SACRAMENTO — In light of the recent election, the California Civil Liberties Advocacy (CCLA) feels it is now necessary to issue a formal statement regarding the views of President-elect Donald J. Trump and the implications of his stated policies for civil liberties. We must now and for all times state for the record that the CCLA is a nonpartisan organization. We never have endorsed nor rejected a party or its candidates. What we now address is not a matter of Democrat versus Republican. What we address now are on the statements and promises of Donald J. Trump throughout his campaign and his initial actions during his transition to the White House.
It is also necessary that we state clearly for the record that the CCLA rejects Donald Trump. We do not object because of any differences with his political ideology, but because of his planned policies, which seem very likely to restrict civil liberties. When
balancing the freedom, financial success, and happiness of an entire nation, it is inevitable that sharp disagreements will often arise. In a representative democracy we must always bear in mind that ultimately our goals are tied together, and that we all strive for a common end. But when the policies that an elected official plans to implement for over 330 million people adversely affect their Constitutionally-protected rights, we must draw the line in the sand.
We object when anyone calls down impassively for the fear and resentment of minorities and those of an allegedly lower social class, as the shoulders upon which to stand on in his rise to the top. Before the dust settles, there will be victimizers who will attempt to validate their actions and and spread the the disease of their own conceit. We object when an elected official calls on the corruption of all mainstream media as his enemy and then promotes one or a few media outlets into his inner circle. When the media is not separate from the state, it merely gives room to breed corruption in the dark, and if another media source—one that is separate from the state—calls out such corruption, they are typically only ostracized further. The media then transforms into a springboard of propaganda and inbred errors to breathe life within a system of corruption. We, the CCLA, do object to watching these acts and standing silent.
There has been gossip about how Mr. Trump wasn’t serious about some of the inflammatory remarks he made against minorities, persons of color, or lower social classes. But there are two problems with this presumption. First, his choice of words still echo for those that cling to such unsophisticated beliefs, regardless of his sincerity. Those words practically incite violence and hate against the innocent all across this nation. Such words are unacceptable, as the unfortunate result is as predictable as it is inevitable. Second, if Mr. Trump’s campaign promises were stated on the sly during his campaign trail, how how can we tell what was true and what was not? How can be sure that Mr. Trump is actually intent on carrying out some policies and not others if the people subjectively choose what to believe he is and is not serious about? Should we judge his sincerity on the passion of his words? His words of hate and degradation were said with the same passion as as everything else that came out of his mouth. Should we judge his words based on how firmly he stuck to them? The amount of rhetoric he spoke and then denied later was more commonly related to matters of policy and not the mongering or denouncing of the media. What then are we left with which to judge the truthfulness of his campaign? Which policies shall he uphold and what shall he shirk in the time to come?
For the reasons stated above, the CCLA would like to reiterate its rejection of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States of America. He instills in us no confidence, and we shall give our greatest to resist any policy of his that negatively impacts the liberties of Californians—or any other state, for that matter—whether intentional or not.