Today, Presidents’ Day, I watched on national television what amounted to, a political speech, by President Donald Trump opposing “socialism”!

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures and declares “You’re fired!” at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTX1GZCO

Personally, I am a retired public school teacher who taught government and United States History. In order to get a credential to teach in California, I was required in 1956 to sign a legal affidavit that I was not then nor had ever been a member of the Communist Party or any affiliate; however, I was free to have been a fascist, belonged to the American Fascist Party, the Ku Klux Klan, or be a Whites Supremacist fascist. Actually, I was none of these things.

It was actually illegal to be a Communist in 1956. Communist Party Illegal in U.S.” The Communist Control Act (68 Stat. 775, 50 U.S.C. 841-844) is a piece of United States federal legislation, signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower on 24 August 1954, which outlawed the Communist Party of the United States and criminalized membership in, or support for the Party or “Communist-action” organizations and defined evidence to be considered by a jury in determining participation in the activities, planning, actions, objectives, or purposes of such organizations.

However, as a political science graduate, I was not concerned that being a Communist was illegal, however every American citizen was free to be a fascist, a member of the American Nazi Party, a member of the Ku Klux Klan or a White Supremacist! And, in my teaching experiences I knew of teachers and students who were!

That said, I was dishearten by today’s speech by President Trump. A few weeks ago I mentioned in another post that in two years of his Presidency, I had never remembered President Trump to say the word “democracy” or use it in any one of his many speeches. In his speech today, the President used it out of context or meaning, many, many times over (did the President read my other post)?

The President today, was about the Venezuelan political and economic tragedy and its relationship to America and the world.

As stated, I was dishearten by the President’s speech, his misuse of political and economic terminology, and the many falsehoods in his speech. Personally, as a teacher, and student of political science, history, and economics, President Trump’s speech was both a disaster and frightening.

Please note that I do not hate anyone, including President Trump or other political ignoramuses; that is a requirement of a respectable and “good teacher”. My mother taught me that all people are considered equal in God’s eyes; she told me, “God counts each sparrows fall” (and she did not care for sparrows). However, I have grown to expect much more of a President of the United States.

My definition of democracy as a political science teacher is that democracy is a form of government in which, (1) all citizens vote, (2) a majority rules, and (3) liberty exists; and, liberty is defined as freedom, limited to the extent that the freedom of one citizen does not infringe upon the rights of other citizens. It is liberty (U.S. Bill of Rights) that protects the minority from the tyranny of the majority in America.

The Webster Dictionary definition of democracy is: “A government in which the supreme power is held by the People.”

In his speech today, President Trump’s definition of American democracy appeared to be, “A government in which the supreme power is held by capitalists!” To me, government and economics are two different things.

A Webster Dictionary definition of fascism is: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation often race and stands for a centralized autocratic, often militaristic government.” To my horror, this describes to me President Trump by definition!

Now I want to quote the U.S. Constitution, for my concept of our American democratic Republic; PREAMBLE TO THE US CONSTITUTION: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure the domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WEALFARE, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.” (Capital letters by the author for emphasis).

The American Constitution provides for “both, capitalism and/or socialism, depending on the needs of the People”. The U.S. Army is socialistic, public streets, roads, fire protection and police protection are totally “socialistic”.

Our Constitution provides for “capitalism” in Amendment IV: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

In his speech today, President Trump kept using the term “democracy” to refer to American capitalism and not our democratic Constitutional government; and, he repeatedly said “America is not socialist and will never be socialist”. We are not, it is both capitalistic and socialistic depending upon People’s needs!

Our 1787 Constitution provides for our socialistic U.S. Postal Service: The U.S. Constitution states, in Article I Section 8, “The Congress shall have the Power….. To establish Post Offices and post Roads.” Our forefathers considered their only form of communication at that time, too important to have to depend on the “perhaps biased” political private sector.

If my post has impressed you with American democracy, and the questionable understanding today of democracy by President Trump, please forward it. Remember, America is neither socialist nor capitalist, it is whatever is best for the People, according to our Constitution. Keep it that way!

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