I posted the following thoughts on Jay Bookman’s blog on August 25, 2017 (http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/08/25/opinion-so-mexicos-off-the-hook-for-that-wall/ ):
“Folks, what we are witnesses to is a climax. We are living in the height of it. The American people were not content to keep the same status quo. They wanted the big bang to happen NOW. How symbolic that it should happen in the hands of Donald Trump.
This is the same pull in each human being’s psyche between survival of Number ONE (myself, my nation, i.e. Nationalism) vs. the opposite pull of working together for the COMMON Good. Who are we talking about who embraces “together”? Everyone on Earth. Nationalism has to go. We will no longer survive simply by looking after ourselves, alone, as individuals or as a nation, alone. All the people on this planet will either survive working together, or not. Barack Obama got that. Donald Trump does not.
The tension began in America with the polarized vision for our nation’s future of the brilliant Alexander Hamilton (commerce, business, hierarchical consciousness) VS. the vision for our nation’s future by the equally brilliant Thomas Jefferson (individual liberty and egalitarianism, educational advancement, religious freedom – all 3 on Jefferson’s tombstone as a statement to America’s progeny, who we are collectively). Now, that tension has to climax in one choice for the survival of humankind on this planet. I will predict that the vision of Jefferson will prevail over that of Hamilton, after this period of climactic change subsides, because Jefferson’s vision for humanity has the moral authority which Hamilton’s lacked and because the future will have to be one of a commonality – with individual freedoms and human rights included – that respects all humans (and all life) as one. The temporal business mind, or ken, of Hamilton will still survive but under the umbrella of the eternal, moral vision of Thomas Jefferson for humanity’s future. Watch it happen as it unfolds, with a spiritual amazement at the workings of God through people on Earth.”
From President Barack Obama’s speech at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, on June 4, 2009:
“America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election. But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.
“For we have learned from recent experience that when a financial system weakens in one country, prosperity is hurt everywhere. When a new flu infects one human being, all are at risk. When one nation pursues a nuclear weapon, the risk of nuclear attack rises for all nations. When violent extremists operate in one stretch of mountains, people are endangered across an ocean. And when innocents in Bosnia and Darfur are slaughtered, that is a stain on our collective conscience. That is what it means to share this world in the 21st century. That is the responsibility we have to one another as human beings.
“This is a difficult responsibility to embrace. For human history has often been a record of nations and tribes subjugating one another to serve their own interests. Yet in this new age, such attitudes are self-defeating. Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; progress must be shared.”
A poster’s response to Barack Obama’s words, above, on Jay Bookman’s blog:
“Thoughtfulness, eloquence, and aspiration — I guess not everyone recognizes or appreciates these leadership qualities, as evidenced by the election of Trump.”
Mary Elizabeth’s response to the poster’s comments, above:
“We (Americans and the people of the world) are evolving spiritually and intellectually, quickly now. That is why Trump’s base remains only at 35%. The majority of Americans have moved on in understanding what we have to do, together, as a world community, thanks to the inspirational leadership of Barack Obama, who voiced that spiritual understanding – embedded forever within the American Declaration of Independence – so beautifully.”