Melania Trump Recites the Lord’s Prayer in Melbourne, Florida.
I just heard the Lord’s prayer recited by our gracious,most beautiful first lady, Melania Trump. I was moved. I was particularly touched by the fact that she was willing to go in front of countless millions of strangers all around the world and with a charmingly-accented English, she spoke her peace.
Whoever she is and whatever she does will be transcribed in history from the very beginning of Trump’s ascendancy to the White House and hopefully for the next eight more years. I have written about her before. Even now, I can say that she has not disappointed me in anyway. She has risen above the contentious fray created by our ‘fake/real/news/ crap’ to become the First Lady of America.
For those of you who do not live in Christian rural areas, the Lord’s Prayer is always invoked before any official meeting of the county commissioners or anyone else acting in a capacity which warrants respect and reverence. It does not mean that everyone in the room is Christian or that non-Christians are unwelcomed. It simply means that those of us who participate in local politics [particularly in the south], or simply attend an official meeting, have to accept the fact that both the pledge of allegiance as well as the Lord’s Prayer are both recited as a matter of respect and national pride.
This invocation does not in any way preclude Muslims, Jews, Hindus, or Atheists from fully participating in the subsequent meeting. It simply means that whatever grievances or complaints that will be proffered cannot and will not take precedence before the official opening invocation.
For me, the presence of Melania on the steps of the WH or on a Trump quest for support, signifies that we, former refugees from eastern Europe, as well as other parts of the world have been accepted to represent the highest offices of this great country. In complete contrast to contrived mainstream media hysteria, I see another side of the Trump family narrative.
When the liberal media accuses Trump of neo-fascist tendencies and jingoism, I wonder how can they rationalize the fact that both Donald’s first wife, Ivana Trump, was a Czech-born citizen; and Melania was a Slovenian by birth and education. As someone who was intimately involved in the ‘regime change’ of the Soviet Union as well as Eastern Europe, I find it incredibly arrogant for anyone to expound about Trump’s ostensible xenophobia when both of these incredibly charming, educated women encountered a former life of repression and deprivation.
Let us start with Ivana. She was born under the Soviet rule in the Moravian town of Zlin, Czechoslovakia [Wikipedia]. She was an excellent skier and used her remarkable talent to attend McGill University in Canada. Along with her then husband, Trump, she worked on the renovation of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in NYC; the construction of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in NJ; and the Trump Tower in NYC. BTW, Ivana was named Hotelier of the Year 1990.
Ivan gave birth to three extremely talented, attractive children who went to work for their father in the real estate development business. Not too shabby for a former “cellmate” of the Soviet Union.
Melania was born in Novo Mesto [New Place], SR Slovenia, then part of Yugoslavia [Wikipedia]. Her father worked for a state-owned enterprise which made cars and motorcycles. What is important to understand about both of these women was that they needed/wanted to leave a country which was under the rule of homegrown Communists and the Soviet Union.
For those of you who have never had the misfortune to live in the Soviet Union, or it’s equally repressive satellite countries, then let me give you an idea what it was for these women growing up:
- You are never free to go wherever you want and whenever you want.
- Food is rationed.
- If you want to buy food you must barter, steal, or do whatever you need to do in order to feed your family.
- Loyalty to Communism and the state [as well as the Soviet Union] was absolutely supreme. No religion, faith, belief, or idea could supersede your loyalty to the state.
- If you wanted to start a business or go out on your own… forget it! The state would take precedence and you worked in conjunction with and for the state.
- You must accept an unwarranted knock on the door anytime in the night to inform the elite security units where you had been and what you had been doing.
In order to leave this type of repression, it took these two women, guile, wit and intelligence to arrive into America and become a successful citizen.
Place such history in contrast with the gilded lives of the major journalists and TV personalities. You can easily see the absurd contradictions inherent in the faux accusations that anyone in the Trump family could be anti-immigration or anti-Muslim. Both of these Trump women were and are immigrants who were fortunate enough to come to the USA in order to make something impressive of themselves.
Can we say that Maggie Haberman of the NY Times born into a liberal journalistic family ?She never underwent the same hardships, having attended the tony private schools– Fieldston High School/Sarah Lawrence.
Can we declare Anderson Cooper, scion of the Vanderbilt fortune and a Dalton School, Yale/CIA graduate, a man born/raised from misfortune and destitution ?
We have a major discrepancy where the entitled ruling elite of America has decided to act as if they were defending the rights of misfortunate immigrants when in fact two of these foreigners went from rags to riches without the assistance of family wealth or connections.
Welcome Hypocrisy! for you have finally found a home in the liberal American media which had nothing to do with helping any of us change most of the countries cradled within the penumbra of the Soviet Union.
The great American playwright, Tennessee Williams wrote the following:
“The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that’s also a hypocrite!”