The National Rifle Association seems to be on a crusade to invoke bloodshed and civil war in the name of political ideology. In the past few months, they have released a series of commercials with undertones of aggression and a call to arms. Their latest video continues this rich tradition by aligning with Trump and implying that those who criticize our despot wannabe or the right to bear arms are somehow not truthful.
The video features right-wing radio host Grant Stinchfield wearing a T-shirt reading “Socialist Tears.” He stands next to a television that is showing clips of journalists and political pundits making statements against Trump, satirical comedy sketches, and criticizing the NRA. At the end of the video, Stinchfield takes a sledgehammer to the TV while a banner reads, ” NRA TV: Our Greatest Weapon is Truth.”
The video is extremely hypocritical as it attacks forms of satire in response to our buffoon of a leader. Much like Trump, Stinchfield has claimed he was using satire to excuse his outrageous statements. In one instance, Stinchfield called for North Korea to send a nuclear bomb to the city of Sacramento California – a statement he later justified and defended by claiming it was simply a joke.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t believe calling for a nuclear bomb to be dropped on a major state capital is funny in any way. When Saturday Night Live parodies the president, they aren’t implying that people be killed.
The latest calls by the Trump regime and this video guarantee us the right to free speech, and actual satire has always been protected by our Supreme Court. Where was the outrage when Obama was president? I heard him and his family called horrible names during their time in office, and total fabrications were made up by Trump himself with the birther movement to discredit the Obama presidency.
Teddy Roosevelt (a Republican) once said,
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
I believe that Roosevelt’s statement is as true now as it was then. Not only is it our constitutional right to free speech, but it is also our duty as citizens to speak out against a leader who isn’t following the rule of law, and looks out for his business interests more than the citizens of this already great nation. The NRA can take this video with the rest of their propaganda and stuff it where the sun doesn’t shine.