The morning after spending the first night an American President had ever spent in what would come to be known as the White House, President John Adams penned a letter to his wife Abigail. To me the most important sentence in that letter was, “May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.” How would he feel about the current occupant? Let’s explore.
Before anyone jumps on the word “men” let me address it. In the nomenclature of the Founders, of which Adams was one, the word essentially was synonymous with people. Furthermore, at that point in time only men were allowed to vote (explicitly) or (implicitly) hold office. Interestingly Abigail Adams unsuccessfully lobbied for women to have those rights from the inception of the nation. She was a woman ahead of her times.
I want to focus on the words “honest and wise”. I find our current President to be neither. I don’t know that I can say that for any past occupants of the Oval Office. There was certainly significant financial corruption in several past administrations but I lack sufficient knowledge to say that it linked back to the chief executive. Despite his own words to the contrary, time has proven Nixon to be a crook (non-financial). I’ll get some disagreement on my first example but I still maintain that neither Ronald Reagan nor George W. Bush was very bright. While I have been critical of both and will remain so; I will not accuse either of personally financially profiting from office.
Trump is a dimwit’s idea of what a bright man is; plain and simple!
Just with what is publically known at this point – and I believe we are only looking at the portion of the iceberg that is above the surface at this point – Trump is the most financially corrupt person ever to occupy the office of the presidency. In fact, he is personally testing the limits of the Constitution. Unless it is adjudicated that his transgressions are a violation of the Emoluments Clause he will have been corrupt beyond our Founder’s vision of a worst case scenario.
I’m not going to speculate on the existence of Heaven in this piece. Adams was a believer. If he was correct and is looking down at his old house I can only imagine he is shaking his bald head and crying.
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