aside Far Right Interpreted NPR’s Tweeting Of The US Constitution As Dishing President Trump

Image result for photos of the constitution and paintings with forefathersOn July 4, 2017, NPR News tweeted the entire US Constitution to honor the US July 4th Independence day, our day of celebrating when this country broke away from the United Kingdom to become the USA.

But conservatives who were not familiar with this famous document took offense to certain passages which they believed  described the republican President Donald Trump in an unflattering way. And they responded, accordingly.

Dear Conservatives, “Methinks thou protest too much.”

Image result for photos of the constitution and paintings with forefathersHere is the rest of the story...

On July 5, 2017,  Jeremy Binckes of Salon penned the following report along with a transcript of US Constitution that some on the right found so offensive, “NPR’s Declaration of Independence tweet-storm angered some Trump supporters.”

“In an act of patriotism and civic responsibility, National Public Radio tweeted out the full Declaration of Independence — the document that told England’s King George that the 13 colonies would be henceforth known as an independent nation. They started with “When in the course of human events,” got to the good part everyone remembers with “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal” a few tweets later, then finished with a list of everyone who signed the document centuries ago.”

One tweet stood out in particular, because Trump supporters were triggered, thinking NPR was talking about them.

Here, from one Twitter user, are screengrabs from some since-deleted tweets, chronicling part of the collective conservative July 4 freakout:

But the follow-up may have perfectly explained how we got here, as a nation.

Maybe this Twitter user understood it all too well.

Image result for photos of the constitution and paintings with forefathersFor the record, the full text of the Declaration of Independence is below:

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

Image result for photos of the constitution and paintings with forefathersHe has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

Image result for photos of the constitution and paintings with forefathersHe has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

Related imageFor abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

Image result for photos of the constitution and paintings with forefathersHe has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

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33 comments

    • Dear Gradmama2011,

      They just showed off their true colors of never having read the US Constitution, that very same document they claim allegiance with the inference that the rest of America doesn’t.

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. I wonder if the lunkheads are even smart enough to realize how very foolish they look?
    Excellent post, Gronda … I was actually just sitting down to tackle this topic, but you have covered it all quite well, so I shall simply re-blog your! Thanks much!
    Hugs!!!

    • Dear Jill,

      It was fun to read about how the DDT conservative followers have so obviously made fools of themselves.

      I wonder if they ever caught on in real time that they were responding to the US Constitution.

      And thanks a million times for your introduction write-up, your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • I imagine that they read about their foolishness in this morning’s news, but even then, I’m sure they had some excuse to explain it all away! For blaming others, making up excuses and alt-facts is the way they cope with their own inadequacies. I’m glad I am not them, that’s all I can say.
        Hugs!!!!

  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    For 29 years, NPR has broadcast the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, the holiday that honours the document and all it stood for back in 1776. In keeping with the technology of the day, this year NPR tweeted the text of the document in 113 consecutive tweets. And this unleashed a firestorm from the lunkheads on the far right! Blogger-friend Gronda has done an excellent job informing us of why the republicans are up in arms … it will make you laugh, shake your head, and ask yourself where these people went to school … or if they even did! Many thanks to Gronda for this post and for permission to re-blog!

  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    It only can happen in the America that has been lurching in the shadows!!
    ‘For 29 years, NPR has broadcast the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, the holiday that honors the document and all it stood for back in 1776. In keeping with the technology of the day, this year NPR tweeted the text of the document in 113 consecutive tweets. And this unleashed a firestorm from the lunkheads on the far right!’ … Filosofa!!

    • Dear Horty,

      Thanks a million for all of your support and for this reblog.

      These conservative DDT supporters were trolling tweets they consider to be from liberals.

      This time they showed that they are a clueless bunch who had never read the US Constitution that they claim to follow.

      Hugs, Gronda

  4. I love it!!

    I cannot wait for the sections of the US Constitution that deal with impeachment. Best let Trumpists (though their hot air makes “Trumpers” sound good too!) see what is to come!

    • Dear Ccanadamatt,

      These conservatives who are supportive of DDT (MANY ARE NOT like Bill Krystal, Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, Nicole Wallace, Ana Navarro, PRESIDENT BUSH, etc.) are in for an awakening.

      But even then, there are some who would believe that DDT had been unfairly treated like those who had continued to support President Nixon after he was impeached.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Suzanne,

      We already know that too many of DDT’s followers eschew science, facts and now history.

      Thanks a million for your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  5. Gronda, this is a metaphor. Most comedy is funny because there is an element of truth in it. The hypersensitive reaction to the 1776 Declaration means those reacting feel the words apply to the incumbent President. It is self-conscious, is it not?

    Keith

  6. Lol, a bit narcissistic don’t u think Mr. Trump, surprise, everything is not about you. There are more important issues like freedom and democracy and certain unalienable Rights. Perhaps Trump is a reincarnation of King George III?

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      DDT is certainly channeling King George. But beware! Remember that there was a revolt for Independence because of the king’s autocratic attitude.

      Hugs, Gronda

  7. Oh My! It has come to pass. The supporters of this administration object to the Founding Fathers!
    This supports why some of the Founding Fathers were concerned about universal suffrage- the mob mentality.
    It would be wonderful to be able to find out by some temporal means just what they would make of the current state of affairs.

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