In an episode of Star Trek The original series, as if there is any other Star Trek, Captain Kirk once said as he read from a version of the Declaration of Independence on an alien world:
Look at these three words written larger than the rest, with a special pride never written before or since. Tall words proudly saying We the People, it was not written for the chiefs or the kings or the warriors or the rich and powerful, but for all the people! …They must apply to everyone, or they mean nothing
The just-completed Democratic National Convention embraced that concept, proudly showcasing America’s future in all its diversity. Race, Nationality, Gender, Sexual orientation, Religion, and Socio-Economic status of all types were highlighted at one point or another. It was a beautiful spectacle to watch, especially when you consider what we will probably witness in the upcoming Republican National Convention. The Republican party, which has always lacked the diversity of Democrats, has been hi-jacked by Donald Trump, a man who cannot comprehend the indisputable fact, America is great because of its diversity. He stokes the fears, racism, bigotry, misogyny, and homophobia of those in MAGA hats who would fight to see that they don’t lose “their country” as if it ever was just their country. Individuals with no desire to see Americans living in harmony as one people, no desire to be part of the coalition of the righteous that rejects their beliefs and is growing stronger every day. No desire to see America finally become the nation it was created to be. A nation in which all people are created equal. He panders to the rich at the expense of the poor and the middle class, bragging about the stock market and offering large corporations multimillion-dollar bailouts while allowing the unemployment benefits for those suffering financially to expire. To Donald Trump, it is We SOME of the People
As Americans, how can we ask someone to lead us as a people, one people, when regrettably that person doesn’t have the desire or capacity to understand the meaning of three simple words. WE THE PEOPLE.