What more is there to say when our so-called President declares that he is totally at war with the highest priority of the Constitution of the United States of America?
There is a compelling reason why the very first article in the Bill of Rights proclaims that freedom of the press is the #1 element in the practice of democracy. We have seen over time the wisdom of their declaration.
There is a horrifying reason why Donald J. Trump declares that freedom of the press is the #1 enemy of the people. We have seen time and again how a smothered or manipulated press is the most effective tool of despots–the kind of leaders he most admires and wants to emulate.
Because this war on the free press by the least-American President in history is so blatant and so obviously counter to everything that every fourth grader learned about the Bill of Rights, one might think that even Trump’s most rabid followers would have a few qualms about what this means. (Forget what the Republicans in Congress might feel about it; they succumbed to mass misfeasance long ago.) I can only imagine that their failure to think this might be a bit too much is that they have adopted a “means justify the ends” mindset in hopes that he’ll somehow deliver on whatever they hoped for when they voted for him.
The Big Lie was not just Hitler’s favorite tool. We have seen the power of The Big Lie right here in America. It drove Hillary Clinton’s approval rating down from strongly positive to strongly negative in the few years between her retiring as Secretary of State and becoming a candidate for President. We have seen the public’s trust in Robert Mueller’s investigation go from positive to negative in a matter of months. In both cases, the target of The Big Lie did nothing different to account for the drop; what was different was the incessant noise of The Big Lie, 24/7.
It is no overstatement to say that unless the Democrats win at least one chamber of Congress this November, the ongoing slaughter of our First Amendment will continue unabated until the most sacred foundation of our revolutionary democratic experiment is lost and gone, perhaps forever.
Anyone—Democrat, Independent, Republican—who doesn’t want that to happen has to do whatever it takes to prevent it. That means giving serious amounts of money to candidates, joining up with campaigns, and then voting (as I have a few times) for candidates from the “other” party just because it’s the right thing to do at the moment.
Absent that, our grandchildren are very likely to live in a dictatorship. Sound extreme? Yeah? Well, there is no reason to believe otherwise, is there?