Trump: Patriot or Statesman?

statesman or stateswoman is usually a politiciandiplomat or other notable public figure who has had a long and respected career at the national or international level.

patriot is a person who espouses or practices patriotism.

Many can agree that President Trump has not had a long and respected career as a statesman, however, the masses could agree he’s a 21st Century Patriot based upon his drive to make America his #1 priority.

His use of Twitter (as his bullhorn/pulpit for domestic and global announcements) has become his standard.

While President Trump may not be riding a horse (through villages), warning of an impending colonial invasion, he’s making history like no other Presidential Patriot before him. 

Those on the left (and right), who abhor Trump’s remarks would probably disagree with using the words “patriot” or “statesman” in the same company of those who’ve gone before him. Nonetheless, Trump’s presidency is based upon his America First mantra, which has served him well. 

No doubt, not all of our patriots ended their careers on a high note. Paul Revere went on to become a Massachusetts militia officer only to end his service after the failed Penobscot Expedition in which 500 militia were killed and all 44 ships were lost.

Revere was absolved of any blame for the disastrous Penobscot Expedition.

John Adams, a founding father (and President), of our country was also defined as an American Patriot, however, one would have to wonder how well his signing into law the Alien and Sedition Act of 1798 would have gone over in today’s world of mass migration. The Naturalization Act increased the residency requirement from five to fourteen years. The Alien Friends Act allowed the President to deport and imprison aliens who posed a threat to the peace and safety of the United States.

A revised Alien Enemies Act is still in effect today.

One can go and on and find the good, bad and very ugly of every American Patriot who has come before Donald Trump but, one thing remains, these men (and women) have shaped the United States into what it has become and what it will be in the future.