(National Sentinel) Politics & Society: It’s healthy for a society to disagree, and Americans have seldom come together on most issues. But the nation generally solves its problems and collectively heals when things seem to be at their worst, and that’s the message President Donald J. Trump tweeted out Saturday amid calls for his Cabinet members to resign.
“Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!” the president said in a pair of tweets. “I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!”
Trump’s tweets come after a week of violence and protesting — over Confederate monuments, over white supremacists, over Alt-Left groups like Antifa, and over the president’s very honest observations that all sides have some responsibility for violently opposing others’ free speech.
Still, angry Leftists are calling for Trump’s Cabinet members to resign, though so far none have taken the bait. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended himself against calls from Yale alumni to resign.
As Bloomberg reported:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pushed back against suggestions from his former classmates at Yale University that he resign from Donald Trump’s cabinet, and defended the president’s response to last weekend’s deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The president has taken blistering criticism from lawmakers, business leaders and others over statements he made after violence at a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left oner counterprotester dead. He cast similar blame on the neo-Nazis and white nationalists who organized the events and those who protested against it.
Mnuchin, 54, was urged to quit his Treasury post in a letter from more than 300 fellow graduates of Yale University’s Class of 1985, who said it was his “moral obligation” to step down in protest for Trump’s “support of Nazism and white supremacy.”
In a statement late Saturday, Mnuchin, who is Jewish, said he understands “the long history of violence and hatred against the Jews (and other minorities), and circumstances that give rise to these sentiments.”
“I feel compelled to let you know that the president in no way, shape or form, believes that neo-Nazi and other hate groups who endorse violence are equivalent to groups that demonstrate in peaceful and lawful ways,” the former banker and film producer said in the statement.
Wall Street was rattled last week by talk that another top Jewish member of the administration, economic adviser Gary Cohn, was upset by Trump’s remarks and thinking about quitting. Cohn, who also flanked the president at the Trump Tower event, will remain in his position, a White House official said on Thursday.
The Alt-Left, as Trump correctly calls them, is simply not accustomed to being challenged on any level for their views. The fact is, any group, no matter how vile and disgusting, are permitted under our Constitution to espouse their point of view, and that anytime those views are violently opposed, under our system, that is not appropriate. The First Amendment does not delineate between morally acceptable and unacceptable speech, just that it acknowledges speech.
A perfect example: Protests at the funeral of military members killed in action by members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who showed up at their funerals with children in tow, supporting the fact that the military members had been killed because the government they died for supports the rights of homosexuals.
That is disgusting bullshit — but under our system, it’s allowable, protected speech, no matter how upsetting and reprehensible most Americans find it.
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