I'm thinking a couple things:
Overall, I think Drumpf is in for the discovery of his life: that the First Amendment is there for a reason, one he's not likely to enjoy very much, and the second he talks about muting free speech will be the same second in which the necessity of his continued presence in the Oval Office comes into severe question.
...the second [Trump] talks about muting free speech....severe question.
When Rudy Giuliani was NYC's mayor, his muting free speech brought him multiple ACLU lawsuits. He became the mayor who lost more First Amendment lawsuits than any other mayor in the nation.
Trump might know that.
Lawsuits? LOL Trump will shortly control the Supreme Court.
We'll need to remind him endlessly of his own words: No one will be forgotten. [For the record, I typed that with a straight face.]
The golden-keyboarded Mr. Pierce again:
Donald Trump Is President Because We Cannot Face the Truth
Our nation can't stomach the stark reality of its history.
Correction: SOME of us can't face the truth ... or can't be bothered with it ... or with reality, for that matter. That also doesn't mention the fact that the Electoral College couldn't suck it up and do what they should have, even if it meant going for a Republican other than Drumpf.
It may be that a significant portion of our nation can't face a less than perfect history, but that is no reason to paint everyone with the same stupid brush.
As far as I can tell the US public consensus is that we're a great heroic nation, without moral flaw. Yeah, makes me barf too.
Pessimism, NAKA (not also known as) realism strikes again, this time on Mr. Pierce's tarnished golden keyboard.
I'm okay with his implying that he knows more of America's history than many others.
I'm also okay with his being more dyspeptic than they.
I'm not okay with his concluding that they "can't stomach the stark reality of its history."
His dyspepsia is due to:
1) his lacking a feeling of power, and
2) his needing a headline sensational enough to have the power he lacks.
@ Tom & Loren - re: Pierce: Geez, cut the poor guy some slack. He's grieving the repudiation of all the values he holds most dear. Go watch Grumpy Old Men or something.
My hopes at this point, now that the Electoral College utterly failed to do its job to deliberate and to protect against an unqualified, unfit demagogue (such action would have been the only possible silver lining in keeping that undemocratic institution):
Still, that tRump/Pence not take office at all. Specifically, here's a possible mechanism that doesn't involve untimely deaths...
That investigative results be released within the next week or two detailing the extent of tRump's complicity in Russia's interference with the election. And/or that information about the extent of his unconstitutional foreign entanglements comes to light that will shock even a majority of Republicans. (You said hopes, not predictions....)
And that when Congress assembles on January 6 to count the electoral votes, most enough of tRump's votes are objected to, and the objections sustained.
If any objections to the Electoral College vote are made, they must be submitted in writing and be signed by at least one member of the House and one Senator. If objections are presented, the House and Senate withdraw to their respective chambers to consider their merits under procedures set out in federal law. [source]
Our congresscritters can still get an earful between now and then....