There’s a coat of arms on flags that fly wherever Donald Trump owns golf courses across the United States. It’s a family coat of arms. The only ironic thing is it isn’t Trump’s family coat of arms. It belongs to the late Marjorie Merriweather Post who built the Mar-a-Lago resort. Trump later bought it from Mrs. Post. He used the former owner’s family crest to aid and market Mar-a-Lago and his other golf courses.
He did change one word...the Latin word, “Integritas,” which, translated, means integrity. And Donald replaced that word with, “Trump.” Now, since Mrs. Post was married to Joseph Edward Davies, the family shield may have belonged to him. But, the bottom line is it did not belong to Trump or his family, ever.
Mr. Trump owns some golf courses in Scotland, but in Britain, or the UK, the British authorities have refused to allow Trump to use the coat of arms at his golf courses because it was not authenticated as HIS coat of arms. You see, in Scotland the Lord Lyon King of Arms enforces the Law of Arms under criminal jurisdiction. In the rest of the UK, the use of arms is a matter of civil law and regulated from the College of Arms and the Court of Chivalry. You cannot buy heritage. A coat of arms can be granted to you, but it must be approved. My guess would be Donald doesn’t have much of a chance to have an official coat of arms.
Personally, I don’t care if an American president has an old coat of arms for his family or not, but to usurp a coat of arms from someone else’s family and call it yours gives you an idea of the character of the person who is running off with some other family’s coat of arms. You can make up a coat of arms and fly it anywhere you wish, but to take another family’s coat of arms and utilize it is just a low-life thing you would expect The Donald to do.
Before the world became literate, before countries had mail that was sponsored by their government, before anybody had rights except to pay homage to their monarch, a coat of arms said this is my family and we have been here for a very long time.
I remember our sixth grade teacher at Matthew South Grade School in Clinton would quote this to us almost daily, “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” Obviously, somebody forgot to tell Donald John Trump. The sad thing is we as a people, we as a country are going to pay the price for that lesson that was lost or never told to Trump.
Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online on Saturday.