- By Lt. Tim McMillan
Stop Saying Not My President.
I don't like the saying, "Not my President."
Under the democratic principles of America, a citizen absolutely has the right to be critical of the nation's leader.
I think that is what is lost on a lot of people. The President isn't "your" or "their" President. He's OUR President. In fact, this is exactly what gives people the right to be critical of a president’s actions. The President represents ALL of us, not simply some of us.
The reality is the United States government does not have free and protected speech to be critical of its citizens. Rather, it is the citizens who have free and protected speech to be critical of its government. This is plainly outlined by the First Amendment:
"Congress shall make no law; ... abridging the freedom of speech; ... and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
When a person complains about the actions of their elected leadership they are petitioning the government for redress of their grievances.
Free speech and the right to question or be critical of the government's actions is literrally Rule Number #1 in America.
This is one thing that is lost on those who tell others, "If you don't like it then leave!" This concept is not how America works. In fact, it is the other way around.
If you don't like that citizens have the right to be critical or protest…well then you should leave. It's literally Rule #1 of America.
United States citizens enjoy the right of free speech, the ability to protest, and express grievances towards their government. This is by constitutional design of America’s Forefathers.
Lastly, I don't feel like pointing this out should be deemed as "political." It has nothing to do with politics, rather it is pointing out and defending constitutional law.
Feel free to sub in whatever name one wants for president. It makes no difference, because the law stays the same. It is only people's feelings that change.