As the Trump campaign has escalated racial and ethnic tension and bullying in schools, this letter by George Washington becomes essential reading in every social studies and history class as a reminder of what the Founding Fathers actually believed.
To honor Nelly's work and capture her position in life, I have created one graphic of her beloved tomato soup recipe, as well as a poetry graphic about her destiny as a plantation matron. Similar Quaker and slave graphics tied to Woodlawn's food history are forthcoming.
One could be excused for believing the world is upside down at the moment. On the campaign stump, Donald Trump is now invoking the name of George Washington to defend protectionist designs underpinned by crude anti-immigrant slurs.
What we observe today with Donald Trump as a nominee, and Mitch McConnell obstructing our Constitution by blocking Obama's candidate for the Supreme Court, is an echo of past times in which our country has seen the ugly side of ideological extremism.
It takes humility to act in concert. George Washington was always looking for consensus. He was always cognizant of his responsibilities as the first President. He knew his choices would set precedents for all future generations. What if our leaders held themselves to that standard?
We are left to conclude that at least in this situation, "patient first" has become "patient last." And that those cynics who define "patient" as a mechanism to extract revenue from a third party payer may be onto something.
In a mea culpa Op-Ed, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recently took himself and the press to task for allowing Donald Trump to use the media to his advantage. "We were lap dogs, not watchdogs" he admitted.