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An Exile in Trumplandia Discovers Twitter

07 Feb 2017

I have been fairly adept avoiding social media so far. Over a decade ago I experimented with Facebook for a very short while, soon deciding that Facebook simply took up too much time. When we joined a house church in the early part of this decade I revived my Facebook account in order to read and respond on the house church’s private Facebook page. We no longer attend the house church and now my Facebook page sits dormant.

Because of President Trump’s usage of Twitter I set up a Twitter account on Friday primarily to be able to read the presidential tweets at the time of their tweeting. So far I have not been disappointed! If you do not want a Twitter account, you can see the president’s tweets at his Twitter page.

Many politicians, certainly at the national level, present an image of themselves that is carefully vetted to conform to their brand image. With President Trump’s tweets, a window is opened that shows our president un-vetted. One of my wife’s favorite movies is The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. In the movie, the ghost dictates “The Unvarnished Tale of a Sailor’s Life” to a young lady who transcribes the ghost’s words and publishes them for an adoring public. When I read President Trump’s tweets, the word “unvarnished” comes to mind.

In the paragraphs that follow, I have chosen some of President Trump’s tweets that relate to the court order surrounding his executive order on immigration and refugees. You can see these tweets are from from my first weekend on Twitter. They are in a sort of reverse Twitter notation with the earlier tweets listed first. Tomorrow, I plan to write a post outlining what is perhaps my primary fear of a Trump presidency. The tweets that I have chosen do serve as an introduction to tomorrow’s planned post: An Exile in Trumplandia and The Road to Serfdom. I hope the tweets illustrate an example of the checks and balances built into our political system and our President’s response to the checks and balances.

I hope you enjoy your excursion into Trumplandia!

February 3, 2017 3:08 pm: We must keep “evil” out of our country!

February 3, 2017 7:07 pm: Countries charge U.S. companies taxes or tariffs while the U.S. charges them nothing or little.We should charge them SAME as they charge us!

February 4, 2017 4:59 am: When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot , come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security – big trouble!

February 4, 2017 5:06 am: Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it’s death & destruction!

February 4, 2017 5:12 am: The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!

February 4, 2017 6:26 am: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

February 4, 2017 12:44 pm: What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?

February 4, 2017 1:44 pm: Because the ban was lifted by a judge, many very bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country. A terrible decision

February 4, 2017 3:37 pm: Why aren’t the lawyers looking at and using the Federal Court decision in Boston, which is at conflict with ridiculous lift ban decision?

February 4, 2017 4:48 pm: The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!

February 5, 2017 12:39 pm: Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!

February 5, 2017 12:42 pm: I have instructed Homeland Security to check people coming into our country VERY CAREFULLY. The courts are making the job very difficult!

February 6, 2017 4:07 pm: I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!