King Donald

By Reade Brower | Oct 17, 2019

Political writing is tricky; usually you’re writing to those who “lick your stamp” and “singing to the choir.” Not sure whether it helps, but I’ve steered clear of politics of late.

This week’s column is ceded to Kathleen Fox of Tenants Harbor.

Kathleen wrote, asking advice about whether putting herself out would do any good.

Over the years, my children criticized my political op-eds, but the idea is to let them know that respectful discussion is the only way to move us forward. In the end, the hope is to show them, by example, that’s important.

Last week, standing up for the owners of Point Lookout got mixed reviews; some appreciation and criticism that was fair and respectful. Interestingly, the reporter criticized embraced it and encouraged discussion in our sister paper, The Free Press.

Like Kathleen, questions about whether to write that column, or not, had me ping-ponging until deciding to put it out there.

One note; there was a “conflict of interest” clarification that should have been addressed. This paper did receive a full page ad from Point Lookout that should have been disclosed. Nobody asked me to defend them and I have received many ads from people that I then criticized in print. Selling ads is what we do.

Kathleen Fox explains why she decided to share:

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.” — Edward Everett Hale (Grandnephew of Revolutionary Hero Nathan Hale)

I, like most Americans, am an immigrant descendant. Four ancestors came on the Mayflower, several fought in the American Revolution; some died helping create our democracy.

The reason for the American Revolution was to free colonists from the overreach of an oppressive king. Please bear with me — Republican or Democrat, you need to read this. The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, reviewed and edited by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Benjamin Rush (cousin of my ancestor), and other now famous founders of our great country, states:

“The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

“He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

“He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

“….He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

“….He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

“He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

“He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

“He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

“….For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

“…For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

“….For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

“….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….”

Our president is not as bad as King George, but this sounds eerily familiar: refusing to assent to laws, or passing laws without his assent; not recognizing or accepting legislatures (although King George was referring to state legislatures, as the U.S. Congress did not yet exist); assuming power over judges; limiting immigration; cutting off trade with the rest of the world; and depriving (some) of trial by jury. It may be argued King Donald “combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution” (Russia? Turkey?).

The founders included checks and balances in their Constitution, in which the three branches of government, judicial (courts), legislative (Congress) and executive (president) have equal power, in order to prevent rule by any one of the three branches.

King Donald has asserted, according to the Constitution, he can do whatever he wants (Google it). He appears to think he’s not required to follow decisions of the judicial or legislative branches of government. Granted, his sins are not as heinous as King George, but they are as destructive toward our democracy and Constitution.

We need to think hard about this, in order to make sure the intent of the founders is still understood and respected. Democrat or Republican, we need to put country above party. If Donald Trump is a tyrant, he is “unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

I suspect some will argue other presidents have done the same — specifically Republicans will talk about Obama or the Clintons or, now, Joe Biden. Whatever their arguments, they don’t dismiss the need to address the current situation.

— Kathleen Earle Fox, PhD

Tenants Harbor


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Comments (4)
Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Oct 18, 2019 18:48

Agreed. It is important to point out the consistency of malfeasance exhibited by elected officials at the top level over the last 50 years.

Posted by: Joanne Lee Richards | Oct 18, 2019 12:40

A very well written provocative piece which I sincerely hope all will read. Thank you Kathleen for expressing how I feel. Thank you for being willing to write this when there is the possibility of loosing friends and making enemies. Truth is too important especially right now to be avoided. I am proud to call you a friend.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Oct 17, 2019 16:04

Two wrongs never made a right. King Donald has never been a winner. His father carried and taught him how to manipulate and cheat his way along in life. Because another politician was crooked that in no way should excuse King Donald from his actions.  Here is a man that has never accepted responsibility for his own actions. As bad as The Donald is, Linsey Graham and Mitch McConnell are just as bad for allowing him to be as dishonest as he has been.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Oct 17, 2019 15:27

"Off with his head", I say!   King "Donald" has overstepped his boundaries afforded him as "Yee Trusted President".

He is certainly a spoiled "Bra"t and makes one wonder if his actions are involuntary, Perhaps a little time-out is in order to

let his swelled head return to normal intent and the good of the country.

Mary "Mickey" (Brown) McKeever  +:0(   .....

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