I got to listen to President Trump's news conference today and I have never heard the man sound so tired. He kept saying that it had been a great first month. Kept blaming the democrats and the media for it not being greater. Talked about building a great wall. Not kidding. You couldn't make that up. And then he asserted that a poll has his approval rating at above 50%. Among investors, perhaps.
I actually have grown to like President Trump. I agree that we should be a nation of laws and that it's important to not allow people to not obey laws just because they don't like them. President Trump is waking this country up to the importance of an independent judiciary, to the problems caused by insularity, to the corruption in our system, to the need for a politically active citizenry, and that will require better schools, and better thinkers providing us with better ideas.
I'm growing to hate NPR. I hate to say this, but it is becoming the Jewish news. Not that they don't question the growth of Israeli settlements, the conservative agenda. It is the constant blitz of social relativism, that all religions should be treated equally, all orientations, an all-inclusive, anything goes, except any right-wing, conservative, social agenda. Regurgitated day-after-day is the Bill Gates Foundation motto, dedicated to the idea that all people are equally important. An absolutely preposterous lie, and one we should never accept. We are not all equal and that is not what our constitution says. It says that we are created equal, but at the moment of birth the inequality of our conditions becomes immediately apparent. That we should be creating a society where we give all people of all races, ethnicities, intelligences, social standing, a chance to excel and share in the American dream, does not mean we are all equally important. Our importance is not a natural gift. It is a result of the benefit of being born in the right place, the right time, a result of luck and hard work, perhaps being favored by the blessing of a omnipotent God. We can't know for sure why some people are more important than others, but the system we live in makes it clear that some are.
I hate asinine statements such as we're all equally important. And no, we're not all worthy of respect either. The part of you that I believe holds the spirit of God might be, but the part that allows you to abuse, swindle, and enslave your fellow humans is not. Sharia Law is an affront to any civilized person, not because of the cruel punishments it imposes of law breakers, but for its lack of fair treatment under the law, and its unwillingness to doubt the merit of its verdicts, believing they are God's will. Anyone who tells me they know what God's will is will be accused by me of vomiting God's swill. All we humans have to justify the legitimacy of our decisions is logic, not faith. And just because I believe in God, is no reason for me to allow myself to use that belief to justify how I've treated another human being or animal. My personal story is not something I would advise others to follow either. I would hope that they would choose a less torturous path, just as I would hope they wouldn't really want to follow Christ onto the cross just to prove a point.
NPR had an economist on today who said that Adam Smith's guiding hand guided people to make the best economic decisions, and no one challenged him. Adam Smith said that free-markets, the free movement of capital, where all contributors are guided by their own, best self-interest will create a society where resources would be used most efficiently. The guiding hand is a moral principle that asserts that free actors will also be compelled to behave in the best interest of their fellow man. An assertion that is still in some doubt.
Then a Catholic man was on who talked about his Irish heritage. He said he was Irish first, Catholic second, and American third. I questioned whether he had his priorities right. And it made me think of Jews I've met who say they are Jewish first, and Muslims who say they Muslims first.
This is why I like Trump no matter how flawed the man is personally. He asks us to be Americans first. I'm not sure he knows what it means exactly, but I like to think it means to put the values of our nation, the values that our founding fathers so eloquently stated, values of shared commitment and duty, ahead of the elitism of religion, party, race, gender, or ethnicity.
I get a laugh out of listening to Trump and his self-glorification, but as I'm laughing I also admire his unwavering belief in his abilities to improve the American way of life. It may not appear to be a logical argument at this point in his administration, but I wish him luck in his effort.