Far Right Interpreted NPR’s Tweeting Of The US Constitution As Dishing President Trump

For 29 years, NPR has broadcast the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, the holiday that honours the document and all it stood for back in 1776. In keeping with the technology of the day, this year NPR tweeted the text of the document in 113 consecutive tweets. And this unleashed a firestorm from the lunkheads on the far right! Blogger-friend Gronda has done an excellent job informing us of why the republicans are up in arms … it will make you laugh, shake your head, and ask yourself where these people went to school … or if they even did! Many thanks to Gronda for this post and for permission to re-blog!

Gronda Morin

Image result for photos of the constitution and paintings with forefathersOn July 4, 2017, NPR News tweeted the entire US Constitution to honor the US July 4th Independence day, our day of celebrating when this country broke away from the United Kingdom to become the USA.

But conservatives who were not familiar with this famous document took offense to certain passages which they believed  described the republican President Donald Trump in an unflattering way. And they responded, accordingly.

Dear Conservatives, “Methinks thou protest too much.”

Image result for photos of the constitution and paintings with forefathersHere is the rest of the story...

On July 5, 2017,  Jeremy Binckes of Salon penned the following report along with a transcript of US Constitution that some on the right found so offensive, “NPR’s Declaration of Independence tweet-storm angered some Trump supporters.”

“In an act of patriotism and civic responsibility, National Public Radio tweeted out the full Declaration of Independence — the document that told England’s King George that the 13 colonies would be…

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27 thoughts on “Far Right Interpreted NPR’s Tweeting Of The US Constitution As Dishing President Trump

    • I’m quite sure they never could have imagined any of what we have in Washington today! If they had been able to foresee this, they might well have decided to remain loyal subjects of the crown!

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  1. I just read the original on Gronda’s blog.
    Y’see this is why some of the Founding Fathers were against universal suffrage.
    Having said that if it hadn’t been for the Electoral College system you wouldn’t be stuck with the current situation.

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    • Yes, I can see that. But the founders figured it was women and blacks that shouldn’t be allowed to vote, whereas I think most of the idiots today are white males of the Christian variety. I would say that education is the answer, but … as my long-since-deceased mother used to say, “you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.” Some days the lunkheads are at least good for a few laughs, other days ya just want to ship them off to some distant planet. I’m thinking perhaps we could send them to Mars to take care of that child slavery ring that Alex Jones claims is there. :}

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      • Thanks for correcting me Jill, I’d got it in my head somewhere that they’d used the ‘owning property qualification’ to begin with.
        An’t no Christianity that I recognise.
        Of course I could parachute in on them, with a loud hailer and yelling ‘British Catholic Socialists are coming to get you’ 😁

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        • Ah, prior to the Constitution, there was a property requirement, at least in many of the colonies/states. But the framers did away with that, wanting to open the forum to as many as possible … excluding those of us who ought to know that our place was in the kitchen preparing food for our menfolk, of course 😀

          And oh, yeah … that’d scare the pants off of them … but I prefer they keep their pants on! 🙂

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          • Thanks for putting me right on that one Jill 😃👌 .
            Here’s a new qualification:
            1. Name 10 US presidents and which if any party they belonged to.
            2. Make any intelligent statement about the constitution (that should clear things up a smidge! 👍)

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            • I 100% like your idea! It really makes no sense that there are no qualifications for the highest office in the land other than age and citizenship requirements. No educational or experience requirements. Heck, even if I want to go to work as a ditch-digger, I would have to have some qualifications for the job. I have long argued that anybody seeking the office of president should have at least some government experience and a minimum 4-year degree in something at least remotely related to law/political science/history. Trump has admitted that he has not read the entire Constitution. It is under 8,000 words and can easily be read in under an hour. They say he doesn’t like to read, so I guess he needs books whereby he can look at the pictures! Like … er … Playboy magazine???

