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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Hooray for the read, white and blue!

And here I thought I'd missed the fireworks this year.  Because...

This is absolutely hilarious!

After NPR tweeted the Declaration [of Independence] line by line, Donald Trump backers–seemingly unaware of the source document–accused NPR of playing partisan politics.

“So, NPR is calling for a revolution,” Twitter user @JustEsrafel wrote.

“Propaganda is that all you know how?” another asked.

You'll have to go to the article and trace out the tweets yourself; it's too much to do again here.  It's also gathered up here, by Twitter.  I've long realized the Declaration is a radical document, stating as it does that the people have the right, under any government, to overthrow it:

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.

That's the "trigger" language JustEsrafel is responding to.   After the catalogue of grievances, there is also this:

 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.

Apparently Trump is a "Prince" to some people on Twitter.  Democracy and demotic share a root, for good reasons.


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