Stand Your Ground

Yesterday, I complained that Democrats are becoming Republicans, in terms of the tactics they use to denigrate the “other side.” And I still believe that and wish we’d focus on issues. But then, today, the psychopath-in-chief’s administration decided to begin the process of silencing the media. And my rage has skyrocketed to new levels. This time, the howls of protest from every part of the public, from ring-wing to far left-wing, are legitimate and deserve to be heard at full volume.

The thin-skinned psychopath and his henchmen decided today to “punish” some of the media they call “fake” by prohibiting them from attending a press gaggle, held instead of the usual news briefing that includes live cameras and the like. The first amendment’s protections specify that Congress shall not make laws that would abridge the freedom of the press. Perhaps it’s time to modify the Amendment’s language to clarify that the occupant of the White House, currently the psychopath-in-chief, and his henchmen also are prohibited from such breaches of freedom.

I have a theory that Sean Spicer, bruised and angry at how he’s been portrayed on Saturday Night Live, decided to avoid any TV cameras and some of the more aggressive questioners in the media during his conversation today with the media, eliminating a bit of the rich materials available to SNL. Whether that’s true or not, it’s not a legitimate reason to prevent the free media from covering the White House. Maybe the following adjustments would address the problem. First, of course, we must remove the cancer and the ugly nutrients that feed it.

Amendment I

Neither Congress nor any member of the Executive Branch shall make no laws, issue edicts, or otherwise take actions respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

On an unrelated subject, I wonder if  “stand your ground” laws would offer protection for the people’s response to being robbed of their freedom?

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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