America… A Voiceless Nation

“The upside down U.S. flag is an official signal of distress. It is not meant to be, and is not officially recognized as any type of disrespect when so displayed for the right reasons.”

The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

On March 10th Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, accidently wore an upside down United States lapel pin, which caused quite the media uproar at the time. For those unfamiliar with Sean Spicer’s role, he is a spokesperson for the executive branch of the United States government administration, especially with regard to the President, senior executives, and policies.

He has in my opinion, one of the most interesting positions associated with the White house. I say this because regardless of how Sean may personally feel in regards to certain issues and comments made by White House officials, it is his responsibility and duty to speak in high regards and defend statements and actions made by his superiors, specifically the president, as well as certain branches of government. It’s comical, disheartening, thought provoking, bewildering, upsetting, disturbing, saddening, and so many other things to say the least. Could you imagine having your own opinion and thoughts in regards to certain issues, but having to speak against them at times in a convincing manner? I don’t care what your political association is, or what the job description entails, no one can agree with every single thing said and done by another individual and speak with such strong conviction. However, that is what Sean does day in and day out and who knows, maybe he does agree with everything. While political matters are one thing… an obnoxious, unpredictable, sporadic reactionary of a president such as the one we currently have in office is a completely different story.

Although this writing is not meant to focus solely on our sitting president, I would be remiss not to mention him given the added pressure he adds to Sean’s job, not that I’m here to defend either one. I just find it interesting, given America’s special, special president we currently have. From Donald’s tweeting to his erratic behavior and comments on certain issues and people — it’s enough to make what is already a slightly difficult job even more complex. That’s because while political issues can be tough topics, the audience and general public can usually identify and understand the reasoning behind choices, whether they agree or not. I know it’s not always that black and white, but it’s pretty straightforward. However, having to defend false and ill-advised statements, in which there is no evidence or rational logic seems absurd. What false and ill-advised statements do you ask?

These are just a few…

  • Trump told Congressional leaders that “he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton in last November’s election because between three million and five million ‘illegals’ cast ballots, multiple sources told Fox News.” – Jan 23, 2017

Source- http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/24/trump-tells-congressional-leaders-3-5-million-illegals-cost-him-popular-vote.html

  • “We’ve taken in tens of thousands of people. We know nothing about (the refugees). They can say they vet them. They didn’t vet them. They have no papers. How can you vet somebody when you don’t know anything about them and you have no papers?” – Jan 26, 2017

Source – http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2017/01/26/cable-exclusive-president-trump-sits-down-with-sean-hannity-at-white-house/

  • “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia.” – Feb 2, 2017

Source – Twitter

  • “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election.” – Feb 6, 2017

Source – Twitter

  • “I have already saved more than $700 million when I got involved in the negotiation on the F-35. You know about that.” – Feb 6, 2017

Source – Speech to U.S. Central Command

  • “The murder rate in our country’s the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? 47 years? I’d say that in a speech and everybody’s surprised. Because the press doesn’t tell it like it is. It wasn’t to their advantage to say that.” – Feb 7, 2017

Source – Meeting With National Sheriff’s Association

  • “I think (the 9th Circuit appeals court) is — that circuit is in chaos and that circuit is frankly in turmoil.” – Feb 16, 2017

Source – White House Press Conference

  • “Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated.” – Feb 27, 2017

Source – Meeting with the National Governors Association

  • “In one case in Wyoming, a rancher was fined $37,000 a day by the EPA for digging a small watering hole for his cattle. His land.” – Feb 28, 2017

Source – Remarks while signing executive orders on Waters of the United States

  • “Look just at the money I’ve saved. I’ve saved billions and billions of dollars.”            – Feb 28, 2017

Source – Interview with Fox News’s and Friends

  • “It is so pathetic that the Dems have still not approved my full Cabinet.” – March 3, 2017

Source – Twitter

  • “I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” And: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” – March 4, 2017

Source – Twitter

  • “And don’t forget, when I say wiretapping, those words were in quotes. That really covers, because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff. But that really covers surveillance and many other things. And nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that’s a very important thing.” – March 15, 2017

Source – Interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson

  • “In Tennessee, where I just left, half of the state has no insurance and — no carrier. It’s gone. And they’re going to leave the other half of the state very soon.” – March 17, 2017

Source – Remarks at “veterans’ affairs listening session”

  • “The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressioal (sic) race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!” – April 17, 2017

Source – Twitter

  • “I’ve done more than any other president in the first 100 days.” – April 23, 2017

Source – Interview with the Associated Press

For the full list visit the following link –  Complete list of false statements made by Trump since inauguration, last updated April 28, 2017. There are facts for each statement, along with the original source of where the content came from as well. There’s a total of 213 so far.

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Something still doesn’t seem right though…

“… except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”

Did you check my sources/links or click the twitter links? No? Oh well, but let me tell you what was also discovered from this research.

  1. That all sources are both accurate and credible with citing direct quotes #FACTS
  2. That, unfortunately, thousands of people retweet his tweets and thousands more, sometimes in the hundreds, like Donald’s tweets #FACTS
  3. That he has shown no remorse or acknowledgment of being wrong and at times misinformed #FACTS

While I could go on and on, this isn’t just about Trump. It’s about the FACT that America has a person who is the face of what is still viewed as “The Most Powerful Country in the World”, yet within our own borders is very much divided. It’s ironic that we call ourselves “The United States of America”. So how does any of this cause dire distress in regards to extreme danger to life or property?

How about the FACT that:

  • We’ve given a global platform to someone who, depending on his twitter fingers, could incite threats of hostility towards us or allied countries, in which we have troops and other foreign relationships.
    • Though we’ve been told to take him seriously and not literally.
  • There has been an elevated and extended gap of partisan behavior within our federal government, who’s sole purpose and mission is to serve and make decisions that involve and affects the people who voted them into office. This includes both domestic and foreign matters.
    • It almost feels now that the House of Representatives and Senate are more concerned with blocking and deterring each other, than being worried about their own constituents who voted them into power.
      • I’m also aware of the pay for play and lobbyist/corporations who have them on a leash too, smh.
  • Given domestic terrorists (radical hate groups within the United States, who oppose multiple minorities — women, people of color, LGBT communities, different religious vectors, and so on) a spokesperson who may not even agree with some of the rhetoric upon which his campaign was run on, but is associated with and even has as a cabinet member someone who is a known white supremacist, Steve Bannon, although that relationship isn’t too great right now.
  • Potentially awarding big business and other corporations who have no sentiments or concerns for polluting our lands and water sources, a possible opportunity through deregulating environmental laws and tax breaks, in exchange for creating more jobs and bringing other jobs back from overseas.
    • I guess #ALLJOBSMATTER though.

While this may or may not seem too pressing, these subtle points are only the beginning of a future which causes me to display the flag as a signal of distress. Hopefully, our current president will quit worrying about HIGH RATINGS, BREAKING RECORDS, BIG CROWDS, THE MOST SINCE… and everything else which he feels he needs to point out in order to maintain what distinct public support he still has. The truth is, is that if he really helps the American people, not just his voters, then he will gain the notoriety that he so desperately wants (you only 100+ days in bruh, relax and do something truly constructive). However, the blame doesn’t just fall on him, as I fear most of us are like our dear friend Sean — spewing whatever false rhetoric we been paid/brainwashed to believe and not really understanding the real facts or the results of our actions — and I ain’t just talking politics. So in closing, I challenge you to take personal account, unlike some people and start preparing and taking action for not what’s just right for you, but for those who have lost their voice too.

Signed an INDEPENDENT  

 

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