Republicans In Power
First Amendment Rights
1/6/2017 20:26 PST
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
The Heritage Foundation, a Republican think tank, has an series of
excellent pages on this subject. They go into excellent detail and cite a lot of case law. I truly hope they
will keep these pages up during the Trump Administration as we witness a similar assault on the new
Administration similar to the one we saw from the Tea Party which started protesting the Obama Administration from
In my opinion this part of our Constitution is most sacred and core to our Democracy.
Let us be reminded by one of our more popular and successful Presidents on the purpose and intent of
each citizens right to freedom of speech.
When the Tea Party began protesting almost immediately after President Obama was sworn in I was
not happy and certainly did not agree with much of what they had to say (Of course I totally agreed
with their call for fiscal responsibility on the part of our elected officials).
Even though I did not agree with what they had to say I supported their right to say it. This is what the first ammendment
is all about, and what (ironically) makes us a great nation and sets us apart from so many other nations.
I do not agree with the Hate speech of the Ku Klux Klan or White Identity/Nationalist groups. I find
their rhetoric to be vile and offensive. But, I defend their constitutional right to exercise free speech.
If you are an American and you believe in this sacred and fundamental right then you too will defend
the rights of your fellow Americans to speak their mind. As President Reagan once so eloquently stated, the
right to free speech is to protect citizens from a tyrannical government.
As Daniel Moynihan was attributed to saying, "You’re entitled to your own opinion, but you’re not entitled
to your own facts."
So, as we start 2017 with the Republicans in charge of every branch of Federal Government here are some facts.
In 2008, when Obama took the Oath of Office, the Nation was in economic collapse. The credit markets were
frozen, the housing market was collapsing. Unemployment was at 8%. The DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average)
was at 7,949.09
Prior to the 2008 election the makeup of our Government was as follows:
- President: Republican
- House of Representatives: Democrats
- Senate: Republicans (actually tied 49/49 with Vice President as the tie breaker
The Republican response in helping to fix the crisis they helped to create can best be summed up
in this 8 second clip.
Like the Democrats were in 2008 the Republicans are now in charge of all three branches of Government. The are inheriting an
economic situation where the unemployment rate is 4.9%. The DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average) is today at 19,963.80.
These are certainly only as few economic indicators. But, no one with any reason could argue that in general the economy
is in much better shape as Trump takes office than it was when Obama took office. Having said this many people are underemployed,
Many more working families are living in poverty. Many of our cities like St. Louis, Detroit, Youngstown have fallen apart because
their jobs have been sent overseas and their local and state governments have not been able to replace them with other good paying
jobs. We have screwed over small farmers, and allowed big companies like Walmart to ruin small towns and and put many small
businesses out of business in the name of lower prices.
I am neither a Democrat or a Republican. I am an independent. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I do
no suffer fools very well. They will also tell you that I do not like hearing bullshit. Finally, they will tell
you that I actually prefer to engage in civil debate with people that have a different opinions than mine. This I feel
is how one gains perspective, empathy, and knowledge. But, you need to come to the table with facts and data. I am not into
spin and propoganda.
I am going to be one of millions of people that will be speaking out and opposing the Trump Administration and the
aspects of the Republican agenda that I do not think are in the best interest of working familes and those of us close
to retirement. Like the 2.8 million more voters this election that voted for the loser we are disgusted by
the racist rhetoric of Trumps campaign. By his bashing of the media (though they certainly deserve a great deal
of criticism). Neither choice this year was very good. But, the one that just got elected is about to mess with the middle class
when it comes to Medicare, Social Security, Healthcare, Foreign Relations, and Race
Relations, and basic 1st ammendment rights. I do not think Trump personally is planning on making draconian changes
to Medicare and Social Security. He ran on not messing with it. The problem is the majority party is planning on
making these changes. And, there are people like Bannon in his inner circle that are in favor of making draconian
I hope to be wrong on Trump and the Republicans, but frankly I have too much invested to wait and see TEOTWAWKI.
I also believe that the middle class has been screwed over by both political parties, wall street, the many uber wealthy
and their lobbyists for a long time now. We have been divided and fighting each other like a bunch of chumps. It is
time to focus, collectively open our eyes and start to see what is happening and demand change. It is time to stop
being red and blue and to start being Americans on the things we have in common.
As long as the middle class is divided along red and blue lines we are inneffective. We MUST find common ground.
Trump got is by 80,000 votes across three swing states with a populist message that did promise a few things we in the
middle class should agree on. Namely, making health care more affordable, fixing our shitty trade agreements that send jobs oversees,
fixing our crumbling infrastructure, and figuring out how to crush ISIS. Personally I do not care which party fixes
these problems as long as they get fixed.
The majority of us that did not vote for Trump will NOT be putting up with...
- Demagoguery that tries to divide us along racial lines. 'I look to a day when people will not be judged
by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.'
- Hate speech and violence against people based upon their sexual orientation, race, faith, nationality, economic status.
- Government Rhetoric and Action that threatens Our Media (Pathetic as many of them can be)
- Demagoguery and actions aimed at the poor. To quote Jesus, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do
for one of the least of these, you did not do for me' So, for those of you that claim to be Christians pick
up and read Matthew 25:31-46. And keep reading it until you get it.
- Passing laws and regulations that continue to threaten our climate and our very existence. This is
serious shit people. In fact, nothing is more important to the survival of all of us on this planet than
this. The civil war in Syria is largely a product of climate change! Most people have no clue of this because
of the derelict coverage of the mainstream media
- Allowing foreign governments or outside influences to mess with our country. This is serious business
and when it happens we all need to be Americans first. Period, end of story.
- Any attempts to mess with or privatize social security and medicare
... To quote Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto regarding the Japans attack on Pearl Harbor...
"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve"
Many of us in the so called "silent majority" who would actually prefer to stay quiet and live our lives away from
politics are now awake and actively going to participate in our Democracy in numbers that will dwarf anything this
country has ever seen. We believe in our constitution. Make no mistake that we will defend it against all enemies
foreign and domestic.
Check back as I am just getting started.