Republican nominee Donald Trump denies that all men are created equal. He says it is not a true statement because some are smart and others are not. His arrogance and perhaps ignorance has caused many to miss what may be a valuable point. When the Constitution states that all men are created equal, it is not speaking of being equal genetically. It means that all men in America share equal opportunities. Although many Americans remain sub-par as it relates to systemic racism and the like, the structure of this legal document does not speak to actual human makeup.
For anyone to believe that all are created with equal genetics, they must not have a complete understanding of science. More importantly, for Trump to mix science with the constitution further questions his understanding of the political experience and his ability to adequately represent this great country. Yes, the Republican nominee is an intelligent man as it relates to other things, but he also reinforces the idea that common sense is not as common as many think. Trump subscribes to a racehorse theory of human development that he explains as follows:
When you connect two racehorses you usually end up with a fast horse.
While genetics play a role in natural aptitudes, it does not mean people cannot all achieve success in this world. Many agree that a person who is not genetically gifted in any area is far less likely to “succeed” than someone who is. The problem with this issue is Trump’s attempt to mix science or genetics with the Constitutional lingo. This is a biological reality. Equality is a social construct and does not exist in nature. No one is equal when it comes to talents, collective populations, and civilization achievement.
Mr. Trump speaks with pride of having a German bloodline and calls it great stuff. The candidate reported in an earlier interview that he has the “winning” gene. His paternal grandfather, who came to America at 16 with little more than a name he later changed, lived a true rags-to-riches life, leaving his widow and three kids a modest fortune when he died. Fred Trump, born Friedrich Drumpf, in Kallstadt, Germany, in 1869, had an estate worth $500,000 in today’s dollars when he died in 1918 at age 49.
Nevertheless, nothing about his German lineage implies a supernatural intelligence. There are geniuses in every ethnicity. Intelligence is also mostly centered around educating from an early age when the human brain can absorb the most information. The idea that millions of people do not know the basics of child development and condescending racial behavior is horrifying. The Republican nominee’s claim indicates that his success has very little to do with intellect, rearing, or upbringing, instead is strongly hinged on “great genes.”
Trump denies all men are created equal because he is a gene-believer. The businessman believes some, such as himself, are superior to others. To support this thought process, he said:
When you put together the genes of a superior woman and a superior man, the result is superior offspring.
The former reality television star believes God helped him by giving him brainpower, which others do not possess. According to Trump, Winning is something that is innate and involves the winning gene. He has those winning genetics and therefore a positive advantage. He added:
It would be wonderful if you could develop it, but I’m not so sure you can.
Trump’s true surname, Drumpf, does not have a superior meaning, but its close relative Trumpf does. According to Google Translate, “trumpf” is German for “trump card,” which is a noun that originally refers to the game of Bridge, and now other card games, where a playing card of a particular suit ranks above other suits, which can win a trick. It also refers to a valuable resource that one can use, particularly as a surprise, in order to gain an advantage.
Trump denies “all men created equal” theory based on eugenics. Many argue that his superior attitude has nothing to do with genes; it is simply privilege thinking and delusional pride. Eugenics advocates for doing away with certain groups of people and genetically engineering out or preventing from conception those who someone deems inferior. That is eugenics. Trump’s rhetoric is just arrogance and ignorance.
Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race is detailed in Edwin Black’s book, “War Against the Weak.” The book explains how American corporate philanthropies launched a national campaign of ethnic cleansing in the United States, helped found and fund the Nazi eugenics of Hitler and Mengele — and then created the modern movement of “human genetics.”
The eugenics movement of the early 1900s ultimately went horribly wrong despite its noble aims. If eugenics is the backdrop of Trump’s theory, voters need to wake up and realize America, with all of its defects, is already a great country. All men are created equal regardless of race, religion, economics, and ethnicity, and as such, should be treated with equality as affirmed in the Constitution of the United States.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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