MLK beautifully writes of Aquinas’ view of human law: “An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust…”
To my fellow Americans, Catholics, Christians, Jews, and Muslims, I ask you to ponder Aquinas’ view of human law. Then I ask you to ponder if laws that involve building walls, propagating homophobia, harming our planet’s environment, and banning people of a certain religion from entering this country, pass Aquinas’ test of human law: does it follow the divinely gifted natural law and uplift the human personality?
The Bill of Rights were born out of God’s Natural Law. We have a right to them. And indeed our Founders believed natural law comes from God, just as Aquinas did. John Quincy Adams writes:
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.
Jesus, Aquinas, and The Founders sought not to divide us into factions; instead they sought to unite us under God’s Natural Law. Trump and his supporters iniquitously seek to divide us at home according to skin color, and to divide the world into the Muslim World and the West. It is a complete deviation of Catholicism, Christianity, and American Principles. Why are Trump’s critics so incensed? They are vexed that Trump and those who support him deviate so acutely from our national principles, especially when so many have fought and died for those principles.
Two wars are often cited when one speaks of men and women making the ultimate sacrifice for our natural rights bequeathed by God: The Revolutionary War and World War II. And then there are folks, who blasphemously wrap themselves in the American flag while harboring the most hateful, racist beliefs. They have not the faintest notion of what that flag represents.
They voted for a man who is antonymic to the principles that those Americans died protecting. In dying, the heroes of our nation hoped to make eternal a country rooted in God’s great, sacred, and undeniable rights–they made the ultimate sacrifice for the American values that are now under attack. The Preamble to the Constitution states:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL men are created equal. That they were endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. – Thomas Jefferson
Trump does not subscribe to these fundamentally Christian and American beliefs. He has spurned equality by avouching ubiquitous racist and sexist rhetoric. Trump demonstrates his disregard for the right to life with his tax breaks to the wealthy and a vindictive drive to destroy the American Affordable Heath Care Act (Obamacare).
Obamacare has saved the 50,000 American lives (retrieved from https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pfp/interimhacrate2013.pdf on 3 August 2017)
Even if one argues the semantics of the previously cited research, it is accurate to say that many Americans diagnosed with cancer prior to Obamacare often declared bankruptcy, sold their homes, and their possessions, just to stay alive. Obamacare keeps people in their homes, prevents people from selling their possessions, and allows them to focus on getting treatment, without worrying about securing the money necessary to pay for treatment.
Yet Trump is lobbying Congress to repeal this law without anything to replace it. Millions would lose their health insurance coverage. The Consitution guarentees the right to life; nowhere does it say that you have an undeniable right to life, if you have Blue Cross and no pre-existing conditions. His tax breaks and bloated military budget take from the “least of these” and give to those who have plenty, while ignoring our natural right to life.
Trump demonstrated on multiple levels his disdain our most sacred democratic right: the right to vote. Before his election, he cried that the system was rigged. As an excuse for losing the popular vote by 3 million votes, and as an excuse for not uniting the country after such a divisive election, he fabricated a narrative that our election was highjacked by “illegals.” Overwhelming evidence proves that he is lying to the American people when he claims that millions of illegals voted.
The highjacking of this election occurred when Trump treacherously colluded with the Russian government to damage his opponent. He has demonstrated his scorn for the sacred right that is an essential component of any healthy democracy. It is our natural right and the people’s sovereign power to elect their leader without undue, outside influence.
Every president should respect and revere God’s Natural Law set forth in both the Constitution and Christianity. Donald Trump, who constantly attacks our most sacred democratic institutions and ignores our most deeply held beliefs, such as the election process and the right to life; whose treacherous use of Russian intelligence to influence the election, which was nothing short of a coup; is antonymic to God’s Natural Law, The Constitution, and Christianity.
Paul Adams Jr.