This President, throughout his business career, during his presidential campaign and during his administration, has on numerous occasions made disparaging remarks about women, people and countries of color, political opponents and the press. He has attempted to deny entry into the country on the basis of religion. He has repeatedly attacked the freedom of the press. He has taunted foreign leaders, escalating military tensions.
All of this is contrary to our country’s ideals of equality, welcoming the oppressed, and freedom of religion and the press.
His remarks yesterday were blatantly racist, saying he wants to send Haitians back to their country, and would welcome people from countries like Norway, i.e. white people. These remarks are also troubling because of what they reveal about how he feels and what he wants his administration to do about immigrants already in our country.
These escalating attacks on our country’s principles and democratic ideals are not acceptable. It is time for Congress to formally censure the President.
“In the United States, governmental censure is done when a body’s members wish to publicly reprimand the President of the United States, a member of Congress, a judge or a cabinet member. It is a formal statement of disapproval.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censure_in_the_United_States
It’s Time We Censure Trump for ‘Conduct Unbecoming’ a President by Jonathan Alter, The Daily Beast, 1/12/2018 “Article 133 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. All senior U.S. military personnel—including women— are subject to a court martial for “conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.” Such conduct includes dishonest, indecent, cruel and dishonorable acts. Article 133 charges require no proof of law-breaking. They can be brought for merely “indecorous” behavior, which means acting like an asinine ignoramus.”
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Presidential Oath of Office
“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.” First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…” Declaration of Independence
Martin Luther King Day is this Monday, January 15. Two quotes from him follow:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”