I was both appalled and amused by the March 26 above-the-fold, front page headline, “Stand up for America.” This local, and very modest, show of support for Trump’s “Make America Great Again” reminded me of what we’ve become very familiar with lately, fake news.
The real story here, barely mentioned, is that hardly anyone showed up. Let’s contrast that with the Jan. 21 Women’s March here in Helena, with the attendees numbering over 16,000, according to aerial views of the crowds. And yet, judging from your newspaper’s coverage, the events were roughly equal in importance, given their front page prominence. Two column inches on page 10 would have been a more appropriate acknowledgement.
The other piece of questionable news listed in the article is the speaker quoted as saying the country risked “blood in the streets” under a history of suppressive government. And this so-called “suppressive government” has improved under Mr. Trump? I fail to see how his threatening of Meals on Wheels, dumbing down public education with Betsy DeVos in charge, slashing the EPA’s budget, restarting the Keystone Pipeline, banning Muslims from entering our country (except those from the favored seven nations with whom he maintains economic ties) and countless other mean-spirited and ill-advised executive orders is rescuing us from suppression. I would say the contrary is much more true. Mr Trump has created a nationalist, me first (the top 1 percent, anyway) type of government designed to suppress basic freedoms and human rights, to say nothing of the right of our planet to be unpolluted and sustainable for all life forms. He has chosen members of his cabinet who are absolutely opposed to the missions of their agencies, and are charged with dumbing down the American public while dismantling any barriers to the complete rape of the planet by the uber wealthy.
This is the fundamental suppression of our rights to enjoy our great freedoms while protecting our planet and heritage for future generations. I can only hope that the current predictions of Trump resigning his office this summer come true.