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Novak writes: "NPR tweeted the entire Declaration of Independence in 140-character chunks yesterday to celebrate Independence Day. But more than a few people thought that the tweets were a political stance against Donald Trump. Seriously."

Donald Trump. (photo: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
Donald Trump. (photo: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)


NPR Tweeted Declaration of Independence, and Trump Supporters Flipped Out

By Matt Novak, Gizmodo

05 July 17

 

PR tweeted the entire Declaration of Independence in 140-character chunks yesterday to celebrate Independence Day. But more than a few people thought that the tweets were a political stance against Donald Trump. Seriously.

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most cherished documents in the United States. We even make movies about it like it’s the Ark of the Covenant. But some Trump supporters were a bit confused yesterday, and saw phrases like “unworthy the Head of a civilized nation” as biased. They assumed that NPR was blasting the current president rather than King George in 1776.

NPR has been reading the Declaration of Independence on air in a tradition that dates back 29 years. And in fairness, the Declaration of Independence is a pretty anti-authoritarian document. So it makes sense that people might believe that it’s a statement against all tyrants.

But you’d think that people who want to “make America great again” might recognize the words of the Declaration of Independence. I guess not.

The line about the right of the people to abolish the current government and form a new one struck a chord with some Trump enthusiasts.

And some people were particularly offended by the line about King George being an “unworthy” leader of a civilized nation, believing that perhaps NPR was talking about a different tyrant:

Some Trump supporters even called the Declaration of Independence “trash”:

While others assumed that the word “obstructed” might be a little to close the charges of “obstruction” against President Trump:

And even after it was pointed out that NPR was simply tweeting the Declaration of Independence, some people still saw an anti-Trump political motivation in the whole process:

Because apparently NPR needs more “balance,” maybe by reading out the arguments made by supporters of King George in 1776?

Yes, some Trump supporters believe that you gotta hear both sides. If you’re going to tweet out the Declaration of Independence, why not The Art of the Deal or other texts written by authoritarians? You don’t want to be seen as biased now, do you?

But I guess this is where we’re at as a country. The nation’s most treasured texts are being interpreted as protests against the president. Which really makes you wonder what Trump supporters stand for. If the Declaration of Independence is now anti-American, what counts as patriotic?

Ah yes, a song about making American great again that has North Korean-levels of creepiness. That’ll do.

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+46 # Moxa 2017-07-05 10:12
"The nation’s most treasured texts are being interpreted as protests against the president."

The Trump people are quite right. Our most cherished documents ARE protests against the president. Otherwise they are meaningless.

Ironically, the Declaration of Independence was itself a treasonous document, rebelling against the established government of the King. Trumpists would like to see themselves as similarly anti-government . But there is one major difference. The Revolutionists were moving AWAY from tyranny and authoritarianis m, while the Trumpers are moving toward them. They would have been happier perhaps with King George III than George Washington or Thomas Jefferson. In any case, they are trying to undo the genius of the American experiment and all that these documents stand for.
 
 
+18 # librarian1984 2017-07-05 11:45
Excellent post, Moxa! Thank you.
 
 
-1 # Depressionborn 2017-07-15 02:09
Quoting librarian1984:
Excellent post, Moxa! Thank you.


not really much good


government will not reform, instead they will push us up against the wall and do everything against a free society to survive. It is all about them paying their own pension at the expense of the citizen. They will always pretend the problem is the rich do not pay their fair share, but in reality, the crisis is the government will simply consume everything until it collapses.
 
 
+30 # librarian1984 2017-07-05 10:56
"If the Declaration of Independence is now anti-American, what counts as patriotic?"

Indeed. What a remarkable exposure of both ignorance and the deep problems within the GOP. The same people who wrap themselves in the flag are furthest from what it represents -- much as the loudest Christians usually least represent the teachings of Christ.

BOTH parties are corrupt to their core. Both are corporate. Both are antithetical to the principles espoused in our most hallowed documents.
 
 
+17 # engelbach 2017-07-05 11:03
Priceless. You can't make this stuff up.

There is no "reforming" the far Right.

They have to be politically crushed, and hopefully will disappear over the years as their current generations die out.
 
 
+20 # elizabethblock 2017-07-05 11:28
There's a show on the CBC - a comedy show - called "This Is That," which broadcasts fake news. Real fake news. Like a new National Hockey League policy saying that fans who come to games not wearing the local team's colours won't be admitted.
The funniest part is at the end, where they broadcast phone calls from the public who thought the news items were real.
But that's a comedy show. Nothing funny about American's thinking the Declaration of Independence is outrageous.
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2017-07-05 16:52
When I lived closer to the border I used to watch Seeing Things, and our whole family loves Corner Gas.

Can Canadians see a lot of US tv?

Regards.
 
 
+25 # jussayin 2017-07-05 12:32
There's no cure for stupid when education is given a low priority in the budget process and the head of the Ed. Dept wants to undercut it even more while "teaching" fake science and eliminating real science.
 
 
+25 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-07-05 12:59
On May 6, 1970, I was arrested while protesting the war against Vietnam. May 4th was the day of the Kent State shooting so things were very hot and extreme. I was beaten and nearly stabbed by national guardsmen's bayonets. I was accused of being a revolutionary and I admitted that it was true. At my trial, I read the Declaration of Independence and made the case for higher human rights and American history.

The judge read me the riot act. I'll never forget what he said --

1. The Dec. of Independence has no standing in law. It is a historical curiosity but not law. It is meaningless to bring it up in a court of law.

