Can we truthfully say today’s events are something we didn’t expect to happen? For that matter, does anyone here on the forum expect Trump to step up to the challenge and tell his base, what happened today is not at all what he is about? And have his rabid supporters, stop the chanting of “lock her up,” when it starts?
I believe I know the answers to my questions. Because we have Donald J. Trump Nationalist sitting behind The Resolute Desk, who is acting like a wannabe demigod far more than the leader of the free world.
Before I continue, take a moment and ponder these questions, what makes the United States a leader in the free world? What is it about this country, that draws other individuals to its shores? What is it about the make-up of the body politic that entices others to want to come here to become citizens of the United States? Could it be this?
How brave a thing is freedom of speech, which has made the Athenians so far exceed every other state of Hellas in greatness!'
Is it possible people from other countries viewed the US as the ancient Greek philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates saw Athens as a bastion of freedom of speech?
Many factors beckon people to leave their home countries to come here in the hopes of becoming citizens of the US. No need to cover them all, but, freedom of speech by far is one of the main ones. With our free speech, we have a free press able to speak truth to power as stated in our first amendment:
Congress shall make no law 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.
Freedom of speech, or of the press. This short sentence troubles Trump. We cannot look past his constant refrain ‘the press is the enemy of the people’ the result of his constantly saying that at his rallies, often result in those in attendance yelling and screaming at those in the press pen. Who frankly, are there to do their job, which is to cover and report out on the rally.
Trump makes these statements, revels in the crowd’s adulation for throwing the red meat they seem to want. For the most part, people do the chanting and hooting and hollering; it makes them feel good, they got to show their support for their guy. On their travel home I never thought some might contemplate making bombs to murder people. However, today, I wonder.
Two weeks ago we had the murder of Jamal Khashoggi an American resident and reporter. Mr. Khashoggi left his beloved Saudi Arabia because he feared that his writing would get him in trouble with the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman who like Trump has little love for the press “how brave a thing is freedom of speech.” Brave enough for individuals like Mr. Khashoggi to leave his country so he could have the opportunity to implore MBS in the form of mild criticism to do more in the way of reforms. However, instead of accepting it seems he Mr. Khashoggi killed. Why? Like Trump has a thin skin and can’t handle the truth when it’s pointed out them.
Alexis de Tocqueville came to the US to learn how this new form nation would handle their experiment in democracy in which they embarked.
The gradual development of the equality of conditions is therefore a providential fact. It has the essential characteristics of one: it is universal, durable, and daily proves itself to be beyond the reach of man’s powers. Not a single event, not a single individual, fails to contribute to its development. Is it wise to believe that a social movement that originated so far in the past can be halted by the efforts of a single generation? Does anyone think that democracy, having destroyed feudalism and vanquished kings, will be daunted by the bourgeois and the rich? Will it stop now that it has become so strong and its adversaries so weak? Where are we headed, then? No one can say, because we have no basis for comparison. Already today conditions among Christians are more equal than they have ever been at any previous time anywhere in the world. Thus the magnitude of what has been done already prevents us from anticipating what can still be done. - Alexis de. Tocqueville: Democracy in America
Not for a moment do I think Trump has read de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. Had he, he might have an understanding of how he should be a protector of something as fragile as the concept of democracy. Instead, he is taking cues on leadership from people like Putin, Erdogan, and Duterte all autocrats, the people he likes. Who are shall we say, a bit impervious to democracy not to mention, no fans of the press let alone the concept of free speech.
Since Trump has a significant problem with the truth and those who received bombs are individuals he derides at his rallies, is it unreasonable that people are drawing a line to his rally rhetoric to bombs suddenly being delivered to those he has derided?
Having the privilege to sit behind the Resolute Desk, carries with it a responsibility to people of this country, to borrow a phrase from the TV Series Green Arrow, “Donald J. Trump you have failed this country.”