Today’s Monday Mantra is a result of our President Elect’s consistent desire to limit the media and filter free speech.
Despite the virility of his most recent twitter tantrum about a perfectly eloquent and peaceful call to action for the Vice President Elect, this is not new behavior. Rather, it is further evidence of a very troubling pattern of conduct, one that the future leader of our nation should not be displaying… under any circumstance.
Just as all citizens are (supposedly) protected in their ability to practice free speech, they are also entitled to disagree. However, “Presidents don’t demand apologies… Dictators do” (original source n/a).
As President, he will have to absorb opinions of himself and our country from all over the world… and he can’t even control his temper on Twitter. This is alarming, particularly for someone with the entire strength of the US Army at his fingertips.
What worries me the most is his blatant desire to control what people, especially media professionals, write about him and those in his inner circle.
In our political system, the fourth branch of government refers to a group that influences the three branches of government defined in the American Constitution.
- Legislative -Congress (makes laws)
- Executive – The President, Vice President and Cabinet (carries out laws)
- Judicial – Supreme Court and other Federal Courts (evaluates laws)
- There is no official fourth branch, but in our history, such groups as the press, the people, and interest groups have acted in its place. The concept of the media or press as a fourth branch stems from a belief that the news media’s responsibility to inform the populace is essential to the healthy functioning of the democracy. It also serves as a vessel to actively maintain a transparent government.
I am afraid of a government that withholds crucial information…information that we, as citizens, have a right to know and a duty to process and voice our opinions on.