Yet again outside of the White House and that awful business of governing, Trump decided to entertain the notion that the Democrats present during his State of the Union Address were “Un-American” and even treasonous. Yes, there was laughter from those in attendance and I am more certain that many will just say he was joking, that this isn’t something to be upset about.
To those people, I raise the bird and suggest they look at authoritarian regimes throughout history, particularly Stalin’s back in ol’ snowy Stalingrad. Yeah, they had a lot of treason going on there too. Stalin had a great deal of fun cleansing his own forces for not being on board with his cult of personality.
Paul Ryan set the tone in January with his calls for “cleansing” the FBI during the Nunes memo fiasco. Even if this was in regard to the memo and the alleged bias, this is not the sort of language one uses from a position of power lightly.
This is not some backwater little diner or some idiot’s garage filled with dust and moldering rock posters, this is the stage of politics in the United States as a nation and one that has, for years, been on the record as being against tyrants despite actions to the contrary. Still, at home, the notion of ideology and blind loyalty to a president has never been something that was acceptable.
Freedom – that blistering sense of being able to do what you want, even if it’s incredibly stupid, but not being bound to the beliefs of the commander in chief – hell, we’ve made fun of every president for as a long as we could, and it was never treasonous to do so.
It was expected.
This type of rhetoric, all a joke and light to some, is more than a possible step onto darker roads ahead. The wanton desire for a display of military might on Pennsylvania Avenue by Trump doesn’t help.