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                • Ah yes … I got tied up today … spent part of the day at DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and got behind, so I have not ordered the book yet … will do so this weekend! Wish I could see the look on his fact when he receives it … if he actually does. His minions might think it’s too deep for him and not let him have it. 🙂

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                  • Oooh DHS.. do tell!
                    Yeh, I bet that good ‘ol’ Beauregard Sessions there will go an’ make sure he don’t get no socialist stuff to intoxicate his brain with.
                    I feel so sorry for all those folk with southern accents who are now labelled as Sessions people.

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                    • Hah … nothing exciting at DHS … just helping my neighbors, Syrian refugees, with some paperwork. DHS is s’posed to provide a translator, but they did not do so last time, and it ended up in a big mess, so I went along this time. This is the third time I’ve done this and I have concluded those eejits at DHS haven’t a clue what they’re doing!
                      The people with the southern accents are now labeled “dumb rednecks”. Even Herb, who is originally from Georgia, calls them that. Sigh. Name-calling just isn’t going to get us anywhere, but it is happening on all sides these days, even among reasonably sane people!

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                    • Ah paperwork. Takes me back to my days in the UK Civil Service….little tip- since they are not properly trained, have to deal with at least two new and badly-drafted directives each week have back-room forms to fill in you would not believe a crap computer system and confused managers, sometimes, just sometimes a sympathetic smile and the air of someone trying to help someone who is hopelessly lost does help. That or reading Alice in Wonderland.
                      Nope, name-calling communities just causes the wagons to be circled.
                      The Band: Animal Collective one member was listening to a radio show (out of LA) and its theme was ‘what are those stupid folk in Florida doing’. He thought something like ‘hey that’s a bit harsh’ (my words) and on their latest album ‘Painting’ is a song called ‘Floridada’ which is a celebration of the charm of its unique weirdness.
                      We all need to think outside sometimes.

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                    • Yes, I started out smiling at the DHS bunch … I always start out that way, and by the time I leave I am mumbling & grumbling under my breath. But you are right … they are just people trying to keep up with chaos and do a job.

                      Once again you have sent me scurrying to WikiPedia to search out the band Animal Collective, for I never heard of them! Interesting that I also never heard of the types of music they do, according to Wiki: ” freak folk, noise rock, ambient drone, and psychedelia” I think I’ll pass on the music, but your point is well taken. We need to step back and think outside. Far too much vitriol for good health and sanity to survive. 🙃

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                    • Quite Jill. Dyspeptic’s the word; American officers in the civil war were often accusing other officers (usual ones who were in the same army) as being Dyspeptic- it has a certain air to it.
                      As for music I one reason I get side tracked in examining the various genres, sub genres and sub-sub genres. Once got stuck for about 30 mins when I started looking up ‘ Heavy Metal Music’ – and wandered into such as ‘Medolic Metalcore’. It’s a whole different world I tell ya.😁

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                    • Indeed, music today is a whole ‘nother world. And to my ears, the heavy metallic stuff all just sounds like so much noise. I once told my daughter, who was then a fan of such music, that I can understand why young people seem to be all the time angry … that music grates on my nerves and makes me feel angry.
                      Dyspeptic … yes, that’s the word!

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                    • A good few years back now, my son made me a tape on which was a track by Killswitch Engage- ‘Oh it’s a love song’ says I having worked out the lyrics ‘Is it?’ he asked.
                      However these days he does these amazing reviews of metal bands on Facebook under ‘Chimptones’. His knowledge is encyclopaedic and how he puts the videos together I’ll never know! (I’m not supposed to spread the word as his father, apparently it ruins the profile…or something… if family get involved……Hmmm🙄….. maybe a certain prominent family could learn from that 🤔)

