Former Vice President Joe Biden, speaking in Hartford on October 26th, urged us to not abandon our traditional values. I want to give that same advice to our current President. In that office, he should be the standard-bearer of our best values. And what could be a better place to start looking at those values than with The Ten Commandments? It’s hard to argue with them. Here they are:
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall make no idols.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Keep the Sabbath day holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.
Here’s The Ten Commandments tailor-made for Donald Trump:
- You shall not make of yourself a god, a center of the world, a perfect being.
- You shall not make an idol of money by worshipping an arms deal more than a human life and by giving tax breaks to the ultra-rich while denying hourly workers a living wage.
- You shall know that words are powerful and use them judiciously not stirring up mobs by insulting those you present to them as enemies.
- You shall honor what is holy. You shall phone and express empathy to those who have been targets of homemade bombs. You shall condemn anti-Semitic prejudice at the site of deaths caused by that prejudice. You shall welcome those seeking asylum from violence and death. You shall not separate little children from their parents. You shall remind us of the sanctity of human life as President Barak Obama did when he sang “Amazing Grace” in Charleston after the shooting deaths.
- You shall give credit to those who went before you who brought us out of a recession, extended our civil liberties, and enhanced our position in the world because they are upon whose shoulders you stand.
- You shall honor innocent life, whether they be hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, children in our public schools, or a college professor from California who comes forward to tell her truth because she sees it as her civic responsibility.
- You, who are comfortable with your own adultery and boast of your own sexual assault, shall not demean the pain of those who have suffered sexual assault and shall not publicly humiliate one of the women with whom you committed adultery.
- You shall not use the office of the President of the United States to make money for yourself.
- You shall not lie further to the American people even though, in your first 20 months in office, you made more than 5,000 false or misleading claims.
- You shall control your envy of world leaders who are autocrats, who are not limited by the rule of law, who engage in barbarism, who deny a free press, and who exercise absolute power because, if your envy wins out, our democracy will spiral down into fascism.
3 thoughts on “The Ten Commandments for Donald Trump”
Ann, this is wonderful. Our fully-woke college daughter loved it and plans to share with her peers. Thank you for shedding a spiritual light on this dark place of our collective experience.
Thank you for this wonderful exercise.