When I was young, the African-Americans had a saying that was a moral imperative, an axiom of its folk wisdom, heard at school and home, in popular conversation: “two wrongs don’t make a right.” It empowered a people who had suffered slights and bias to steady the course and plow forward, without bringing disrepute to themselves or their community. It valued truth. It praised the good. It celebrated the inner victory of turning away from the hell hounds trail.
I find myself thinking about that saying when I listen to Donald Trump.
In the name of Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump’s name should not be resurrected, even if he saddles a mule and
shouts: you’re fired! for the high office of the USA President. Simply put, Trump is master fake (how he made his “money”) and a monstrous fraud (legal fraud is selling investor stakes, promising to meet obligations, and using the laws of bankruptcy to reorganize and downsize capital while others are left holding your worthless promise). He flip-flops more than pancakes at the I-HOP lunch hour. Once he wanted to tax the rich; now it’s a “bad idea.” Once he was pro-choice, now he’s pro-life. Once, he was for universal health care. Now, well . . we’ll know soon. Trump’s fantasy of “abracadabra” demolishes American policy. He has rabid anti-American views. He is a joke that everybody wants to say is no joke. Trump is a stalking horse proxy. His job is not to pace the run, but to ram and spit on the opposition. He wins by spewing disrespect.
Emmett Kelly, the sly, sensitive, sad silent clown, with his compassion and intelligence, had the good sense to sweep the spotlight away, unlike Trump, who chases its glare. Kelly’s downturn smile brightened hearts, as Kelly understood the nuances of life. Trump is perpetually one of America’s biggest losers. Bluster and scrawl, whose big talk signifies nothing but shines on his personal bankruptcy.
Heritage: First, Trump’s German immigrant grandmother was probably not a naturalized US citizen and may not have had a birth certificate. Born in the town, Kallstadt Pfalz, Germany, she was married in Germany. His grandmother and grandfather, both German immigrants to the US at the turn of the century–who probably didn’t have birth certificates when they entered the country—so far, no evidence exists that they did–began assembling the family’s commercial wealth when they founded a construction company, Elizabeth Trump and Son. Trump’s father married his Scottish mother, and the family lived in Queens, New York.
Did Trump’s mother have a birth certificate when she migrated? Why have no media reporters asked him directly or investigated the status of his immigrant family more closely? Did generations of his family enter the country legally?When Trump references his family experience, the question unanswered: is Donald Trump an anchor baby? Was his grandfather? Where’s the proof?
Trump’s Character. No, not the ego driven, hard edged executive who was charging for “education” at Trump certificates, grades, or credits and was forced to shut down by several state attorney generals, including Texas and New York. It’s back with a name change, although New York’s Better Business Bureau give it a grade of “D.” This man wants to manage the national deficit when his business debt ranged above $3.5 billion and his personal debt reached close to a $1 billion, by 1994.
Character here is his personal core values, the way he lives, his personal choices. His advice: have passion; enthusiasm on a big scale. Be tenacious. Take action. His life: three divorces, all break ups precipitated by his cheating openly. While he demands loyalty, he disregards it in his personal relationships, and plays by his own rules. He once called the President of Columbia University “a moron” and “dummy” after he halted a mid-town real estate deal in which Trump had an interest. Trump claimed the University’s preferred Harlem site, next to its campus, was a “lousy location.” Trump talks about the art of the deal, but he loves the audacious put down, ridiculing others with name calling, and using descriptions that low rate those who question or challenge his judgement.
Trump Finances. Trump has had four of his business file for bankruptcy and undergo reorganization, including his casino business. He has resigned from the boards of businesses he founded when the finances were shaky, leaving others to catch and clean up his mess and debts. His business bankruptcies occurred in 1991, 1992, 2004, and 2009. His current holdings include the Miss America Pageant and a bottled water branded with his name.
His casino company built a monstrosity of a building that didn’t have a sound plan, ignored the facts of the business at the shyster rate of 14%, met none of its projections, and was doomed to fail by bad odds played out by an addictive, defiant ego.As President, the country might expect more of the same: Trump might built bigger monuments and finance more boondoggles than the now famous “bridge to nowhere.” While others might pause at Trump’s overreach and his over the top antics, one commenter called him a “quality entrepreneur.”
Trump on Poverty. Can you picture Donald Trump in a soup kitchen? That’s his answer to homelessness and poverty; greater community involvement. For the record, Obama and his family have both volunteered in DC and Chicago soup kitchens, serving the homeless and poor.
Trump on Trade and Foreign Policy. Trump’s foreign policy borrows from Groucho Marx. On Groucho’s television, if you “say the right word, win a $100.” Trump believes and has said repeatedly that all we have to do is “say the right word” to China and they will change their trade policies. The same with the Middle Eastern countries in OPEC, if “we tell them in the right way,” they’ll bring the price of oil down.
If Trump knows the magic word why doesn’t he just say it? The country would vote for him in a heartbeat.
Remember during the Reagan presidency, the downed flier, Robert Goodman? The young Air Force lieutenant who Jesse Jackson persuaded the Syrians to release? Jackson’s negotiations were a success and Goodman came home. Those who would serve say, “call me,” and don’t waste time putting down others. With patriotic valor, they serve our better angels. Why doesn’t Donald walk the walk? An American company that drilled the shafts that saved the miners in Chile. Charleston’s Water Missions International provides safe drinking water for a million people in over 27 countries worldwide, saving the lives of children who die water borne diseases. The extraordinary work of Dr. Mark Manary and others developed a low cost peanut based food paste that can end malnutrition for the world’s infants, in rich and poor countries. His product saved 54,000 children during a famine in the African country of Niger. Trump has much to learn from them. Mainly, they would say, if you are on the raise, the work you do speaks for itself.
Ask Emmett Kelly, whose sad silent face antics never appealed to the ugly or the rude and made a nation laugh at what was best about ourselves without pulling us apart.
(Note: Eight American Presidents were British citizens at birth: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, J.Q. Adams, Andrew Jackson, and W.H. Harrison.)
Under the 14th amendment & US Code 9, a child born to a US citizen (either parent) is a US citizen no matter where he is/was born!