As adults — and citizens — we know that letting others speak is an important part of healthy relationships and a robust democracy.
But when you’re the most powerful leader in the world, it can be tempting to put your tiny hand over the mouths of your adversaries. Especially when those adversaries are fact-tweeting civil servants under your control. That’s when we citizens must step in to provide a remedial civics lesson.
Should you discover that your government is suppressing data that could make them look bad (by demonstrating that the policies they have set their heart upon may actually cause substantial harm to the citizenry, for example) take immediate steps to head off this type of disrespectful behavior and demand government transparency.
How to demand transparency, specifically?
The president must learn that he can advocate for his own policies without suppressing facts and voices that disagree with him. That means citizens need to raise so many voices that even a Cabinet full of tiny hands will not be able to silence them.