As long-time readers here know, I rarely talk about politics. But I am fervently an advocate of free speech, guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
It is a shocking event and a severe threat to freedom to see a President of the United States having peaceful protesters cleared out by security forces and tear gas simply so he could have a photo opportunity standing with a Bible in his hand in front of a church — a church that did not want him there. It was simply more stagecraft, more propagandistic nonsense to convince his gullible Evangelical Christian followers that he is a divine gift to them — for the purpose, of course, of getting their votes again. It was the support of Evangelicals that unfortunately put Trump in the White House, setting off a disastrous chain of events, and it should be a clear demonstration to all how morally distorted their backward dogmatism is.
My first thought when I saw the forces dispersing peaceful protesters with tear gas was, “This is America, not Hong Kong!” It is a flagrant violation of First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of assembly, and that any would support Trump’s dictatorial action — more a mixture of Mussolini and Carrie Lam than behavior any American President should display — just shows to what a dangerously deplorable state this country has fallen under Trump and his cronies.
Of course Trump should be removed from office. He is simply not mentally or emotionally fit to be President. His current behavior is clear evidence of that. But with servile and self-serving Republican support, his removal does not appear likely. That means it is vitally important to vote him and all of his supporters out of office as soon as elections make that possible. That is for the benefit of the country, of the environment, and of the world.