Presidents Speak for Themselves – A Reflection

Presidents Day 2017

Monday, February 20th

 

Presidents are human beings. They have all been men, flawed men. some have had heroic attributes. All of them have had craven moments. There have only been forty-four of them, until now, the 45th. A couple of other presidents have barely made it into office, only a handful have won the office while failing to earn the popular vote. The forty-third was appointed by the Supreme Court. They were all legitimate…until now.

 

This president, the occupant of the oval office, the forty-fifth, I was prepared to accept him as the latest president, even though he lost the popular vote, even though there is a cloud of intrigue surrounding his victory; foreign interference (Russia), domestic malfeasance (the FBI), I was prepared to accept him, just as I had accepted Regan, and Bush who were also elected to the highest office, without my support, my enthusiasm or my vote. I accepted them because I believed that they would uphold the rule of law (even though they did illegal things), in the end, I believed they would support the American system, the separation of powers, the separation of Church and State, the freedom of the press, an independent judiciary.

 

The forty-fifth president will not. He is seeking to undermine the courts, at every turn. He has called the free press, an enemy of the people.

 

This kind of rhetoric makes him a threat to the Republic. He should listen to the words of these presidents:

 

1st George Washington

“If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter…reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the slaughter.”

A Real President – April 30, 1789 – March 4th, 1797

 

2nd John Adams

“The liberty of the press is essential to the security of the state.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1797 – March 4th, 1801

 

3rd Thomas Jefferson

“The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1801 – March 4th, 1809

 

4th James Madison

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

A Real President – March 4, 1809 – March 4th, 1817

 

5th James Monroe

“Free people seldom intrigue together; because there is no motive for it. Between the leaders however of a free people, and the neighboring monarchs, such intrigues have often taken place, and always will take place, whilst liberty is odious to monarchs, and men can be found base enough to betray her.”

A Real President – March 4, 1817 – March 4th, 1825

 

32nd Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Freedom of conscience, of education, or speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged.”

A Real President – March 4th, 1933 – April 12th, 1945

 

45th Donald Trump

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, AABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

A Fake President, Failing – January 20th, 2017 – One month in, and it cannot be over soon enough.

 

These words speak for themselves. One of these quotes is not like the others. Remove the despot from office.

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