Our president has chosen to use the guise of patriotism to destroy free speech. Using the flag, which symbolizes the freedom we have fought and died for, to cancel the freedom of speech is a paradox.
Donald Trump is currently using the flag as the sign of patriotism to cancel the right of people to protest the injustices of or society whether it be racism, classism or sexism. This was the same tactic that was used by the old John Birch Society to silence the voices of protest when I was growing up in the 50s and led to demagogic activities of McCarthyism.
Steve Bannon and the alt right have persuaded our president to use the same tactic. Trump is using the American flag to denigrate those protesting the inequities of racism and classism, but he refuses to speak out against the use of the Nazi flag or the Confederate flag used to oppress and destroy Jews and black people.
The antifa are using the same tactics. We the American people must be discerning and not fall into this trap. We must seek reconciliation and peacemaking to restore the unity and fabric of democracy.
James Westgate, Fresno