On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was first signed. Names like Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Benjamin Franklin are but a few of the 56 patriots that grace the document with their signature, which declares the United States of America free from British rule. It is why every Fourth of July millions of Americans head to beaches, parks and the National Mall in Washington to witness, after the sun sets, grand displays of fireworks that commemorate this most important of dates.
Strangely, if it wasn’t for the fact that the people I write about today are Trump voters, sentences from the Declaration of Independence were derided on the 4th as biased for such phrases as “unworthy the Head of a civilized nation”. You’d think that ‘Make America Great Again’ Trump voters would recognize the founding fathers’ Declaration. Instead, as if looking at themselves in the mirror, they saw excerpts from the Declaration of Independence issued by National Public Radio (NPR) on the 4th of July as subversive (they were… in 1776). They interpreted the language they read (unknown and never seen, apparently, by the MAGA crowd) in short tweets as a call for a revolution to overthrow President Trump. I guess these 21st century brainiacs have never heard of King George.
Others just called the tweets “trash” without knowledge of where the words originated.
The reaction demonstrates the intellectual capacity of way too many Trump fanatics whose hatred towards the tenets of American democracy is often expressed as a strange form of what they refer to as patriotism.
Matt Novack, of the Gizmodo website, made fun of the Trumpsters in a column written the day after the 4th. In it he publishes the many tweets critical of the unbeknownst to them Declaration of Independence. In one, written by someone named Alma Sanchez who tweeted, “Glad you [in reference to NPR} are being defunded. You have never been balanced on your show…” Novack countered and said: “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?”
The stupidity of the past few days reminded me of American humorist Will Rogers, who once wrote that ““Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects.” I will add to that another of his more famous quotes that states: “The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.”
And surely we can laugh off the idiocy of some of these folks that claim to love America so much they don’t know what they are loving…
What scares the hell out of me is that these ignoramuses do vote. And if we simply laugh them off as what they are, and then forget to participate in the 2018 and then again in 2020 elections, we’re bound to embolden and enlarge the MAGA crowd in Washington.
That, more than the lack of knowledge of the Declaration of Independence, would be a travesty for this country. One we might never recover from.