The most frightening and immoral thing in Washington is not the orange man; his time in the White House is limited. What worries and disgusts me is the decision by every Republican to follow Trump’s lead on every issue; refusing to do the right thing and serve the people of our nation. Trump swore to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” He lied, and that is an impeachable offense. The truth is that Trump violates the Constitution and attacks the first amendment with regularity. He is unfit to wear the title of President of the United States. His party approves his illegal actions. They must be punished.
Republicans have become the enemy of the Constitution and the people of our country.
The first amendment was considered the most perfectly written list of rights by our founding fathers and continues to be heralded by Constitutional historians. Several of our undeniable and most treasured rights are guaranteed by just a few carefully chosen words.
“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.”
Included are guarantees that our nation will never be dominated by a single religion, while protecting the right of every man and woman to practice the faith of their choice, or none at all. Freedom of speech includes our right to vote and our right to verbally or in writing disagree with our government. It also includes a guarantee that the press will not be attacked or punished for reporting the failures or crimes committed by our government. Finally, the people have a guaranteed right to protest perceived grievances committed by government.
Trump and his failing party continue to attack free speech; primarily the right of the free press to expose corrupt and incompetent actions by our elected officials. With the exception of the right-wing propaganda machine, Fox Noise, Trump calls every legitimate news agency “fake news.” Sadly, his party mimics these fallacious and desperate attacks.
The greatest enemy of Donald Trump and his party is the truth. In reality, the right-wing cannot exist when their lies are exposed. Today they are attempting to lie their way out of impeachment for their illegitimate, fake president.
Following Trump’s lead, Republicans across the nation are taking actions which are nothing more that petty responses to states and businesses which reject Trump as their legal president.
There is no more corrupt state or government than in Florida. The Republican government in the state which has become the object of frequent jokes on the late-night talk shows is attempting to punish newspapers and online publications in support of their mentally challenged and corrupt president. In Citrus County, Florida, the library sought to purchase an electronic subscription to the New York Times. A county commissioner violated the first amendment by vetoing the request.
“Fake news, I agree with President Trump,” said Commissioner Scott Carnahan. “I don’t want the New York Times in this county. I don’t agree with it, I don’t like ’em, it’s fake news and I’m voting no. They can take that money and do something else with it … I support Donald Trump.”
I don’t need to say much. This is exactly what I’m reporting. The truth is the enemy of Trump, Moscow Mitch, and lowlifes such as Carnahan. If you are a Republican you should be ashamed. You are not supporting America, you are supporting a failing president and his party which hates all real Americans who are loyal to the Constitution.
Please tell everyone about my blog; “the truth lives here.” I will continue boycotting Facebook.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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