On Trump and Constitutional Rights
I know there are many scholars, journalists and accomplished authors who may disagree with my take on this article, but then I guess it’s you right to disagree.
There has been a lot of political posturing from Congress, The White House, POTUS, and the SCOTUS as well as from each political party here in the United States. Those on the left think they’re right, those on the right think they’re justified and those in the middle don’t realize that they are all from the same political bird.
Donald J. Trump was the political darling of the Democrat Party. He was everyone’s “sugar daddy”. He had the money and didn’t mind flaunting it so that everyone knew it. Politicians had no problem with that because he filled their coffers and money is what makes the world go around. Those who worked for Mr. Trump knew he had a nasty temper and they dared not cross him. Anyone who did ultimately ended up hearing “You’re Fired” or worse. Those who went head to head with him knew he was a tough nut to crack. Generally you either loved him or hated him, there was no in between.
So in 2015 when Trump announced he was running for President everyone thought it was a stunt to ramp up the ratings of “The Apprentice”? During the political debates he was seen as the least like to be nominated. Everyone underestimated him and even Hillary Clinton seriously misjudged him.
During the transition period then President Obama appeared to support his winning the election and said it was in America’s interests for Trump’s administration to be successful.
After the inauguration of Donald Trump as POTUS #45 all the niceties ended. If this was a honeymoon, it ended before the ship of state had even set sail. In fact encouraged by Democrats in Congress, the media became hostile toward the administration. Various groups immerged who were openly hostile toward President Trump, more so than any other president in US history.
So when Trump comments as is his custom, every sentence he speaks is dissected and taken apart, reassembled and broadcast as unadulterated fact. Early on Trump had taken to Twitter as a means to get his message out to America and to the world. Rather than simply getting on Twitter to get the exact message, journalists, reporters and the media were offended that Trump wasn’t giving them a fair shake.
Trump responded by saying that much of what was being written was “Fake News” and those who peddled it were “the enemies of America”. These fake reporters should have taken it as a wakeup call and decided to get back to reporting the news but they didn’t.
Now take the CNN Jim Acosta incident. During a presidential press briefing Acosta asked his question, but did not sit down nor release the microphone when the WH intern needed to move it to another reporter. Acosta had his credentials taken and he was removed from the WH press room. Case closed? No, Acosta acted like a spoiled kid who had his candy taken away. It wasn’t until after CNN sued to get the credentials returned that Acosta was allowed back into the WH press room. He didn’t however come in as a meek and mild mannered reporter, nor was he grateful to be let back in because he felt he was entitled to be there.
Then the “outraged” press began accusing President Trump of violating Acosta’s first amendment rights of freedom of the press. Not even close.
The 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.”
How anyone can accuse the President of violating the first amendment is pure fabrication and kicking a correspondent out of a press briefing is indicative of bad conduct by the journalist.
What I have seen by President Trump is time and again he prods people to change their behavior. Maybe his methods are unorthodox by many standards, but his goal is accountability. It goes back to the old Trump adage of doing a job right the first time and putting your name on it (to own up to the finished product).
President Trump has openly said what he means and means what he says. He is not one to accept a good try and failure is not an option. At home and on the international scale President Trump has placed America First and is doing what he said he would do during the campaign.
Trump’s rhetoric is not that of the average politician. He’s interest is not to hurt feelings but to change thinking. For quite a number of years Americans have been like a frog in a pot of lukewarm water on a stove. We have been led to believe that the way things are is the way it has always been and that it’s good enough.
Our schools have dumbed down educational standards until the only requirement is showing up. Basic reading, writing and arithmetic have been replaced by common core. The very thought of “It takes a village to raise a child” is misplaced thinking in that it takes away from parental responsibility.
Common core leads away from common sense. Instead of male and female there are an infinite number of gender combinations to choose from and one must only need to “feel like” any one of them to be one. Lowering the bar does not insure a learned education, but insures more students are simply pushed through the system.
One of the latest “fades” is the false representation of immigration. Being a citizen of the world does not entitle anyone to be accepted for immigration into the United States. It is not a human right to come here. In fact it is a privilege for anyone who has been approved for any type of immigration into the United States. When mass immigrants come to our borders demanding and threatening to cross over with or without documentation it is called an “invasion”. There are no amendment rights to insure someone has the right to enter the United States.
Border security has to be taken seriously by the legislators who write the laws and the president who enforces the laws and by law enforcement who secure the border. It must be taken seriously by US citizens who are affected when unlawful entry is made by anyone.
The Second Amendment:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
This insures that Americans are able to defend themselves, their families and in case of national emergency the very nation.
If more American citizens would read and understand the rule of law as defined in the Constitution of the United States, then spend more time working to make America a better place to work and live, and get away from the “entitlement” mentality and of “being offended”, these petty differences would become a force for uniting the country.
I may not talk the way President Trump talks, nor think the way he thinks, but I will support him as he works to make this nation safe again. So don’t kick up a fuss, just get on the bus! – I am the Real Truckmaster!