by S.A. Prince
So, on Friday morning President Trump, well, I won’t repeat what’s been reported elsewhere. Let’s just take an excerpt from AP News 4/7/17:
“The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles Thursday night in fiery retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. President Donald Trump cast the U.S. assault as vital to deter future use of poison gas and called on other nations to join in seeking “to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.
It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Trump’s most dramatic military order since becoming president just over two months ago.”
One would be led to place blame upon POTUS45 for the events that occurred in Syria the other night, and you would be well within your right, but you would not be entirely correct. Yes, Trump ordered the strike on Syria much like his predecessor, Barack Obama, did countless times, a record number of drone strikes to be exact. American presidents are no stranger to ordering massive death from the skies. Trump, like Obama, should be accountable to actions undertaken during his presidency, especially those that are a direct result of his orders, but should we be holding his feet to the fire first?
Your answer to this question is a matter of perspective. Are we to fault the monsters of history for their immoral use of power, power that they did not earn or take, but power that they were given? Do note my use of the word “given.” Power cannot be consolidated through the act taking, only by giving. For one to have power, it must be transferred to them by a sovereign entity. Without relationship there is no power. Even if you kill somebody, you cannot take their power, only their physical existence. One needs to look no further than the lasting memory and ideals of Dr. King and Malcolm X to prove this.
To further illustrate: Think about these two people: A person who is a leader of many, and a person who is in isolation. Which one of them has more power? Why? The leader has more power, because through choice (giving) people have empowered him.
In truth though, the only power we are given is the God-given power over self. Any other form of power is an aberration. Now, I am not saying that leaders are bad, and that you should strive toward a life of isolation. It’s actually quite the opposite. Being in the midst of people with specific gifts, talents, and skills that attract others to follow them is absolutely amazing. The fact remains, in order to follow one must give up their power. The most beautiful and encouraging thing about power given is that the giver can take their sovereign power back at any time. Following is a choice.
Is Hitler to blame for the Holocaust, the giving or orders to ship millions of Jews by train to camps where the lot of them would die? Kinda. Hitler was a monster, but the BIGGEST monsters were his order-followers. Likewise, POTUS45 could be a monster, but the bigger monsters are those of us who either follow his orders or stand idly by.
Blindly following orders is the most immoral thing a person can do. Giving up your God-given right to think and decide for yourself is the worst kind of lethargy. Yes, Trump gave the order, but that order rolled downhill, and everybody involved had a decision to make, follow it or not. Down to the soldier that pressed the trigger that would fire those missiles, they all chose to follow that order. But, that’s what the military is about, right? Following orders. The military, religion, government, police. All of these subcultures are fortified by those who would blindly follow orders. Take a closer look and you’ll see that the entire country is a culture built on passing the buck of morality responsibility by those that foolhardily assume moral non-culpability, and we let them get away with it.
We let the order followers get away scot-free while trying to hold people like POTUS45 accountable. Trump is a symptom of the problem, not the problem! If we never address the violence within ourselves, the immorality that exists when we blindly follow orders, then we will never have a peaceful existence on this planet. By giving up our sovereign and God-given power for the low hanging fruit of non-decision, we relegate our children to inherit a world of abasement.