Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The day after July 4th: Extreme right freaks out on Independence Day

SOME WEIRD SHIT is happening in our nation these days. Two events celebrating the U.S.A.'s Independence Day demonstrates how far over the edge the ultra right has gone.

Unbelievably, this is America, 2017. Much of the blame to the United State's deterioration in civility and reasonableness can be attributed to the policies, rhetoric and tweets of Donald Trump, who did not win the popular vote and definitely did not hreceive a mandate from his electoral college victory of last year.

No. 1: 

To celebrate July 4th, National Public Radio (NPR) tweeted the Declaration of Independence - 140 characters at a time. 

NPR does this every year for the Fourth of July. The organization has read the historic document on the air for nearly 30 years to celebrate the holiday.

This was the first time the tradition was released on Twitter. It took 121 posts to tweet the entire 241-year-old document.

Trump supporters read the tweets and didn't recognize the source. They accused NPR of fomenting revolution, violence. 

Uh, yeah! It was the Declaration of Independence! Even though the Trumpsters thought it was attacking Donald Trump, it was really about King George.

After a few hours of people trolling their Twitter accounts, most of the protesting tweeters either apologized or shut down their accounts. 

Heaven help us! Please don't defund the Department of Education. Despite Education Elizabeth DeVos' proposals, our pubic schools need all the help they can get.

No. 2:

THE LATEST chilling commercial from the NRA should remove any doubt that the organization is aligned with the radical right.

The latest National Rifle Association commercial (below) downright frightening in its message, its tone and how some unbalanced individuals might interpret it.

The NRA has reached a new low in their message that divides the country into the "us" and "them" and call for (violent) action.

The "they" the female narrator angrily spits out, is anyone who doesn't agree with the ultra-conservatives views or with Trump and his administration policies. That would include the millions who took to the largely peaceful street marches for women, science, the truth, taxes,climate, immigrants and equality those who protested against the Muslim bans, Trumpcare, injustice and racism.

The NRA commercial really gets scary, however, when the narrator connects protesters and acts of violence to the growing anti-Trump mass movement. Law enforcement, she continues, have “no choice but to do their jobs and stop the madness,” while onscreen we see images of street violence.

In conclusion, the narrator calls for NRA members “to fight this violence of lies with a clenched fist of truth.”

It's time the millions of legitimate gun owners and NRA members who believe guns should be kept from the mentally ill or those on the no-fly list to stand up and denounce the divisive message and the unspoken message that some fear some nut cases will interpret as a call to arms. 

The narrator gets angrier as the commercial goes on and stops just short of saying, the protesters and those who doubt or question Trump and his mental and emotional status, should be shot, but, I'm afraid, that is the message some extremists will hear.