The death of American democracy: “Can we call that treason? Why not?”


(CNN)President Donald Trump mocked Democrats Monday for their stony reactions during his State of the Union speech last week, saying that it was even “treasonous.”…. “They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘Treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not,” he said to laughter. “Can we call that treason? Why not,” he added. He made the remarks during a speech at a manufacturing plant in Cincinnati, Ohio. “I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country that much,” he said, adding it was “very, very sad.” Trump’s comments came less than a week after he delivered his State of the Union address in which he preached the virtue of bipartisanship.

We’ve finally arrived at a place no reasonable, lucid American could claim as shocking. The President of the United States is now referring to the Loyal Opposition- Democrats- as “treasonous.” Before anyone begins to downplay the President’s remarks as harmless hyperbole, we should keep in mind that the penalty for treason is death. Do the math; it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that the President of the United States is obliquely calling for the execution of those who dare oppose him.

The President may have believed himself to be joking and having some innocent fun at the expense of Democrats, but words- especially from the most powerful man in the free world- have meaning. Never mind that there are those among his supporters who take his every utterance as if issued from On High. If you don’t believe this is a problem, let’s try a thought experiment for a moment. Consider what would have happened had The Black Guy [who used to be] in the White House © given a similar speech. The (understandable) outrage would have been heard from sea to shining sea. Republicans would’ve been apoplectic, demanding his immediate impeachment and/or resignation…and they would’ve had a good argument for trying to remove the President.

Donald Trump gives a speech calling his opponents “treasonous”…and Republicans sit on their hands. Do we really need more examples of their hypocrisy and concern only for their own political prospects?

Never mind that the opposition party traditionally sits on their hands during the State of the Union address. For the 16 years when Bill Clinton and The Black Guy [who used to be] in the White House © were in office, Republicans sat through the SOTU looking as if someone had kicked their dog.

And who can forget then-Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) screaming “YOU LIE!!” at The Black Guy [who used to be] in the White House ©? NOW Democrats not enthusiastically applauding the unquestioned leadership and unparalleled brilliance of Donald Trump’s words are proof of their treason and hatred of America?

This is the sort of language characteristic of a fascist dictator, not of an American President who swore an oath to protect our democratic system. They should be cause for concern and setting off alarm bells from California to Maine. Instead, the mainstream media, long since cowed into meek submission by Donald Trump, is treating his speech as just Trump being Trump.

Whether we care to recognize it or not, our democracy is faced with a clear and present danger- a President more comfortable with fascism and a cult of personality than with the trappings of democracy. This is a problem, something which should concern all Americans who value the freedoms we enjoy. I don’t believe it hyperbolic to advance the fear that those freedoms are facing a grave threat- from our own President and his supporters.

If you hearken back to some of his campaign rallies, you’ll understand that many of his supporters will be more than willing to violently suppress those who dare speak out against him. Don’t think it couldn’t happen.

First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out. Because I was not a Communist….

Nice work, America.

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