The Swamp Just Bounced Trump Into A European-Style Assault on Free Speechby RAHEEM KASSAM
Sep. 13, 2017
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Many Americans don't seem to appreciate as much as outside admirers do, that the United States is the only country in the world with a commitment to free speech enshrined in the nation's Constitution. Many nations do not even have codified constitution of which to speak. Which is why it is almost more egregious to the outsider than the American that such protections are under assault, not just on the streets of Berkeley or Charlottesville, but in your legislature -- and soon in your Oval Office.
This afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed President Trump would "absolutely" be signing a resolution drafted by Republican and Democrat lawmakers "condemning" hatred.
"He and [Senator Tim Scott] talked about that and discussed that and agreed that that was the appropriate place to be," Sanders said. "In terms of whether or not he'll sign the joint resolution, absolutely, and he looks forward to doing so as soon as he receives it."
But the resolution is manifestly a ruse -- the first line of attack in a new wave of assaults against free speech in America.
Let's examine what the motion, passed by both legislative chambers early this week, says.
The preamble, in addition to expressing "support for the Charlottesville community," demands of the President that he rejects "White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups" and urges him and his cabinet to "use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups".
From the outset this is disingenuous and troublesome.
The President has already disavowed these groups, including Neo Nazis and the KKK. Why are elected members, alongside the White House, wasting time virtue signaling over it?
Perhaps because it backs POTUS into a corner, especially when you consider many establishment media organizations call his former Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon -- who has mocked and derided ethno-nationalists -- a "white nationalist" or "white supremacist". This week, ESPN even let one of its hosts off with no more than a slapped wrist for suggesting the President himself was a "white supremacist".
So by whose definitions are we going? And what exactly does "use all available resources" mean?
The President and his cabinet ostensibly have all resources available to them. The U.S. military, trillions of dollars, three and a half years of power. To what is the President subscribing?