Since Donald Trump won the presidency, half of America is whining, and the other half are shouting. The only purpose either of those attitudes accomplishes is to demonstrate the deep division among the politicians and the general public. Unfortunately, the separation of ideals and boisterous vocal outcries opens the United States up to possible interference from other countries; friend or foe.
Birther and Muslim Claims Divided America
For the better part of nine years, Barack Obama was subjected to accusations questioning his religious affiliation with multitudes professing he was Muslim. Moreover, at least half of America believed the assertion that he was not a United States citizen.
Obama made his birth certificate public to prove his citizenship. He and his family were not regulars in church, according to Politico. His spiritual advisers clearly stated that attending services do not indicate a lack of faith. In fact, Obama often prayed and spent time in the Oval Office with ministers.
Still, conservative news sites, Republicans, and Tea Partiers pushed the claims of Obama’s ineligibility to serve a POTUS until the end of his time in office. Many still profess this is truth. Once Trump became president-elect, he told his followers that it no longer mattered but refused to admit he might be wrong.
Donald Trump Is “Not My President” Claims in America
Many Americans spent the weeks following Trump’s election in protests, which were sometimes violent and destructive. Their refrain was the same; “Not My President.” During the inauguration, the protesters hurt D.C. police officers, who used mace and ultimately arrested over 200 individuals.
Democrats, progressive politicians, and liberal news sites have broadcast the claims that Trump is not fit to serve America as POTUS. They are calling for his impeachment.
Some Americans believe the president is guilty of treason because of his seemingly strong ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin; it is not clear if the relationship is business or personal. In fact, Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson seems to support this assertion. The former chairman/CEO of ExxonMobile has substantial ties to Russia.
Should Tillerson and Putin have their way, Trump will remove the trade sanctions against Russia. The president has said as much.
Burning America’s Flag in Protest
Desecration of the America’s symbol of freedom has always been a highly debated topic. The Supreme Court declared in 1989 and 90 that burning the flag is a Constitutional right under the First Amendment, which nullifies all state laws to the contrary.
Nonetheless, a man in Illinois was arrested after he posted photos of himself burning the flag on a social media site. The state declared his action were punishable because of their law against such actions.
During the Vietnam era, protesters burned flags, draped them over their bodies, and created clothing using the iconic symbol. These protests were particularly violent as the demonstrators battled authorities.
Now, burning America’s flag is once again happening around the country in protest against Trump’s presidency. Citizens, who do not believe desecrating the symbol is right, are vocally complaining and staging counter-demonstrations.
In a recent discussion with a 12-year Navy veteran, the discussion turned to the topic of flag burning. Joy Brown was adamant when she said, “The first amendment is fine, but burning the flag serves no purpose.” When asked why she believed this, her response was simple and to the point. “When I swore my allegiance to the nation and hence its flag, my respect for the flag became absolute,” stated Brown.
She continued by explaining that when the American flag is raised on foreign soil that land becomes an extension of the United States. As the discussion furthered, she still could not see any value to desecrating the symbol of the nation’s freedom and unity.
Perhaps, if Americans gave their allegiance to the flag on a daily basis, and were taught to understand the symbolism it entails, then burning it would be considered to be anti-American. Then again, that would mean civics and actually teaching of the nation’s history and its position in the world would need to take place as well.
Opinion by Cathy Milne
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Daily News: Illinois man files lawsuit after he was arrested for burning an American flag
The Washington Post: Student protesters burn American flags at confrontation over Trump victory
Interview: Joy Brown on Jan. 21, 2017
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