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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day

I, for one, took no special pride or pleasure in celebrating Independence Day, July 4, this year. Our government has been taken over by a batch of no-nothings that seem intent on destroying our democracy. They are consciously, but mindlessly, reversing everything that President Obama tried to put in place.

We are being "led" by a narcissistic autocrat who seems to have never even read the Constitution. He slams the media endlessly with crude unPresidential remarks. He hasn't even bothered to fill hundreds of government posts, perhaps to better mask what he is up to. They seem intent on taking health insurance away from millions of citizens. 

This year, I feel no pride in the United States of America. I feel only shame. And that shame and disgust was intensified when we learned that NPR started tweeting the Declaration of Independence, and a bunch of 45 supporters took it as fomenting revolution against 45. 

Ignorance is running deep in America today, and it goes all the way to the top.

Some Trump supporters thought NPR tweeted 'propaganda'. It was the Declaration of Independence.

For about 20 minutes Tuesday, NPR traveled back to 1776.
To echo its 29-year on-air tradition, the public radio network’s main Twitter account tweeted out the Declaration of Independence, line by line.
There — in 113 consecutive posts, in 140-character increments — was the text of the treasured founding document of the United States, from its soaring opening to its searing indictments of King George III’s “absolute tyranny” to its very last signature.
Who could have taken issue with such a patriotic exercisedone in honor of the nation’s birthday?
Quite a few people, it turned out.
Perhaps it was the Founding Fathers’ capitalization of random words or the sentence fragments into which some of the Declaration’s most recognizable lines were broken. But plenty of Twitter users reacted angrily to the thread, accusing NPR of spamming them — or, worse, trying to push an agenda.
“Seriously, this is the dumbest idea I have ever seen on twitter,” a Twitter user named Darren Mills said after NPR had only gotten as far as the Declaration’s dateline. “Literally no one is going to read 5000 tweets about this trash.”
more absurd BS here.

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