Patriotism

The Sedition Act

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Your DGB for today is to Grab some history on The Sedition Act.

One hundred years ago today, May 16, 1918, Congress passed The Sedition Act. An extension of the existing Espionage Act and dressed up as legislation to support the country’s war effort (World War I) it was a severe restriction of any speech considered “abusive” of the U.S. Government, the Constitution, the military or the flag. The Post Office was not even allowed to deliver mail that contained this kind of language. Does this have a ring of familiarity to it? Are you surprised that this non-Constitutional, cockamamie junk wasn’t cooked up in the mind of DJT himself? Our point in bringing up this history lesson is to show you that this kind of threat to our civil liberties is nothing new and needs to be taken seriously. Thankfully, the Sedition Act was repealed by the end of 1920. But only because World War 1 was over and Congress was repealing a bunch of other war time legislation anyway!

Read more about the Sedition Act and its parent legislation the Espionage Act here: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-congress-passes-sedition-act

And now that you are frightened and disturbed, go donate to an organization fighting to keep Trump from resurrecting the Bad Old Days.

ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/donate-aclu?ms=menu_gift&ms_aff=NAT&ms_chan=web&initms=menu_gift&initms_aff=NAT&initms_chan=web

SPLC: https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

 

Postcards from the Edge: America the Beautiful

Your DGB for today is to send POTUS a postcard from your corner of the United States, to remind him to have just a crumb of pride for the country he is supposed to represent on the world stage.

#45 has always made his disdain for our country and it’s people quite clear. His inauguration speech described the US as some kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland. Recent transcripts of a call Trump made to Mexico’s president back in January show that he referred to New Hampshire as a “drug-infested den.” And finally, it was revealed this month that our President told a bunch of fellow golfers at his course in Bedminster, NJ, that the White House is “a real dump.” Yes, really. 

We know our country has its share of problems. We even concede there may be plumbing issues at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But, come on - show a little respect for America, Donny.

If you would like to let POTUS know what our country is truly like, please send a postcard depicting the best your city or state has to offer, to:

 

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

Please also consider posting a pic of your postcard on social media with the hashtag, #postcardsfromUS.