Some people have said that it is an overstatement to call President Elect Donald Trump a fascist. They prefer terms like “strongman” or “authoritarian” to describe Trump’s politics. It becomes more difficult to avoid the fascist label, however, after what Trump did this morning
Just 45 minutes ago, Donald Trump declared that he wants to outlaw certain forms of peaceful protest in America.
Furthermore, Trump wants political protest in the USA to be punished with severe criminal sentences. He suggest a year in jail or the revocation of American citizenship.
Trump wrote on Twitter: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
For myself, I am more inclined to fly the American flag upside down as a sign of urgent crisis, or perhaps to bury it in a symbolic funeral protest, than to burn it. Fire is dangerous and unclean, and I am wary of protests that involve destruction, even when the destruction is symbolic.
Nonetheless, Donald Trump’s declaration that he intends to make flag burning protests against the law is enough to bring me over into the flag burning camp. I won’t burn the flag… until burning the flag is made a crime.
When the Republicans in Congress and Donald Trump pass and sign into law a bill making the burning of the American flag a crime, then it becomes the duty of all true patriots in the USA to burn the American flag in protest.
If a year in jail be the sentence for this new protest crime, then we must become proud protest criminals. We must fill the jails of America with patriotic flag burners.
The moment that the Republicans take away the right of American citizens to protest against their own government will be the moment that I no longer want to be a citizen of the United States of America.
I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, and to the free speech that it protects.
I will not pledge allegiance to a flag that is used by Trump’s fascist nationalists to attack our Constitution.