#gag

Gag Me

I had a lovely post all planned out for today, then Trump went and did a thing that I have to talk about first. So, we will get to the loveliness that is Steve Bannon, but we will have to talk first about the gag order Trump has imposed.

Employees from the Enviromental Protection Agency (the EPA) and the Department of Agriculture are now blocked from communicating with the public or the press.

Allow me to repeat that sentence for you. Employees from the Enviromental Protection Agency (the EPA) and the Department of Agriculture are now blocked from communicating with the public or the press.

And one more time, just to make sure it sunk in. Employees from the Enviromental Protection Agency (the EPA) and the Department of Agriculture are now blocked from communicating with the public or the press.

Because the president disagrees with the findings of science regarding climate change.

Because the president disagrees with the findings of science regarding climate change.

Because the president disagrees with the findings of science regarding climate change.

Which, look, even if you think everything about climate change is totally bogus, how is this going to help? This stops two fairly important government agencies from doing important parts of their JOB. They can’t educate the public about ANYTHING. Like, oh, I don’t know, if say we had a crop blight in one part of the country that coud spread to another.

I’d like to give you a silly cartoon (this is silly civil liberties, after all), but I think it more important I give you this:

United States Constitution

Ammendment the First

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

You don’t get to gag people just because you disagree with them. There is, I feel it important to note, Constitutional provision for military secrets, stuff against throwing the country into anarchy, and sedition, etc. What about “wrong science” (if, indeed, it is that) qualifies?

The senior management officials of these agencies looked at each other and did two things: 1. Set up rogue Twitter accounts that they posted to anyway and 2. Resigned en masse. (Though now rumor has it that this was the normal overturn of administration and that they were fired. Make of that what you will).

If you’re in the United States or a citizen abroad, call, mail, e-mail, or send smoke signals and carrier pigeons to your representatives. You can find them here: Representatives. If you’re not a citizen, you can still send your opinion to the White House here: White House.

I warn you now, however. The time when sending an e-mail or letter may be sufficient is, I suspect, rapidly coming to a close. More action may soon be required. But for liberty, it is worth it to risk all, for without liberty, none of the other rights are worth the letters used to print them on paper.

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