The Presidential Orders That Have the Greatest Impact Worldwide are Being Signed While the Rest of Us are Worried About Covid-19, and the President…
On April 3, 2020, under the cloak of education, virtues and values, President Donald Trump honored the seventh Chabad Rabbi who died in 1994. Some within the Chabad-Lubavitcher, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who some believe to have been the founder of today’s Chabad spiritual teachings.
In affixing his signature to the proclamation below, President Trump told young Chabad children that the United States does not actually value their education at all. In so doing, under the laughable guise of virtues, President Trump spat in the faces of young boys who suffered abuse around the world within the Chabad movement. The abuse hidden by Chabad in Australia sparked an entire Royal Commission and an award to one of many victims, Manny Waks, for his suffering. Chabad is embroiled in numerous investigations in the United States for the abuse of children in their Yeshivas. The President does not seem to care. While no one was looking he sent a message to his religious followers that the United States values religion over all else, even when that religion is threatening the very threads of American democracy and the separation of church and state.
On April 3, 2020, while everyone was distracted with Covid-19, President Trump repaid those who helped him get elected in spades. Commuting the sentence of Shalom Rubashkin was apparently not enough. For his religious supporters, President Trump gave legitimacy to the non-education of children by way of a Presidential Education Honor. The irony is like a punch in the gut. It is laughable, were it not so utterly ignorant, misguided and devoid of any notion of reality.
Which little birds were whispering in his ear?
Was it perhaps his son-in-law who is loosely connected to Chabad? Or was it the Chabad connection that ties Trump to Putin that supplied the impetus? Was this proclamation the subject of discussion at the Purim event that should not have happened in light of a country under siege by a virus? Or was it Chabad’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal or Guiliani’s mayoral position in the town of Anatevka that was Trump’s inspiration? Trump and his supporters have called the impeachment trial a witch hunt. Perhaps. But, was it really a witch hunt if Trump is honoring the very founder of Chabad in the middle of a pandemic under the guise of education when Chabad does not educate its children in secular subjects? Or, is there something more?
It is so interesting that Trump chose this same timing to also fire the Inspector General of the Intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, the person largely credited with providing information for the impeachment.
What is Trump hiding; or rather who is he protecting?
While the proclamation was mentioned about a year ago; the timing in the middle of a pandemic begged no dissonance. It was so very fortuitous. While the rest of us are distracted with seclusion, President Trump is taking action by Executive Order that will affect our children and our children’s children. He cannot manage anything that requires cooperation or begs dissent.
And why not reward Chabad when places like Crown Heights, New York are reeling from Covid-19’s war on collective prayer because congregants were not availing themselves of the social distancing mandates. How could the flock have known better when their Commander in Chief was leading them astray?
Donald Trump can neither understand the pandemic nor can he grasp the economics behind it. If you allow your religious to continue collective prayer they will get sick. Their large families will require public assistance at greater numbers, thereby costing the economy many millions in future support. If you allow people to worship G-d on Easter and Purim you pave a path for a pathogen that you do not understand, one that declares war on the bodies of its subjects.
But to enforce such edicts could mean putting the obligation to protect (he is after all Commander in Chief) ahead of a right to practice. Who would provide him funding then? So, you reward religious leaders for their, what exactly?
And President’s Trump is ill equipped to make mind-numbingly obvious decisions about the safety of his citizens if it means taking on the religious right which supported and financed his campaign. He is guaranteeing they will do so in the future, regardless of how many of them die.
Trump’s thirst for money and grandeur knows no bounds. It is likely the birds whispering in his ear are leading him far astray. Or perhaps they are making way for Trump’s future endeavors?
President Trump is not equipped to juggle the “Constitutional Rights” to practice religion while, at the same time, demanding religious followers practice religion in solitude to keep the rest of us safe. He is not equipped to choose between these two things when doing so would mean setting aside an ego stroked by aggrandizement. So instead, he is appeasing the forces that got him elected and have kept him seated on his pedestal.
The emperor’s clothes are getting worn.
Over the next few days we will address yet another Executive Order singed by our Commander in Chief in the midst of a pandemic under cover of darkness. This Executive Order potentially allows one of the world’s most controversial billionaires access to capital, despite his multiple companies’ well-earned position on the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) list of sanctioned entities. The players in that tragedy are the same as they are here: Chabad, Guiliani, Putin, Dershowitz and Freeh and the list goes on.
This is all while anyone interested in oversight is too busy worrying about Covid-19.
Proclamation on Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2020
Preparing the next generation to lead lives of purpose and significance is one of our foremost responsibilities. Education is essential to cultivating a spirit of curiosity and learning, developing character and conscience, and strengthening the will to work collaboratively. On Education and Sharing Day, we pay tribute to the family members, educators, mentors, clergy members, and other community leaders who invest in the lives of our Nation’s youth through education and fostering kindness and caring for one another.
Today, we celebrate Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, a compassionate and visionary leader whose influence continues unabated since his passing more than a quarter century ago. This year marks 70 years since Rabbi Schneerson assumed leadership of the international Chabad-Lubavitch movement, building the faith-based network into a dynamic force for good which affects millions of people around the world. Although he witnessed the unimaginable tragedies that beset the world during World War II, the Holocaust, and the oppression and violence of the Cold War, the Lubavitcher Rebbe retained his fundamental belief in the potential of all people and the liberating nature of education. Committed to the idea that education must “pay more attention, indeed the main intention, to the building of character, with emphasis on moral and ethical values,” he established schools and centers for education, service, and spiritual growth on college campuses and in communities across our Nation and around the world. His legacy and enduring commitment to young people continue as examples of selfless service and devotion for all who know the story of his purposeful life.
Knowledge inspired by unwavering virtue and commitment to faith were central to the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s life and mission. When put into practice, these values empower people of all ages to fulfill their unique purpose, and in turn to enhance and enrich our great Nation. On this day, let us acknowledge that each person has a unique purpose that can be unleashed through an individual, whole-of-person approach to education, and let us renew our commitment to supporting education as a means by which individuals may grow their gifts, develop their talents, and fulfill their God-given potential. May we work to shape a brighter future by preserving these foundations of freedom and fellowship for generations to come.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 5, 2020, as “Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.” I call upon all government officials, educators, volunteers, and all the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
third day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
DONALD J. TRUMP