Let me preface this post by saying this is not a discussion of President-Elect Trump's use of Twitter and the revealing thin-skinned embarrassment of same. That is a discussion for another day.
What I consider even more disturbing is the President-Elect's propensity for blocking people on Twitter if they criticize, disagree, or disparage his actions. It has become such a frequent occurrence that #TrumpBlocked is actually trending on Twitter. The blocks include everyday citizens of the United States to state government officials to members of the press.
Why is this disturbing? The President-Elect has decided that his personal feelings outweigh the First Amendment. He has decided that certain citizens of this country do not have the right to see what he is saying. He believes that he can determine that only those citizens who agree with him and his policies can be privy to his daily Twitter proclamations.
The President is obligated, by virtue of the office, to be a diplomat and a statesman. What does this behavior say about the President-Elect? What do the continued, daily attacks on the freedom of speech portend for this administration?
I value the First Amendment. It is that amendment which guarantees me the right to produce this blog every day, saying what I will. And yes, I am aware that today's post will probably also get me #TrumpBlocked. However, as long as I have the right, I will continue to exercise my right to free speech. Current behaviors, however, have me concerned as to how long that right will continue to exist.