Self Evident

“Watch what he does, not what he says.”  This profundity facilitated a byline for many political commentators, pundits and theorists (of all leanings) with the ascendency of the Trump presidency at the end of 2016. 7-4-19 found the POTUS introjecting his by now well established ideology into the nation’s annual founding celebration.  The President chose to speak from the steps of the Lincoln memorial to a crowd divided by a fence erected across even the waters of the reflecting pool. “Trump set aside a historic piece of real estate — a stretch of the Mall from the Lincoln Monument to the midpoint of the reflecting pool — for a mix of invited military members, Republican and Trump campaign donors and other bigwigs. It’s where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech, Barack Obama and Trump held inaugural concerts and protesters swarmed into the water when supporters of Richard Nixon put on a July 4, 1970, celebration, with the president sending taped remarks from California.” (Trump asks Americans to ‘stay true to our cause’, Darlene Superville, Calvin Woodward, Lynn Berry for AP, 7-4-19) Admission was by authorized ticket only. Of course, in his speech from behind rain drenched bullet proof glass, Dear Leader read the mandatory “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.” Behind him, in the select “made for TV” entourage representative of his “invited military members, Republican and Trump campaign donors and other bigwigs”, was not a single person of color.

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