Clarence Page and Donald the Dumb—
The President of Trump University

To be honest with my readers, I want to get all my cards on the table and face up. I didn’t vote for Donald the Dumb. Nevertheless, he is what we have until Special Counselor Robert Mueller returns with his findings.

Donald the Dumb

In the meantime, I was reading Clarence Page’s op-ed column in the Chicago Tribune entitled: Trump is showing us he needs a history lesson. I owe Page a great deal beyond his clarion voice related to civil rights in America.

Clarence Page

He helped me with my webpage. While looking something up that Page wrote, I went to the newspaper’s website and clicked on Page’s column. What did I discover?

I discovered a new idea. Page was prefacing his editorials with a short video. That observation took place three and a half years ago. The first thing that I thought was that the video was an excellent idea. However, the next thing was the question about why I hadn’t thought of it? I have used the video and essay combination since March of 2014. Again, to be honest, it has only been in the past year or so that I learned from Page how to look more natural in my videos.

Then, as chance would have it, I was reading an op-ed column by Page recently about Donald the Dumb needing a history lesson. While Page doesn’t reference our president as Donald the Dumb, that was precisely his point.

Page wrote a column about Donald the Dumb commenting about Fredrick Douglass, who lived during the time of the Civil War in America. Douglass was a runaway slave, who tried to get to freedom in 1836 and again in 1837. However, on September 3, 1838, Douglass was successful in part due to both Anna Murray, who was a free black, and the Underground Railroad. He said of his freedom, “I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

Frederick Douglass

Donald the Dumb’s statement was that Douglass, “...(he) is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job, that is being recognized more and more, I notice.” Page’s comment was that Donald the Dumb used the present tense of the verb indicating that Douglass was still alive.

One would think that Donald the Dumb, the founder and president of Trump University, would have known that Douglass died at the end of the 19th century in 1895.

Nevertheless, if Douglass were still alive today, he could have restated his comment that he made a century and a half ago with a short preface that he was addressing especially to Donald the Dumb. “No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.” Then Douglass would have added that this would apply to blacks, Muslims, and Mexicans.

However, the thing that made Douglass great was his struggle to free himself along with other slaves. He observed, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Interestingly, Lyn Swann had the same observation about life.

Nevertheless, we tend to avoid problems. The less problems we face, the better it will be for us. That mindset is a fatal flaw if we maintain that notion. What makes us great is how we address the problems of life. Randy Pausch, said, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

Fredrick Douglass is dead. Nonetheless, his drive and determination endures in our lives when we remember how he played the hand that he was dealt. If we don’t, Edward R. Murrow has already warned us.

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