This post is dedicated to the hard-working staff of @RoguePOTUSStaff, and all of our followers, with gratitude.
Yesterday I came across an article that caught my eye-nothing surprising there. I read a lot of articles in my travels across the Internet, and this one just jumped out.
It was a report that Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, had been demanding all staff in the White House surrender their phones for inspection.
This article that was carried by several news media and when I read it, the idea of being employed and subjected to such an arbitrary demand for a personal communication device from your employer smacked of censorship and repression.
So I got curious-and got on Twitter. I tweeted this to begin with:
Mary Hilton @FMHilton Feb 26 #notmypresident I hope this doesn’t mean we’ll lose @RoguePOTUSStaff tweets! (asshole..)
A few minutes later, they somehow had seen this, and replied this (with a link to the actual article quoted):
“The Q to ask here is “How many leaks occur via text msg?” They weren’t actually looking for evidence of media leaks.”
Intrigued, I did what any normal journalist (I act like one sometimes) would do-sent the question that had to be asked:
@RoguePOTUSStaff So what were they looking for? Can you tell us?”
The answer came back shortly-and it was an answer that has reverberated around Twitter for about 24 hours now. My Timeline is still getting replies, and retweets of the answer:
“Feb 26: @FMHilton Maybe nothing. Maybe anything. Maybe twitter apps. Maybe they just wanted to instill fear in people.”
That was all it took.
It appears that this administration is one that depends and encourages fear-fear of people, countries, governments, and the media. Nothing is to be trusted, nobody and certainly no institution. All news is fake, all truth is subjective.
It is driven by making fear the currency of the day. It makes people fear for their lives, their homes, families and survival.
How many times have we heard Donald Trump warn of the ‘bad hombres’ crossing the border to murder, rape and steal from us?
How many millions of people has he told us should not be allowed into this country because they are bad people, and are going to kill us? That they don’t love America?
Instead of a President who instills hope and change, we have one that demands that we turn our backs on our fellow human beings, deny them their chance to live their lives in peace and without fear. He does it by making us fear the unknown-people and ideas. He enforces it with Executive Orders that bar citizens of entire countries from entering this one.
It makes enemies of people you called friends 24 hours ago. It makes ICE come knocking on a door and arresting everyone in the building for suspicion that they’re all undocumented and illegal aliens, and then deporting them without court dates-to a country they’ve not seen in any of their lives.
It encourages the detaining and questioning of American citizens who are re-entering the US who appear to be ‘different’. People such as Muhammed Ali Jr, or the French-born historian, or an Australian children’s author…or even a NASA scientist returning from his travels and with a ‘Global Entry’ passport.
This is unacceptable. We have come so far from when FDR once stated “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, to this.
We have come to suspect everyone and everything-which is a travesty of not only all we hold dear, but what our founders wanted us to do.
There is no other option than to reject this cycle of fear and intimidation. It isn’t enough to just say “Well, I’m not one of those people”, because in time, given the chance, we all are going to become ‘one of those people’.
We cannot afford to do this. We can’t go back to fearing everything and everyone. Perhaps this quote by Mark Twain will do in the end, because I think he was right.
“@RoguePOTUSStaff “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” Mark Twain. Words to remember.”
We must resist, with all of our being-no matter who you are, what you do, or who you talk to.
Because fear is the real enemy, and one we must fight with all of our being, lest we become the victims.