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.
The face of a colluder.
As has been widely reported, on June 3, 2016, Donald Trump, Jr. was informed that a member of the Russian government wished to “provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian and would be very useful to your father” and that “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Junior’s response? He wrote, “…I love it…”
Most Americans know that the Marquis de Lafayette and thousands of other Frenchmen helped us secure our independence. (Library of Congress)
Earlier this week Jared Kushner’s father-in-law was in Paris to take part in France’s annual celebration of Bastille Day as guest of President Emmanuel Macron. While holding a joint press conference with Macron, the prolific tweeter who lost the popular vote last November proved that he does not need to be in the United States to embarrass the United States. He remarked that “France is America’s first and oldest ally. A lot of people don’t know that.” He went on to add that “France helped us secure our independence, a lot of people forget.”
The men who designed our Constitution were unusually brilliant members of an unusually brilliant generation.
They were not, however, infallible.
Their greatest failure should be obvious to everyone. (If you do not know to what failure I am referring please seek help immediately. Because there is something deeply wrong with you.)
Two years ago nine African American worshipers were killed in a racially motivated terrorist attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. In the wake of the attack journalists discovered that the perpetrator had been regularly photographed with Confederate flags. Since that time a growing number of people have called, often successfully, for the removal of Confederate flags and symbols from public places.
I write today about a dangerous time in the history of our great republic; a time in which nativist prejudice rears its ugly head; an era in which xenophobic demagogues stir up irrational fears of outsiders in an effort to gain power.