Monday, July 02, 2018

Enemy Of The People

So, upon further review, the "President" came up with these words to say about the murder of five people working at Maryland's Capital Gazette: "My government will not rest until we have done everything in our power to reduce violent crime and to protect innocent life." 
Let's start with that possessive pronoun, shall we? "My government." Not by the people, of the people and for the people. MINE. That public service thing still doesn't seem to have fully sunk in. He is supposed to be working for us. The people. 
And then there's the part about "everything in our power." In his brief address before he went on to tout his tax-relief program, he did not mention the First Amendment. Four of the five victims of Wednesday's shooting were journalists. A group that has previously been described by the "President" as the enemy of the American people. Sick, awful, fake, pile of garbage: these are words he has used to describe the fourth estate. And now, he would like us to know that "Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job." I understand that he was limited in his rhetoric, but I do wonder why he felt the need to reassure journalists that they still deserve the same protections under the law that all Americans experience. 
Meanwhile, we wait to see what kind of bold exercise his administration is going to offer up as a solution to reduce violent crime and protect innocent life. The last brainstorm ended up being a plan to separate children from their parents. Innocent life seems to be somewhat subjective here. How about a program to separate pump shotguns from their constitutionally protected owners. The Second Amendment seems to get a lot more play with his government than the First. 
The killer in Maryland chose to deal with his disagreement by exerting his right to bear arms in direct confrontation with the stories the Gazette wrote with their freedom of the press. That freedom was upheld in a court before the killer turned to murder to solve his issues and then again on appeal. Not liking the court's decision, he decided to take matters into his own hands. In this case "matters" was a shotgun. 
So what will it be? Everything in our power? That's a pretty powerful boast. I wonder how this will work out. 

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