Mostly Bluster

The two most recently posted actions: one a routine proclamation and the other the executive order promised for days in advance as giving freedom to churches to endorse candidates from the pulpit.

The early announcements and discussions of the executive order were taken as an alarm by many in the media and watchdog groups, and if it actually did what was “promised” it would have been truly alarming. Now that we can see and read it for ourselves, it is clear once again that the public display previous to the signing was mostly bluster.

I have come to fully understand now, if not as well before, the real purpose of most of what POTUS 45 does is to draw attention to himself – sometimes as a distraction from what is more important – because he simply cannot live without adulation.

When will the media – at least the “mainstream” – realize this and cover his planned actions with a “ho-hum” attitude instead of believing literally what they say is coming? It would be much healthier for all of us if we just wait until the actual orders or memoranda are published. Rarely do they do what he and his PR staff say they will do. In fact, his staff and he even act as if the important part of the “action” is the media frenzy before. I am now convinced they are right. The truth does not matter. The impression they are doing something radical is all they are after because so many of the American public believe their first pronouncements and can’t be bothered with the details of the action itself.

This actual order regarding “free speech and religious liberty” is nothing but platitudes. Beyond supporting the Constitution and current laws, it has very little to do with either free speech or religious liberty. It is so innocuous the ACLU has declared there is nothing there requiring action on their part.

Official titles:

Executive Order and Proclamation signed May 4, 2017


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