Small Town Mayor Makes A Controversial Decision About Official Portrait Of Trump

An interesting phenomenon has engulfed the nation in recent times, and this is one that most folks hope will go away sooner rather than later. This phenomenon began to rear its head during last year’s presidential election cycle, and it didn’t peter out after the election came to a close. In fact, sometimes it seems like the intensity is even greater than it was around Election Day itself. Of course, we’re talking about politics and - more specifically - how people conduct and carry themselves.

Civil discourse and polite disagreements seem to be a thing of the past in the current political climate. We’re not just talking about among politicians either, as the hostilities have carried over into everyday normal life. There are a ton of examples of seemingly normal people that are having an incredibly hard time comprehending that not everyone sees the world in the same fashion as they do. That can lead to all kinds of meltdowns and unfortunate incidents, and it can also lead those folks to assume they need to try even harder to bully their views on others.

As RawStory shares, our latest example comes courtesy of Pete Muldoon, Mayor of Jackson, Wyoming. Muldoon has taken it upon himself to remove the official portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence from the Town Hall, and he has released a statement to tout the wisdom of his decision.

“When the Town Of Jackson decides to honor such a divisive person, it is taking sides against some of its residents,” the statement read in part. “The Town Council has made no such decision, and until and unless it does, that kind of honor will not be bestowed.”

Alright then. So the Town Council has made no such decision to honor them, but you feel that you are entitled to dishonor them because you said so? That makes a ton of sense. He would provide some further clarity about how clearly he has thought this decision through.

“We aren’t required to display signs of respect - our respect is earned, not demanded,” Muldoon said. “Dictators like Joseph Stalin required their portraits to be displayed everywhere. Luckily, we do not live in a dictatorship.”

You can bet the residents that voted Muldoon into office are incredibly proud of their decision right about now. Sounds like he’s taken care of all of his responsibilities at the local level, and that leaves him with a ton of time to make a spectacle of himself. Teton County Commissioner Paul Vogelheim, who also chairs the county’s Republican Party, is among the many who are not pleased.

“It has fanned this fire of divisiveness among friends and neighbors. It’s unfortunate,” he said.

Pretty simple statement of displeasure, so hopefully Muldoon was taking some notes. While Muldoon is entitled to his own thoughts and beliefs, that entitlement does not extend him the right to push those same thoughts and beliefs on others. That’s an awfully simple concept, but there seems to be a remarkable amount of confusion about that these days.

Source: RawStory
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