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May 4, 2017


The Donald Trump Chia Pet is Out of Control

by Anne Paddock

A few months ago, I sent a very conservative friend the Donald Trump Chia Pet as a gift. This is the same friend that I sent a life-sized cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton a few years ago after I saw a life-sized cardboard cutout of Sarah Palin in his dining room and lost my appetite. Although my friend told me he used the Hilary Clinton cutout to catch oil leaks under his car in the garage, I sensed the Donald Trump Chia Pet was given a more honorable place in his home (and he was, next to some brass knockers).

Today, I received a photo of my gift and with one look , I realized “it’s out of control” just like the real guy. He needs a haircut and not just literally. Donald Trump needs the people, Congress, the Senate, and the Judges of this country to make sure he doesn’t abuse his executive powers because that is what he has been doing (witness the judiciary stepping in to stop several executive orders).

All over the news yesterday were reports of what Yale professor, Timothy Snyder projects to be a threat to our democracy. Although we don’t have democracy in the purest sense of the world (not with super delegates, the electoral college, Citizens United, lobbyists, and Super PACS), we like to think that we set the standard for democracy).  What we really have is a form of democracy that is better than most and one worth holding onto (and improving). According to Snyder, our democracy is being threatened by Donald Trump’s use of executive orders, reliance on alternative “facts,” and the discussion of “opening up” the libel laws to include the press.

There are some scary things going on but none as frightening as our President trying to tame the free press. At the core of our principles is the right to free speech and the freedom of the press. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution does say:

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.

Donald Trump must look at the First Amendment and see the word “President” missing and think the amendment doesn’t apply to him but fortunately Donald Trump as President of the United States cannot make laws and pass them without Congress and the Senate, and ultimately the Judiciary reviewing them when challenged. But, here’s the elephant in the room: Donald Trump as President can declare “states of emergency” and in doing so, rights and guaranteed freedoms can be suspended, according to Snyder. Now, that’s scary.

So, when Donald Trump lashes back at the press when they don’t support him or his agenda, we need to keep the pressure on and give the guy a haircut when its needed. E-mail your congressman, congresswoman, and Senator and voice your support for a free press. If you don’t know who your representatives are, click on the following links: and Send e-mails to news agencies. E-mail the White House through this link: Just don’t remain silent.

1 Comment
  1. sherry
    May 4 2017


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