Like Mattias Tannhauser at the siege of Malta, President Trump is besieged on all sides. Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump is likely to be snubbed by the high society of Washington, DC. And so too was Mary Lincoln snubbed while her husband Abraham was beset on all sides. Yet both represented “We the People”, i.e., the dreaded populism.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “The Dreaded Populism”, published to YouTube on February 8, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 7 minutes and 59 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
“I came to Malta not for riches or honor, but to save my soul,” reads the inscription on a gold bangle worn by Mattias Tannhauser, hero of Tim Willock’s novel about the siege of Malta in 1565. In the novel (The Religion), a sacred relic inspires the besieged: the purported hand of John the Baptist. So too were the Knights Templar believed to venerate another purported sacred relic, the head of John the Baptist. The Knights Hospitaller on Malta as well as the Knights Templar elsewhere are thereby potentially linked to what is called “the Johannite heresy”, in which John the Baptist and not Jesus is thought to have been the true Messiah. (Background: Let The Squabbles Begin, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, February 3, 2017.)
The Johannite “heresy” is tied to an ancient religious sect, the Mandeans. There is a theory (advocated by, for example, author Lynn Picknett) that the Knights Templar, while in the Holy Land during the early Crusades, encountered the Mandean teachings and were secretly converted to them.
Not only is President Donald Trump besieged now at his own “Isle of Malta” (Washington, DC), but First Lady Melania Trump is likely to experience somewhat of the same. And so, for now, the First Lady is keeping a low profile in New York City.  When (and if) things calm down, she is more likely to move into the White House. At that point, it is feared she may be snubbed socially by the Washington, DC high society, as was Mary Lincoln before her.
Trump has “no experience” we keep hearing, and neither did Abraham Lincoln in his time (unless you count one term as a congressman in the 1840s). Lincoln was a populist, as proclaimed in his Gettysburg Address (… “that government of the people, by the people, and for the people…”). So too is President Trump sneered at as a populist.
Populism is being disrespected lately in some quarters. The word comes from the Latin, “Populus”, meaning, “a people, nation.”  “We the People” proclaims the start of the U.S. Constitution. So why is it that a U.S. president having enormous popular support has been so overwhelmingly subjected to negativity by what is supposed to be a fair and impartial press?
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 “Melania Trump in Trump Tower: First Lady keeps low profile in tall building”, by AFP, AP, with staff writers. February 6, 2017. http://tinyurl.com/j2zzjud
 An Elementary Latin Dictionary, by Charlton D. Lewis, Ph.D. Oxford University Press, 2000.