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.
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While the president does everything within his power, which is growing mightier by the day, to convince us that the press is the enemy, we have to seriously consider alternate means for holding him accountable for these egregious actions of his that are direct attacks on our freedoms.
I don’t believe he will ever in a declarative, political manner take our eloquently expressed Constitutional freedoms away from us by any messy and slow Rule of Law means; for, this would require him to rallying the Congress to write and pass the laws that would strike down our freedoms, and which would require such a slanted stacking of the Courts with those who would find such invalidating laws…legal.
Not his style.
Besides, there is no need for him to go through all that effort…
All he needs to do is to keep doing what he is doing:
And that is to continue to bombard us through his propagandist, mind-controlling divisive threats and confusing lies.
According to Russian democracy and human rights advocate Gary Kasparov, Trump is essentially on a faster, authoritarian pace than Lenin was during his first 100 days in power.
No Trump will not legally invalidate the First Amendment.
But he already has and will continue to attenuate its power to allow us, mostly via a free press, to hold him accountable for the growing amplification his .
It’s sad to have to even consider such a discussion as this on a day normally reserved for celebrating our presidents…even the less than good ones.
Where Trump will fall within the scale of good and bad presidents seems to be evident already.
And because of this evidence, we have to resist the his relentless effort to undermine the press, but even within this struggle for intellectual clarity, we must press on and seek to hold him accountable with other means within our collective power.
Yes, of course I’m referring to Art as expressed through all its many and magical facets and forms.
Art, specifically Protest Art, or Art Activism as expressed via the canvas, the clay, the camera, the microphone, the movie, the stage, or any other facet or form, can, perhaps even more effectively than what’s printed daily in the impatient press, can focus and frame a point of view with such enduring efficacy that it can hold, not just one tumultuous moment in time accountable, but generations of moments in time.
Artists, especially those with the largest audiences — our actors and musicians — must begin and continue to speak out in protest.
And we all must begin and continue to create in protest.
George W. Bush-era song by Avenged Sevenfold
Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Halftime Performance
It’s on us.
ART ON | WRITE ON | PRESS ON