By DYLAN MIARS
On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed to end the Korean War with no definite winner. But in 2017, the President of the United States resurrected the war, this time on the social media platform Twitter, and there is a problem with that.
Now the 45th president of the United States has insulted the country far longer than he has held the title. Starting in 1999, Donald J. Trump began his tirade by saying that “North Korea, which is sorta wacko, not a bunch of dummies” in an interview with Tim Russert. These comments worsened in type and frequency with the invention of Twitter along with the birth of his political campaign, with the most recent—as of the writing of this article—occurring on Sept. 22, 2017; the president stating “Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” A man verbalizing his biases isn’t the issue, it is the supposed leader of the free world jeopardizing just that with his opinions.
Freedom of speech is an absolute necessity in a modern society, making one’s comments their property. His comments truly are his business, provided he is a private citizen. But when a man like Donald Trump has the sphere of influence that he has and has had for so long, it becomes a different issue. The Trump name is a brand in itself and therefore gives this man large amounts of power. Prior to the election cycle, if someone was to ask another what are the first words that come to mind when one says the name “Trump,” they would hear the words “steak, ties, skyscrapers, and ‘You’re fired.’” With a name that has such encompassing reach, every word stated and action committed is placed on a pedestal for some, a furnace for others, and an uncleanable slate for all. That scope of influence alone makes most individuals watch what they say, but the President used that to amplify who he is, even to the point of reaching the Oval Office, making him a true paragon of regression and ignorance.
This is not a call to arms or for him to change his views, all citizens have a right to that. But when a husband hates his wife, should he continue to express his hatred and berate her right in front of their young children? No. The president can keep his views to himself, but must adopt that of America when he is in the public eye. The views of America are simple: avoid war of any type to preserve the economy, military, and general welfare of the people. He can still have his personal views shape path for this country, it’s a necessity, but the best path is not through outward aggression, it’s through actual achievable change; politics exists for a reason.
The path to preserving this great nation is through working with world leaders, not throwing accusatory tweets at the ones with the capability to start a nuclear winter. Save the derogatory statements for the Executive Residence, but put on a smile for the good of the people.