Image of Cincinnatus & the American Cincinnatus, George Washington
The United States is not a democracy; it is a Constitutional Republic. To manage the passions of its citizenry, the Founding Fathers built a system whereby representatives were chosen by the people to soberly consider the needs of the country and regions they represented. As such, the system was designed to empower ordinary people with the ability to choose a fellow ordinary man or woman to speak on their behalf in a distant forum, eventually housed in Washington, DC.
That city was designed to exemplify this ideal: the power of the commoner.
The White House is not a Presidential Palace. It is a house.
The Capitol Building, within which the people’s representatives weigh laws, is by statute the tallest building in the city. That height represents the ideal that the common people are above those who rule.
The Supreme Court, arbiter of the people’s decisions, stands closely to the Capitol Building that makes the laws. That was a powerful message set by the designers of Washington, DC. It said, in essence, that the Supreme Court Justices may be selected by the President, but they owe him or her no allegiance.
In every way, the United States is a reminder that we are a Government of the people, by the people, for the people…
We are a Government of common people who are not above the law, representing common people who chose them. That is the foundation of this Nation. THAT fundamental principle is at the core of our very being.
It is our soul.
As such, Donald Trump is irrelevant. His rhetoric is the typical, meaningless political diatribe of all candidates seeking a vote. Trump’s use of the first person pronoun when speaking of future goals means nothing; others have done it before. In the end, Donald Trump, the common person, will do nothing more than work with Congress, filled with common men and women, if he wants to get anything done.
Even Barack Obama was a commoner, as abominable as I may find his policies. As he has described himself, Obama was a biracial, “skinny kid with a funny name” and a long shot for the presidency. Consequently, while I disagree with his positions, he does not diminish from the American dream that a common person can ascend to this country’s highest office. Rather, Obama embodies it.
By contrast, Hillary Clinton is not common.
It is not her rhetoric that makes Clinton so dangerous. It is not her policy positions specifically (although I disagree with them, too). Rather, Hillary Clinton has shown she is above the law.
Hillary Clinton embodies the most dangerous threat to ever present itself to the United States: Hillary Clinton represents the end of the American ideal that we are a country led by humble commoners.
Her ability to hob-nob and flaunt with impunity her Clinton Foundation irregularities with the world’s most detestable sycophants and dictators does not imbue the representative commoner. Her ability to lie at-will in front of the People’s chosen representatives betrays an aristocratic sense of entitlement that murders the American ideal that no one is above the law. Clinton’s ability to shed responsibility for her decisions, whether it is Libya or Iraq, is the lack of accountability only gifted to hereditary nobility.
She has buried the notion that we – a country of the people, by the people, and for the people – have no aristocracy. Rather, Clinton embodies aristocratic excess.
Hillary Clinton represents the death of the America that was once so humble that we named the Chief Executive’s home a “house.”
If Donald Trump is elected, he may or may not do well in the Oval Office. But he will represent a very real insurgency by commoners – first within his own party, then amongst the people. The son of a penniless Scottish immigrant and a thrifty carpenter did very well for himself. But the law of common people applies to Trump the commoner.
No such equal treatment of the law applies to Hillary Clinton.
We, the United States, are a country whose heroes wore no crowns. Our legends temporarily traded their common clothing to wear a military uniform, and when done serving their Nation, they went home. Our leaders do not give unto their children titles by which they inherit status.
Rather, common men and women are chosen by other common men and women and held accountable to the standards expected in a country who, at its very core, is a country of common men and women who do uncommon things.
Hillary Clinton embodies the death of that once proud foundation of a Country of Commoners… led by Commoners.
I am not ready to watch that dream die with her election.