Donald Trump’s Ignorant Administration – ‘Priebus: Trump Considering Amending or Abolishing 1st Amendment’
To begin, kudos to John Marshall for being on of the few outlets to pick up on this.
Insane idea? Yes. Under the current Congress, it could possibly pass the House. Not the Senate. And with 30+ State houses under Conservative leadership, again a possible close to 2/3’s.
But John, this is not just about the ‘free press’.
“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.”
There is not a single ‘true’ Christian (see Mike Pence) that doesn’t drool over the prospect of making America a real ‘christian’ Nation.
Yes any dictator would jump for joy over reversing all the First Amendment protections and yes Trump only talks about this thinking “governing is so easy” that he could benefit financially by being able to sue the press over stories he doesn’t like.
But Trump’s ‘legacy’ is already defining itself. All bark and no bite.
He has no concept of how or why Government works.
*Thinks people should lose citizenship if they burn the flag.
*Sitting quietly while the President of China gives him a 10 minute history lesson of China/Korea relations.
*Just ‘take’ a country’s oil.
*Other countries should have nuclear weapons to protect themselves.
*Inviting a murdering dictator (Duterte) to the White House.
The effort is doomed. Just as Trump’s place in history is doomed or of being a possible ‘statesman’.
But Trump didn’t win, didn’t campaign on the ‘Art of the Deal’.
He campaigned and won on ‘squeezing the toothpaste out of the tube’.
Mexicans are murderers and rapists.
Muslims need to be banned.
Hillary needs to be locked up.
Planting the seed of a ‘christian Nation’, legislated speech, press, assembly and petition – the ‘christian Nation’ dream.
Sound hyperbolic? Look at the actual exchange –
KARL: I want to ask you about two things the President has said on related issues. First of all, there was what he said about opening up the libel laws. Tweeting “the failing New York Times has disgraced the media world. Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change the libel laws?” That would require, as I understand it, a constitutional amendment. Is he really going to pursue that? Is that something he wants to pursue?
PRIEBUS: I think it’s something that we’ve looked at. How that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story. But when you have articles out there that have no basis or fact and we’re sitting here on 24/7 cable companies writing stories about constant contacts with Russia and all these other matters—
KARL: So you think the President should be able to sue the New York Times for stories he doesn’t like?
PRIEBUS: Here’s what I think. I think that newspapers and news agencies need to be more responsible with how they report the news. I am so tired.
KARL: I don’t think anybody would disagree with that. It’s about whether or not the President should have a right to sue them.
PRIEBUS: And I already answered the question. I said this is something that is being looked at.
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/priebus-trump-considering-amending-or-abolishing-1st-amendment