My Doctrine: “Give Every Other Human Being the Right You Claim for Yourself”

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Another day and another adventure in Trumpland. 

Theodore Roosevelt, the Republican that modern Republicans love to hate said: “I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” 

After Trump’s announcement in which he said that he was going to bar transgender men and women from military service, including combat vets, I am fighting back in every legal way that I can as an active duty officer. Thankfully I am senior enough that I don’t have to deal with the threats that a number of junior Army chaplain friends are dealing with from their fundamentalist Christian supervisory chaplains. 

I cannot believe who quickly these people will throw fellow servicemen and women under the bus for a President who despises them and what they believe all because he hates LGBTQ people more than them. 

Although I don’t need to I am going to start doing all the preparatory actions that I will need to do to retire from the military on my own terms with 36 or more years of service in peace and war so I don’t have to serve under what if left unchecked will become a fascist dictatorship, in large part due to fundamentalist Christians. I am not going to drop my retirement papers yet, just get things in place so that I can retire at any point that I chose. I will never surrender my honor to willingly prostitute myself to a regime that rejects the rule of law, the Constitution, and the principles of the Declaration of Independence that so many people have fought to preserve. 

Since I posted two articles yesterday this will,suffice for now. But for me the issue is liberty for all. As Robert Ingersoll, a Civil War hero and prominent atheist said: “This is my doctrine: Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.”  If you can’t do then don’t claim to support the Constitution or revere the Declaration of Independence, because you are simply a liar. Enough said. 

Until tomorrow,


Padre Steve+ 


Filed under civil rights, History, laws and legislation, leadership, LGBT issues, Military, News and current events, Political Commentary

4 responses to “My Doctrine: “Give Every Other Human Being the Right You Claim for Yourself”

  1. Pingback: My Doctrine: “Give Every Other Human Being the Right You Claim for Yourself” — @padresteve Padre Steve’s World…Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland | Talmidimblogging

  2. zebede65

    Dear Padre Steve, I am very connected to your writings. Again as an outsider looking in, I feel immense sadness and total disbelief in relation to President Trump and his chaotic random bigoted rantings. In NZ we cannot believe that such an unsatisfactory man is your Commander in Chief. President Obama was the best and most honest honorable man that has led USA for some time. I have heard all the comments assassinating his character, but in truth, those who hated him just couldn’t stand an intelligent dignified, kind, concerned, and thoughtful BLACK man in the job. In 180 degree contrast, Trump is not a man. He is a hateful, ill educated, ignorant, arrogant, narcissistic, unethical and misogynist individual. Some of Trumps unfortunate traits could almost be understood in the context of a man with a flawed personality / borderline personality, (which he undoubtedly has) if it were not for his hate, and his inability to consider more than that which is presently on the tip of his poison tongue. This man is dangerous, he frightens me more than any leader has done in the last 52 years I have lived. People of the USA, I love you, but please wise up fast to this dangerous man. His latest “hate” rant against transgender people in the Military leaves me speechless. I am sad that so many years of gaining acceptance is now in jeopardy. I think back as a kid watching Klinger on MASH and understanding that diversity and caring for those who express themselves differently is one on the greatest virtues human beings can afford one another. I am fearful for the ripple of hatred that those who like Trump are sadly bereft of intelligent thoughtful, compassionate and informed reason and common human decency, will band together like a pack of rabid dogs validated by “Their President’s” wink, to go forward and hate and maybe worse. My heart weeps this week. I hold hope that the ongoing nonsense that Trump professes will eventually rise a critical tide of caring reason, and he is lawfully and with majority vote, removed from the office along with his equally dreadful family and yes men in his cabinet. I feel passionate about this as I do hold USA in highest regard. But, you know what? people all around the world now consider USA a laughing stock because of Trump. The only way some people cope is now by ignoring and rejecting USA as a competent, caring and powerful country. We actually see things a lot clearer that I feel many within US do. It is a circus, a shambles and I think of all the Ironies Trump has brought into office, “Make America Great Again” is probably one of the greatest ironies of all. He is sadly destroying America. Kindest regards From New Zealand, traditionally a close friend of US, but now disappointed, unimpressed confused and concerned!
    Peace Dr Dave McKay

    • padresteve

      Sir, the man is careening from chaos to catastrophe. He is a danger to all of us. Thank you for your comments, they are very much appreciated and I heartily second them.

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