I did not write this letter. It was posted on social media by a friend and I had to share it:
Dear President-elect Trump,
I understand that it hurts to see a beloved symbol defaced, but, sometimes, destroying a symbol is the best way to protect the heartfelt belief the symbol represents.
The flag represents freedom, an idea that American’s cherish. It’s a symbol of our commitment to defend our freedoms, including the freedom of speech. In fact, freedom of speech is a right that American’s hold so dear, our first amendment to the constitution is an amendment that ensures the American people are allowed to speak freely without fear of persecution. For example, this amendment protects a member of the KKK’s right to burn a cross, a woman’s right to burn her bra, and a Vietnam war veteran’s right to burn the American flag.
As a patriot, I assume your post earlier this morning was in error or perhaps your Twitter account was hacked.
Surely you meant, “As your president, I will defend the rights granted to you by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America which reads as follows:
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.”
This amendment also protects the right of the American people to peaceably assemble. As a patriot and defender of the constitution, I assume you will not support Doug Ericksen’s proposed bill which would violate this constitutionally protected right and that you will speak out against it.
This amendment also protects the right of the American people to petition the government for a redress of grievances. As a patriot and defender of the constitution, I assume you will staunchly uphold the right of the American people to call for a recount of votes following any election they wish and defend their right to sign any petition they feel compelled to sign.
This amendment also protects the right of the American people to worship as they wish. As a patriot and defender of the constitution, I assume you will uphold the right of the American people to practice the religion of their choice free from the fear of persecution and that, when this right is threatened, you will speak out loudly against those who threaten it.
This amendment also protects the right of the American press to report information without fear of persecution. As a patriot and defender of the constitution, I assume you will staunchly defend this right even when the press does not report favorably on your performance.
On January 20, 2016, you will make the following oath:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Will you violate this oath or uphold it?