Speaking in North Dakota, Trump said, “You have to be wealthy in order to be great.” Speaking on an international level, there is same truth to that. There are a couple of details he forgot to mention, however. One is that we are already by far the wealthiest nation on the planet. Our GNP is more than double that of our closest competitor, China. So we don’t need to devise short-term measures in some sort of desperate rush to increase our wealth.
A second troublesome little detail that is probably too subtle for Trump to consider: It is possible for a nation to be wealthy without being great. And that, it seems, is the goal for which Trump is inadvertently aiming. It is because, as his personal life shows, Trump cannot conceive of greatness except in terms of money. That’s why he considers greed a virtue. And he cannot conceive of strength except in terms of intimidation. that’s why he considers insults to be appropriate responses to any who disagree with him about anything.
One of the most amazing qualities of this grand American experiment we’ve been conducting for 2 1/2 centuries is that we are a nation conceived around ideas. We are centered in ideals for which we have been striving to fulfill, albeit with limited success so far.
Jefferson said, “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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. . .” (Declaration of Independence)
Lincoln said we are a nation “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” (Gettysburg Address)
Trump believes not in the people but in the power of money. He has absolutely no ideas or ideals at all. And he most certainly has no idea what it means to say all men are created equal.”
And what kind of man is Trump? He puts on a shallow show of being for the people and some actually believe him, though everything in his life screams that he is simply making fools of them. It takes no more than a quick glance to realize that Trump will do everything in his power to increase the wealth of those who are already wealthy.
His hypocrisy is so blatant it seems to blind people. He’s not even subtle about it.
In North Dakota, he bragged about one of the ways he is going to provide short-term gains for the middle class workers while giving a huge long-term boost to the wealthy. He is going to end environmental regulations and cancel international agreements which limit how much damage we can do to the environment.
Destroy the earth? Yes, of course, but he and his cronies will get richer in the process. As Trump puts it, he loves to make money off other people’s problems. He is nothing more than a parasite.