What Really Matters?

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Donald Trump on what are the three most important roles of government

by Dahni

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In a recent Town Hall Meeting on CNN (3/29/16), hosted by Anderson Cooper, Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump, was asked a question by a member of the audience, a young veteran. The audience applauded the man’s service to our country whereas, Donald Trump did not.

The question asked by the veteran to Mr. Trump was, “In your opinion, what are the top three functions of the United States government?”

Mr Trump’s complete answer:

“Well, the greatest function of all by far is security for our nation. I would also say health care, I would also say education. I mean there are many, many things, but I would say the top three are security, security, security. We have to have security for our country so we can continue to exist as a country.”

His simple answer to much criticism was, “Security, Security, Security!”

A candidate that skipped a presidential debate in support of raising money for veterans and whose every rally, every debate, his website and his every public statement on the matter of the military (whether written or otherwise), has been in support of a strong military and support of our veterans. And because he did NOT applaud a veteran which asked him the question, it is taken to mean that he does not support the military and our veterans? Even worse, since he did not applaud this veteran it is because, Trump has no respect for this man’s service to our country and that he [Trump] does not care? I too have not always applauded every veteran, thanked them, said Happy Birthday to people and have missed feeding my cat on occasion. None of these things mean I do not care about them or do not respect them. It just means, like Donald Trump, we are both human. And like Mr. Trump, I have a pretty good track record (not perfect, but consistent) of demonstrating what and whom I care about!

Donald Trump is criticized for his statement in answering the veteran’s question because, it was not articulate enough for some. For others, it did not include Liberty or freedom or anything other than his simple and repeated answer to the question he was asked. Does this show he did not understand the question or answer it correctly? Let us look to our founding documents, The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America.


The Declaration

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”

Excerpt from: The Declaration of Independence

Which “unalienable” right such as, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” could be realized without security? What is the purpose of government, but to— “secure these rights?”


The Constitution

Preamble to The Constitution of the United States of America

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

How is it possible to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility” [and] “provide for the common defense,” without a government to— “secure these rights” of which it was formed to do?

Article II

Section 1.

“The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”

“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

How could the president of the United States of America, “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” without the government, “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” to— “secure these rights?”

Which or what freedoms enumerated in the Constitution, would be possible without the government’s ability to— “secure” them?

Section 2.

“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States;…”

Is this not the responsibility of the president as, “Commander in Chief,” to— “secure these rights”?

Section 8.

“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;…”

Is this not also, the purpose of Congress, to— “secure these rights”?

And what of the Supreme Court, the judicial branch of government? As a branch of government, as are the executive and legislative branches also branches, are they not purposely limited “from the consent of the governed,” to— “secure these rights”?

What right, liberty, freedom or privilege of WE the people is possible, without the government held by sworn oaths to “preserve, protect and defend” to— “secure these rights”?

“Security, Security, Security,” said Mr. Trump. There is no fault in what he said. The fault lies with those who do not understand what he said or understand that every right, our Liberty, our every freedom and every privilege afforded to every citizen of the United States of America, by WE the People who have given consent, for the government to– “SECURE THESE RIGHTS!”

I am however, grateful that Trump’s answers to the question as to the top three functions of government did not include: global warming (Bernie Sanders), Open Borders (Clinton, Cruz and Kasich) and everything I could possibly ever need or want from the womb to the tomb (democracy/socialism/communism/anarchy/tyranny)!

Maybe you do not like the simple answers given by Mr. Trump? But then again, maybe, just maybe, he understands what most of us don’t seem to understand? Perhaps he understands that our system of government and WE are so overwhelmed to distraction; our attention span so limited, all most of us can understand and remember is, ‘What Really Matters’ to most of us— “SECURITY, SECURITY, SECURITY?

The Declartion is the apple and the Constitution is the picture - "to secure these rights!"

The Declaration is, the apple of gold and the Constitution is, the picture of silver to- “secure these rights” and these are words, “fitly spoken!”

What really matters? That a candidate for the office of president of the United States of America applauds every time, for every veteran, or that he consistently supports them? What really matters? That a candidate for the office of president of the United States of America answers a question with the right tone and articulation; the opinionated and expected words such as rights, liberty, and freedom etc. or that he believes in “security, security, security, to— “secure these rights?” What really matters? Do we know what our rights are and that the government is empowered by US to— “secure these rights?” What really matters? Do WE the People merely mentally ascend to and profess these rights or do WE each and every one of us WE the People, do everything in our power to— “secure these rights?” WE the People are, the government of, by, and for the people to— “secure these rights!”

And if you consider Mr. Trump’s first answer was “security” and his second was “health” followed by “education,” what good is security if people are not healthy or know how to— “secure these rights?” But he ended with, “Security, Security, Security!” I do not know about you, but for me, to— “secure these rights” is,  ‘What Really Matters!’


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