2. there is no right to rebel in American law. Revolutionaries are criminals under the law.


I was treated as a common criminal. As long as you do exactly what the rulers of the nation tell you to do, you can say "The Declaration of Independence is one of the most cherished documents in the United States." If you dissent or rebel, you will see that the Dec. of Independence has no meaning or value at all.
 
 
+14 # Wise woman 2017-07-05 18:32
That is a very sad experience, RR and I am exasperated by the ignorant judges remarks. You didn't say what state you were in, but I'm assuming it was Ohio. Every time we elect a republican president, I always wonder what will befall us as a country because usually it's never good. Those were the Nixon days and they were filled with pain.
 
 
-3 # babaregi 2017-07-05 21:56
Ann Coulter explains that the political violence comes from Left.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cddINovQu84
 
 
+5 # Michaeljohn 2017-07-06 14:37
Quoting babaregi:
Ann Coulter explains that the political violence comes from Left.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cddINovQu84


And your point is ???
 
 
+1 # MidwestDick 2017-07-05 23:46
Karel does a podcast for Progressive Voices.
He rendered a very emotional reading of the Declaration oF Independence and there was no doubt what he and the founding fathers were talking about, and it wasn't King George.
 
 
+9 # davidh7426 2017-07-06 02:21
And still America cannot understand why the rest of the world looks upon them as a tragically gross comedy.

And I sadly suspect they never will.
 
 
+12 # relegn 2017-07-06 06:10
...that the tweets were a political stance against Donald Trump...
That probably wasn't the intent (NPR does this are something like it every year at lease since 1972) but it certainly addresses the substance of trumps' administration and the many Republicans who support it.
The Declaration of Independence has been a rallying cry for those who hunger for freedom world wide. No wonder the wealthy and their lap dogs fear it.
 
 
+9 # Salus Populi 2017-07-06 18:39
Unfortunately, this is nothing new. Over ten years ago, a poll was done in which passages from the Declaration were read to the pollees without identifying the document from which they were taken. Over a third of the respondents, if I recall correctly, found the phrasing subversive and "unAmerican," and a smaller but significant number felt the authors should have been locked up for treason. Babbittry has been central to our supposedly informed electorates and citizenry since before I was born at mid-century.
 
 
-10 # Depressionborn 2017-07-06 19:19
the Declaration is our moral foundation needed now more than ever. The establishment must be disestablished, much like the King George was gone by our revolt. Trump is wanting to accomplish the needed disestablishmen t.

Please, Trump is fighting established Tyranny.
 
 
+7 # Jim Rocket 2017-07-07 08:55
Do you understand concept of "con man"? Trump is solidifying tyranny faster than anything we've ever seen. He says he's fighting tyranny and many gullible people lap it up. Actually, the only thing Trump likes more than the sound of his own voice is the sound of a crowd cheering his voice. He'll say anything to get the applause. Meanwhile Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are working hard to turn America into a paradise for greedy rich people which will mean hell for everyone else. But, hey, believe what makes you feel good... For now.
 
 
-2 # Depressionborn 2017-07-08 08:15
Quoting Jim Rocket:
Do you understand concept of "con man"? Trump is solidifying tyranny faster than anything we've ever seen. He says he's fighting tyranny and many gullible people lap it up. Actually, the only thing Trump likes more than the sound of his own voice is the sound of a crowd cheering his voice. He'll say anything to get the applause. Meanwhile Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are working hard to turn America into a paradise for greedy rich people which will mean hell for everyone else. But, hey, believe what makes you feel good... For now.

It is interesting that while Jim R sees Trump as Tyrannical I see him fighting tyranny. Both views cannot be right.
Lower taxes, fewer regs, equal law for all and no more war mongering all seem good. So what's the problem. i am missing it?
 
 
+2 # Jim Rocket 2017-07-09 10:44
The taxes are only lower if you are rich. Fewer regulations can be good but if the regulations are protecting your drinking water fewer regulations are obviously not good. I'm not sure what you mean by equal laws for all but what war has Trump pulled out of? He seems very eager to start a conflict in North Korea and his massive increase for the military budget is ridiculous but a great transfer of taxpayer money to his rich friends in the arms industry.
 
 
0 # Depressionborn 2017-07-09 23:52
RE: # Jim Rocket 2017-07-09 10:44

war with Russia. Maybe China too.

Corps avoid regs, wealth pays little tax (they write tax law). Trump's income tax is one page and cannot be circumvented. It is not likely to pass. And Global Warming really is a NWO fraud intended to fund Globalism.
 
 
0 # Depressionborn 2017-07-09 23:58
Sorry JR, i forgot: [equal laws]

Law have become selectively enforced, (politicised). you should know this as it is a sign of oligarchy.
 
 
+3 # Depressionborn 2017-07-07 08:42
Actually there are four founding documents. Authenticated by congress late in the 1900s still available in history books now forbidden, they were the way, the people’s way, to rule themselves. The present oligarchy does not like them.
They are:
The Mayflower Compact; The Declaration; The Constitution; and The Northwest Ordinance
 
 
-2 # Depressionborn 2017-07-09 02:03
The political issue seems to be becoming clear. Understanding is showing up more and more on the web. Likely Hil was right that
"we will end up either all one or all the other".

politics can be distilled down to whether or not you believe in a higher power than government. “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….” Thus wrote Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.

Are human rights endowed by our Creator, or bestowed by government? That is the basic question and conflict in America. In order to resurrect their government god, the politicians must destroy our Creator.



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