Day: December 9, 2016

What Donald Trump should read

By MICHAEL GERSON Whatever his other considerable achievements, our president-elect is not known for his broad reading in American history. But Donald Trump is about to enter that history. And in the spirit of new beginnings, he might view this as an opportunity to accumulate some inspiration, both for his inaugural address and his manner of governing. If you were to recommend three American texts for our president-elect to read and ponder before taking the oath of office, what would they be? There are, of course, so many possibilities that any proposed list is almost entirely subjective. In a casual survey of friends, I got strong options by Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. But since I get to choose, here are my selections: First, Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Written in 1963 from solitary confinement, it was a response to local white clergymen who had condemned protests and accused King of being an outside agitator. For King, no one is an outsider when it comes to confronting injustice because “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” King based a vision of human dignity on moral law, which takes precedence over unjust human laws. And King urges—actually demands—that white America see events from a different perspective. “When you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will … when you have seen...

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We should be taking care of us first

Listening to any apostle of the refugees flooding our country, one learns that they want every American to invite these folks into their homes as guests for however long it takes for them to get settled here and find a job. The refugees, they argue, should be first in line to take any available jobs no matter the consequences to U.S. citizens or those who arrived by lawful immigration procedures.  There’s a whole lot more, too, that we’re expected to give so that these folks feel welcome and warm here. Now, these folks are refugees for a reason; in the example of Aleppo, came apart and their government turned on them because their menfolk were shooting at an entrenched dictator, trying to overthrow the government. Why they did not make an effort to stop the madness of attacking a madman before it began is explained usually by “enshallah” (God’s will) then waiting for us to save them. These days they want a safe haven and the best place for that is Canada, Western Europe or the U.S.  Point in fact is they really do not want to be anywhere but home in that part of the Middle East, Pakistan or from wherever they have fled.  It can be predicted that they most likely will not seek to integrate with we heathens here, will not work at learning our language, will not adopt our customs or live by our sectarian laws. The war-torn among them will most often keep their...

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