I am not a journalist. I am not affiliated to any press or any media outlet. I am just a normal citizen of this great country of United States of America.
What America witnessed yesterday (Jan 11, 2017) during President Elect Donald Trump’s press conference (the first one he had after getting elected and the first one he had in last 5-6 months) is the beginning of the slow dismantling of Free Press.
I don’t care if you agree with a particular media outlet or a particular journalist’s opinion or not. You have every right to live in your own bubble and voice your opinion wherever.
But take a step back.
Kick that apathy out of the door for a second.
Keep your politics aside for a moment and ask yourself this simple question.
Why should any responsible citizen of this democratic country normalize this? If you say we should normalize this behavior and continue to give chances to this kind of behavior, do you even for a second realize what that kind of thought process leads to and more importantly do you realize by doing so, what values you as an individual will be passing on to your future generations?
Think about it. Read the history books to understand how every authoritarian regime around the world had come about.
Authoritarians don’t have any special power to create their regimes overnight. They feel the weakness of their citizens. They exploit them to their advantage. They understand the psyche of their subjects. They play to their vulnerable sides and take advantage of them .
And in the end, it is the citizens who succumb to the appeal and in the process pave way for an authoritarian to take over their lives. It’s us who voluntarily let an authoritarian take over our lives and let them build a regime.
It’s time now. To Fight. To Speak up.
For the next few years, or months or days, however long it takes to stand up against this man and his administration, which will do anything to crush the values of democracy that this country built 240 years ago and the ones that we continue to make better every single day. Because these values matter.
Let’s not forget that.
Fight for your right as a citizen and Fight for your fellow citizen’s right, equally.
And stand up for FREE PRESS.
Down with Authoritarianism and Down with Trumptarianism.