Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the United States Constitution.  That means we have the privilege of expressing our views without reprisal from the government.  But when you exercise that right you should be aware that criticism and insults will come your way.

While the constitution does guarantee us the ability to speak our minds, we share the blame for any consequences that occur as a result.

We are living in a political climate that is unprecedented.  Lots of tweeting and puffed up posturing has become an everyday occurrence.

I am always baffled when someone who is so quick to demean and criticize others is terribly offended when the tables are turned.

An expert witness in the impeachment trial inquiry of President Trump testified last week and ruffled the feathers of some Republicans.

She is a professor of law at Stanford Law School and was called to explain her views on whether Trump violated any constitutional laws in his dealings with Ukraine.

According to the professor, the constitution does not give the president power to do anything he wants.  She said the constitution says there can be no titles of nobility given.  She went on to add, “so while the president can name his son Baron, he cannot make him one.”

The Trump administration immediately demanded an apology, which she did.

The First Lady got involved, issuing a statement saying the professor should be ashamed of herself, and blah blah.  Vice President Pence went on a tirade saying Democrats had reached a new low to involve a 13-year old in the impeachment hearings.

My first reaction was, are you kidding me?  Come on, she didn’t really say anything negative about the child.  My second reaction was disbelief that Mike Pence would use the word low when the man whom he works for has lowered the measure for low.

Where was the first lady’s outrage when her husband mocked a sixteen-year old Swedish activist for discussing her views on the climate crisis with world leaders?

Greta Thunberg, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s has helped jumpstart a solid movement demanding action to address climate change.

Her age didn’t stop Trump from using Twitter to insult her with his sarcasm.  It didn’t stop his cronies at Fox News from demeaning her by calling her a “mentally ill Swedish child.”

Marie Yovanovitch was called as a witness in the impeachment inquiry.  She was removed from her post as Ambassador to Ukraine by President Trump.

She was also mentioned in his now infamous call with President Zelensky of Ukraine.

She testified about what a terrible moment it was for her when the transcript of the call was released.  Trump told Zelensky that Yovanovitch was “bad news” and that she was “going to go through some things.”  She said after reading that, she was terrified.  She took the statement as a threat, saying she was shocked, appalled and devastated that the leader of the country would make such a formidable statement about her.

While she was testifying, Trump was railing about her on Twitter.  When one of the committee members read her what he was writing, she said she was feeling intimidated by his actions.

Later when Trump was asked about his actions, he claimed he had “freedom of speech” to express his views like everyone else. 

He is so right, so why, when someone else does it, is it a big deal?  The professor wasn’t even being negative about the child. 

His unorthodox method of leading was front and center this week at the NATO Summit.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other diplomats were recorded mocking Trump in a video that has gone viral.

Comments about his long and incoherent press conferences, his fillers and his intentions to host the next G-7 summit at his golf club in Florida were the topics.

The president’s response was to call Trudeau “two-faced”, cancel his last press conference and head back to the United States.

It had to be a real ego crusher for a man self-obsessed with being the “best ever” of everything he participates in.

This man leads our country and yet world leaders were mocking him! 

What Trump needs to realize is that criticism comes with the job.  The national leader is the most criticized, insulted individual in the country.

It doesn’t help his case when that his un-presidential behavior has made him an easy target.

My Mama always said, “if you can’t take it, don’t dish it out.”

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