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                    • Now you KNOW that as soon as I read that, I had to head over to Facebook and check it out!
                      Brings up other thoughts on music. My mother and father danced to Count Basie, my mother’s hero was Sinatra, while I was fully engaged in the Beatles, the Stones, and Jefferson Airplance, PPM, et al. My mother swore that ‘our’ music would be the end of society as we knew it, while I thought her music was disgustingly sappy. Now, I actually like Basie & Sinatra, and my children’s music, I was sure, would be the end of civil society. My granddaughter, Miss Goose, however, shares much of my taste in music. An every-ther-generational thing? My Herb likes very dark music, like REM and others, while I am into The Rainbow Connection and Puff the Magic Dragon. Annnnddd …. I am rambling, aren’t I? Suffice it to say that I love Beethovan’s Pastorale, and also Quincy Jones, but I will always have a soft spot for Louis Armstrong, whom I saw in person a few times in my youth and was so in awe of how far he could expand those cheeks!!! 😀 Yes, I shall hush now … 🙂

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  2. It does prove however that even his followers recognise a description of something bad as resembling him. If only e’d started tweeting about the attacks on him it would have been hilarious. He must have had more days off now than most Presidents get in their 4 year term, he certainly thinks it’s a 9-5 job 5 days a week. What happens if you get invaded on a weekend?
    xxx Cwtch xxx

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    • I had not thought of it that way, but you are right! It does prove that even the lunkheads recognize him for what he is … an uneducated, cruel bully. But … I suspect that is the main thing they like about him. He gets by with speaking and acting as they would like to, and somehow they admire that. It seems that the louder and more obnoxious he gets, the better they love it.
      Yes, after his frequent criticisms of Obama for playing golf on occasion, he played more golf in his first 3 months in office than Obama played in his first year. And while I’m on the topic … what is it about the game of golf, anyway??? My dad, who always wanted a boy but got stuck with little ol’ me, used to take me golfing with him every Sunday … EVERY Sunday. Now, this was before the day of motorized golf carts, and I was an asthmatic kid with a heart condition, coke bottle glasses and leg braces, but he’d make me walk the whole 9 holes, carrying my own clubs, the yell at me when I couldn’t hit the ball because … I couldn’t see the bloomin’ ball, AND I was wheezing and could barely stand. I HATE golf with a passion! Find it hard to get enthused over grown men knocking a poor little tiny white ball about, trying to avoid water & sand, then patting each other on the back when the little ball finally gives up the battle and falls into the hole. Phew … I feel better … been wanting to get that out of my system for years now! 🙂 Now where was I?
      Oh yes, if we get invaded on a weekend? Well, two possible outcomes: 1) we all die; 2) they hit Mar-A-Lago, or wherever Trump is that weekend, and we all rejoice!
      xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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  3. Good Gracious…I remember seeing this at the top of my twitter feed this morning. Truly an example of the Trump Base exerting their ignorance and taking something well-outside of context to the Nth degree. Ridiculous and embarrassing to me as a proud American…this embarrassment and anger made worse by the fact that even on July 4th the Trumpisrs can’t maintain a civil dialogue.

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    • I fully agree! As I was telling Gronda, the entire Constitution is just under 8,000 words, about the equivalent of 5-6 of my blog posts, and can be read easily in under an hour. And yet, most people in this country have never even read it. If that isn’t ignorance and apathy, then I don’t know what is! And I’m with you on the attitude … they say they are the ‘true patriots’ and yet they react like this? I saw a meme earlier that the past three presidents spent July 4th visiting the troops … Trump played golf. Sigh. :/

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  4. Dear Jill,
    For me this was most ironic. The very right wingers who frequently proclaim that they follow and believe in the US Constitution, ended up thrashing it as they obviously, had never even read it. They can’t call this document, “fake news.”
    Again, thanks for your great introduction, your support and for this reblog.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Among my republican friends, not one single one has actually read the Constitution. It is just under 8,000 words, about the equivalent of 5-6 of my blog posts, and can be read easily in under an hour. It was designed for the common man, the farmer, the cobbler, the blacksmith to be able to read and understand. And yet, the farmer in 1787 read the Constitution, understood it, and attended town hall meetings to discuss it, while the average citizen today does not even own a copy, let alone have read it. And yet … they do not like to be called ‘ignorant’. What is that, if not ignorant?
      Hugs!!!

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