For the first 240 years of U.S. history, at least, our most revered chief executives reliably articulated a set of high-minded, humanist values that bound together a diverse nation by naming what we aspired to: democracy, humanity, equality. The Enlightenment ideals Thomas Jefferson etched onto the Declaration of Independence were given voice by Presidents from George Washington to @barackobama. @realdonaldtrump doesn’t talk like that. In the 18 months since his Inauguration, #Trump has mentioned “democracy” fewer than 100 times, “equality” only 12 times and “human rights” just 10 times. The tallies, drawn from a searchable online agglomeration of 5 million of Trump’s words, contrast with his predecessors’: at the same point in his first term, #RonaldReagan had mentioned equality three times as often in recorded remarks, which included 48 references to human rights, according to the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Trump embraces a different set of values. He speaks often of #patriotism, albeit in the narrow sense of military duty, or as the kind of loyalty test he’s made to #NFLplayers. He also esteems religious liberty and economic vitality. But America’s 45th President is “not doing what rhetoricians call that ‘transcendent move,'” says Mary E. Stuckey, a communications professor at Penn State University and author of Defining Americans: The Presidency and National Identity. Instead, with each passing month he is testing anew just how far from our founding humanism his “America first” policies can take us. And over the past two months on our southern border, we have seen the result.
UPDATE: Free-agent S Tre Boston mentioned during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that it’s been a “rough” market for him and the other available safeties. “It’s kinda rough man, they got us where they think they want us,” Boston said. “For us, we have to communicate with each other so we don’t take this minimum wage.” The Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts hosted Boston for free agent visits last month. According to Boston, the Cardinals extended him a “very, very disrespectful” offer, despite showing serious interest. “They rolled out the red carpet for me but the offer was very, very disrespectful,” Boston said of Arizona. As for the Colts, Boston said: “I didn’t meet with the GM, HC or DC. I was in the lunchroom for two hours. I even got to play basketball.” _______________________________________________________ Boston, 25, started 15 games for the Chargers last season and recorded 79 total tackles, five interceptions and eight pass defenses. ________________________________________________________ #nfl#nflnews#nfllive#nflupdates#nflnow Via @nflchase ================================= 👥 ⤵ Double tap & tag your friend Love it #footballart#football#footballislife#footballlife#footballer#americanfootballphotography#footballbaby#americanfootballer#footballboots#footballculture#footballsunday#nfl🏈 #nfldraft#nflbabes#nflpreseason#nflplayers