by Robert John Stevens, November 2, 2017
All Americans, regardless of their politics or opinions, should be very uncomfortable when people threaten the life of the President of the United States or use their celebrity position to say or do something similar.
While threats may give perpetrators a moment of media fame, they plant ideas into the heads of those who are mentally unstable. For example, we know that if a teenager commits suicide, more teenagers will entertain the idea.
Because of the First Amendment, the government cannot tell people what not to think or say, so what can be done?
If the mainstream and alternative medias practiced restraint and did not showcase the misdeeds of such people, then fewer ideas would be propagated.
If the media ignored such events then whether acts are committed by individuals acting alone, funded by criminal organizations or orchestrated by the deep state, influence would be greatly diminished.
At the very least Americans should know that the government takes all threats with the greatest concern and those who threaten will be questioned and investigated.
In contrast, Mormons pray for the President in temples many times a day. I’d like to see the Executive Branch highlight Americans who pray for the President, and urge the media to practice restraint as President Kennedy did1 so good is propagated and the President is persuaded to introduce peace on earth.
1 Listen to John F. Kennedy’s famous speech below: