Today we hear Donald John Trump present a populist future. A non-partisan speech. I hear the the principles of the Declaration of Independence, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” and “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.”
Then it reminded me of Lincoln's second inaugural speech, “malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.”
Trump in his speech said he was president of all Americans. He said the establishment served themselves and not the citizens. Which Senator Ted Cruz tagged 'Washington Cartel'. He defined the world as a zero sum economic and military situation. But the facts from history and our own 240 year history is that the world has never been and will never be a zero sum anything. He said that the establishment has had a one world view and that they will flattening out the landscape at the expense of America. Pres. Trump said this will not be the view in the future. In a non-zero sum world an improved world will result in all nations rise with a rising economy and all nation gain from stability. The world bank stated that the world will rise with an improved economy in America.
And finally I thought of the January 11, 1944 State of the Union Address of FDR's that included a 'Second Bill of Rights.' That is presented below. The founders would shriek upon reading the list below. Not that the list is not noble and that America should work to achieve all of them, but that it is a 'right' because to 'imposing them will sacrifice the 'rights' of another, the redistribution of wealth. The 2008 collapse of the housing bubble was the result of imposing the fifth right and Obamacare completes the sixth right. Where about half the people in polls object to paying higher cost to pay for the providing insurance to another.
• The right to a useful and remunerative job in the
industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;
• The right to earn enough to provide adequate food
and clothing and recreation;
• The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products
at a return which will give him and his family
a decent living;
• The right of every businessman, large and small,
to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair
competition and domination by monopolies at
home or abroad;
• The right of every family to a decent home;
• The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity
to achieve and enjoy good health;
• The right to adequate protection from the economic
fears of old age, sickness, accident, and
• The right to a good education.