Whenever I think our president can go no lower, he pulls out a shovel and starts to dig. Days after delivering what many said was a surprisingly well-crafted State of the Union speech calling for unity, President Trump labeled those who didn’t applaud his speech “treasonous” and “un-American.” It seems his version of “unity” involves “groupthink.”
Maybe he never bothered to watch a State of the Union speech before because, if he had, he would have seen that no matter who delivers the speech, legislators from the opposing party generally seldom applaud. There’s nothing new here.
Such comments from our President makes him appear to be nothing more than a petulant child. Worse, his remarks are dictatorial, tyrannical and un-American, seeking to gag free speech and free expression. Now we hear he wants to emulate his Russian pals’ May Day parades by showcasing American military might in a parade. One wonders if he plans to wear a fur hat and provide a gulag for those of us who refuse to tune in or show up.
Trump should look no further than President Theodore Roosevelt who said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Yes, it matters what a President says, and our military is a “big stick.” We don’t have to flaunt it!
Marc Medefind, Merced