Independence Day 2017 – O, Say Can You Tweet?

“He’s pointing at me!” I wailed.

 

My older brother, who was about nine at the time, had discovered a way of getting under my skin by constantly pointing at me. He’d point and I’d cry.  He never even had to touch me.

 

How many times did my long-suffering mother have to put up with this point-and-shout routine? Teasing came with the territory of having kids.  He was a boy and he was doing what big brothers did. – making their little sisters cry.

 

Whenever I hear a media pundit complain about Trump’s tweeting, I want to roll my eyes the way my mother must have all those years ago. “Just ignore him,” she’d sigh.  I didn’t.  He continued to plague me and I allowed myself to be plagued.

 

One day, Mom finally had enough. We were in the living room.  In mid-point, she dragged him into the kitchen and held his pointing finger over the stove until he hollered.  He never pointed at me again.

 

The aggrieved Snowflake Class and Lamestream Media have been whining since the campaign about Trump’s tweets. They’ve tried everything to get him to stop:  threats of impeachment, scolding by the Republican Elders, hanging him in effigy, even decapitating him.

 

Pres. Trump just laughs and goes on tweeting.

 

We don’t much care about the tweeting. The incessant whining is what’s annoying.  The Liberals hope sooner or later we’ll roll our eyes in Fake Fatigue and tell Trump to stop tweeting.  Manipulative whiners know exactly what they’re doing.

 

On this Fourth of July, we’d like nothing better than freedom from the Fake Media. As it happens, there is no off-switch for children.  But we do have remote controls for the Fake Media.  As long as they persist in whining about Trump’s Tweets, we’ll just change the channel and find something more entertaining (you’d have to find on On-Demand with Optimum but there’s a fascinating documentary about the little-know but very real fire that was burning on the RMS Titanic from three weeks before she left Belfast until she struck that iceberg just south of Newfoundland).

 

Liberals cry “Foul!” over Trump’s Tweets. Robot Republicans intone that is just not “presidential” for a United States president to tweet.  Obama did it.  But that was different.  JFK would have loved it, if the technology had existed at the time.  He didn’t need Twitter anyway because the infatuated press of the day covered him – and his wife and children – 24/7, ad nauseum.

 

Since his assassination, the musical Camelot has been permanently mothballed in his honor. Too bad movie producers don’t do a reset.  The 1967 version of the musical, starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave as a non-singing Guinevere, was just terrible.  Harris was good but that’s all you can say about it.

 

Donald Trump is our first stream-of-consciousness president. He’s good at it.  Tweeting is as American as apple pie, I-phones, and drone-racing.  Using Twitter he reaches right out to the American people.  No middlemen, no editors, no censors.

 

Fidgety Republicans worry that he’s doing himself political damage. They still haven’t gotten the message from us that we don’t care anymore what the Lamestream Media thinks or says.  We stopped listening to them decades ago.  But it’s no wonder the R-Party hasn’t gotten the message because they’ve never, ever listened to us.

 

We could send up skyrockets over the Capitol Building, spelling it out in red, white and blue and they still wouldn’t get it. We’re the hoi-polloi and what we think doesn’t matter.  If it’s any comfort, they don’t care what the Founding Fathers thought, either.

 

The other day, while waiting for my mother at a doctor’s appointment, I flipped open my little pocketbook Constitution. I found these Founding Father gems:

 

“I am committed against everything which, in my judgment, may weaken, endanger, or destroy [the Constitution]…and especially against all extension of Executive power; and I am committed against any attempt to rule the free people of this country by the power and the patronage of the government itself…” – Daniel Webster

 

More by Webster:   “It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.  There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern.  They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”

 

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams

 

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

“Say…whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government, or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government.  Educate and inform the whole mass of the people.  Enable them to see that it is in their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them.  And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this.  They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”  –

Thomas Jefferson

“A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.” – James Madison

 

“A primary object…should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important?  And what duty more pressing…than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”  – George Washington

 

“The power under the Constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for a certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”   – George Washington

 

“If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.  The event is in the hands of God.”   – George Washington

 

And finally [New Jersey Legislature, please take note]:

 

“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt…I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

Let us who are weary of a bureaucratic government and a propagandist media salute our current president in his tweeting. While not a Jeffersonian wordsmith, President Trump gets his message out all the same and to the average American, it is good news.  It is not for Limousine Liberals, late-night comedians posing as news anchors, elitist Republicans, or Fake News reporters to shape the man or his message into something resembling their policies.

 

Really, it’s amazing how he does it. He meets with foreign dignitaries, Congressional representatives, military commanders, and everyday Americans, and still he manages to tweet.  He must have the Fastest Thumbs in the West.

 

Trump is proof against that old saw that you can’t teach an old president new tricks. In fact, he’s teaching us a thing or two about what it means to stand up for yourself and the country you love.  He brooks no quarter with anyone who makes themselves an enemy of American freedom, foreign or domestic.

 

Hail to the chief and enjoy your Fourth of July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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