse was that a trip by helicopter was inadvisable due to rain in the forecast. In truth, he could have easily made the trip by car. Other leaders who were in France for the occasion did just that. But Trump couldn’t be bothered. In and of itself, his conduct was despicable. But when put alongside Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, Trump’s behavior becomes even more horrifying.
Once again, Donald Trump has demonstrated that there is no limit to how low he is willing to go.
Our sorry excuse for a president is in France right now to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Yesterday, November 10, 2018, he was scheduled to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, near the site of the 1918 Battle of Belleau Wood.
Trump bailed on the event because there was rain in the forecast.
Today marks the 273rd birthday of one of the greatest figures from America’s founding generation: Abigail Smith Adams.
On November 19, 1863, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, President Abraham Lincoln stepped forth and delivered the second greatest speech of his career. (The greatest speech in the history of the English language is Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. But that’s a discussion for another time…)
On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981, which stated:
It is hereby declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regards to race, color, religion or national origin.
On July 26, 2017, Drumpf announced — on Twitter — that:
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.