Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I Rise To The Bait And Respond To A Trump Tweet

I get it. The 45th President of the United States likes creating kerfuffles by tweeting things that outrage his opponents who then provide responses that give him fodder to use at his rallies. It's a tried and true propaganda technique. That said, this tweet goes too far even for the low standards the nation has set for Trump.

Let's leave aside for the moment that this deal is more vague and less enforceable than the one struck by the Clinton administration and that Trump himself began the war rhetoric with "fire and fury" tweets.

"Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!" is a direct assault on the First Amendment. Pointing out that something the President considers an accomplishment may indeed be flawed makes one the nation's "biggest enemy"? Bigger than Russia? China? Iran? By the way even if North Korea does give up its nuclear program, that doesn't mean it won't have offensive cyber warfare program and there are plenty of vulnerabilities.

We were given a republic and told it was our duty to keep it. Pointing out a leader's flaws is part of that duty and doesn't make one an "enemy."



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