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Coming to the defense of Donald Trump was not something that I planned on doing today, but the support of liberty calls; so here it goes.
Forbes reports that Trump:
"...may have gone too far this time, though. So say well over 500,000 signatories of a petition urging Macy’s to sever ties with the mogul following his behavior during the election season, which included inflammatory tweets and a bizarre video questioning the President’s college and passport records.
The petition claims Trump 'perpetuated the racially charged birther conspiracy, repeatedly arguing that President Obama has been lying and was not born in the United States.' It goes on to accuse Trump of sexism, hypocrisy on outsourcing of jobs to China and promoting climate change denial."
No matter how you slice it, 500,000 people is a lot of people, and an indication that Americans are sorely lacking in the understanding of free speech.
Do I agree with Trump's political/economic views?
No...he's a jingo warmonger...a Sino-phobe protectionist...and a Ron-Paul hater.
But the man is entitled to his opinions, and to state them to whoever chooses to listen. Trump did not trespass on anyone's property to state his views. He did so on Twitter and YouTube, which act as a lifejacket against tyranny's march forward. Trump's using tools that have the power to bring down governments.
No one is forced to read Donald's tweets, or to watch his YouTube videos...Each person has the freedom to "Unfollow" or "Unsubscribe".
Is Trump using agression against anyone by asking for a birth certificate? No.
How about arguing that the President has been lying? No.
Is he an aggressor by being so-called sexist, a hypocrite, or denying climate change? No.
500,000 people signed their names to a petition that condemns this, and that's pretty darn scary. If the freedom to have your own opinions were to die in America, it's time to pack your bags.
The punishment that these ignoramuses seek is also reprehensible. They want to punish the productive side of Trump; the satisfaction of his customers. They want to punish voluntary trade!
Many people obviously like Trump's golf courses, hotels, TV shows, neck ties (and whatever else he sells). They peacefully trade with his companies, creating win-wins all around. Yet this is what the thought police want to attack!
Donald...think what you want, form your own opinions, and say what you want. I don't agree with a lot of it, but I'll always defend your right to say it.
I clarify my argument here.