After much ado over Donald Trump’s Cabinet selection, today he was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. The event must hold some kind of psychological association for me, for I found myself meditating upon “riches” and “power.”

Everyone knows that riches are great. They lead to power, which is fantastic! And then, power leads to corruption… Wait a minute.

Oh yes. Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes. Based on his knowledge of history, Lord Acton put it this way: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Lord Acton

Long before Lord Acton, I imagine Jesus was thinking of the corrupting influence of wealth and power when He said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:25)

In Jesus’ day, the “eye of the needle” referred to a small gate that walled cities used for security at nighttime. The smaller gate prevented marauding thieves from sweeping into the city under the cover of dark. It slowed down camels, too.

The camel has to be unloaded completely then coaxed onto its knees so that it can crawl through the small gate which is called "The Eye of the Needle." (Photo: Bertram Poole Art)

The camel has to be unloaded completely then coaxed onto its knees so that it can crawl through the small gate which is called “The Eye of the Needle.” (Photo: Bertram Poole Art)

Am I saying that Donald Trump is going to be the richest, most powerful, most corrupt U.S. President of all time? I would never say such a thing, although you are allowed to think whatever you must. I simply note that Donald Trump will be confronted with more corrupting temptation than any previous President in U.S. history–precisely because of his great wealth.

That’s where we come in.

"Democracy is when the people keep government in check." ~ Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi is the State Counsellor of Myanmar (Burma) and Leader of the National League for Democracy.

It would be irresponsible and cruel to leave anyone alone to face such a crushing onslaught of corruption as that which will soon tempt our new President. Or do I mean, “crushing onslaught of temptation that will soon corrupt…”?

Of course President Trump has select advisors and Cabinet leaders to do the work, err… to help him. But their wealth and worldly power expose them to the very same seductive temptations. Therefore, We, The People, must always stand outside the President’s small circle of “Yes” people. We must never be tempted to kiss his derrière.

Neither is actually a realistic temptation for me. Do you expect to be near enough for him to hear your voice, or for you to take aim at his backside?

However, I am confident that as we stand together all across this country, we will firmly guide the man now installed in the highest office of our land. Together, we will keep our eyes on the prize of democracy. Together, we have the power. Together, we are the President’s advisors.

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