Why Buy The Cow?

constitution-preamble-quill-pen-570x378-300x198Hubris. Thy name is Trump.

Supporter or not, there’s no denying Trump is, if nothing else, a man who hasn’t let his shallow understanding of our Constitution stand in his way.

Granted, there is something to be said for those who forge their own path in life. Great leaders often have the power and the courage to soldier on while others question how.

When I think of inspiring, huge dreams, I think of people who have pushed the envelope on impacting lives. Dreaming big and empowering others around the world with global solutions that are ground-breaking.

Do they profit from their ideas and ideals? I certainly expect so. But great leaders articulate ideals that motivate them beyond money or power.

Donald Trump has articulated sound bites. He seems to be motivated solely by money and power. I may be accused of being small-minded, but I have to admit I don’t hold him in the same esteem as either Branson or Musk. He fails to motivate or empower me.

What he does do, however, is stun me by his lack of knowledge or willful neglect of the Constitution he has been voted into office to uphold. Perhaps now might be a good time to read or re-read the FOLLOWING  

So artfully crafted; this document which has shaped our country and the rights we hold dear is being overlooked by a man who would fancy himself King Donald were that possible in America.

In Article 1, Section 9, Paragraph 8, often called the Emolument Clause, we find:No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

Trump’s vast holdings include many located overseas where, during the course of his Presidency, he will be in the position to wield influence in the form of tax benefits or building code variations that benefit him. Although there is no law requiring presidents to separate themselves from personal business interests, as there is for most other elected officials, this potential thin line could create a political nightmare for the country, as we must now view each trip aboard and each conversation with a foreign country as suspect.

His recent brouhaha over “Hamilton” , his Twitter eruptions over Saturday Night Live, and yesterday’s reported dressing down of the mainstream media all call to mind our freedom of speech and our freedom of the press. To wit, in the Second Amendment (part of what is commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights), we find: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

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Ilene Slatkohttp://writeassistance.weebly.com/
Ilene Slatko joined Farr, Miller & Washington in early 2017 as a Vice President of Business Development. She will be bringing her financial education seminars back to the DC area; in particular, her long standing, “Women and Their Money” program. Her knowledge and insights have helped make the difference for many who have sat through her presentations and seminars. Ms. Slatko comes to Farr, Miller & Washington from Delaware Shareholder Services, where, as Principal, she followed bankrupt publicly traded companies for stakeholders around the globe. Prior to DSS, she spent 24 years as a Financial Advisor working with high-net-worth individuals, having started with Merrill Lynch prior to the Crash of 1987.

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