Over the last 40 years of my life the Republican Party has positioned themselves as the party of Hyper-Patriotism, Pro-Constitution, Family Values, and Strong Christian Values.
In the last year I have watched them ignore, accept, and even approve of, interference in our democracy by a country that was considered an existential threat to the United States only a few years ago. Believing foreign powers over its own citizens, intelligence community, and the free press.
They have suddenly become willing to ignore questionable actions, and foreign financial influences on the President of the United States. They now encourage a tsunami of executive orders, mere months after decrying executive overreach.
The GOP knowingly nominated a man for President who openly eschews family values, brags about sexually assaulting women, makes overtly sexual comments about his own daughter, and looks upon marriage as nothing more than a temporary arrangement.
And finally, the Republican Party and its religious base have openly admitted that the teachings of Jesus Christ are merely talking points, easily ignored when the possibility of political gain becomes attainable.
In short, they have willingly disregarded everything they claimed to have stood for — Opting for the easy road that grants short-term political gain, instead of the persecution and struggle that comes from standing up for inconvenient principles.
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Today we are forced to confront yet another chapter in the ongoing First Amendment Watch on the Trump Administration.
Keep in mind, if there had ever been such brazenly overt efforts to strip the Second Amendment in similar ways as Trump is pulling now on the First, you can guarantee that we would have already had an open revolt in this country. But for some reason, when it comes to Constitutional Rights that don’t have the same allure that comes from doubling as a hobby and/or lifestyle like the Second Amendment does, people have trouble grasping the actual impact of our First Amendment.
As intangible as thoughts and beliefs can be, they are literally the bedrock upon which all of our other rights and freedoms come from. That’s why it surprises me that I am not hearing more outcries over this! I can’t possibly be one of the only ones seeing this unfold!
Today Mr. Trump instituted what is described as “a temporary media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency, banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency’s social media accounts”.
At first glance, this would appear to be a direct attack on environmental legislation. But, while pro-EPA groups run to the press about what’s happening behind closed doors, our First Amendment rights take another hit. And if no one stands up to defend it, the next attack (probably coming in a day or two at this rate) will be even more draconian than this one.
It’s time to organize and mobilize like the Second Amendment folks, because as I’ve said before, scream all you want about the Second Amendment, but without the First no one will hear you.
If you have said something disrespectful about Barack Obama (publicly or privately, it doesn’t matter how many people knew), then you shouldn’t get upset about the things people are saying about Donald Trump now.
You’re right, it is disrespectful. It was then, and it is now. But it’s also Constitutional, and necessary.