Of Demagogues and Tyrants: The Declaration, the Constitution, and the Current President

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

In the Declaration of Independence these words stand out. “A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

I cannot think of an American President who these were more pertinent to, then  Donald Trump. He is the man who Alexander Hamilton warned us in his words and in the Federalist Papers.

“Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.”

From the beginning of his campaign in 2015 the President has been nothing more than a demagogue, charlatan, and compulsive liar. Additionally, he has shown contempt for the Constitution, the laws, and the institutions of this country in such a myriad of ways it is hard to list them all here; but they include domestic, and foreign affairs which certainly Hamilton and the other Founders believed would eventually happen in our land.

This is all exploding on us now. Those who warned us were derided by Trump’s loyal Army conservative Evangelical Christian supporters, members of White Supremacist groups, and Neo-Nazis; as well as the unofficial, yet official State Propaganda television network, Fox News, and hundreds of right wing television and radio pastors, and other propaganda pundits, many with dubious records of personal and legal conduct.

We are living in a dangerous time. Based on his long history of unfaithfulness to wives, children, employees, investors, and contractors it would be foolish to believe that this President would be faithful to the oath that he took when he was inaugurated as President in 2017.

I am tired and will sign off for the night and continue my series on the Battle of Leyte Gulf tomorrow since I got ahead of myself last night.
So until tomorrow,


Padre Steve+


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2 responses to “Of Demagogues and Tyrants: The Declaration, the Constitution, and the Current President

  1. Louis

    Steve, it is not that I disagree in the least, but while I have commented on general policy, I have assiduously avoided saying derrogatory things about the President, Vice-President and in the past, the Governor of the state where I may have been serving at the time, because it is blatantly illegal for us to say those things as soldiers and there is good reason for this law.

    This is really your area of expertise and you have taught ethics. What is your thought about this? I have been taping my mouth shut and in one week, I will be able to speak more freely, but at the moment, I don’t. I always appreciate your articles about moral courage, but unless an order given to me is unlawful, I feel it is not my place to comment publicly because it politicizes the Army from within. We rely not only on our civilian leaders to ensure we are used correctly, but on civilians in general to restrain political excesses and we do retain the right to vote. I did not like when soldiers that despised Obama spoke poorly of him and I don’t like it now, though the two situations could not be more different. I think I asked you once before, but do you know if it is true that President Eisenhower did not even vote until he was a civilian? Anyway, not criticizing you so much as I am curious about your thoughts on this as you definitely spoke your mind. I respect your opinion highly. Thanks.

  2. maryplumbago

    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing…
    Edmund Burke

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