The newly “great again” America, ruled by Donald Trump has proved to be quite a problematic place to live in. In this new American land, your fundamental constitutionally assured right to self expression might just put you in jail!
At least that’s what the President elect thinks is the right thing to do if you, let’s say, burn the American flag. Even worse, on his Twitter, Trump wrote that this blasphemous act should bring the people guilty of it, loss of citizenship.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds both ridiculous and like an extremist action more than anything.
Here is what he said on his personal Twitter:
“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
Well, no sir, that’s not how the laws work. Burning the flag is nothing more than expressing one’s self and that is called “freedom of speech” which is protected by the First Amendment. As long as the person burning the flag in sigh of protest does not hurt anyone or does not infringe on someone’s property, then that person cannot be punished for it.
What Trump is saying is just pointless and frankly sounds more like a totalitarian idea than anything else. I mean, we appreciate patriotism, but what is he thinking?
Fortunately, we are not the only ones triggered by his words. George Takei answered Trump’s tweet with some of his own.
“I pledged allegiance to the flag every morning inside an internment camp. I would never burn one, but I’d die to protect the right to do so.”
“Mr. Trump, one of your sacred duties as President will be to uphold the Constitution. That means honoring and protecting free speech.”
Luckily, Trump’s tweet was for sure just a fleeting idea passing by and he just thought he’d share it with the world. However, we fear that these types of comments might influence real extremists to do real damage to the society. It wouldn’t be the first time that Trump “inspired” people to do some horrible things.