Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017




“The people are the only censors of their governors; and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty. The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs thro’ the channel of the public papers, & to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people. The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive these papers & be capable of reading them.” –Thomas Jefferson

6 comments:

Rational Nation USA said...

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Thomas Jefferson

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Time for a little rebellion?

Dervish Sanders said...

From the NYT: "President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting. I hope you can let this go, the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo". (5/16/2017)

Every day it seems we get closer to impeachment. I don't know if it is only a matter of time, but the odds are against Trump remaining in office, I think.

skudrunner said...

DS
Every day DJT dominates the news and every day the media does all it can to make sure his agenda will not get any movement. Granted the majority of his missteps are self created but he is not a politician and that is what the middle class wanted. There is a fear amount the liberals and progressives that he will succeed and the press will not allow that to happen.
His holiness BHO did so many things that were questionable but the press barely gave lip service to them. Holder, firing Crystal, chastising a cop for doing his job, paying ransom, promising Russia better relations are just a few.

Shaw Kenawe said...

skudrunner: "Every day DJT dominates the news and every day the media does all it can to make sure his agenda will not get any movement."

Skud, Trump "dominates" the news because 1) he's the POTUS, and as such,the most powerful person on the planet; 2) Trump is an addicted tweeter, and his tweets present him to the country and the world as a petulant 4-year old brat; 3) The reports of his sharing highly classified intel with Russians in the Oval Office WHEN AMERICAN MEDIA WERE DISALLOWED! is rather shocking to this American and probably to at least millions of other Americans; 4) Comey's memo stating that Trump asked him to call the investigation of fired NSA Flynn is a very very BIG DEAL!

skudrunner: "There is a fear amount the liberals and progressives that he will succeed and the press will not allow that to happen."

That is complete and utter bullshit, and everyone reading it knows that. Trump has all the tools for success at his small finger tips: Congress, the SCOTUS, and the power of the Executive Branch. The media can't take that power from him; only Trump himself can.

Trump brings all of these problems on himself. He is woefully unfit for the office of the POTUS and he's proved that from the day he descended the escalator in Trump Tower to announce his candidacy by smearing an entire population of Mexicans. What we're witnessing now less than 200 days into his disastrous presidency is the result of too many Americans being willfully blind to this ignorant, mendacious, unfit demagogue who currently occupies the White House.

It's not the media's fault; the fault, dear skudrunner, lies in the easily duped voters who gave him an electoral victory.

And bringing up President Obama doesn't change that fact.

Rational Nation USA said...

skudrunner is really having fun Shaw. I'm betting almost as much as Trump is when he tweets.

Laughter is the best medicine and skudrunner provides it daily.

skudrunner said...

Thanks Les. The media made him and now they are out to destroy hum. Even they didn't believe he could get elected but when he dominates the media like he did and still does strange things happen.

We do live in interesting times and unfortunately he has been unable to accomplish much because of foot in the mouth syndrome. If he would just shut up maybe he could accomplish something but that is to much to ask for.